A few months ago I announced that Poe's Tavern opened in Wrightsville Beach and I was unfortunately unable to attend the grand event. I rectified that by stopping by over my Christmas visit to my Wilmington home and brought with me four children and four other adults. Our visit was early in the afternoon on New Year's Eve and it got quite crowded while we were there.
The decor is well appointed in the theme of Edgar Allen Poe with pictures, movie posters and the like. Booths align the walls, along tables in the middle, a large bar area, and ample outdoor seating. The clean bathrooms are wallpapered with pages from Poe's literary works. My only complaint is that it could get a bit noisy, but remember that I'm sixty so take that with a grain of salt.
I looked over the extensive beer menu and was very impressed with the number of North Carolina offerings, but decided to stay with water as it was early and I had a drive ahead of me.
The menu leaned toward sandwiches and burgers, as well as some interesting salads, and after thinking about it I went with the Amontillado burger at $12.50. It was a nice slab of local beef cooked to ever so slightly rarer than the medium-rare I'd ordered (this is a good thing as I usually find burgers overcooked) on a fresh brioche bun with jalapeño cheese, pico de gallo, and chipotle sour cream. It was excellent and so were the copious hand-cut shoestring fries which were seasoned so nicely. My daughter ordered the market fish which was the mahi-mahi and I took a taste. It was excellent. The rest of our party ordered burgers and were quite pleased with them.
Overall, a rather neat place to grab a burger and a brew while in the Wrightsville Beach area and I will certainly be headed back over the summer.