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Port City Foodie is out and about, compiling the best lists of restaurants and foods, checking in at our favorite specialty food markets, and letting Wilmingtonians and visitors to the Cape Fear region know what’s going on. We’ve got a great foodie community, with the hottest restaurants and superbly talented chefs, and access to the very best local produce, seafood, and food products. We’re thinking pickles, microgreens, honey, and giant squares of cheese biscuits from a local artisanal bakery.

Here’s what we are writing:

Five with a Foodie

Short interviews with Port City foodies, from food bloggers and restaurateurs, to bartenders, chefs and specialty food retailers. We love taking five (or thereabouts) minutes with these busy people and talking about food. What motivates them? What do they love to eat? What do they love to cook? What’s coming out of their kitchens or stores?

Restaurant Reviews

We go, we eat, and write… if we love it, that is. Restaurant reviews on Port City Foodie are all about food love, when means that if we don’t think it’s worth telling other foodies to eat there, we don’t write about it. No bitching about servers, complaining about portion sizes, or debating the noise level in the dining room. It’s about food love at Port City Foodie. Food. We love it.

Recipes for Your Port City Kitchen

We’re working on building an archive of tried and tested recipes as a quick resource. We’re posting appetizers, entrees, and a sizeable number of totally tempting desserts. Lots of of our favorite recipes have been contributed by Port City foodies, including Chuck Pennington at The Verandas, and Sarah Koob, who counts a smoker-savvy husband and a fondness for local oysters among her assets.


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Favorite Al Fresco Dining Spots in the Port City

Spring is almost – yes, almost – sprung. That means it’s almost the perfect time of year to enjoy a meal outdoors. We have a handful of favorite spots for al fresco dining Port City style: restaurants that gracefully combine a high quality, delicious meal with a beautiful outdoor environment.

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Comfort Food From The Verandas: Roasted Chicken Soup

Feeling generally blech? Fighting a head cold, or suffering through the flu? Whether you need a little comfort food, or you’re up next to take care of someone who is ailing, we suggest a huge pot of Chuck Pennington’s Roasted Chicken Soup. The key to the wonderful flavors is to cook each ingredient separately, rather

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Triple Treat: Restaurants from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach

The coastal area that includes Myrtle Beach, Cape Fear, and Wilmington has a lot to offer foodies and adventurers. If you’re interested in trying something new, you’re in luck. Here are some of the newest dining destinations in the area.

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Wilmington’s Favorite Mimosas: We Asked, They Shared

Mimosa. It’s a classic brunch drink. It’s a refreshing afternoon beverage. It’s an elegant special event cocktail. It’s easy to find an opinion on Wilmington’s favorite mimosas. Every restaurant, bed and breakfast inn, and bartender has a signature recipe.

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Asia and Sushi: Authentic Thai Tucked Away in Leland

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.

Pour Taproom: Tap Your Wristband, Pour, Repeat

Pour Taproom: Tap Your Wristband, Pour, Repeat

Pour Taproom makes serving your own beer a social experience. Offering scores of beers, ciders, and wines you can taste and appreciate, an ounce at a time, is fun. You could spend hours here.

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Seasoned Gourmet: Kids Making Sushi for the Win

So after the recent snow and several days of kids being stuck inside because of school closures, I thought it would be a great idea to take my 10-year-old son and his pent up energy outside to go play with some sharp knives. WHAT?!?!?!?!?

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Winnie’s Tavern: Face to Face with Wilmington’s Best Burger

As 2018 kicks off and everyone scurries about to get to work on their New Year’s resolutions, I felt it was important to highlight a local landmark restaurant with no plans of changing anything. Yes, while all the hordes of January-induced fitness minded locals decked out in their brand new workout clothes make their way

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9 Nifty Christmas Gifts for Foodies

‘Tis the season to get merry, with all your gourmet friends, over great food and spirits, and around a beautiful holiday table.

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Feeding the Port City’s Hungry: Where to donate food in Wilmington NC

Now that you are sitting back, enjoying a bounty of leftovers, take a moment to make a plan to help feed those people in the Port City who are hungry. In addition to civic groups, non-profit organizations, churches, and many businesses, this list will help you find where to donate food in Wilmington NC.

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On Gratitude: Thanksgiving Thoughts from the Home Front

In a couple days, we’ll prepare an amazing feast to be shared with friends and family. We’ll typically gather around gorgeous place settings, a zillion side dishes and await the ceremonial entrance of a perfectly roasted (or fried-my favorite) turkey to get the festivities in full swing. A cool nip in the air, perhaps some

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Best Desserts in Wilmington NC

Port City Foodie asked our Facebook fans, “Let’s talk sweets. What’s your favorite restaurant dessert?”

