Hottest Restaurants in Wilmington: The List You Need for 2018

Hottest Restaurants in Wilmington: The List You Need for 2018

Make this new year a new food year with the hottest restaurants in Wilmington!

Port City Foodie ran a quick survey with our foodie fans, and compiled a list of the hottest restaurants in the Cape Fear area to put on your must-eat-there list for 2018. Some of these are new to Wilmington, and some are old stand-bys, never disappointing.

Foodies, get eating! While we close out 2017 with those restaurants that closed and left a little hole in our hearts (Promised Land, sigh), here’s a cheers to what’s new and hot in the Wilmington dining arena.

You can fill your dining calendar with all of these, and still have time to find a food truck, make a home-cooked meal for your sweetie, or catch a pop-up. We will keep you up on the latest on the Port City Foodie Facebook page, so make sure you like us there.

2018’s Hottest Restaurants in Wilmington NC

Benny’s Big Time – Vivian Howard gifted Wilmington with a pizza joint that is way beyond ordinary. Foodie tip: put your name on the list for a table and wander across the street for a beer at Satellite while you wait. (206 Greenfield Street, Wilmington)


restaurants to try in 2018
Savorez, Wilmington NC


Savorez – Voted #1 new restaurant in North Carolina last year. We mean, wow, really, and it’s all ours. If you haven’t been to Sam Cahoon’s awesome new restaurant, get yourself over there. (402 Chestnut Street, Wilmington)

Sloppy Poppy’s – Sandwiches with a spotlight on, of course, sloppy Joes. (4540 Fountain Drive, Wilmington)

Wherever Felix Cafe opens its second location. We heard Monkey Junction; stay tuned.

Steam – Located on the second floor in the new Embassy Suites, for the food – locally sourced and promising an “American cuisine experience” – and the best view of the Cape Fear River in Wilmington. (9 Estell Lee Place, Wilmington)


Gifts of Wine, Champagne & Gourmet Food


The District Kitchen & Cocktails – Showing up on almost every list of “best” restaurants in Wilmington, with special kudos for being “most romantic,” District is in the hip Brooklyn Arts District, and both trendy and pricey. Put it on your list of special occasion places. (1001 North 4th Street, Wilmington)

Bone and Bean – Just as good as it was, under new ownership, same menu. If you haven’t been yet, you must. (3530 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington)

Chops Diner – Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. You pick, it’s all good. (2539 Castle Hayne Road, Wilmington)

Porches Cafe – Completely inviting, pleasant, rocking chair kind of place, with really good food, tucked in the gated community of River Bluffs. Worth the drive. (1030 Chair Road, Castle Hayne)

True Blue Butcher and Table – What’s going in the space left by Pembroke’s, whose demise saddened us in 2017? Something cool, we expect. This spot should top your “must try” restaurant list for 2018. (The Forum, 1125 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington)

Candle Nut – Indonesian, Malaysian, Southeast Asian fusion. We don’t need to say anything else. (21 North Front Street, Wilmington)

Soul Flavor – Southern ingredients will greet you here, with fresh catch specials, homemade soup, and lots of awesome signature dishes. (716 North Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach)


breakfast at spoonfed
Spoonfed, Wilmington NC


And, before we wrap this list, we will indulge our foodie selves with a couple of our all-time favorites, especially if you are asking Ed Walsh, who writes our favorite, superbly entertaining reviews for Port City Foodie:

Cast Iron Kitchen

Did we miss a restaurant on your must-try list for 2018? Add it in the comments below. Happy New Year, and happy, happy eating.

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