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Top Choice Southern US in Wilmington

PinPoint

PinPoint was declared by Southern Living magazine as one of the South's best new restaurants – and they weren't lyin'! Chef Dean Neff was Hugh Acheson’s kitchen compadre in Athens, Georgia's excellent Five & Ten…
Top Choice Bar in Wilmington

Satellite Lounge

If you want to belly up to North Carolina's most stunning bar, you'll need to head in the opposite direction of Wilmington's historic downtown and into its up-and-coming warehousey South Front district. A gorgeously…
Top Choice Cheese in Wilmington

Little Dipper

Each table at this fun fondue restaurant comes with a burner at which to melt a pot of cheesy goodness. Choose from different combos – the classic cheddar and Emmental mix, or Italian cheeses (provolone, mozzarella …
Historic Site in Wilmington

Battleship North Carolina

Self-guided tours take you through the decks of this 45,000-ton megaship, which earned 15 battle stars in the Pacific theater in WWII before it was decommissioned in 1947. Sights include the bake shop and galley, th…
Coffee in Wilmington

The Workshop

For a cup o' Joe with bite, head to this small independent java house in Wrightsville Beach. The owners have combined their love of scuba diving, shark teeth and coffee. The groovy spot shows underwater footage on a…
Museum in Wilmington

Museum of the Bizarre

Pickled specimens, occult memorabilia, a taxidermied two-headed lamb, a bigfoot imprint and plenty of other oddities are on show at this truly peculiar place. It came about after a Wilmington-based collector of stra…
Microbrewery in Wilmington

Flytrap Brewing

Located in a bright space in the Brooklyn Arts District just a short walk from Front St, Flytrap Brewing specializes in American- and Belgian-style ales among 12 taps. Look for food-truck fare and live music on week…
Seafood in Wilmington

Oceanic

This seafood restaurant on the pier ticks all the boxes for ambience, with simple outdoor and indoor seating with panoramic views of the coastline and Wrightsville Beach. Sunset dining doesn't get much better than t…
Microbrewery in Wilmington

Front Street Brewery

It's only vaguely unusual that Wilmington's original brewery is North Carolina's biggest whisky bar! So, if beer isn't your thing, the 400+ bottles of brown liquor should have you covered. Not only that, this downto…
Burgers in Wilmington

Fork 'N' Cork

The kitchen's not afraid of kicky and decadent flavors at the hip Fork 'N' Cork, a former food truck that has cleaned up real nice. Juicy burgers such as the Hot Mess – with bacon, jalapeños, grilled onions, and blu…