Where to eat Southwestern food in Wilmington: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 31, 2019 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Discover Restaurants offering the best Southwestern food in Wilmington, North Carolina, United States. Wilmington is a vibrant riverfront city and the most accessible coastal area in the state. The pedestrian-friendly Riverwalk winds along the Cape Fear River, connecting many of the city’s shops, cafés, and nightlife with waterfront hotels, parks and the Port City Marina. Annual festivals, such as Riverfest, Wilmington Beer Week and the world-famous North Carolina Azalea Festival, attract crowds year-round. Three nearby island beaches offer even more dining, attractions and water sports.
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1. K-38 Baja Grill

5410 Oleander Dr Midtown, Wilmington, NC 28403-5812 Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Television [email protected] +1 910-395-6040 http://www.liveeatsurf.com
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4 based on 224 reviews

K-38 Baja Grill

Please visit our website to find out about our daily specials and other information at our sister restaurants, Las Olas Mexi-Q Grill, K38 Baja Grill (2 locations - Oleander Drive and Porters Neck/Market St), Tower 7 (Wrightsville Beach) and Cafe Del Mar (

Reviewed By 16lestere

We have passed this place several times and we decided to try it. We waited 15 min to be seated and it was well worth it. I had a beef fajita and it was the best that I have had in years. Great food and great staff.

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2. Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn

4002 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403-6815 Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards +1 910-799-2919 http://www.flamingamysburritobarn.com/
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4 based on 492 reviews

Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn

Reviewed By KindredSpirit07

I think they get a little complacent after rave reviews, long lines and tv spots. This is still one of my favorite places but some visits lately have been quite unsatisfying. Shrimp so chewy and flavorless that it was not enjoyed at all. 2 of the same burrito ordered in takeout but with very different toppings were both just labeled with the burrito name so we had to unroll and decide which was which. One completely wrong burrito from an online order. P.I.G. basically a slaw burrito with a little meat one day. I will always be back and they know it but that’s likely part of the problem.....

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3. Beer Barrio

34 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4482 Mexican, Southwestern, Bar Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Free Wifi [email protected] +1 910-769-5452 http://www.beerbarrionc.com/
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4 based on 204 reviews

Beer Barrio

Beer Barrio is a craft beer-infused modern Mexican restaurant. It has 30 beers on draft, delicious margaritas and creative chef-driven cuisine. Beer Barrio was founded by NYC restaurant industry vets/husband and wife team Stephen Durley and Hayley Jensen.

Reviewed By JamieJW

Staying in Wilmington for a few days and surprised by the large number of Mexican restaurants so decided to try Beer Barrio, very good fresh quality Mexican food.The restaurant gets crowded with the young locals and we managed to get a table for the 2 of us.The restaurant provides a free serving of fresh hot tortilla chips and a smooth (not chunky) salsa with each entree. Chips were very good and salsa was not too spicy.I ordered the Pressed Burrito stuffed with Cheddar Jack cheese, smoky black beans, pico de gallo and served with sour cream and guacamole. Excellent dish, fresh and heated slightly. Partner ordered the Quesadillas served with melted Cheddar Jack cheese between 2 flour tortillas with tostada crisp, lettuce, pico de gallo and loved them. Food is so fresh.Service was fine and pricing was quite low considering the local in downtown Wilmington, NC. Nice surprise.

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4. Islands Fresh Mex Grill

260 Racine Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403-8703 Mexican, Southwestern, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol +1 910-799-2109 http://www.islandsfreshmexgrill.com/index.aspx
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4 based on 83 reviews

Islands Fresh Mex Grill

Reviewed By Cathy L

Love Mexican food and Island did not disappoint. The burritos are large, moist and generously filled. The quesadilla portion was also large and generiously filled. The only thing I would recommend would be to toast the quesadilla shell more as it completely fell apart when I tried to pick it up.

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