If you find yourself in downtown Wilmington, NC this winter, the first question you may ask is, “Where can I take a cruise on the Cape Fear River?” The answer, of course, is at Cape Fear Riverboats. Our ticket booth is the foot of Dock Street. To check cruise times and availability, call (910) 343-1611.

The second question, of course, is “Where can I get a bowl of nice hot soup?” Here are a few suggestions—please let us know if you have your own favorites!

The Basics

The Basics always offers Brunswick Stew, Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, and a soup of the day.

Caprice Bistro

Try their authentic French Onion Soup or any fresh soup du jour.

Chops Deli

Expect a variation on Macaroni and Cheese Soup as well as a rotating variety of soups made fresh every day.

Copper Penny

Copper Penny serves up a lot of Loaded Baked Potato Soup, French Onion Soup, Smoked Tomato Soup, and Chili this time of year. Yum.


Spicy Red Chowder and creamy Carolina Chowder warm diners at Elijah’s.

The George

The George is right on the Riverwalk and offers Crab Corn Chowder, Butternut Squash Bisque, and Beef and Barley Stew to warm your bones.

Hell’s Kitchen

Grab a soup du jour or a bowl of chili along with traditional pub fare at Hell’s Kitchen.

Paddy’s Hollow

Wander down into the Cotton Exchange and find Guinness French Onion Soup and Creamy Crab Bisque with Sherry.

Pilot House

Try the Carolina Bisque full of clams, shrimp, and scallops, or the Country Ham and Collard Soup.

Platypus & Gnome

Sample the chef’s daily soup or the Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili, served in a pumpkin bowl!

Riverboat Landing

Warm up with Riverboat Clam Chowder or French Onion Soup right on Water Street.


With a new menu every day, you’ll find a surprise soup waiting at Rx. Recent favorites include Sweet Potato Soup, Broccoli Soup, and Curried Butternut Soup.

Saigon Bistro

This Vietnamese site specializes in Hot Pot Soup and Pho in various incarnations: Beef, chicken, shrimp, and fish, with noodles and without. It’s a whole meal.


Skip the sushi this time and try Tomato Ginger Bisque, Miso Soup with Tofu and Wakame, Coconut Lemongrass Soup, Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup, or Pho Ga Chicken Noodle Soup.

Enjoy your winter, Wilmington!

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