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Authentic Italian restaurant Quanto Basta opens in renovated downtown Wilmington space

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WILMINGTON — Boasting an unapologetic commitment to Italian traditions and authentic recipes, Quanto Basta Italian Eatery & Wine Bar will open in downtown Wilmington on Thursday. The family-run restaurant’s opening comes after two years of meticulous planning and intensive renovations of a unique 1800s building that previously housed law offices. Related: Name says it all: […]

Name says it all: Chicken in the Box opens for takeout, delivery in Brooklyn Arts District

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WILMINGTON — Many restaurants have names that tell stories, hold some sort of alternate meanings, or just look fancy on a menu. Not so much for Wilmington’s newest takeout restaurant, Chicken in the Box, located on the north end of the Brooklyn Arts District. “We got some pretty good chicken wings here,” owner Kevin Corbett […]

Breakfast and burger joint newest addition to Wilmington Cargo District’s Outpost

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WILMINGTON — When Mess Hall owner Sam Steger threw down a deposit for a spot inside the growing Outpost project in the Cargo District, there was no turning back — even when, weeks later, the Covid-19 pandemic caused a large portion of the state’s economy to come to a screeching halt. “I guess I’m a […]

Whiskey Trail Midtown brings burgers, brews, and wings to restaurant’s second location

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WILMINGTON — Whiskey Trail, a local favorite best known for its wings and burgers, has opened up a second location in Wilmington. Opening in the former Dig and Dive, Whiskey Trail Midtown is bringing the same menu and specials from its Masonboro Loop flagship to a new neighborhood. This includes the restaurant’s best-seller, the Cape […]

Porches Cafe in River Bluffs to indefinitely close due to Covid-19 difficulties

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Update: This article has been updated to include a statement from John Lennon, River Bluffs’ Director of Operations. NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Porches Cafe in River Bluffs will serve its last customers Friday — for the time being. “The restaurant really is the fabric of the River Bluffs community,” John Lennon, director of operations of […]
Former Chops owner Chris Graham has opened a neighborhood bar and grill, Molly Pitcher's, inside an iconic building on Wrightsville Avenue that served as a grocery store in the 1930s, and later as the much beloved breakfast and lunch diner Salt Works II. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Former Chops owner opens neighborhood bar and grill Molly Pitcher’s with American Revolution vibes

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WILMINGTON — Beneath an oak tree on Wrightsville Avenue sits an old building with a tin roof that served as the Audubon Grocery store in the 1930s and 1940s to feed the growing suburban areas along the old trolley line to Wrightsville Beach.  In 1989 it was converted into Salt Works II, according to New […]

Inside Leland Smokehouse, where owners feel their hickory-smoked brisket is so good, no sauce is needed

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LELAND — Fans of Southport Smokehouse won’t have to drive far for a Texas-style brisket sandwich. The BBQ restaurant has opened its second location in Leland, where the smell of hickory smoke can be picked up even from Highway 17. Related: Asheville’s Hi-Wire Brewing plans to open taproom in Wilmington’s ‘Soda Pop District’ this fall […]

New Porters Neck restaurant Tidewater Oyster Bar looks to showcase Stump Sound farmers

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WILMINGTON — He may have opened a new restaurant during an economically devastating pandemic, but for Robert Pickens, it was a matter of rolling with the punches. Soon after he signed a contract in December, contractors began renovating the old KBueno Norte Cocina in Porters Neck into an oyster bar. “Once the dotted line was […]

Wilmington chef hits the road with new ‘Rasta-vegan’ food truck, Vital Seen

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WILMINGTON — Long gone are the weeks when Tripp Engel was working overtime in Wilmington’s upscale restaurant scene. Now he’s doing his own thing, serving Rastafarian vegan food from the city’s newest food truck, Vital Seen. Inspired by the food diet known as Ital, which uses purely natural ingredients to enhance one’s ‘livity,’ or life […]
Michele Mikki passes out a hot plate out the walk-through window at M&K's Kitchen located on the corner of Old Fayetteville and Lanvale Roads. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

Inside M&K’s Kitchen, new Leland walk-through restaurant

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LELAND — Everything on M&K’s Kitchen’s menu is under $10. The venture is Leland native Kory Sanderlin’s first after a decade of working in kitchens. Sanderlin grew up just one mile from the 280-square-foot walk-through restaurant he now runs. Located on the corner of Old Fayetteville Road and Lanvale Road, M&K’s Kitchen remixes country favorites. Related: […]