Respected restaurant guides such as Zagat and Michelin have yet to tackle Wilmington, but the city has numerous fine-dining restaurants that could contend for multiple stars.
Since opening in 2000, Port Land Grille (1908 Eastwood Road, Suite 111, in Lumina Station) has earned positive reviews. The restaurant also won the 2005 Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award from DiRoNA. Based in New York City, DiRoNA was established in 1990 to promote the fine-dining industry.
Marc’s on Market (7213 Market Street) consistently gets high marks from diners. Owner and chef Marc Copenhaver won Wilmington magazine’s first Wilmington Top Chef competition in 2008.
Catch is another of the city’s acclaimed restaurants. Chef/owner Keith Rhodes in 2007 won both the fine- and casual-dining categories in the N.C. Department of Agriculture’s Best Dish in North Carolina competition, which focuses on local ingredients. He was also a finalist in the 2008 Wilmington Top Chef competition.
The fine-dining award recognized Rhodes’ work at Deluxe, another exceptional Wilmington restaurant, especially known for its extensive wine list, which has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence each year since 2001. Rhodes served as Deluxe’s executive chef from 2002 to 2009.
The casual-dining honor recognized Rhodes’ work at Catch.
Caprice Bistro (10 Market St.) is star-worthy, too. French chef Thierry Moity has cooked in some of the finest French restaurants in Europe and New York City. While at New York’s La Gauloise, Moity won praise from famed New York Times’ restaurant reviewers Bryan Miller and Mimi Sheraton. His own former Café de Bruxelles in New York City won high marks from Forbes magazine.
Date posted: November 24, 2009
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