Options abound when it comes to dining on Bald Head Island. Grab a sandwich to take to the beach or enjoy fine cuisine with views that rival the food.
New in 2013, Delphina Cantina brings the fresh flavors of Latin cuisine to Bald Head Island. Located in the harbor in the former River Pilot Café, this lively restaurant serves Mexican food with a Spanish and Cuban flair.
Signature dishes like Carnitas Al Horno—pork braised in house made adobo sauce served with braised jalapeno cabbage and Dijon mustard mashed potatoes—show off the chef’s deep knowledge of authentic Latin cuisine. Tasty quesadillas, Baja chicken salad and fish tacos balance out the menu with more familiar options. Don’t miss the Elotero Corn—grilled corn on the cob, roasted garlic aioli, cotija cheese and chilli. It’s to die for.
Homemade desserts, a kids menu and an extensive beer and wine list make Delphina a choice for dinner or lunch.
You can grab breakfast or lunch (or both) at the Maritime Market Café, located inside the Maritime Market. For breakfast, classics like pancakes, biscuits, eggs and bacon are always on the menu, but if you get a chance, try one of the chef’s imaginative daily specials like a local seafood omelet or banana crepes. Lunch selections include sandwiches, salads and wraps with your choice of sides (the house-made potato chips are always a favorite).
Daily specials run the gamut from taco salad made with the Market’s fresh ground beef to grilled shrimp and arugula salads. Dine in the café or outside on the porch, or get your order to go and have lunch at the beach or your favorite al fresco dining spot on the island.If you’re interested in sweet treats, the kitchen bakes fresh pastries – brownies, turnovers and cookies – daily. The Café has an ice cream window where you can get cones, cups and shakes and enjoy them under the shady live oaks. The Café also features a Port City Java coffee bar, offering a full selection of hot and cold coffee beverages.
Count the boats as they come and go, watch the sun set or just wait for the next ferry to arrive while you dive into breakfast, lunch or dinner at MoJo’s on the Harbor.
Before you even open your menu, order a basket of hushpuppies or peel-and-eat shrimp – two Southern specialties – for the table. If you’re in the mood for a classic coastal dining experience, order a MoJo’s signature steampot brimming with clams, shrimp, oysters, crab legs, kielbasa, potatoes and corn. Not in the mood for seafood? MoJo’s salads, burgers, steaks, wraps, pasta dishes and sandwiches are big enough to share. MoJo’s serves a full bar, has a wide selection of bottled beer, features local and craft-brewed beer on tap, and has an impressive wine list. During the summer, live music on the deck provides great entertainment.
SANPIPER ICE CREAM AND COFFEE
Located next to Delphina near the harbor, this cozy shop with seating overlooking the river offers all the amenities of a ‘big city’ coffee emporium. Open at 7am daily, Sandpiper offers premium coffee, lattes and espressos from Java Estate Roasters as well as selection of fresh homemade pastries, baked daily. Beginning in the Spring of 2014 expect a special breakfast menu, including pancakes from scratch, eggs the way you like them, fresh fruit, granola and more.
If you’re treating yourself, grab a scoop of your favorite homemade ice cream flavor or milkshake from Tar Heel Creamery.
The Bald Head Island Club offers several dining options, from the ultra-casual Pelicatessen located poolside, to the relaxed, pub-style Palms dining room to the Grille and Grille Terrace, the Club’s primary dining venue. Full or temporary membership in the Bald Head Island Club is required to dine. The Pelicatessen – known to regulars as the Peli – serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Located beside the pool, they’re the lunch spot of choice for swimmers as their menu of sandwiches, pizzas, salads and kid-friendly items like grilled cheese sandwiches, PB&J, and chicken tenders makes it easy to grab a bite and head back into the water. Pizzas at the Peli are not to be missed. Best of all, they’re open late, so your cravings don’t have to go unanswered. While you’re there, cool off with a sweet ice cream treat. The Peli serves scoops, shakes, floats and a selection of toppings, and even sells ice cream by the pint or quart. Sweeping views of the croquet greenswards and holes No. 10 and No. 18 give the Palms a unique, and stunning, view of the Bald Head Island Club’s grounds. A full bar and pub-style menu make it the ideal spot to relax after a round of golf.
The Grille and Grille Terrace, open for lunch and dinner daily most of the year, offer beautiful views of the golf course and golf practice facility. The Palms’ menu is served here for lunch, but the dinner menu is unique and reservations are encouraged. Dinner at the Grille is decidedly more upscale and features a selection of mouthwatering seafood and meat dishes. The dessert menu also has a great selection of cordials, ports and dessert wines.
The Shoals Club, situated at the Point of Cape Fear, treats diners to the best views on the island, while the kitchen emphasizes fresh, local ingredients and thrives on creativity. Full or temporary membership in the Shoals Club is required to dine. Located poolside at the Shoals Club, the Sandbar Grille is a great choice for families who want to maximize pool time while still enjoying a fresh, tasty meal. During the summer season, the Sandbar Grille serves a lunch and dinner menu that features burgers, fresh salads, sandwiches and kid-friendly selections.
The Shoals Club lounge has quickly become a favorite venue for many, so much so that reservations are recommended. The less-formal lounge has great views, a full bar and fantastic tapas-style fare. The dining room menu is dynamic and exciting, with something to please every palate. The kitchen’s devotion to seasonal offerings shows year round through a variety of menu selections that feature locally sourced seafood, meats and produce. Don’t forget to save room for dessert – the selections vary but are always well worth the calories.
If you need a place to unwind after a day golfing, kayaking or sailing, or you just want to enjoy drinks with friends al fresco, Will o’ the Wisp, located next to the Sail Shop, is the place. Casual and relaxed, this wine bar offers a small, but refined selection of wine and beer as well as yummy snacks like gourmet popcorn, all within view of the river.