It’s ChurkeyChanga time!
As the rest of the nation waits for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to enjoy family get-togethers focused on the traditional picturesque turkey dinner, those of us lucky enough to live in Wilmington don’t have to.
Find a restaurant. Get the food scoop. Meet a local foodie. Grab a recipe.
Five Minutes with Chef Ryan Khan, Hungry Sparrow Restaurant: “The most important thing is that I want to have fun: creating sandwiches, mixing flavors, experimenting with sweet and spicy flavors.“ .
Jade and Mike Baker, Your Pie: “During the hurricane, I got to cook for my kids at home. A lot. That was one of my silver linings. I love to cook.“
Bill and Annie Ward, Rolled and Baked: “Our biscuits have a unique personality that matches the whole aesthetic of our space. We wanted every single thing about our restaurant to be different from what you would expect.“
Sunny Singh, Nahwab Fine Indian Cuisine: “I’m a great cook. Bring me a stubborn man, I bet you his hands will be up in surrender. That’s why I do it, and why I’ve been successful.“
Greg Matheson, Tails Piano Bar: “As a mixologist, I like the challenge of constantly creating, so what I do in cocktails is always evolving.“
Jeffrey Porter, Wrightsville Beach Brewery: “It’s awesome working in a brewery. I get to use all the beer… we specialize in cross-utilizing. You know I love beer. Everything I’ve tried here, I love. “
Brendan Curnyn, CheeseSmith Food Truck: “We did a lot of eating grilled cheese. We started to get sick of them, but after the first night out with the truck, we both wanted one. They are so good.“
John Mullins, Owner, America’s Choice Gourmet: “I love selling something that I care about myself, something that I love. Which is food. I’m a real steak lover.“
Up until last week, those enjoying downtown Wilmington’s nightlife and the ensuing “munchies” thereafter had only a few late night staples to choose from. Pizza, tacos or a trip to a revered waffle joint were pretty much all there was to choose from hours after most restaurants closed down for the night.
I have found the answer to all those questions that life throws at you. The big questions:
Chef and Bluestar Kitchen Bar owner Stephen Harrington once again out-does himself with culinary creativity, using the simplest of local ingredients, and taking each dish to a satisfying conclusion of hip fusion.
Pizza is awesome. You know it, I know it, the world knows it. No big secret there.
Carbs… Oh, you delicious, little, tasty creatures. Yeah, yeah, I know… some say carbs are bad and should be avoided. Personally, I think carbs have been been heartlessly discriminated against since the great insurrection of the Atkins Diet frenzy. All the people who jumped on the Atkins “train” missed out on a lot of good
At Port City Foodie, we are always on a mission to find great restaurants, accomplished chefs, and a good meal. We like to expand our search to our neighbor of the Port City, Brunswick County, and did so with a stop at Asia and Sushi.
If you are a Port City local, you have certainly been asked to recommend a food item that is quintessentially “Southern,” with a heavy emphasis on North Carolina. So what do Wilmington foodies put on their list of favorite North Carolina foods?
Having kitchen skills is not a prerequisite for being a foodie. You can dive into a bowl of pasta or negotiate your way through haute cuisine whether you can cook, or not.
Forgo that plastic straw. Skip that plastic cover on your coffee. Mindful consumption of single-use consumer plastics results in a significant positive impact on the environment, and even one person’s effort makes a difference. A walk along one of Wilmington’s beautiful beaches makes the issue glaringly apparent. Straws suck.
The search for the best shrimp and grits in Wilmington NC starts with an appreciation of the history of the dish. Think morning, hours before the sun rises. Crews of local shrimpers, headed out for a hard day at sea.