Jerry’s is a long time Wilmington restaurant that seems to get overlooked by far too many residents. It is located at a prime location where Wrightsville Avenue ends at Eastwood Road just before Eastwood crosses the bridge on Wrightsville Beach itself. It sits in a low key strip mall sandwiched between a Domino’s Pizza and a bagel shop, the restaurant is ANYTHING but low key.
When you walk in, the bar is on the left, and the dining room is on the right. Jerry’s has a beer and wine list, but no cocktail list. However, do NOT let that lack of a cocktail list fool you. They have a full service bar, and the bartenders know how to make more complicated cocktails like manhattan’s, vieux carre’s, and Hemingway daiquiri’s. Just ask and you shall receive. I had a couple of manhattan’s this night.
The menu is upscale American. They always have a unique appetizers, soups and salads, at least two seafood entrees, and some beef and pork entrees. They are known for their Chateaubriand; you certainly won’t go wrong there. I also have had their tuna with a crab/horseradish crust on top that is insanely delicious.
This time, I opted for one of their specials: lamb meatballs, with portabella mushrooms sauteed to perfection, with several sauces and vegetables to keep it entertaining. The entire dish was melt in your mouth.
For dessert, I couldn’t resist. Jerry’s serves that key lime pie made by the lady that grows her own key lime on her tree right there in Wrightsville Beach. One of these days I will remember her name, but that key lime pie is the best I ever had. Most commercial made key lime pies are way too sweet. This pie is proper tart from the key lime, and rich with just the right amount of sweetness.
Jerry’s does take recommendations using Open Table, and I recommend booking a few days ahead of time as they stay busy. Enjoy!