Might as Well Bar & Grill keeps customers satisfied with casual American eats and cold beer. Massive 2/3-pound burgers come topped in fixings such as chili and cheddar or bacon, egg, and cheese. Grab a buffalo chicken wrap, a new york strip steak, or opt for a whole pizza covered in veggies and meat.
Restaurant critics, neighborhood regulars, and first time visitors always agree about Island Bar And Grill: the atmosphere is great, the food is superb, and the service is outstanding. The restaurant offers a casual atmosphere that is perfect for dining with friends, co-workers, and family members. The creative menu feature
The ScrubOaks menu, like the restaurant itself, is paradoxically upscale yet casual—combining sumptuous surf and turf with classic comfort foods such as deep-fried pickles ($8) and homemade onion rings in boom boom sauce ($8). With a single word or telepathic shout to your server, they'll load down the black tablecloth of your table with a hearty 12 oz. rib-eye steak ($21) or deep-fried sea scallops reclining comfortably on a bed of chicken salad ($18) as news of the latest football highlights and golf riots wash over you from the restaurant's eight TV screens. Although today's deal is not valid for alcohol, ScrubOaks's regular drinks specials make it easy for patrons to partake of the restaurant's 22 beers and 18 wines.
Squire's Pub attracts patrons with British-style fare and a distinctive pub atmosphere, both of which have helped it win several of The Pilot's Best of Moore County awards, including the All-Around Restaurant and Burger categories. The Squire Pub's owners honor their English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish ancestry with authentic artifacts and antiques throughout the establishment, including a 1719 map of Kent, photos of Trafalgar Square, and William Shakespeare's cherished childhood Nintendo. The stained glass, mirrors, and dark woods of the interior take eyes on a historical journey as patrons sip on cold pints of beer, and hanging dartboards, backgammon, and cribbage games are available from the barkeep to keep hands busy.
Railhouse Brewery founders Mike Ratkowski and Brian Evitts both did stints in the armed forces before they met while working the same job. The two shared an interest in the effervescent qualities of a good beer, and in 2009, they turned that passion into a business. Brian, a homebrewer for 20 years, oversees the production of the company's five main beers?oatmeal stout, brown ale, pale ale, honey wheat, and barley wine?and Mike handles operations, sales, and the number of bottles of beer on the wall. Together, they help bring Railhouse brews to 14 restaurants and bars in the Sandhills.
The Railhouse Brewery also frequently hosts concerts and festivals, and holds cornhole tournaments every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, check out the event page or send a pack of investigative hops to visit the brewery.
Noni Bacca Winery wears more medals than a star athlete, a decorated soldier, or a door-to-door medal salesman who wears his inventory around his neck. "The first thing you?re likely to notice after the warm greeting is a wall covered with wine bottles all sporting Olympic-like haul of medals," wrote a Star-News reporter of his visit to the Wilmington winery and tasting room. All told, there are 94 medals, each of which attests to the quality of the reds and whites within the bottles.
Noni Bacca Winery's stellar track record isn't a surprise, considering that owners Toni and Ken Incorvaia literally have winemaking in their blood. Both come from European families with long winemaking traditions: Ken's in Sicily and Toni's in Bulgaria. The couple draws on their traditional winemaking background and modern techniques to produce nearly 70 varietals on the premises. For a decadent treat, try a dessert wine such as the Chilly Bear Icewine, an intensely sweet riesling with notes of apricot and lychee.