Cape Fear Coast Convention &...
Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau. This should be your first stop if you need general info and advice about what to see and do in the area.
Located at 3rd and Princess.
(there's another information point at the end of Market Street by the river)
fort anderson is a confederate earthen fort built on the site of brunswick town on the cape fear river. fort anderson was built to protect wilmington from union attack from the southwest of the city. after the fall of fort fisher on the cape fear peninsula in january 1865 admiral david d. porter sailed up the cape fear river and shelled fort anderson. general adelbert ames forces attacked fort anderson from the west. after a short battle confederate general johnson hagood was forced to abandon the fort. the fall of fort fisher and fort anderson led to the union occupation of wilmington in february 1865. fort anderson and the site of brunswick town is a very interesing place to visit for those interested in colonial and civil war history. see the attached web sites for more information.
from downtown wilmington take US 74 west to the belville exit. take river road (SR133) south to orton road s.e. fort anderson is about 18 miles southwest of downtown wilmington.
Atmosphere for days, both inside and out! Fantastic asian food! If there is a heaven, Indochine will be there, and there won't be a long wait for a table in the backyard.
This review could be chalkful of superlatives and hyperbole and they would all be justified. I didn't rush to the restaurant when all the locals said I should. I waited for co-workers to tell me about "Mr. Miyagi's Garden", their nickname for the back yard dining area at Indochine. Ok, I will try this. It's a good thing there wasn't a long wait the first night I went or I never would have left in a huff and never experienced the most extraordinarly nuanced Massaman Curry ever.
The interior is a bit busy, looking nearly like a World Market and Pier One blew up and dropped tiny Buddha knick-knacks every where, but it entertains the eye while you wait for the dish that entertains the rest of your senses.
Mr. Miyagi's Garden is incredible, step down a couple steps and enter a carefully crafted garden of exotic tropical plants and well placed tiki hut private dining areas. Get there early if you don't want to wait for a tiki hut as this jewel doesn't take reservations. It's always crowded and the bar is small and crowded, not that you would want to get drunk and miss all the flavors when dinner is served. Massaman Curry in a bowl big enough to serve an entire family. It's flowery, but not too much, it's spicy, but not too much, it's rich with coconut milk, potatoes, chilis, chicken, and garlic.
Galloping Horses - crispy rice paper wrapped around chicken, wrapped around tiger prawn shimp and deep fried. Skip the orange wasabi dipping sauce and let the flavors burst in your mouth.
The Pad Thai was spot on perfect.
Buddha's Feast in a Nest was excellent mild brown sauce stir fry of veggies.
Anice view of the Wilmington...
Anice view of the Wilmington waterfront. Downtown has some nice clubs and bars to go and hang out at and plenty of history for the older folks. A few crackheads but they're safer than the college kids.
Every Saturday between 8am-12pm, you can head down to the waterfront and shop at the booths of fresh fruit. They started this last summer and I guess it was pretty successful since they're doing it again. Being that I love my sleep time, I can't say that I've ever made it out there, but, from what my friend says, a lot of people show up to enjoy picking out the freshest fruit available.