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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?

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  1. Dixie Grille downtown has a great breakfast. It's not a chain and its good food.

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    1. re: chefbeth

      A couple of people have recommended Dixie, chefbeth. What kind of breakfast is it? Is it a standard breakfast griddle kind of thing, like Salt Works and White Front and Goody Goody?

      1. re: Andiereid

        The Dixie is a little more creative than those other places (think vegetarian huevos rancheros and stuffed french toast), and the atmosphere is much more funky.

      2. re: chefbeth

        Tried the Dixie Grille yesterday and the food was great. Thanks Chefbeth

      3. DEFINITELY Dixie Grill!

        1. Bon Appetit, Artisan, Deluxe, and (available only in the off-season) the buffet at Blockade Runner. I am not normally a buffet person - buy this place rocks for food, price, service, and ambience.

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          1. re: darasingmaster

            Artisan at the Mayfaire shopping center closed a while ago.

          2. 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.

            1. 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.

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              1. re: Liz0415

                Thanks for the info, Liz! I appreciate it! I'll definitely check out Dixie sometime this fall. And the guys at my gym swear by Chris's. One of them has tried every breakfast combo they have. He loves them.

                1. re: Andiereid

                  I wasnt impressed.Paper Plates, Plastic Forks.Just an ordinary Omelete.Nothing special.

                2. re: Liz0415

                  We tried Chris's Cosmic Kitchen a few months back and found his use of butter to be overwhelming. Our omellettes, toast and homefries were absolutely drenched in butter. We were both pretty ill afterwards. (Not to mention the paper plates and lack of table service).

                3. The Dixie Grill is hands down the best in Wilmington. You have to try the Heuvos Rancheros with grilled peppers onions and mushrooms. The young man who owns it now is also a really great guy and he just bought the Front st. Diner a couple blocks away. It will be a breakfast spot as well with deep fried donuts! It will be open soon and named after the owner's son Owen.

                  1. You can't go wrong with Whitey's. Whitey has been running the place for over 40 years. The waitress that waited on us had a name tag saying she had been with him for 32 years. That should tell you something about the restaurant and the owner.

                    Whitey's Restaurant
                    4501 Market St, Wilmington, NC
                    Tel: (910) 799-3430

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                    1. re: mr_big

                      I have to disagree with you about the Dixe Grill,I went there last week on my Birthday to meet my Wife for lunch.Well nothing on their short lunch list caught my eye so I went with a Western Omelete which wasnt bad but I thought Westerns had Ham in them and there was a speck or too but it was the Hash Browns that sealed it for me,As soon as the waitress set them down I could tell how long they had been sitting out there waiting for a home.Cold and coated in a heavy Cajun Seasoning could have been the worst Ive ever ate in my life.And watch where you walk in there ,There are many unlevel steps where you can trip and fall.

                    2. I agree that Dixie Grill is excellent, I also highly recommend breakfast at Mason's Haunt. They have homemade doughnuts that are alot like Brits, honestly a little bit better. One time they had the most amazing Pear Pancakes. The steak and eggs are like a benedict with a filet, mmmmmmh!

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                      1. re: Rebaisblessed

                        Savannah's Sunday Brunch you will not find better and the price is ridiculous cheap for all the "quality" food you get.

                        1. re: ev2008

                          I heard that Savannah's is closed now. Perhaps that was a false rumor, but that's what one of my vendors told me.

                      2. I love breakfast. The Dixie Grille has great breakfast - and lunch too!

                        Sweet and Savory has really good breakfast. Their baked goods are awesome. I also like the Sawmill for a no frills breakfast.

                        A co-worker and I at the Star-News have started a food blog called Port City Foodies - check it out here: http://www.starnewsonline.com/foodies

                        We'll have recommendations for Wilmington restaurants, plus good finds around town and recipes.

                        1. Went to Dixie Grill the other day and the Dixie benedict (Fried green tomatoes with vidalia onion gravy on a biscuit) was KILLER - Maybe the best breakfast I've ever had. Really. The cheese grits were fantastic as well. Yumm. We WILL be back!

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                          1. re: chezdy

                            What about Sweet and Savory Bake Shop on the way to Wrightsville Beach. Is it still going strong. Breakfast there has been great.

                            Sweet and Savory @ 1611 Pavillion Pl., Wilmington, NC 910 - 256 - 0115.
                            http://www.sweetandsavorycafe.com/