Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Mark and Lynn are impressed by the Basics in Wilmington, North Carolina

After our January/February trip to Wilmington produced some mixed results food wise Lynn and I had some seriously lowered expectations (food wise) for our trip to Wilmington this past week.  We had thought we might eat at Catch if we had time as we were looking forward to seafood.

Our daughter, Kristina, introduced us to a very wonderful eatery called The Basics.  This restaurant connected to Wilmington's Cotton Exchange had been a pretty good pizza parlor in the late 90's (as best I can remember).

Lynn had great crab cakes (with a lot of nice, lump crab meat) that were lightly sauteed and somewhat uncharacteristically non-greasy for the deep south.  We also had great fried okra that were more in the style of tempura than heavily fried which helped keep the flavor and savoriness of the okra front and center.

Perhaps most impressive of all was the service; a blonde waitress named Amy (I think) and a brunette who were helpful to us and attentive without being over-familiar (a typical problem with waitstaff in the Port City)  They were predictably charmed by my grandson Jackson who loved the blueberry pancakes.  We ate there three times and it was great and consistent three times in a row...

The Basics
319 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-343-1050

Monday – Friday:
8am – 11am

Monday – Friday:
11am – 4pm

Mon – Sat at 5pm

10:00am – 4pm

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I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...


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