We had a fabulous meal at Brasserie Beaujolais at Lumina Station near Wrightsville Beach last wk. They had only been open a few nights and so service meant well but was off. I had a divine linguini with white clam sauce (creamy), create your own salad from a variety of ingredients, incredible dessert of 3 little custardy things: flan, creme brule and a fantastic chocolate thing- like a choc mousse but with crunchy bittersweet choc on top. The prime rib (called some French name) was reportedly excellent. French fries (frites) superb. I sampled the bouillabase (spelling) and wasn't keen on it but I don't care for mussels- tasted a little fishy and the rouille wasn't garlicky enough- both the soup and rouille had a subtle saffron flavor which was OK but not great. The restaurant is big, gorgeous, elegant yet had a relaxed feel. Highly recommend! Need reservations but they are also open for lunch.
Apparently Brasserie Beaujolais, Prima in downtown Wilmington and two tapas bars are all owned by the same person.
The bistro food at Brasserie was excellent. So fresh, relatively simple, straightforward cooking- not a lot of weird ingredients. I'm very excited about this addition to the Wilmington/Wrightsville dining scene.
Port Land Grille also in Lumina Station has been a disappointment lately. Their salads and appetizers, desserts and service/ambiance are excellent but entrees are often a disappointment. For example, last May we all ordered a variety of fish dishes which they should excel in since they are right at the beach. Wrong! All varieties tasted the same with a heavy breading/coating. They do offer a bountiful and yummy vegetarian plate however and my husband has had some good chicken and lamb dishes there.
Sweet and Savory Bake shop/cafe on a side street by Lumina Station was very tasty for breakfast. Frequented by locals.
There's also a fantastic fish market behind the yacht yards- can't think of the name-NOT the one really close to Redix though. Bring a cooler and fill it up!