New downtown Wilmington restaurant Savorez spices up homegrown southern style with Latin flavors

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WILMINGTON — Downtown Wilmington’s newest restaurant has all the makings of a great southern food restaurant: local ingredients, a humble attitude and a chef who has paid his dues in Wilmington kitchens for years. But Savorez’s Chef Sam Cahoon wanted to do something a little different. Like many of Wilmington’s top chefs, Cahoon is a […]

Revamping a business concept leads to a successful ‘family’ tradition at Wilmington’s Cousins Deli

Cousins Italian Deli welcomes groups of all sizes to its dinner on Friday's and Saturday's. Photo courtesy- Cousins Italian Deli.

WILMINGTON – Do your childhood memories include playing under the dining room table while grandma whipped up something tasty in the kitchen so that the family could feast on the many courses throughout a Sunday afternoon? Then the Italian-style dinner at Cousins Deli in downtown Wilmington is a must. Since he began opening his doors after […]

When it comes to New Orleans, Mardi Gras and food, always listen to the locals

Po’ Boy sandwiches, freshly-shucked oysters and those famous beignets … Tom Mahnken, who works in Wilmington, offers his advice on where to eat when visiting the Crescent City just in time for Mardi Gras.

The famous beignets from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy

Editor’s note: Our parent company, Local Voice Media, has employees who work in all different parts of the organization to make our content possible. Some take some pretty interesting trips as well. This story is from Tom Mahnken, our vice president of Creative Services. It’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans as more and more […]

Wilmington’s food scene is no NYC, but that’s changing

"We're getting there. We're not there yet. It just means education and just having those conversations. We just have to keep leaning on it."

'Locavore' cuisine - championing local, sustainable food - has been at the heart of Wilmington's food revolution and at Craig Love's Surf House in Carolina Beach. (Photo Benjamin Schachtman)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington is on its way to becoming a “foodie city,” but it’s not there yet. At last week’s Feast Down East, Chef Craig Love hosted a panel on making Wilmington a “Foodie City.” His panelists included Keith Rhodes, who Love called “Wilmington’s first really recognizable chef, someone who wanted to get to the next […]

Johnny Luke’s Kitchen Bar is bucking a trend in Wilmington

“The way to win this game, have a passionate group of fans who love what you’re doing,”

Johnny Lukes Kitchen Bar is bucking a trend in its location.

WILMINGTON – It’s location along Old Eastwood Road, heading northbound on Market Street, hasn’t provided a great history of success. But Johnny Luke’s Kitchen Bar has started to buck a trend as it inches closer to its first birthday on Feb. 15. From upwards of 20 rotating craft brews from across the Port City and North […]

Escape to New York City: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Follow Wilmington resident Allison Carter as she celebrates her mother’s birthday with a food tour in Greenwich Village while sampling the very best pizza, cheese, wine and risotto balls the Big Apple has to offer.

Greenwich Village in New York City. (Photos courtesy Allison Carter)

Food can take you on a journey: through the past, into the present, and off to the future. As your taste buds are tempted, tantalized and satiated, you are there and that is somewhere else. It is why our society is obsessed with food and it is why the Food Network exists. Food can transport. […]

Fork-n-Cork owner set to open new restaurant in Wilmington’s RiverLights community


WILMINGTON —  A new restaurant is opening in Wilmington’s RiverLights community, with a familiar name behind it. A soft opening of the restaurant is scheduled for later this month. James Smith, owner of The Fork-n-Cork in downtown Wilmington, is adding another venture with Smoke on the Water, a new restaurant located in the Marina Village […]

Taste of Wrightsville Beach set to return in January

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The Taste of Wrightsville Beach is back on. Originally scheduled for October but delayed due to the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, the event has been rescheduled for January. The fifth annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach will be now held at the Blockade Runner Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd. in Wrightsville Beach, on Jan. 21, […]