When it opened the original chef, according to the Star-News article, had too many Carribean items on the menu so the new chef toned it down a bit. They had "jerk" chicken and they did have a conch soup and some other conch dish on the menu the only Bahamian items in my opinion. I think it's a concept and a restaurant gone awry if you ask me.
There is nobody more anxious than I to see a formidable restaurant in Carolina Beach . Yes we do have very nice restaurants but you know a special restaurant, one that you would travel to just to eat there because it's so special..................................Well I thought I had found it in "The Tangerine Carribean Grill "granted it didn't start out so great it got a REALLY low restaurant grade in its first few weeeks of opening but it was explained in an article in the Star-News that it resulted from "a plumbing problem" and then the article went on to to further exonerate the restaurant by saying Kyle McKnight although lured by big city venues chose to chef at this restaurant. Well Mr. McKnight was chef at "Savannah's" in Wrightsville Beach a side of Wilmington that is a mecca to a number of fine dining or shall we say "in" restaurants and was highly lauded for his endeavors. My husband and I found the Sunday Brunch to be exceptional and high quality dining. SO it was with great anticipation that we ventured today to have lunch at "Tangerine's Carribean Grill" OMG, it took many moons to revamp this restaurant / variety store/ayce restaurant to the establishment that now houses the orange colored building that reflects its name. When we walked in we were pleased to see how cute the place was decorated we then had about another 10 minutes to reflect on this because no one was there to greet us or show us to our seats. Most of the bar stools were taken but the restaurant was mostly empty. Someone finally approached us and we were seated. The waitress was sweet and brought our drinks pronto. We ordered the Calamari and blood orange sweet and sour sauce and it came in a timely manner. The Calamari was okay but the sauce was an enigma it had no flavor but you could feel the sting of the spice on your tongue....................................... I didn't find anything appetizing on the entree menu so I ordered an appetizer the "lump" crabcake with "vooDoo" sauce and mango salsa. My husband ordered the broiled "Grouper" sandwich with "voodoo" sauce which came with fries and a jicama slaw. We were so looking forward to this which made it that much more disappointing (excuse me but I have to burp yet again) Where was I? Oh yes the entrees............ again I felt I had lost my taste buds everything was bland except for the crabcake which was extremely fishy............I was wondering why my husband wasn't saying anything then he finally said "You want to taste some of my grouper sandwich" and I said "Only if you take a bite of my crabcake" we exchanged taste tests and before we could comment the waitress came over and asked how everything was. I'm not a poker face so I said "gee this crabcake is really fishy tasting' Her rehearsed reply was " Yes we have gotten complaints that the crabcake is fishy tasting in the past but it's beacuse the chef wants to showcase the crabmeat and not mask it and so there is very little fillers" and then offers "Would you like tartar sauce?" As a person who has enjoyed many a five and four star restaurant along with my husband in Wilmington as well as around our country and internationally to be told I just didn't know that it was all about the crab and needed to drown it in tartar sauce (which eventually was brought by our waitress and was not the classic sauce but inundated with spices and not in a good way) was to me extremely patronizing. The crabmeat was about the farthest from "lump" that you could get and was "why" it was so fishy. IF it was lump crabmeat then by all means then you never mask it's sweet taste with fillers but this crabcake needed all the help it could get. My husband's Grouper sandwich was again tasteless and more like mystery fish than anything else........................By the time we got to our house minutes away from the restaurant my husband had a reaction to "whatever" ( maybe it was the "voodoo" sauce that they didn't "do" so well)and I had bad indigestion. How disappointing! I can not believe that this is the same chef that created all those wonderful dishes at Savannah's it's just too much of a stretch. Carolina Beach deserved better than this and I say good riddance if this restaurant doesn't make it.
Let me qualify one of the best pastrami sandwiches etc. and I've had pastrami at quite a few kosher deli's one's well known and only the locals in Brooklyn and New York know but I guess it's a matter of taste.................
I admit I've been living in the South for many years and haven't been to Ben's in quite awhile but it was always great and "kosher" it's hard to believe it changed? in any case I've eaten in enough "Kosher" deli's in my lifetime to know what's good and what's not...........Sorry you didn't have a good experience at Ben's you are one of the few.
I realize what you are saying but I'm from New York and the Jewish Deli's there are "Kosher" and all that Kosher refers to. I and all of my Jewish friends frequented these restaurants and have for many years apparently you haven't eaten at Ben's In New York you'll have the best "Kosher" pastrami and hot dogs and knish and kugel and matzo ball soup and brisket you have ever had I guarentee it.
NOFO is consistent and good and a restaurant that has proved the test of time but noone is loyal to one restaurant anymore it can be the "in" place to eat but next week another new restaurant opens and another and so on and so forth. That's why so many good restaurants close they don't have the loyalty of their customers and there are too many options in Wilmington there seems to be a glut of new restaurants opening kind of like a kid in the candy shop where do you go first.....................
My husband and I have vacationed in Myrtle Beach for many years and were excited when we saw a new restaurant concept and decided to have dinner there. It was actually two restaurants in one connected one end was "Kansas City Prime" a steakhouse and "Kono" an asian fusion restaurant with bars in between each restaurant for drinks and light fare. The decor was trendy and very contemporary "Kono's" reminded us of a smaller version of "TAO" restaurant in The Venetian, Las Vegas our original plan was to eat one night at Kansas City and the next at Kono's. We arrived at the nearly empty restaurant and I ordered a Martini and it was very "tini" one sip and I was finished. The butternut squash soup was good and creamy. My husband ordered the "filet mignon" and it was tasteless lacking any seasoning. Don't call it a filet mignon if it isn't..................Call it what it is "beef tenderloin" the lesser version. I ordered "prime" rib hello?.....................................It didn't resemble any prime rib I ever had, it arrived brown with a sauce on top with lot of grizzle and fat to chew through I finally gave up........end of story Don't include "Prime" in your restaurant title if ther isn't any to be found
My husband and I ate there a couple of months ago and really liked it. The restaurant has a cosmopolitan feel but cozy. The quail appetizer was really good my husband I inhaled it and the fish entree was excellent as well. A little pricey but what fine restaurant worth its salt isn't.
Frankie's closed not surprised but I miss Salty's it's previous owner although the food was okay I loved the fact that there was a place to go for the over forty crowd and enjoy live music and dancing......... Can't Wilmington open a venue for the over forty crowd with fun food and a nightspot for live music preferrably the 60's throught the 80's and dancing? I've spoken to a lot of people my age and we're all bored with Wilmington nothing to do except see a movie or go to dinner......What do you all think?
I ate there for lunch a couple of weeks ago and I really liked it. I had the shrimp with crab bisque very tasty could have been a little more crab in it. The fried flounder po' boy was great, nicely fried fresh flounder and a nice sized sandwich took half home. My husband and I are going to try it for dinner and yes the Grouper Saltimbocca sounds yummy!
When I read new Kosher option in Wilmington I was so excited I've lived here for 16 years (orig.from NY) and missed my kosher deli but apparently your idea of kosher is different from mine. When I think Kosher it's a bigger than life hot pastrami or corned beef sandwich on rye (not a commercail deli meat, the real deal), a potato knish, pickles and slaw. Maybe a matzo ball soup or kosher frankfurters with all the trimmings and a cream soda Oh well my quest is still on..................
The OC as they call it (Osteria Cicchetti) is "fine" Italian dining and I love it. But surprisingly enough Macaroni Grill a chain restaurant is good Italian food try the veal marsala or sizzling shrimp scampi and their new dessert berry tiramasu is so good and of course we're talking a lot of food and reasonable.