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Paula’s guidebook

Food scene
We're foodies and all of these made the cut.
Try the spiced peach margarita! It's amazing. Favorite cocktail in Wilmington. The food is also super creative and delish.
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RUMCOW.
121 Grace St
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Try the spiced peach margarita! It's amazing. Favorite cocktail in Wilmington. The food is also super creative and delish.
This amazing restaurant is right next door and they have excellent food and drink! Go on Monday for 1/2 price bottles of wine and 1/2 price oysters.
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Pinpoint Restaurant
114 Market Street
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This amazing restaurant is right next door and they have excellent food and drink! Go on Monday for 1/2 price bottles of wine and 1/2 price oysters.
Amazing latin cuisine and excellent service. Several blocks away but totally worth the walk. They don't take reservations and it's small, so definitely try to go at an off-hour.
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Savorez
402 Chestnut St
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Amazing latin cuisine and excellent service. Several blocks away but totally worth the walk. They don't take reservations and it's small, so definitely try to go at an off-hour.
When a restaurant says "We have large plates", YES please! Arrive boutique hotel is awesome and just around the corner. Dram Yard is their very cool restaurant. The bar is also fantastic and the gazebo bar is a must go for cocktails.
Dram Yard
101 S 2nd St
When a restaurant says "We have large plates", YES please! Arrive boutique hotel is awesome and just around the corner. Dram Yard is their very cool restaurant. The bar is also fantastic and the gazebo bar is a must go for cocktails.
Go for the 1/2 price special menu daily from 5-7. Or go anytime really. So good and so fun!
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Yosake Downtown Sushi Lounge
33 South Front Street
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Go for the 1/2 price special menu daily from 5-7. Or go anytime really. So good and so fun!
Another restaurant just outside the front door that you have to try. Large portions and nice waitstaff. Always crowded.
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The Fork 'N' Cork
122 Market Street
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Another restaurant just outside the front door that you have to try. Large portions and nice waitstaff. Always crowded.
Go on Wednesday for 1/2 price select bottled wine or any night of the week (except Sat) for their $6 bar menu - the food rocks.
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Circa 1922
8 North Front Street
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Go on Wednesday for 1/2 price select bottled wine or any night of the week (except Sat) for their $6 bar menu - the food rocks.
Fun spot for brunch or dinner. The brunch rocks it!
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The Basics
319 North Front Street
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Fun spot for brunch or dinner. The brunch rocks it!
Yummy mexican and good vibes. I love their nachos!
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Beer Barrio
34 N Front St
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Yummy mexican and good vibes. I love their nachos!
I would say this is one of the finer dining options in town. Go on Sunday to the bar from 5:30-6:30 PM for the Beggars Can't Be Choosers small plates for $9 each (our favorite was the meat option) and Dealer's Choice cocktails for $8. So fun and creative!
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Manna
123 Princess Street
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I would say this is one of the finer dining options in town. Go on Sunday to the bar from 5:30-6:30 PM for the Beggars Can't Be Choosers small plates for $9 each (our favorite was the meat option) and Dealer's Choice cocktails for $8. So fun and creative!
Excellent mediterranean food. The owner was super nice. It's family run. You need a reservation.
Black Sea Grill
118 South Front Street
Excellent mediterranean food. The owner was super nice. It's family run. You need a reservation.
Breakfast spot steps from the condo. Longtime Wilmington staple. The cheese grits were delish. Dive diner.
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The Dixie Grill
116 Market St
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Breakfast spot steps from the condo. Longtime Wilmington staple. The cheese grits were delish. Dive diner.
Organic farmers and fishermen. Locally inspired southern cuisine. Can't go wrong here. Also excellent for brunch!
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Rx Restaurant and Bar
421 Castle Street
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Organic farmers and fishermen. Locally inspired southern cuisine. Can't go wrong here. Also excellent for brunch!
Casual southern cuisine and the best fried chicken in town! Down by Chandlers Wharf. Nice water view from outside tables.
Rooster & The Crow
225 S Water St
Casual southern cuisine and the best fried chicken in town! Down by Chandlers Wharf. Nice water view from outside tables.
A must visit Wilmington classic.
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The Copper Penny
109 Chestnut Street
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A must visit Wilmington classic.
Amazing food and wine! High end creative.
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The Second Glass
1540 S 2nd St
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Amazing food and wine! High end creative.
Excellent italian just around the corner.
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Tarantelli's
102 S 2nd St
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Excellent italian just around the corner.
This is a cute little area to hit about a mile south of downtown. This restaurant has excellent pizza and pasta. Free delivery!
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Benny's Big Time Pizzeria
206 Greenfield St
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This is a cute little area to hit about a mile south of downtown. This restaurant has excellent pizza and pasta. Free delivery!
Pizza joint right across the street. Solid pizza and open very late.
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Slice of Life Pizzeria & Pub Downtown
125 Market Street
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Pizza joint right across the street. Solid pizza and open very late.
Super delish pizza! One block away. Not for eating there.
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I Love NY Pizza
28 North Front Street
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Super delish pizza! One block away. Not for eating there.
