Enjoy Modern Mexican Food with a Southern Twist

Posted Dec 17th, 2019 in Foodie Fodder


Downtown Wilmington has such an awesome selection of around 100 eateries, the choice of where to eat can be challenging. Do you want fine dining or casual, American or international, seafood or southern? You can simplify your options by doing what people in the south do—eat southern food! Then, you just have to decide how far south.

Mexican food has influenced the southern states for centuries. Once Tex-Mex restaurant chains were introduced in the 1950s, Mexican food become mainstream in every corner of the US. One of Downtown Wilmington’s busiest restaurants specializes in delicious Mexican fare and can be found at the corner of North Front and Princess Streets: Beer Barrio.

Owned and operated by Chef Stephen Durley and his wife, Hayley Jensen, a beer sommelier, this restaurant is a powerful combination of flavorful food made with locally sourced ingredients and authentic ales brewed at their own brewery, Skytown Beer Company. They describe their food style as “beer-infused, modern Mexican with a southern twist.”

You’ll find all your favorites: tacos, nachos, quesadillas and burritos; however, Chef Stephen gives each dish a unique twist. Tacos may be tequila-grilled for added flavor and burritos are lightly pressed for a crisp finish. Mexican street corn may be topped with a creamy sauce and quesadillas get added crunch from a tostada layer. Choose your protein, add pineapple salsa or freshly-made guacamole to any dish and dig in!  

Let the bartender guide you through the 30 beers available on draft. Select from brown, light, pale, amber, wheat, stout, lager or Belgian ale. Find the perfect food and beer pairing or get fancy with a craft cocktail. Round off your meal with made-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies or authentic tres leches cake.

The restaurant is casual and cozy and is a great place for people watching. There are several tables outside so you can dine al fresco too. Stay downtown a while and appreciate the vibe. Enjoy!

Hours: Sun-Thurs, 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Fri & Sat, 11:00 a.m. - midnight.

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Beer Barrio
34 N Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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