My girlfriend and I are from Southern California and are flying out to North Carolina next week for a family reunion in Wilmington. I haven't been there since I was a toddler.
What are the "Not to be Missed" chow-ventures? Where should we go to sample dishes that we can't find in California? Doesn't matter if it's a 5 star restaurant or a tiny shack with a still out back. Just has to be amazing food.
We figure we should definitely try the BBQ (both East NC and West NC style). I'd like to have Maryland-Style Steamed Blue Crabs if that's possible.
Also, we'll be flying in and out of Raleigh so recommendations for lunch in the Triangle area would be great as well. We also welcome any non-chow suggestions for things to do between meals ;-)