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Must Eat in Wilmington?

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So I am going with the beach BF's family to Wilmington, and or surrounding area. Him and I are major foodies may stray for a nice dinner and his parents will be up for some nice restaurants, but they may have their "usual spots". What are the best and must eat places in the area. Price not an issue. Any cuisine. Looking at the boards it seems South Beach Grill, Deluxe and Opus might be good spots? Thanks Hounds!

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  1. Caprice Bistro is a true french style bistro. The Pomme Frites are excellent as a starter. and the portions are huge. The Country Pate is also very, very good. The Duck Confit is my favorite, but the Bouilliase is also very good using local seafood substitutes. The service has been excellent as well during our visits. It's located at 10 Market St, near the water.

    1. Definitely try Deluxe while you're here. If you have time, I'd recommend scooting downtown for lunch one day and trying Catch. It's absolutely wonderful, and the chef is the soon to be ex-chef at Deluxe. He's planning to serve dinner at Catch at the end of this month.

      For good Thai, I would recommend Big on North Fourth Street or Banyan Asian Cafe on Market. Both are excellent. Indochine is also very good and has a great atmosphere.

      Another really good French Bistro is Brasserie De Soleil in Lumina Station. Excellent Pommes Frites, and all the other food is outstanding.

      Marc's on Market is a good one off the beaten path. The food is great.

      I'll get some argument here, and there are other good places, but I think Nikki's Fresh Gourmet has the best sushi in town, and I'd recommend them for lunch. They have a downtown Front Street location and one on Oleaner at the mall. They also recently opened a sit down dinner place that is supposed to be good, but I haven't eaten there yet, so can't really say for sure.

      Zooi Bistro is another really good one we've sampled recently. Excellent bar and the food is imaginative and creative. They're in the Forum, across the street from Mayfaire.

      Enjoy your visit!

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      Marc's On Market
      7213 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28411

      Brasserie Du Soleil
      1908 Eastwood Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403

      Catch
      215 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401

      Banyan Asian Cafe
      5001 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28405

      Indochine Restaurant
      7 Wayne Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403

      Nikki's Fresh Gourmet
      16 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401

      Big Thai Restaurant
      1001 N 4th St, Wilmington, NC 28401

      Zooi Euro Bistro
      1121 Military Cutoff Rd, Wilmington, NC

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      1. re: Andiereid

        We have discussed this before, but my wife and I had bad experiences at both Big and Banyan Asian Cafe. The pad thai at Big was overly Americanized and resembled lo mein more than pad thai. We ordered tamarind soup (one of our favorites) at Banyan and they brought out a totally different soup, twice. Their food was also all lukewarm. We prefer Rim Wang and Indochine. Als, Double Happiness is great. It is Hong Kong-style more-upscale Chinese food.

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        1. If you are true foodies, take a look at the weekly chef's page at Savannahs. It is usually posted outside. We love the place.

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          1. re: Fond of Food

            Thanks all for the suggestions. I unfortunately couldn't make it to many of the suggestions because of course the in-laws to be have their minds set on their usuals and won't eat much outside the box, or the BF's Mom cooked. Believe me there is going to be more eating on my own next time.

            I went to Oceanic with them one evening. The much talked about crab dip wasn't the best I've had, but it was decent. I think I ordered the best thing which was just their fresh caught wahoo sauteed in butter and white wine with capers and sauteed veggies. That was good very fresh. I wasn't disappointed. Not exactly anything creative, but solid.

            I convinced them to go to South Beach! Which as promised was very fresh, creative and good. I think they might go here again now. I had the low country saute, which other than over cooked chorizo was excellent and the fish preparation and fresh shrimp more than made up for the sausage. BF had the flounder and was very happy.

            I didn't get to go to Savannahs, Marc's on Market or Deluxe... :( But the BF's grandparents live in Hampstead so I am sure I will be back in the area.

            His Grandparents took us to Romanelli's for lunch one day (apparently this is their usual spot on a certain day of the week much loathed by the family). I had a calzone which I had to excavate a huge amount of cheese from before it was edible. The BF had pesto pizza with sun dried tomatoes which he said wasn't as good as mine and I use store bought pizza crust so... His Grandparents ordered salad with fish or shrimp on top those looked like the winners I should have followed suit, although his brother got an itailian "sub" which he said wasn't bad.

            Also had Smithfield BBQ on the way home, which was great, especially since DC has such limited NC BBQ places, really none.

            His Sister wanted to go to Boca Gardens I think the name was or Arlie's. I couldn't find any chow advice on those. Any thoughts for next time I come down? I saw Marc's on Market it isn't too far from his Grandparent's house so I will keep that in mind. Thanks for all the great recs, I hope I can make it to more places next time!!

            1. re: ktmoomau

              Thanks for the report back, ktmoomau! Glad you had a few good meals while you were here.

              1. re: ktmoomau

                Arlie Gardens is a park in between Wrightsville and Wilmington...do you think that is what your BF's sister was referring to?

                www.airliegardens.org

                1. re: carolinadawg

                  Apparently where, and this is coming secondhand, the old fish market used to be there is a restaurant named Arlie's? Maybe it is gone by now. I'm not sure.

                  1. re: ktmoomau

                    I think you're talking about Airlie Seafood Company. Used to be something else, and I can't remember what - it's on Airlie Road close to Dockside. I haven't heard anything about whether the food is good there or not. We haven't tried it.