Saturday, May 21, 2011


As promised (and a day late lol!) I wanted to compile a list of my favorite things to do in the Port City! I lived ideal -- only 5 miles from Wrightrsville Beach, 13 to Carolina Beach, and keep driving another 2-3 miles for Kure Beach. As I was making up the list, I realized that 99% of what came to my mind was food! Typical.
So to make things more cohesive, I'm going to break them down by category.


Without a doubt or hesitaton -- PT's Grille. Amazinggg. I sometimes dream about those fries. And if you are a fan of an amazingly juicy cheeseburger -- that is it!! When you walk in they have a pad of papers with all the toppings and each item on there and you circle what you want with a pencil, hand it to them, and they call out your order by name. Located across from UNCW and on Military Cutoff Rd on the way to Wrightsville Beach.


Mellow Mushroom. I know this is a chain, but it is amazingggg. Best crust ever. Located on Oleander by the mall.

Slice of Life. This is only a Wilmington-based thing, as far as I know. And it's open all hours of the day and night. SO so good! One downtown on the waterfront, and another beside the PT's on Military on the way to Wrightsville.


Britt's Doughnuts. Hands down the BEST ever! It's a super tiny store at Carolina Beach on the boardwalk, they only serve doughnuts, coffee, and soda, have no phone or website, and an old cash register. Lined all along the walls are articles from all kinds of magazines and newspapers everything from GQ to Vogue, and its voted #2 best doughnut in the US! It's a total hole in the wall, but the doughnuts cannot be beaten. This CANNOT be missed! The parking lot is always jammed pack, and it's NOT about the carnival rides!

Coastal Cupcakes
such AMAZING cupcakes! so much that one of my bffs (and fellow blogger) used this instead of a wedding cake for her wedding. a group of us would go there before or after nursing class each week. so so good! One located downtown on the waterfront, and another right before the bridge to Wrightsville Beach.

Apple Annie's = wonderful! They have one right across from the college and I could always ALWAYS count on them for amazing baked good. I'd get some crazy craving like carrot cake and then stroll on over. They also have amazing uncooked pasta that they make daily that you can buy and bring home to cook. Located across from UNCW, and by Mayfaire on the way to Wrightsville Beach.

Brewster's Icecream. SOOO GOOD! I always get one of their flavors of the day ...aaand then devour it before I even get home haha. So so amazinggg!

Rita's. Icecream, custard, and shaved ice! All year long!! So so good.

Dockside. An uber-popular spot. Every college student owns a tshirt of theirs (just like they own Berts Surf Shop, Sanitary Restaurant, AB Surf Shop, and Salty Dog Cafe)! I have two haha. A really great seafood/steak/chicken place, with great sandwiches and a good lunch menu. Make sure you eat outside and see where the 'dockside' -- people pull up their boats and order and eat on them. Beautiful views. Located right before the bridge on Airlie Rd overlooking Wrightsville.

Bridge Tender Definitely a little on the high side, but they have the BEST food! Order whatever their special is, and you won't be disappointed!! Directly across the way is Blue Ocean Restaurant (with a bright blue roof) that some people rave over, but this is definitely better! Also great views! Eat outside! Next door to Dockside.

Oceanic. The other two were docking boats views, but this is OCEAN view. So so beautiful, you eat on the pier with umbrellas. You MUST get the crabcakes, I dream about them!! Everything they have is good, but definitely split your meal! The portions are huge! Located on the right far end of Wrightsville.

Redix. There are plenty of good chain stores, but I just love this place! They have bait and tackle, beach decor, etc. but also name brands like Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, Southern comfort, Guy Harvey, etc. I always end up buying Matt's gifts here -- golf embroidered belts, shorts, shirts, Tervis tumbler glasses, etc. Located on the right as you go over the bridge to Wrightsville. Blue Ocean is nextdoor.

Sweet and Savory. SOOO AMAZINGGG! It's a restaurant and a bakery (hence Sweet and Savory haha) and I haven't ever had a THING that was bad, EVER! Their breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all great and you should ALWAYS get their special of the day, a soup on their soup of the day list, and a sweet treat on your way out! They even bring out their home fresh bread assortments before the meal,a nd people always swing in to get some to take home. I get their beef stew, cheesy chicken, and bacon/egg/cheese crossaint for breakfast. Their mashed potatoes are to die for!! Located right before Wrightsville Beach right before the bridge. We all went here with our clinical instructor on our last day of clincals for breakfast.

Causeway Cafe. Loveeee their breakfast! Located next door to Redix, its a place all the locals go! really good! Great waffles and egg platters, but I love their shrimp and grits!
Besides visiting all the beaches, you can ride the trolley or horse and buggy downtown, run the loop around Wrightsville Beach, and shop outdoor at Mayfaire or the mall.

1 comment:

  1. We were talking about things we missed in Wilmington last night and decided that for us, it was the downtown area and parks. Pretty much all the parks were spectacularly gorgeous. Definitely miss walking Luca around Greenfield Lake in the spring.