Opened in August of 2010, Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant is a locally-owned restaurant magnificently perched upon the banks of the Neuse River. You can enjoy elegant yet casual dining in its downstairs great room, the private upstairs dining room, or (seasonally) on an outdoor waterfront dining area that offers the best view in town. Named after a persimmon tree found during its construction that was milled and used to create the host stand, the restaurant has become a favorite New Bern destination. Antonio Campolio, Persimmons’ head chef for the past five years, champions a team that prepares innovative and delicious modern cuisine made from locally-sourced, sustainableRead More →

By the time Roberto Quinonez moved to North Carolina from Paraguay in the 1990s, he was a young man who already had experience working at Italian restaurants. He honed his cooking skills in an Italian restaurant in Tarboro, and by 1990 had met Sandy, a coworker. The two fell in love and later married, forming something that went beyond the usual marital partnership. With their combined experience and a dream, they moved to New Bern in 1997 and a year later started a restaurant they named for their first-born child. Paula’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza was first located off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BoulevardRead More →

Familiarity attracted Gretchen and Tracy Du Peza to New Bern in 2015 as they investigated their next venture: Inkeeping. New Bern was founded in 1710 by a Swiss baron who named the settlement after Bern, Switzerland, his ancestral home. “We lived in Switzerland for 13 years, so we appreciate the Swiss tie-in here,” said Gretchen. In January 2016, the Du Pezas bought the Downtown New Bern bed & breakfast then known as Harmony House, a distinctive and historic venue that dates back to 1850. They restored and upgraded the inn and reinstated its historical name, the Benjamin Ellis House. Benjamin Ellis House Bed & BreakfastRead More →

Chris and Kim Hoveland and the Chelsea have enjoyed a long-term relationship. Chris started working there as a manager back when Linda and Harry McDonald owned the place. The Hovelands bought the restaurant in 2004. During that time, their mission was to become the family restaurant everybody goes to, to provide consistent food, service, and friendship, and to give back to the community. In order to offer an ideal Chelsea experience, the restaurant offers consistency every time you visit. They strictly adhere to tried and true recipes. 335 Middle St., New Bern, NC 28560 Website Menus (252) 637-5469 To add a little flair, a rotatingRead More →

People go wild over Baker’s Kitchen’s Butter Syrup, but there is so much more. It’s hard to imagine how in the world a family business that started with sheet metal in the early 20th Century would get into the restaurant business—much less be so good at it. But here they are. The Bengel family was into several things: sheet metal for more than a century, a travel agency, New Bern’s Pepsi Store—even a Collegiate Summer League baseball team (the Morehead City Marlins).  They jumped into the restaurant business in 2012, taking over then-called Baker’s Square on Middle Street and rebranding it Baker’s Kitchen. (They alsoRead More →

“At the beginning of 2020, the Grill at Prohibition developed a great new menu with an eye toward nightly dinner,” said the owner, Chris Straight. “The menu is so varied that there’s something for everybody.” Indeed, it is a menu that leaves nothing out. You can satisfy every culinary craving at the Grill at Prohibition. If you love dinner straight off the grill, try the tender 6 oz Signature Sirloin or the dry-aged 10 oz  Ribeye. Both are sprinkled with house seasoning and grilled to perfection. The Steakhouse Chicken Flame-grilled chicken is an equally delicious lighter choice. If Mexican food is your favorite, you willRead More →

235 Craven St, New Bern, NC 252-636-2430 Online Facebook Morgan’s Tavern & Grill incorporates three big ideas into its operation. First, they stand behind everything they do, from the food they serve, to the safety of their guests. Morgan’s food is made from the finest ingredients. Steaks are prepared in-house daily, and hamburgers taste so great because they are ground from that fresh steak. Locally sourced ingredients are used as much as possible. The seafood is caught by family companies, and the shrimp is locally-born. The back-to-back occurrence of Florence, Dorian, and, now COVID-19 have made the environment difficult for many downtown businesses. Morgan’s responseRead More →