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319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
910-343-1050
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Ranked #64 of 560 Restaurants in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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
wilmington, nc
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

wilmington is a restaurant town. the basics has passed the test of time here. we go for lunch, but breakfast and dinner are just as good. please understand the menu is not extensive- hence the name The Basics". the prices are very fair, the service is southern friendly, but the FOOD is the star. excellent southern gourmet cooking. the chefs... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I ate here twice this week--both times with a large work party (10 and 9). It's downtown and very convenient to work but I generally don't choose to go here myself. I will go to The Basics when I'm meeting someone else who wants to go there. For one lunch I had the Cobb Salad with the fried chicken (instead... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is my favorite lunch place downtown! Their pimento cheese and tomato soup dish is true comfort food! Their veggie plate was also absolutely wonderful. I have yet to be disappointed here.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is a great place to go for Southern cooking. On my last visit I had smoked chicken, collards, and hoppin John. All were delicious. The hummingbird cake is the best dessert and one should always indulge no matter how much you have already eaten.

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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I love this place. The prices are reasonable and the food is very good. They take southern foods to another level. Still southern but with a dash of upscale. On this visit, Michael was our waiter and he did a wonderful job, not too overbearing but attentive. I had their braised pork belly for an appetizer. I wanted a whole... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Went here with hubby on New Years day. It was awesome! Pork chop, collards, and sweet potatoes were incredible. Peach cobbler was sinful. Service was warm and efficient. Wonderful southern hospitality. We highly recommend this place.

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Astoria, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

What a great find this restaurant is! I went with a group for breakfast on a weekday and we could not have been happier. The down-to-earth but upscale southern vibe of the restaurant is fantastic, the staff were genuine and kind, and the food was *great*. I had the oatmeal blueberry pancakes, and others in our party had the migas... More 

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North Carolina, USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Small, quaint building. The inside had hardwood floors and exposed brick. The food was fresh, good service and a unique menu. The grits are white stone mill!! Real grits!! They were some of the best I have ever had.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Love the fried green tomatoes and love the Cotton Exchange! The food and staff are great. You must come downtown to visit!

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My husband and I had a late lunch at The Basics on a Wednesday afternoon. This is probably our fourth or fifth visit for either lunch or dinner. It is a fun place to take guests looking for a southern menu, but I personally think that many of the lesser known diners and local restaurants serve better versions of the... More 

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Additional Information about The Basics

Address: 319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
Phone Number: 910-343-1050
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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