Mellow Mushroom Wilmington - Downtown
208 North Water Street
Quanto Basta: Italian Eatery & Wine Bar - Wilmington
107 North 2nd Street
Amazing smoked wings!
Rebellion NC
15 S Front St
Amazing smoked wings!
Bar Local Pub & Pizzeria
19 Market Street
Take a trip into the orient. Visit their lotus pond, enjoy company in one of their Thai huts, or just have a quiet dinner in the exquisite dining room. Ultimately, you'll enjoy the finest Thai-Vietnamese cuisine in a beautifully decorated environment.
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Indochine Restaurant
7 Wayne Drive
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Take a trip into the orient. Visit their lotus pond, enjoy company in one of their Thai huts, or just have a quiet dinner in the exquisite dining room. Ultimately, you'll enjoy the finest Thai-Vietnamese cuisine in a beautifully decorated environment.
Excellent pizza and Italian food with free delivery. You sometimes have to call 30x to get through to order and delivery takes 2 hours so plan ahead. Worth it.
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Pizzetta's Pizza
4107 Oleander Drive
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Excellent pizza and Italian food with free delivery. You sometimes have to call 30x to get through to order and delivery takes 2 hours so plan ahead. Worth it.
Dine or have a cocktail basically over the ocean. Go for the views!
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Oceanic
703 South Lumina Avenue
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Dine or have a cocktail basically over the ocean. Go for the views!
Yum quick tacos and mexican corn.
Capricho
215-a Princess St
Yum quick tacos and mexican corn.
Tots Mac and cheese and amazing sandwiches and salads. Go!
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Crust Kitchen and Cocktails
124 Princess St
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Tots Mac and cheese and amazing sandwiches and salads. Go!
Seriously excellent Chinese food! Delivery was a bit expensive but worth it!
Szechuan 132
419 South College Road
Seriously excellent Chinese food! Delivery was a bit expensive but worth it!
Coffee
We're coffee people. These are all unique coffee shops within a few blocks of the condo. I would try them all!
There are many spots to get coffee nearby. We really liked their coffee. It's a darker roast and excellent. Don't get me started on the baked goods. The cinnamon bun was the size of your head. Definitely worth a visit.
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Wake N Bake Donuts - Wilmington
114 Princess St
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There are many spots to get coffee nearby. We really liked their coffee. It's a darker roast and excellent. Don't get me started on the baked goods. The cinnamon bun was the size of your head. Definitely worth a visit.
Just around the block is another spot for your morning joe. We love this place!
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Bespoke Coffee & Dry Goods
202 Princess St
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Just around the block is another spot for your morning joe. We love this place!
Another coffee joint.
Java Dog Coffee House
303 N Front St
Another coffee joint.
Friendly service and just around the corner on Front St.
24 South Coffee House
24 S Front St
Friendly service and just around the corner on Front St.
I suggest trying all of the local coffee houses and picking the one with the best brew for you!
Port City Java - Downtown
21-A North Front Street
I suggest trying all of the local coffee houses and picking the one with the best brew for you!
Another new coffee spot nearby!
Cheeky Monkey Coffee Co
124 South Front Street
Another new coffee spot nearby!
Ice Cream
Every time you walk by Kilwin's, the smell of fresh waffle cone will rock your world. While I'm no fan of lines, I suggest going at an off hour and definitely trying your favorite flavor. It's worth the calories.
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Kilwin's Chocolates
16 Market Street
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Every time you walk by Kilwin's, the smell of fresh waffle cone will rock your world. While I'm no fan of lines, I suggest going at an off hour and definitely trying your favorite flavor. It's worth the calories.
Excellent alternative to Kilwin's - especially when there is a line down the block.
Gelarto
18 South Water Street
Excellent alternative to Kilwin's - especially when there is a line down the block.
Brewery
Local Breweries that you can walk to make me happy. Def check these out!
Just around the block, cool vibe, good beer, go! Great sours!
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New Anthem Beer Project
116 Dock St
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Just around the block, cool vibe, good beer, go! Great sours!
Another cool brewery a few blocks away. They do a lot of events so it's not always open to the public, but when they are it's definitely worth checking out.
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Ironclad Brewery
115 North 2nd Street
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Another cool brewery a few blocks away. They do a lot of events so it's not always open to the public, but when they are it's definitely worth checking out.
Just another cool brewery to get a flight. A longer walk. Hit it when you are going to Savorez. It's over that way.
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Flytrap Brewing
319 Walnut Street
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Just another cool brewery to get a flight. A longer walk. Hit it when you are going to Savorez. It's over that way.
Also known for their food. Go to happy hour from 4-6 or after 10PM and get the 1/2 price apps - especially the onion rings. The best in town. Always a good happy hour beer special too!
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Front Street Brewery
9 North Front Street
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Also known for their food. Go to happy hour from 4-6 or after 10PM and get the 1/2 price apps - especially the onion rings. The best in town. Always a good happy hour beer special too!
Another local brewery to hit during your crawl!
