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American dishes with a global flare: Rumcow opens in Downtown Wilmington

The restaurant, run by the owners of Whisky Tango Foxtrot, takes its cue from the bar's innovative style.


The rumcow drink lends its name to Rumcow in Wilmington, which opened this week (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)
The rumcow drink lends its name to Rumcow in Wilmington, which hosted its soft opening last week (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

WILMINGTON — Cajun fried gator bites, shrimp and grits tacos, pulled pork sushi rolls. These are just three of the unique dishes found on Rumcow’s menu, and while these combinations aren’t typically found at your average restaurant, they are commonplace at Rumcow.

The restaurant, which is located on Grace Street, is the sister location to Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, both of which are operated by Abigail Ovbey, Joe Sena, and Chip Moore. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is known for its unique craft cocktails and Rumcow has taken its cue from that.

Guests can enjoy entrees like burgers and tacos, or opt for the less traditional “sharable” options, much like tapas. The dishes are brought out as they are ready and everyone gets to try a bit of everything.

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“It’s really all about the menu for us, we tried to get a lot of southern food, very traditional and then kind of do a world flair with it. We traveled a lot and we tried a lot of different things, we were kind of heavy on the Asian flavor. We didn’t want to do Asian food, but we took a lot of the spices we found mixed them in with things,” Sena said. The store took several months to finally come to completion and staff from both Whiskey Tango and Rumcow have been working to get the restaurant ready to open.

It’s not just about the food at Rumcow, drinks make up the backside of the menu and offer a variety of unique cocktails, including the eponymous rumcow drink.

The restaurant held its soft opening over the weekend, and plans on holding a grand-opening next week, Ovbey said.

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