Wilmington and Carolina Beach, NC


We will be traveling with our almost 8 year old PA son for the first time in September. We are spending a week on Carolina Beach and will likely spend some time in Wilmington as well. Can anyone recommend any safe restaurants in the area? Are there specific places to avoid? We're renting a condo and will be doing most of our own cooking, but we would love to be able to eat out at a restaurant once or twice while we're on vacation. Also, are there any Krispy Kremes or McDonalds in the area?


------------------ Susan Andre's Mom

On Aug 5, 2007

Hi, Susan,

We go to Carolina Beach / Wilmington three or four times a year and never lack for places to eat.

If you venture to the main highway (the one that turns into 40) you will find a ton of places. There is a Cracker Barrel -- we have eaten there no problems --and a place called Something Fishy -- we've eaten there, no peanuts or oil. Also on that road you will find Bojangle's, Smithfield's Chicken and BBQ, tons o' stuff. Not really good for you, but sometimes "healthy eating" means different things for different people. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] Also on this road there is a Food Lion grocery store where you can stock up on the stuff that's actually good for you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Your Krispy Kremes should be found in there, but I don't know if there is an actual KK store nearby.

I have heard a rumor about a place called Sticky Fingers in Wilmington proper -- apparently the manager is or was PA, but I've not checked that out yet. Near the waterfront in Wilmington there is a place called A Taste of Country. It's a buffet full of all kinds of "country" food and we've been there a couple of times. (It's near all kinds of fun little shops and a serpentarium -- I'll bet an 8 year old boy would have a great time in there.)

As for Carolina Beach, there is a McDonalds right across from the beach and there's a Domino's near there as well.

There used to be a place called the Carolina Beach Pancake House across from the Sheraton (?? a huge hotel at the beginning of the beach). They were for sale the last time we ate there -- not sure of the status, but if it's still there I'd ask them "the questions" and if it still checks out, give them a whirl.

You're going to have a great time. It's such a nice part of the state and the beach is quite nice. Have a blast!


On Aug 5, 2007

There is a Krispy Kreme on College Road on your way to Carolina Beach. (It's right beside what Used to be called Long leaf mall- not sure if it's still called that- as most of it was torn down/renovated.) There is a nice grocery store there though- Harris Teeter- carries good produce, meat, etc. PS. Some Krispy Kremes are now serving ice cream with individual peanut pkgs - not sure if that one is or not- wasn't when we were there in May.