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Ultimate Weekend Itinerary in Carolina Beach for the Foodie

The best food and drink experiences in Wilmington and Beaches for foodies, as told by local chef and restaurateur Craig Love

The Ultimate Weekend Itinerary in Carolina Beach for the Foodie

About Our Tour Guide, Craig Love

Chef Craig Love runs Carolina Beach’s famed restaurant Surf House Oyster Bar & Surf Camp. As a local who values great food and hospitality, Craig is the ideal tour guide for the foodie's trip to Carolina Beach. Craig's weekend itinerary is filled with insider tips and noteworthy food and surf experiences.

Day One

Morning in Wrightsville Beach


"The ideal weekend for a foodie in Carolina Beach would actually have to start with hitting South Beach Grill across the way in Wrightsville Beach or grabbing lunch at Dockside Restaurant where you can have cheap eats in a wonderful atmosphere right on the water.

You can take in the whole scene of Wrightsville Beach right from Dockside."

Afternoon in Downtown Wilmington at PinPoint


"Then head to downtown Wilmington and walk along the Riverfront. You can stop at PinPoint for an early dinner, and if you do go there, you have to get either their oysters or catfish." 

Drinks at Manna

"After PinPoint, travelers should head to manna, which is fantastic both for appetizers and nice cocktails, or a longer dinner. You go there for the bar scene, and just ask for whatever the bartender will give you and whatever Billy Mellon and James Bain are throwing out of the kitchen. manna usually has a bar menu that's set, and their cocktail atmosphere is fantastic!"

Live Music at Satellite

Satellite Bar

"Afterward, Satellite Bar is a must stop, especially if it's a Sunday, when they've got live music and bluegrass. Honestly, it's just such an awesome scene there down in the South Front District.

Then, you can head across the street to Benny's Big Time Pizzeria and see what Vivian Howard is offering up. We usually just love nestling into the bar there, and ordering their fried chicken appetizer and finishing it off with one of their pies for dessert, which are just fantastic."


Breakfast at Britt's Doughnut Shop

Britt's Doughnut Shop

"Wake up in Carolina Beach the next morning, and if it's summertime, you've got to stop for breakfast at Britt's Donuts, which is a local institution!"

Morning at Carolina Beach State Park

Carolina Beach State Park

"After breakfast at Britt's, head out to hike, boat or fish at Carolina Beach State Park."

Lunch at the Veggie Wagon

"Then for lunch after you've worked up an appetite, head to the Veggie Wagon, where you can get some light takeout and before heading out to surf Carolina Beach." 

Cocktails at Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar

"Then it's got to be Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar for a cocktail on their pier with some calamari or a shrimp basket appetizer. It's the perfect way to wind down the day."

Dinner at Surf House

"Of course, after the drink at Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar, you've got to come visit us at Surf House if you can."