Merritt’s Burger House is a classic little drive-in joint that’s been a subtle Wilmington institution for generations. Featuring a drive-in style exterior, complete with an old-school sign, this simple little burger restaurant serves up fast eats to vehicular patrons with no frills, no fuss, but a good dose of flavor.

The restaurant is easy to pass by along Carolina Beach Road, due to its one-story stature and a bordering collection of local businesses and services. But locals who have been frequenting this eatery for years know it well, and newcomers will find a surprising variation on the fairly lengthy menu. Burgers are the favorite items, naturally, but visitors will also find a host of classic and southern fare, including a selection of plates like barbecue trays, deviled crabs, shrimp, and chicken tenders, and a host of sandwiches which includes roast pork, shrimp burgers, chicken filets, and Ham “all the way” with cheese, egg and / or mustard. The prices are one of the best parts for avid fans, and seemingly haven’t changed in decades. Although super casual and fairly basic, Merritt’s Burger House is nevertheless a fast and filling option for patrons who crave a big burger or a southern meal without breaking the bank.

  • Monday10:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday10:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday10:00am-5:00pm
Shell Island

Shell Island

Shell Island may not be a familiar term for new visitors to Wrightsville Beach, but it’s certainly well-known among locals and historians who like to explore the original roots of the area. Referring to the northern tip of Wrightsville Beach which was once the site of a popular resort, “Shell Island” is still an attractive destination for shell-seekers, fishermen, beachcombers, and anyone who likes a little peace and quiet in this otherwise bustling beach town.

Wilmington Railroad Museum

Wilmington Railroad Museum

With Wilmington's distinguished history as a thriving port community, few folks recognize at first that part of this reputation stemmed from its legacy as a bustling railroad center. In fact, for well over 125 years, railroading was the top industry in this town, surpassing importing and exporting goods along the Cape Fear River, (although the two businesses were certainly intertwined.)