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.

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