After living in Wilmington for 4 years’, while attending college at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, you could say I definitely have a love for this city. There’s a handful of places to eat and things to do that I would recommend, but below are some of my top spots for relatively quick, healthy options.
This farm-to-fast food restaurant is a must try. The chain recently opened a new location in Wilmington (like last week, recently).
It’s founded on the the idea that healthy food should not only be flavorful and creative, but also fast, convenient, accessible and affordable. Chopt supports local communities by forming partnerships with local food artisans, farmers, small businesses and culinary incubators. So you can expect ingredients like naturally raised chicken and goat cheese to be sourced locally. Who doesn’t love that?
Salad isn’t the only thing green at Chopt – they use recycled fiber napkins and paper bags, compostable packaging, and recycled plastic bowls made from water bottles.
Lovey’s is great spot for the health conscious shopper, or anyone with dietary restrictions. They offer a wide selection of natural, organic, wheat free, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian groceries. They also have a cafe with a hot and cold food bar and delicious deserts. We stopped after lunch at Chopt to grab desert – S’mores Cupcake, Blueberry Tart and Peanut Butter Cookie.
Epic is another quick, but healthy option. Epic sources fresh produce that is locally grown and organic (non-GMO) certified when it’s in season and available. They can accommodate gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo diets. They offer breakfast, smoothies and coffee, lunch and dinner.
I opted for a GF Jam Bar (ah-mazing) and the build-your-own bowl with tomato, goat cheese and spinach, topped with an organic whole egg.
Another favorite spot in Wilmington. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner looks amazing, although I’ve never tried it). My go-to breakfast is the Blue Surf Signature Breakfast – potato hash w garlic, onion, feta, tomato, spinach, mushrooms, onions and a sunny side egg. And you can’t forget the Watermelon Basil infused Lemonade.
One of my favorite things to do while traveling is rent bikes. It’s a great way to explore new and enjoy old cities. Biking in Wrightsville is especially nice because there are so many scenic roads, not to mention the boats and houses to look at.
Swing by Surfberry to rent a beach cruiser and cool down afterwards with an acai/pitaya bowl or an organic cold pressed juice. You can rent bikes for the day or in increments of 3 hours. Don’t forget to hydrate – currently obsessing over Waiakea, Hawaiian Volcanic bottled water. Check it out!