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Wilmington Today: Henry’s American Food


When you’re in the mood for classic, made-from-scratch American fare, treat yourself to lunch or dinner at the neighborhood favorite, Henry’s, in Wilmington at the corner of Shipyard and Independence Boulevards. Henry’s dishes emphasize local and seasonal ingredients, an effort recognized by the N.C. Department of Agriculture’s Goodness Grows seal in North Carolina. They offer Chef-inspired daily features throughout the day, and various salads, sandwiches, soups and luncheon plates during their popular lunch. Henry’s Shrimp and Grits and Wilmingtonian Burger with pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes are among local favorites.


Dinner brings rotisserie chicken and homemade meatloaf, each served with mashed potatoes, local vegetable of the day and savory gravy. Seafood choices include jumbo shrimp and lump crab cakes. Fettuccini with grilled chicken and mushrooms, hanger steak and hearty pot roast are always in demand. “Two-Handed” sandwiches and several entrée salads are also excellent options. Henry’s has a full bar with featured drinks throughout the week, including $3 local craft beers on Monday’s, Infused cocktails on Tuesday, Half priced wines on Wednesdays and $6 Martinis on Thursday. Enjoy live music from local musicians on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 5:30pm. A great place to catch a bite and drink after work.


Head over to Henry’s for brunch on Sunday’s and enjoy bellinis and mimosas, or their signature and popular, Kicking BLT Bloody Mary. The menu includes brunch features, such as the four-egg omelet along with their most popular lunch selections. Brunch starts at 10am on Sundays.


The Pine Room at Henry’s is a charming space for intimate gatherings, such as board meetings, rehearsal dinners, showers and holiday or birthday celebrations. If looking to host an event offsite, there is a wide selection of party platters for catering.

3 Reasons Wilmington Locals Love Henry’s Restaurant


Henry’s Restaurant in Wilmington is a hidden gem. Tucked away on Independence Boulevard (not too far from the local large art museum), you have to be in the know to know you want to be here!


Henry’s has received awards and accolades not only for its food (did we mention candied bacon yet?) but also for its interior design. Locals love it for so many reasons. From the food to the philosophy, Henry’s is an exemplary restaurant that demonstrates a passion for their craft and a commitment to the community.


Here are three reasons to eat at Henry’s Restaurant in Wilmington:


1. Henry’s Philosophy and Emphasis on Local Ingredients

Henry’s embodies the concept farm to table. Their bounty is always fresh and they consistently highlight local farmers, ranchers, and artisans.


Chef Paul Boswell and his team aim to provide simple yet exquisite cuisine, heavily focused on fresh ingredients. They use local meats, cheeses, produce, and seafood whenever possible, and the difference is noticed. Henry’s works tirelessly for the best ingredients because they want all of their guests to have a seasonal and flavorful experience. Whether it’s shrimp, scallops, or flounder, the daily catch is always fresh and handpicked by Chef Paul.



2. The Bar at Henry’s Compliments The Kitchen

You’ll find that most of the bar menu at Henry’s is handcrafted. From cocktails with hand-juiced cucumber & melon and other fresh fruit juices, they even strive to use local produce at the bar (which is unique). They feature house-infused rum, vodka & bourbon, giving connoisseurs something creative to enjoy. They boast thirteen signature cocktails and ten infused cocktails. Henry’s carries a variety of North Carolina brews as well. With a well-thought bar book, there’s never a shortage of new drinks to try.



3. Henry’s Has a Great Space for Catering and Events

Not only is Henry’s the perfect spot for brunch, lunch, and dinner, but they also have a great space for events. The Pine Room at Henry’s is airy and elegant with a woodsy aesthetic. Usable as a private or semi-private space, you can host a catered event for up to 28 people with confidence at Henry’s. The staff goes above and beyond to make all experiences unforgettable, from dinner dates to anniversary parties. Consider having your next get together at Henry’s!

Wilmington Visitor Guide: Henry’s


For fine cuisine that benefits from an overall “Farm to Table” philosophy, visitors can head over to Henry’s. Boasting a vintage warm interior with a long bar and an accompanying collection of booths and tables, and a commercially central locale along Independence Blvd., Henry’s is a convenient destination for a perfect mix of casual and fine dining cuisine.


Henry’s serves up brunch, lunch and dinner, and each menu features a range of options that are predominantly inspired by the restaurant’s southern and coastal locale. Lunchtime visitors can dive into farm-style entrees, like hanger steak, rotisserie chicken and dirty gravy, or Hank’s Mom’s Meatloaf, or feast on two-handed sandwiches like the Heritage Farms BLT, the open-face ribeye sandwich, or the Wilmingtonian Burger with Southern pimento cheese, Duke’s mayo, lettuce, fried green tomato and bacon. For dinnertime entrees, try the seafaring dishes like the lump crab cakes, the flounder platter, or the buttermilk fried jumbo shrimp, or go for a locally sourced farm dish like the hearty pot roast or stuffed pork loin. There’s also a delectable collection of salads and starters for something lighter, as well as a full “bar book” with a nice range of beers, wines and cocktails. Slightly elevated but with a down-home flair, Henry’s is a fine addition to Wilmington’s growing farm to table movement.

Wilmington and Beaches: Henry’s Restaurant


From farm crates to your plate, this classic American fare is carefully picked from partners and researched Farmer’s Market friends, respected regional ranchers and local fishermen. The Chef’s dedication to the freshest ingredients goes beyond the kitchen and into the bar with hand juiced cucumber and melon, fresh squeezed citrus juices and house infused rum, vodka and bourbon complemented by an array of North Carolina born brews. Open for Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch. Enjoy live music in their bar on selected evenings as well as seasonal outdoor dog-friendly dining under umbrellas. Limited Area delivery and catering is available.

The Oceanic, Bluewater, Eddie Romanelli’s, Henry’s to be sold


A Raleigh restaurant company is closing a deal next week to buy a group of popular Wilmington-area eateries. LM Restaurants Inc. is acquiring the assets and real estate of all five restaurants currently owned by Atlantic Quest Corp. of Wilmington: Bluewater, The Oceanic Restaurant, Henry’s and Eddie Romanelli’s locations in Wilmington and Leland, according to officials of both companies.


The new owner is not planning any changes in the daily management, staff, catering service or Quest Club rewards program of the local restaurants, said Becky O’Daniell, president of Atlantic Quest. “Nothing’s changed,” O’Daniell said. “We just have a new partner. It just makes sense because we both run our businesses the same. Now there’s more opportunity for our employees to grow. “We just got a chance to work with a group that’s a little bit bigger than we are, and it will give us a quicker chance for growth.“
LM Restaurants is the parent company of the Carolina Ale House, which has six Triangle locations as well as those in Columbia, S.C., and Weston, Fla.; Taverna Agora in Raleigh; and Bentley’s at Crossroads in Cary. Additional Carolina Ale House locations are under construction at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, in Columbia and in Boynton Beach, Fla.


Atlantic Quest began in spring 1990 with the opening of The Oceanic Restaurant, according to the company’s Web site. Eddie Romanelli’s in Wilmington opened in fall 1992, followed by Henry’s in spring 1999 and Bluewater in spring 2000, the Web site says.  The company opened a second Eddie Romanelli’s location in Leland’s Waterford community in 2006. Atlantic Quest Corp. and LM Restaurants are both privately owned. The Triangle Business Journal recently recognized LM as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the Triangle area. “I’m very proud of what’s going on,” O’Daniell said. “I think it’s going to be a wonderful opportunity for both companies.“