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Best of Wilmington 2015

Discover our readers' favorites for the best Wilmington has to offer.

Quest for the 'Cue

Barbecue means something special in North Carolina. We can argue about it until the cows come home, but we generally agree that the best way to learn more about it is to eat it.

Kid Cuisine

When it’s not a French fry and your children beg for seconds, you know you’re onto something

Celebrate Spring

This Italy-inspired menu is perfect for every occasion

Canapé Restaurant

When two companions and I arrive at Canapé at 6:30 on a recent Saturday evening, nothing about its location in the Brooklyn Arts District or its unpretentious ambiance hints that we--who dine out frequently--will enjoy one of the best meals we've had in Wilmington (or almost anywhere, for that matter).

Crafting a Community

Craft breweries are popping up throughout Southeastern North Carolina, but there’s more to it than just another place to grab a pint

Blue Surf Café

A go-to destination for local lunch-breakers, and the secret crush of dinner patrons in the know.

Delicious Winter Soup

Nothing beats the winter chill of January and February like a steaming bowl of soup or stew. Versatile and delicious, these no-fuss soup recipes are filled with good-for-you veggies, oysters, zesty chicken, and more.

Confectionary Confessions

This recipe collection takes a few ingredients (some quirky, some staples) and spins them into unbaked goodie gold.

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Roko Italian Cuisine

A rare combination of “destination restaurant” and neighborhood gathering place

The Tastemakers

Deepening Wilmington’s reputation as host of one of America’s best historic districts, the Port City offers numerous restaurants fit for any occasion

From Salt Marsh to Table

Slow food the Sea Island way calls for pairing low key, easy recipes with the catch of the day. Kick back and enjoy the cooler weather with these Lowcountry inspired recipes.

Epic Food Co.

Epic Food Co. represents native Wilmington — a locally owned business that has adapted to fit its market while staying true to the healthy, beach-colored vision of its surfer-creator.

Best Breakfasts

Wake up hungry? You’re in luck. Port City chefs serve the best meal of the day in many delicious ways.


The first RuckerJohns was opened by Chris Johns over 20 years ago, in Emerald Isle.

Salad Celebration

Can seasonal summer salads be spectacular and virtuous at the same time? These beauties manage to deliver the goods.

Best of Wilmington 2014

You might call them the class of 96: the winners of our first annual Best of Wilmington poll in eight dozen categories.

The George on the Riverwalk

Situated on the Riverfront at the intersection of South Water Street and Orange,

A Step Back in Time

Retro Dixie Grill has modern-day appeal

Ice Cream Class & Sundae School

It’s summertime: time for humid, lazy days when the musical lilt of the ice cream truck drifts through the neighborhood trees like a fisherman’s slow cast.

Great Burgers

Comfort food of the highest order. That’s a great burger, and we’ve found 21 of them worth every big, messy bite.

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