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Edward Teach Brewing
604 N 4th St
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Another local brewery to hit during your crawl!
Fun inside and out. Take a tour and play some games.
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Waterline Brewing Co.
721 Surry St
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Fun inside and out. Take a tour and play some games.
Bars
This place is like cheers. Everyone knows your name. Super friendly joint to watch sports. Lots of TVs and some fun games like giant jenga. One stop shop for tasting every local brewery that Wilmington has to offer. They don't offer a food menu but they have popcorn and often provide food like wings for free. They also have trivia night on Tuesday's at 8PM. Really fun place to go!
Tavern Law 1832
106 N 2nd St
This place is like cheers. Everyone knows your name. Super friendly joint to watch sports. Lots of TVs and some fun games like giant jenga. One stop shop for tasting every local brewery that Wilmington has to offer. They don't offer a food menu but they have popcorn and often provide food like wings for free. They also have trivia night on Tuesday's at 8PM. Really fun place to go!
It's a bit hidden down a dark alley but has a very cool vibe and they have mules on tap. You have to become a member for $1 per year. Totally worth that huge investment!
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The Blind Elephant
21 North Front Street
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It's a bit hidden down a dark alley but has a very cool vibe and they have mules on tap. You have to become a member for $1 per year. Totally worth that huge investment!
Go to The Rooftop at sunset. Just do it. It's not hoppin' at sunset but the views are amazing!
21 N Front St
21 N Front St
Go to The Rooftop at sunset. Just do it. It's not hoppin' at sunset but the views are amazing!
Go for 1/2 price burgers on Monday and $3 beer or on Wednesday for 8 wings for $7! Fun place just around the corner for a drink.
Rebellion NC
15 S Front St
Go for 1/2 price burgers on Monday and $3 beer or on Wednesday for 8 wings for $7! Fun place just around the corner for a drink.
Lots of live music, a patio bar, and a rooftop bar. It's pretty loud on the weekends.
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Reel Cafe
100 South Front Street
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Lots of live music, a patio bar, and a rooftop bar. It's pretty loud on the weekends.
Seems touristy but it's a fun spot for a beer or cocktail RIGHT on the water. It's almost as if you are on a boat. Go for happy hour or sunset. They also have live music at night.
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Anne Bonny's Bar and Grill
101 S Water St
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Seems touristy but it's a fun spot for a beer or cocktail RIGHT on the water. It's almost as if you are on a boat. Go for happy hour or sunset. They also have live music at night.
Tues $1 tacos, Wed $6.66 burger, Thurs 1/2 price wings. We actually had a really good salad there too.
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Hell's Kitchen
118 Princess St
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Tues $1 tacos, Wed $6.66 burger, Thurs 1/2 price wings. We actually had a really good salad there too.
1/2 price charcuterie on Wed
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The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar
29 South Front Street
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1/2 price charcuterie on Wed
Taste of the Olvie & Vine has cheese boards and great wine. Stop by for a glass and bring a bottle home!
Taste the Olive & Vine
1125-D Military Cutoff Rd
Taste of the Olvie & Vine has cheese boards and great wine. Stop by for a glass and bring a bottle home!
If you are looking for a basement dive bar with locals, head across the street and down the stairs.
The Pour House
103 Market Street
If you are looking for a basement dive bar with locals, head across the street and down the stairs.
Great local dive bar with an interesting crowd. Oldest bar in Wilmington.
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Barbary Coast
116 S Front St
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Great local dive bar with an interesting crowd. Oldest bar in Wilmington.
Shopping
Tons of cute boutiques in a unique setting.
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The Cotton Exchange
321 North Front Street
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Tons of cute boutiques in a unique setting.
Boho shop around the corner on N Front St. Stop in and shop local!
Fuzz Love
112 Market Street
Boho shop around the corner on N Front St. Stop in and shop local!
Just a block away and it’s sort of like 7-11. Has everything u need.
Village Market Grocery
26 S 2nd St
Just a block away and it’s sort of like 7-11. Has everything u need.
This is on water street a few blocks away and is a small grocery store. They have everything!
DGX
250 North Water Street
This is on water street a few blocks away and is a small grocery store. They have everything!
This is over the bridge towards the battleship. It’s like a general store meets farmers market meets fish market. Oysters shrimp and crab. Tons of fish. Veggies and fruit. Snacks cheese ice cream and dessert. Everything you need for a special dinner in.
Eagle Island Seafood
2500 U.S. 421
This is over the bridge towards the battleship. It’s like a general store meets farmers market meets fish market. Oysters shrimp and crab. Tons of fish. Veggies and fruit. Snacks cheese ice cream and dessert. Everything you need for a special dinner in.
Sightseeing
This is so gorgeous, especially at sunset! I was stunned. Worth the drive.
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Fort Fisher State Historic Site
1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard South
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This is so gorgeous, especially at sunset! I was stunned. Worth the drive.
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Wrightsville Beach
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Free parking and easy beach access!
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Kure Beach
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Free parking and easy beach access!
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Carolina Beach
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Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market Street
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