Old Cape Fear Smoked Meats’ moto is “We Smoke It, You Inhale It!” and carnivores won’t be disappointed by the extensive, and unsurprisingly meat-heavy menu that’s loaded with southern staples.

Found just south of Downtown Wilmington along Carolina Beach Road, this simple establishment has an equally simple menu – but hungry visitors will be absolutely thrilled with the limited but hearty options. The menu essentially consists of a choice of a “plate” or main dish with two sides, and patrons can elect to feast on pilled pork, ribs, or brisket, on a bun or as a platter. The side dishes are traditionally southern, and include green beans, barbecued boiled potatoes, and cole slaw, as well as fresh pork rinds which are made in house. It’s a simple menu to be sure, but the in-house smoked flavor shines through in every bite, and will thrill meat aficionados who appreciate sticking to the basics, and doing it very well. Old Cape Fear Smoked Meats’ can also provide big platters for family get-togethers or filling beach picnic, and al dishes can be enjoyed in house or on the go for a filling (and wonderfully messy) meal at home.

Always fresh and satisfying, Old Cape Fear Smoked Meats’ will be a drool-worthy destination for dedicated visiting and local Wilmington carnivores.

  • Tuesday11:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday11:00am-6:00pm
  • Thursday11:00am-6:00pm
  • Friday11:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturday10:30am-2:00pm
Henrietta III

Henrietta III

It's hard to miss the Henrietta III as she cruises along Downtown Wilmingtontowards the open waters of the Cape Fear River. As the largest cruise boat in North Carolina, and the state's only true stern wheel riverboat, the Henrietta III has become a staple of the downtown scene in Wilmington, adding to its historic charm and southern flair for fun.

Downtown Wilmington, NC

Downtown Wilmington, NC

For many visitors, the waterfront downtown region is where the action is in Wilmington, and an extended visit to this area is the highlight, if not the majority, of a great Wilmington vacation. Downtown Wilmington is steeped in history, filled with attractions, and offers all the enticing restaurants and shops of a major city, while retaining its small-town coastal charm.