Food for Thought: Get your Archibald's food fix while you still can

Bad news for Holden Beach deli-and-pie lovers:

Archibald’s Deli & Carryout at 2991 Holden Beach Road is for sale.

Fortunately, longtime owners Rosemary and Bob Leonard and their staff are still open and busy preparing daily menu items, for now.

But they’re also ready to retire to their next adventure, Bob says.

Archibald’s has been their life after the couple retired here from their professional careers in the D.C./Baltimore area, where Bob was an engineer and Rosemary was a criminologist.

Bob also has in his background experience as an Army cook, as well as a stint in culinary school.

In 2000, they bought the restaurant from Archibald’s original owners, the Driggers family of Brevard.

For now, Archibald’s Deli & Carryout has cut back to its off-season lunch hours, which are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

During those hours, you can still mosey by and order your favorite Archibald’s sandwich, salad or bakery item. The crab cakes are a particular specialty for the former Maryland-ers, who know a thing or two about crab, after all.

“We’re just crabby people,” Bob quips.

The phone number there is (910) 842-6888.


Win free oyster festival tickets

The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is giving away two tickets to the North Carolina Oyster Festival, two tickets to the N.C. oyster stew tasting, plus two nights’ accommodations during the 33rd annual festival scheduled Oct. 19-20.

You can also win dinner for two at a local restaurant, two N.C. Oyster Festival T-shirts and an oyster festival print.

To enter, enter your email address and “like” the chamber, oyster festival or Oct. 12 road race on Facebook.

The contest ends Sept. 27. Winners will be contacted by email shortly following the contest’s end date and have 48 hours to respond and claim winnings from the chamber.


Taste of Wilmington

The 2013 Thalian Hall Taste of The Town is set for next Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. and will showcase the culinary creations of 15 of downtown Wilmington’s finest restaurants. Tickets are $40.

This event offers patrons an opportunity to sample fare from all participating restaurants and take in the ambience of each.

The event launches at Thalian Hall at 310 Chestnut St., where patrons will receive a map of participating restaurants.

They will then travel through downtown either on foot or by free trolleys to enjoy small appetizer portions of each restaurant’s best dishes.

Patrons will also be given voting cards that can be dropped off on the trolleys or at the hall. Contest categories among restaurants include best appetizer taste, best entrée taste, and best overall. Prizes will be awarded to winning restaurants.

Participating restaurants include Aubriana’s Bistro, Black Sea Grill, Caprice Bistro, Cousins Italian Deli, Elijah’s, The Greek’s Mediterranean Deli, The George on the Riverwalk, The Little Dipper, Manna, 9 Bakery & Lounge, Nick’s Diner, Phun Seafood Bar, The Pilot House, Shuckin’ Shack and Yosake.

Only 300 tickets are available for this event and can be purchased at the Thalian Hall Box Office at (910) 632-2285 or online at ThalianHall.org.


Do you know of news in the food or restaurant realm in the Brunswick County area? If so, send it to Food for Thought at llewis@brunswickbeacon.com or call Laura Lewis at The Brunswick Beacon at (910) 754-6890.