215 Princess St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Catch, owned by Chef Keith Rhodes, is one of the best lunch places in town. It's a small space, with seating against a wall, some at the bar, and two tables of three (four, if you squeeze). The food is outstanding. Keith uses organic and local ingredients, and everything is fresh tasting and delicious. It's a local favorite and is usually crowded.
Keith has won many awards and he and the restaurant have gotten plenty of well-deserved press attention.
Well, you get the idea... for more, there's always Google. I know, I know. With all that great pub, I say "Like Rhodes needs MY sorry-@$$ help." But here it is, for what it's worth.
One of my personal favorites are the torpedo rolls - wraps of crispy fried shrimp or fish, shredded crisp greens with an asian dressing, sliced on the bias and served with crispy crinkle fries. My husband and his mother love the calamari salad. So does Christina. Keith always has gorgeous seasonal salads. In spring, when the strawberries are at their best, he makes one with strawberries and fresh crab. Excellent! My brother John and his wife Natalie visited last summer and we took them there for lunch. Nat made us go back for lunch again the next day. To say she loved it was an understatement. She still talks about it. We're headed out to Denver next month to see them and she's trying to figure out a way for me to stuff a torpedo roll in my pocket and bring it to her. (I'm thinkin' six hours of travel in August won't do the roll or my pocket much good. We'll have to think of something else.)
The last time we ate lunch there, the waitress told us that Keith was planning to open a new place in the old Szechuan 132 space on Front Street and serve lunch and dinner. So we're keeping our ears to the ground on that one. We'll want to be first in line.