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The Basics

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319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
+1 910-343-1050
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Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Rochester, New York
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On our second morning in Wilmington, my wife wanted to search for breakfast by exploring some streets we had not yet walked. Well that method worked out exceedingly well. This small place has a short and unusual menu. Our eggs had spinach, tomatoes, feta and balsamic reduction. Sounds unusual but tasted great. Waitress was nice and the ambiance was pretty... More 

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Randleman, North Carolina
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food and service at this place is amazing. I saw people around me with plates loaded with as much food as the plate held and their meals looked wonderful. I had half a chicken and it was falling off the bone. Cooked to perfection but not overcooked. I honestly would like to try everything on their menu.

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Thank Karen T
London, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this restaurant 4 times in 3 days. Every day I tried something different and it was amazing. Freshly cooked, very tasty food. Waiters were great as well, very friendly and positive. Truly recommended as it is a real gem.

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Thank Bambina-Tina
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A very good find right in Wilmington. Shrimp and grits were fantastic. So good, in fact, we went back for breakfast. Go there, it won't disappoint

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Lima, Peru
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We were out walking and needed a break. Glad we stopped at The Basics for a rest. Excellent fried green tomatoes and crab cakes with a couple of beers made for a relaxing background for conversation. We're anxious to return to return to check out some of their other offerings.

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Thank edgeclinger
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Delicious and unique food great service highly recommend would return again when visiting Wilmington NC

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Thank AnneMarie E
Wilmington, North Carolina
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We were passing by and decided to try this restaurant. We know of it as a brunch place, not as a diner place. We were totally surprised by the quality of the food, the quantity of food and the very fair pricing.

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Thank Ronstan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Small pricey portions. Beer wasn't cold, not even offered a glass. They were pleasant regarding GF menu requests, but not many choices. The salmon was ok, tiny piece for $14, on very buttery risotto. The watermelon gazpacho was mostly onion flavored.

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Thank Janice G
Deep Run, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Very friendly people, good food, nice clean place to grab lunch that isn't usual lunch fare. Shrimp n Grits, Hoppin' John, all sorts of selections.

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Thank Donnie and Tina H
Herndon, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We were visiting Wilmington for the first time and only had time for a quick bite before a concert. We told our waitress that we were limited on time and she recommended a few dishes she knew would come out quickly. The meal was amazing and the service was, too. We enjoyed it so much we went back the next... More 

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Thank Diane W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 21:00
Thursday
08:00 - 21:00
Friday
08:00 - 21:00
Saturday
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-343-1050

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?