Elijah’s is an American seafood grill and oyster bar that has been a mainstay in historic downtown Wilmington, NC since 1984. Its building on Chandler’s Wharf was originally a maritime museum. Ship models, nautical artifacts and paintings depicting maritime history remain on display.

A large deck facing the Cape Fear River and the pedestrian boardwalk named The Riverwalk is a wonderful spot for people-watching while enjoying drinks, lunch or dinner. Seafood is the kitchen’s primary concentration. The famous creamy, cheesy, hot crab dip was requested for a North Carolina’s governor’s inauguration.

Oysters come on the half shell, steamed, fried and Rockefeller-style. A Carolina Bucket is an abundant mix of steamed clams, mussels, shrimp, crab legs, sausage, new potatoes and corn on the cob. Seafood platters, grilled or fried, are buffets on a plate.

Find New York strip steaks, vegetable linguine, sesame chicken, stuffed pork chops and filet mignon every day. Friday and Saturday are prime rib nights.

For dessert, sorbet flavors depend on seasonal fruit while old-fashioned apple pie is a mainstay year-round. Lowcountry Cheesecake is part bourbon pecan pie, part creamy cheesecake, all finished with luscious ganache. The full bar serves beer, wine and cocktails. The restaurant is open daily for lunch, beginning at 11:30 a.m., and dinner year-round.

For more information visit www.elijahs.com

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