10 Places You MUST Eat Before You Move From Wilmington

You’re getting ready to leave Wilmington, NC and you sure will miss some things: the beach, downtown, your own favorite haunts. And if you’re like us, all the great eats! Before you launch into a new life, make sure you are able to say you have tasted Wilmington’s best bites. Before you move from Wilmington, be sure you eat at these terrific places.

Indulge in a burger from Winnie’s Tavern


Winnie’s is an unassuming roadhouse in Sunset Park near the State Port, and it’s justly famous for huge handmade burgers. There are other sandwiches to try there, but why? Just add some fries—they come in regular, Cajun, and sweet potato.

Seafood from Catch


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It’s a seaside town, but Wilmington restaurants don’t always offer fresh local seafood. The best exception is Catch, where Chef Keith Rhodes (famous for a stint on Top Chef) offers up great local fish in classic recipes with a modern touch. Try the Cajun Fried N.C. Oysters with Texas Pete Aioli and a Mindoro Blue Cheese Slaw.

The Trolly Stop in Wrightsville Beach


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After some time sunning on the beach, you’ll need a bite—somewhere you can go with sand and a swimsuit. With traditional, all-beef, turkey, and veggie dogs, the Trolly Stop is the landmark place to eat. Choose Surfer Style, German, Nuclear, Old Baldy, or more, and top it off with some nachos and a dill pickle.

All you can eat at Casey’s Buffet

You can’t leave Wilmington, NC without trying the Eastern North Carolina barbecue at Casey’s Buffet on Oleander. The buffet selection of Southern favorites is huge, including okra, fried chicken and pork chops, chitlins, mac and cheese, Brunswick Stew, catfish, pig’s feet, and biscuits, of course. Go hungry.

Dine Atop the Atlantic a the Oceanic

Dine with an ocean view at Wrightsville Beach’s beloved Oceanic. You can even sit out on the pier under an umbrella and enjoy the sea breeze while you sample Seafood Gumbo, fried local seafood platters, or Shrimp and Grits. The Oceanic is a favorite for lunch and Sunday brunch, too. View the live feed.

Enjoy an Amazing Atmosphere with Sophisticated Thai & Vietnamese Cuisine at Indochine


The unique outdoor garden at Indochine is a must-see before you move. Indochine’s beautifully decorated restaurant and outdoor dining courtyard with Thai huts and a lotus pond are as renowned as its Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, handled with a careful touch. There’s often a line but it’s fun to wait in the bustling bar.

Britts Donuts in Carolina Beach


There’s only one kind of donut at Britt’s because it’s the essence of donuthood: glazed and hot. This donut Mecca on the Carolina Beach boardwalk has opened seasonally for 74 years.

Cocktails at Manna

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This posh downtown bistro offers some of the nicest bites in town, well-considered and prepared with care. But the cocktails may be the biggest treat. Fresh juices and herbs adorn specialty drinks such as The Bleeding Tiki, The Red Scare, and Suit & Thai. Be sure to visit before you move.

A Big Fat Burrito, Chips & Salsas From Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn


Have it your way at Flaming Amy’s, choosing all your favorite burrito fillings and topping it with a choice of salsas from the salsa bar. Since you’re moving, you’ll probably want to take home one of Amy’s cool tee shirts, too, proclaiming their slogan: Hot, Fast, Cheap and Easy.

White Front Breakfast House

White Front has the best plain old coffee in town. There are no frills at this time-honored diner on Market Street, but it’s just the thing when you’ve been up late the night before, and everything, from the eggs to the grilled biscuits, is just a little nicer than it needs to be.


When you’ve finished your culinary tour of Wilmington, NC and you’re getting things ready for your move, call Few Moves Moving Company. Whether you’re moving a few blocks or across the country, Few Moves is dedicated to making your moving experience the easiest and best it can be. We’re a full-service moving company with professional staff and all the right equipment for your need, so give us a call at (910) 512-6999 or request a quote online to find out how we can help with your move.