Breakfast in Wilmington, NC
Im looking for a good place for breakfast in Wilmington NC. I am not too into the chains but would like to find a great family owned place that has been around for a while. Any suggestions?
If you're looking for simple, good breakfast (nothing fancy) try Salt Works II on Wrightsville Ave. My favorite breakfast spot, hands down when I lived there. It's your run-of-the-mill southern breakfast menu (eggs, meat, pancakes, biscuits, etc) but I think its great and they serve breakfast till 3.
Dixie Grill is a great breakfast for the no frills kind of mood. Andie, it's downtown on Market and is somewhat of a Wilmington institution, but with different owners through the years. Awhile back it was a breakfast spot AND a late night spot with a full bar, stage, and raucous punk bands at night. Now they have a breakfast menu (and lunch menu, too!) with the greasy spoon expectations and some more healthful additions. The atmosphere is authentic, a bar-and-stool set up runs the length of the place, the griddle is near the back but still behind the bar and visible. Tables and booths are also available. We've always experienced waits on Saturday mornings. It's not breakfast, but I really like their burger (nothing fancy, comes with skinny shoestrings). It's a healthy patty on a toasted bun, not greasy at all but not dry either. Just a good burger. I think it might be the best downtown can offer (apologies to Front Street Brewery).
We recently went to Chris's Cosmic Kitchen (Eastwood Rd) on a friend's breakfast recommendation (with chowhound support) and were impressed. The biscuits alone were worth it, and were obviously made fresh by someone who must have learned from grandma. They were the best I've had in awhile/ever?
For breakfast with a little more 'je ne sais quoi', we enjoy, and have nursed an unhealthy addiction to, Boca Bay's weekend brunch. It's extensive in selection and the quality is what you'd expect from the Circa/Brasserie/OC/Boca crew. It includes an accomodating omelet bar (split one, they're huge), a waffle station with bananas foster and grand marnier syrups, fresh fruit (the usual green & orange melon, strawberries, grapes), a stubstantial lox station, a decadent pastry table (if you like carrot cake save room, theirs is wonderful), and a hot covered station with the expected: bacon, sausage links, hashbrowns, eggs scrambled and florentined, and one more lunchtime-oriented dish that is usually a meat and pasta affair.
As breakfast prices go, Boca's is on the hefty side (I think around $12 a person, before drinks). And on holiday weekends that price doubles. Call ahead if you're going during the sunday post church rush to avoid waiting, though we've never had more than 15 minutes between us and breakfast heaven.
Go hungry. Go very hungry.