Explore Brunswick County- Places to Eat and Drink

by Jan 30, 2019Brunswick County, Brunswick County Life

While exploring south Brunswick County, here are a few places you can stop to sip on a cold brew or enjoy a mouth watering meal!


Check Six Brewing
Check Six Brewing Company located in Southport, is known for serving the best craft beer in Brunswick County. Offering free beer tasting and brewery tours the veteran owned and operated brewery is the perfect place to have a good time while enjoying great beer. In 2006 Noah Goldman and Tim Hassel began home-brewing, not long after their vision for Check Six Brewery came to life. With 16 beers on tap the award winning brewery serves a diverse range of beer and offers specials throughout the week. When walking through the doors you are not only welcomed by Check Six Brewings friendly staff but also a historic aviation environment. CHECK SIX is a common phrase used by fighter pilots meaning to look behind you for enemy aircrafts. From their blonde ale to their stouts and seasonals a trying Check Six beer is a must especially for the craft beer connoisseur. You can catch Brunswick County’s first brewery at many local beer festivals or taste their beers on tap at local restaurants including Mr. P’s Bistro, Smoke on the Water and Tranquil Harbor.

The Purple Onion
In 2004 The Purple Onion opened in Shallotte and since has become a local favorite. Owners Andrew and Terry Bland make an incredible team resulting in continuing success. Andrew is a highly trained executive chef from England who runs the kitchen while Terry’s knowledge of southern hospitality leads the dining room.  Its no mistake The Purple Onion was recognized for having the best breakfast in Brunswick county.Serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week, the menu consist of pastries, soups, salads, traditional breakfast items, burgers and desserts.

Fishy Fishy Cafe
A staple of Southport, the Fishy Fishy Cafe is a dining and drinks hotspot for locals and visitors alike. Situated on the inter-coastal waterway Fishy Fishy Cafe is known for its mesmerizing views and unique environment. The seaside eatery is surrounded by local marinas making it the perfect spot for any seafood lover. With views of the Oak Island lighthouse and fishing boats traveling to and from, the outdoor seating section has an ambiance that is truly one of a kind. Along with stellar views guest can also enjoy live music and take part in various happenings that are listed on the Fishy Fishy Facebook page. Large party, no problem. Fishy Fishy Cafe accommodates parties of all sizes and is one of few restaurants in the area that stays open year round. Whether you dine inside or out Fishy Fishy Cafe is the place to experience the true island feel.

The Boundary House
Tucked away behind Callahan’s Gift Shop, The Boundary House Restaurant is one of the best places to dine in Calabash. Guest are welcomed by a nautical theme beautifully displayed through the restaurant along with a large show kitchen. Serving quality cuisine that is passionately prepared, The Boundary House staff is dedicated to making sure every guest has an exceptional experience. Crafted with the highest quality ingredients available, everything on the menu is made fresh to order and the dressings and deserts are prepared in house. The Boundary House has an intriguing history and guest are able to check out the historic location just a mile and a half away.

Front Street Brewery
Serving beer since 1995 Front Street Brewery is located in historic downtown Wilmington and was the first brewery to open in the area. A local favorite, Front Street takes pride in serving delicious food and great microbrews at an unbeatable price. Front Street offers catering services, has space for private events, and the full menu is served until midnight seven days a week. From their famous pulled chicken nachos and Ribeye steaks to the 25 gourmet sandwiches and burgers, the menu offers guests a wide variety of good eats to choose from. Not limited to beer and food, Front Street has the largest selection of whiskey in North Carolina, with over 400 bottles it is Wilmington’s premiere whiskey bar. Committed to satisfy each customer, the Front Street staff is second to none. Whether you take a free brewery tour, taste test the whiskey or enjoy dinner, Front Street Brewery is a Wilmington hotspot you must visit.

The Isles Restaurant

The Isles Restaurant is open seasonally for lunch and dinner and our food is always prepared with the freshest local & regional ingredients. Don’t want frozen seafood? Then come see us! The Isles oceanfront Tiki bar and deck is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Come enjoy beautiful ocean views & island music while sipping on a tropical cocktail, and enjoying one of our delicious appetizers. From private romantic dinners and family gatherings to banquets, wedding receptions, and corporate events, the serene oceanfront atmosphere of The Isles Restaurant comfortably provides the perfect ambiance for all of your dining needs. 

Jumpin’ Java
Wake up and smell the coffee! While enjoying your Brunswick County Vacation stop by Jumpin’ Java for a little “pick me up”. Jumpin’ Java coffee shop is a veteran owned local family business that has been serving some of the best coffee in the area since 2010. The coffee shop and cafe is known for their friendly staff and serving the freshest and highest quality ingredients to their customers. The coffee and espresso beans are roasted locally by Cactus Creek Coffee Roasters. Jumpin’ Java’s mission is to provide all of our customers with exemplary service, every single time they visit. 

Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s menu is loaded with flavorful, bold smoothies with a healthy appeal. Although Tropical Smoothie Cafe is known for their smoothies, they also serve sandwiches, wraps, salads and much more. Everything served at Tropical Smoothie is made up of superior, simple ingredients. All wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads and bowls are made with quality produce, cheeses, and meats. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is the perfect place to head before or after the beach for a delicious smoothie and a quick bite to eat.

Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q
From the moment you walk through the door at Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q, you will feel the warm welcome of southern hospitality. The staff personally delivers hot and fresh food right to your table, refills your drink, and even takes care of discarding your trash. There are currently 36 locations stretching from the NC coast to the Piedmont. During your visit to Brunswick County visit a place that serves true down home southern cookin’.

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