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The Basics

319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
910-343-1050
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Ranked #44 of 540 restaurants in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have been to The Basics for brunch , lunch and dinner . Each time I enjoyed the southern classic food in a wonderful atmosphere .Their daily specials are wonderful and the vegetables and soups are outstanding . The staff is always very attentive and friendly to your every need . I find The Basics to be the most reliable... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

On my girls weekend to Wilmington, we stopped in for lunch. Although the restaurant was busy we received excellent service and friendly care. The salads are very nice with interesting combinations and the sandwiches and sides were delicious. We started with the fried oyster appetizer. Totally set the mood for the meal! Everyone was pleased, even a first timer☺️.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

While other downtown restaurants were crowded, we got a seat immediately. They have a good kids menu, with an amazingly fancy fruit plate. The side dish choices are varied and delicious. We enjoyed the Mac and cheese and okra. I had the shrimp and grits, and I agree with the other reviewers, they are delicious! The food was a good... More

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Southport, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is now the 4th or 5th time we have eaten at The Basics. Excellent service, excellent Southern food. They have a fixed price offer of 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts, with any bottle of wine on the list..........all for $65!! During Restaurant Week, the deal is even better. Whether a local or a visitor in Wilmington, you... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The Basics is a top favorite for me downtown. What a cool two story location in the cotton exchange! They have a fantastic menu, with many different selections. The daily specials are always good as well. They have sunday breakfast too. If I have a client in town, I will usually take them here for lunch. The BBQ sandwich is... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The food is far from basic. The feta spinach grill is the best! Shrimp and grits is good. The daily specials are truly special. Definitely worth a try if you have never been. Our NY relatives and Raleigh relatives eat there every time they are in town.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

real food by real southern people. everything here is good. Very unassuming place but don't pass it by. You won't be disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Ate here with a large (43) group and service was very good. My wife had the Duck and Andouille Gumbo, which she liked very much - saying it had just the right amount of spice. I had the meatloaf - just like mom use to make. Chef went out of his way to make a dish and dessert for two... More

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charlotte, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Amazing Blueberry Pancakes with homemade walnut butter and maple syrup! Delicious quiche! Great coffee, friendly staff and unique ambiance. Wonderful little downtown find. Its busy but worth the wait!

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Akron, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Excellent down home cooking!! We had grilled pimento cheese and collard greens. I would have previously told you that I hate collard greens. Now I would tell you it was one of the best things I ever ate. We also had peach cobbler , which was made when we ordered. Another friend had home made banana pudding, and Hummingbird cake... More

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