Over the past year, the Brunswick Islands has expanded its culinary scene with a number of new restaurants and breweries. From authentic Puerto Rican cuisine to elevated Southern brunch classics, here are some of the new spots that should be added to your list of restaurants to try in NC's Brunswick Islands.  

  1. Brunswick Beer & Cider – The bourgeoning craft brewing scene in the Brunswick Islands continues to grow with the addition of Brunswick Beer & Cider, located in the inland town of Leland. A wide array of seasonal craft beers and sweet ciders are complemented perfectly by a food menu of Southern pub fare, pizza and bar snacks. This locally owned brewery is dedicated to uplifting the community, hosting events including nonprofit fundraisers, live music, a running club and more.  

  1. Fizzy Jane’s – Located just steps from Southport’s picturesque marina, Fizzy Jane’s is a bar, restaurant and lounge bringing creative dishes and cocktails to the charming seaside village. A colorful interior invites guests to indulge in dinner and weekend brunch menus with rotating entrée specials and a regular lineup of live music. In the lounge area, small plates, charcuterie, wine, and cocktails are the perfect way to unwind in the evening.   

Fizzy Jane's Restaurant in Southport, NC

Photo Courtesy of Fizzy Jane's Restaurant 

  1. The Sea Biscuit Café – This new Holden Beach restaurant is the perfect stop for breakfast or lunch, with a menu of Southern favorites and daily blue-plate specials. Made-from-scratch biscuits and farm-to-table ingredients are the stars of the show, and visitors can look forward to locally sourced flounder and catfish making a regular appearance on the menu. Enjoy a hearty meal before setting out to search for the restaurant’s namesake sea biscuits, which can be found on the shores of Holden Beach. 

  2. El Coqui’s – Joining the growing lineup of restaurants along Main Street in downtown Shallotte, El Coqui’s serves up a mouthwatering menu of authentic Puerto Rican fare. This family-owned eatery features a breezy patio space and indoor dining area where guests can enjoy empanadas, sandwiches, and the crowd favorite pernil, traditional Puerto Rican roasted pork shoulder.  

El Coqui's Restaurants in Shallotte, NC.

  1. Maya Fine Food and Tequilas – Traditional Mexican cuisine and an extensive collection of tequilas and mezcals come together in a fine dining experience at Maya Fine Food and Tequilas in Ocean Isle Beach. An impressive menu of entrees and raw bar favorites like Carne Asada, Mahi al Pastor and Ceviche Cancun can be paired with vibrant craft cocktails or a curated tequila tasting. Perfect for a date night or special occasion, this new restaurant brings an authentic taste of Mexico to the Brunswick Islands.  

These are just a few of the new restaurants that have opened up in the Brunswick Islands this past year, with more to come! The area’s food scene is constantly growing to welcome new and unique eateries, and we encourage visitors to support our local businesses (and treat their taste buds) by trying them all! 

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