Creative burgers, craft brews on the menu at Poe’s Tavern

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Named for the legendary Southern writer, Poe's Tavern opened a third location in Wrightsville Beach on Friday. Courtesy photos.
Named for the legendary Southern writer, Poe’s Tavern opened a third location in Wrightsville Beach on Friday. Courtesy photos.

A southern hot spot–with a nod to literary history–has opened its doors in Wrightsville Beach.

Known for its creative culinary creations and craft beer offerings, Poe’s Tavern launched its third location, 212 Causeway Drive, on Friday.

The coastal eatery got its start in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, in 2003, and has since become a sought-after spot right outside Charleston. A second restaurant was added in Atlantic Beach near Jacksonville, Florida, in 2011.
Named after celebrated author Edgar Allan Poe–who was stationed on Sullivan’s Island in 1827 while in the U.S. Army–Poe’s Tavern is known for its unique brews and burgers, which feature non-traditional ingredients like crab cakes, shrimp, pimento cheese and guacamole.

Poe’s menu includes an ever-changing “Burger of the Day,” and highlights particular craft brew varieties that are local to each market. Among other North Carolina offerings, Poe’s in Wrightsville Beach will feature selections from Good Hops Brewing in Carolina Beach, Lonerider Brewery out of Raleigh, Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. in Greensboro and Asheville’s Highland Brewing Co.

Poe's is known for its unique burgers, often made with non-traditional ingredients like crab cakes and pimiento cheese.
Poe’s is known for its unique burgers, often made with non-traditional ingredients like crab cakes and pimiento cheese.

“We are excited to bring Poe’s to Wrightsville Beach, a community that feels similar to Sullivan’s Island, the home of our original location,” managing partner Riddick Lynch said. “We’ve been fortunate to have done well there and as a result there can be a natural temptation to expand aggressively or rapidly, but we have not pursued that route. While there should be a healthy demand for gourmet burgers and craft beer almost anywhere, we’ve been careful in selecting new locations as both the market and location need to feel right and be a good fit for us.”

The restaurant seats 85, with room for another 70 on its outdoor patio. The interior is eclectic and in honor of its namesake, with vintage film posters, antique photos of Poe and his residences around the country, and original artwork commissioned by the writer. Most of the interior tables are made of reclaimed barn wood and the stained glass windows and wrought iron fence along the patio were sourced from architectural salvage stores in North Carolina.

Poe’s Tavern is open 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday-Sunday.