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The Good Life | Wilmington Food Scene
Okay, I know I just went googly
eyed for PinPoint—but here’s my
P.S. I love you to Love,
Lydia Bakery & Café.
;is charming co;ee shop
(owned by Lydia Clop-ton—PinPoint’s head
pastry chef—not to mention, Dean’s wife) recently
opened on South 3rd
Street to rave reviews.
;e building is a lovely
re-furbished house, and
you’ll want to cozy up with a
cappuccino, a book, and one of
Lydia’s crispy bacon, egg sou;é,
and smoked gouda biscuit sandwiches
and never leave.
I made you carb-load for breakfast (and will again
for dinner), so I’m sending you straight to Steam
Restaurant & Bar—one of downtown’s newest eateries tucked inside ;e Embassy Suites. ;e hotel’s classy
coastal demeanor and
style parallels the restaurant’s vibe, and though
you can get smothered
Southern things like
creamed leek and béarnaise fried oysters, I’ve
sent you here for the
salads and waterfront
view. I’m a sucker for the
Riverside Caesar: bright
chilled hearts of romaine, shaved parmesan, white an-chovies, and a luxuriously creamy garlic dressing.
Get out your stretchy pants; we’re o; to
Tarantelli’s where familiar Tuscan fare sprinkled with live
arias and a splash of Montepulciano is the epitome
of Italian spirit. Beautifully crafted dishes like the Sicilian Braciole—thin rolled and stu;ed beef tenderloin with loads of garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese,
and prosciutto—tastes like home to those who grew
up with traditional Italian cooking. It’s rare to dine
at Tarantelli’s without spotting a group wow-ing
over the Spaghetti al Formaggio Parmigiana prepared tableside in an enormous oversized wheel of
Parmesan cheese (doused in whiskey and lit on fire).
What better way to end the weekend?
1 Bill Clark Homes is a family business that has been building top-quality residences in Wilmington and all over the Carolinas for more
than 40 years. Among their newest neighborhoods are The Landing
at Mill Creek, located just three miles from North Topsail Beach, and
Channel Watch, an intimate community of 36 homes off River Road in
2 The Bluffs on the Cape Fear offers large riverfront home sites
and move-in-ready homes. Amenities include a private Beach Club
on Oak Island and a resort-style clubhouse with a pool. The two-acre
Riverfront Park & Boat Launch opens soon, to be followed by a new
fitness center with pickleball courts.
3 Brunswick Forest has residential offerings that range from
low-maintenance patio homes to estate-size home sites. The Villages
commercial hub now includes the New Hanover Regional Medical
Center. Recreational amenities like the Cape Fear National golf course,
a complete fitness center, and kayak/canoe launches keep active
residents happy and healthy.
4 Cambridge Village of Wilmington makes independent retirement living a reality with spacious one- and two-bedroom apartment
homes. The Optimal Living Center has a wellness director to customize
every resident’s fitness plan, a life enrichment director to plan social
events, and pampering professional services at the Salon & MedSpa.
5 Compass Pointe offers resort-style living in an award-winning
master-planned community. The golf club is home to one of the best
new courses in the Carolinas, while other fitness amenities include a
wellness center, tennis/pickleball courts, and miles of hiking/biking
paths. The Grand Lanai Amenities Center hosts community events.
6 Landfall is a family-oriented residential community with playgrounds, playing fields, and walking trails in 320 acres of conservation
land. In addition to the Cliff Drysdale Sports Complex, The Country
Club of Landfall is a member-owned golf club with two challenging
championship courses by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye.
7 Logan Homes is the leading name in coastal living with unique
residential designs in premier Carolina locations like Wilmington.
Their signature Build Smart program includes personal service at state-of-the-art design studios, the latest energy-efficient features in every
home, and a complete warranty program for lasting peace of mind.
When you are checking out the Wilmington
cuisine, you’ll also want to see the welcoming
communities and experienced builders who will
work with you to design your dream home on
the North Carolina coast.