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Dub’s Donuts: The Line Starts Here and We’ll Wait, Any Day

I love a good “underdog” story. Whether it’s David and Goliath, Daniel-san in Karate Kid, the 1980 U.S. Hockey team’s victory over the Russians, or the movie “Rudy,” I always love to see the “little guy” go against the odds and come out on top. I saw something similar to this, although not on the

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Spoonfed Kitchen and Bake Shop: a Dose of Foodie Happiness

You ever walk into a place and instantly get a good vibe? You’re not sure what it is, but there’s SOMETHING there that makes you feel good inside long before you even order your appetizer. Well, I just had a heaping order of that when I went to SPOONFED for brunch.

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YehMon51: Rolling Right Up with Jamaican Cuisine

Don’t be a JERK! Typically, being a jerk is a bad thing. You know, kinda like that guy who bypasses all the other cars waiting in line and cuts off someone five cars ahead of you just because he doesn’t want to wait.

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The Little Chef Food Truck Defies First Impressions

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This quaint piece of advice is older than anyone reading this, and in most cases has nothing to do with a book. It’s typically a preconceived opinion we have about someone or something that turns out to be dead wrong. There are a zillion examples of this adage

Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Fast Food We Can Get With

Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Fast Food We Can Get With

I’m just going to put this out there, right from the start: I’m not big on fast food. I had my days as a fast food junkie. Burger and fries. Fish sandwich and vanilla shake. Happy Meals to appease the kids. A bag of sliders at 4am. Fried chicken passed across the counter on the

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Savorez Triumphs with Food as Art and the Art of Dining

There’s an old chef’s adage that says “we eat with our eyes first.” We’ve all heard it before, and every time we sit down to eat a beautifully artistic dish set in front of us, we live it. Perfectly manicured microgreens, a geometrically optimized angle of splatter for an accompanying sauce to perfectly accentuate an

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Don’t Suck: Ocean Friendly Restaurants Save The Ocean One Straw at a Time

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.

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Popup at Savorez: Food, Bourbon, and… Pickles

The places are set, diners seated Euro-style, tip-toeing into conversations with fellow foodies, new friends, connected by the love of food, and a passion for the experience.

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Great International Food on Wheels with SMIFCO

Just because I like to eat and write about my food adventures (thank you to all three of you out there who actually read my rantings), some people think I’m some sort of an authority on what’s good and what isn’t, where to go and where not to.

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Game Day Food: Smoked Brisket Nachos

Football season is back and so are some of our favorite game day recipes. Here is our smoked brisket nachos recipe; my husband did the heavy lifting, as he smoked the brisket until it was perfectly tender and moist.

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Judy Royal | Foodie – Journalist

Five Minutes with Judy Royal, Journalist and Foodie: “I want to always keep my hand in writing, marketing, and social media for local restaurants. I love the local food scene. You’re always more excited to write about something you are passionate about.“

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Epicurean Grille: This New Identity is Winning

So you’re sitting there in your living room, probably reading about something awesome on Port City Foodie, when your 3-year-old runs by at warp speed wearing a bath towel tied around his neck as a cape. “Look, I’m Superman!” he yells. You reply, “Uh, yeah, sure buddy, you’re Superman.”

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Tomato and Basil Soup

The first day of 60 degree temperatures in Wilmington, and we’re are thinking about soup and sandwiches. Specifically tomato basil soup. Nothing is more satisfying to both cook and to eat on a lazy weekend Sunday than a lovely, creamy soup like this super easy tomato and fresh basil combination. Add a grilled cheese sandwich,

Putting a Hurting on Some Tacos at BLOcKTACO

Putting a Hurting on Some Tacos at BLOcKTACO

Remember those nature shows on TV where a Bald Eagle is soaring above a picturesque lake and sees a trout something like two miles away then swoops down doing about Mach 2 and grabs the fish in his talons? Well, that’s how I am with tacos. No, seriously, if there are tacos in my general

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It’s In-the-Books: International StreetFood Challenge

Many moons ago when I was a child, I’d pull out a big catalog and a marker to circle the items I had hoped that Santa would bring me. Not only was this an excellent way to keep me quiet and a way for my parents to plan their shopping excursions, but it built up

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Go! Get Yourself to the Ramen a Go Go Food Truck

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of food trucks. They have a special place in my heart and while I might have what some call an obsession for them, I like to think of it as a refined appreciation for culinary artistry on wheels. Regardless, I’m always open to try a new one

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Surprising and Sweet Reset: Cravings – The Healthy Fix

Every once in a while, you come across something that totally blows your mind and takes what you thought to be the truth, crumbles it up, throws it in the trash and opens your eyes to a new way of thinking.

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