Posted Feb 18th, 2020 in Foodie Fodder
If you’re looking for a “one-stop-shop” restaurant for all the different foods you like to eat, then look no further than Rumcow.
The dishes served at this unique restaurant are complex combinations of southern food with an international twist. At Rumcow, you can expect the familiarity of the south while experiencing exotic flavors from countries like Italy, France, Spain, China and Vietnam.
Many of the ingredients are sourced locally. Co-owner and chef, Joseph Sena, always uses the best quality, certified Angus beef and does all the butchering himself. He switches things up according to what’s in season and incorporates seasonal vegetables to add a savory southern spin to the menu choices.
With his Italian heritage and fond memories of family gatherings, Joe developed a love of the culinary arts from an early age. He remembers his grandma making chutney, bread and biscuits and he was drawn to the kitchen by the aroma of garlic. Joseph even has a visual imprint in his mind of his Grandma pummeling dough with her strong hands and recalls the anticipation of waiting for her homemade grape jelly. Because she grew her own Concord grapes, the jelly was only made once a year so it was a big deal.
Pursuing a career in the hospitality industry was a natural choice for Joseph and he has been a chef for most of his life. Prior to opening Whiskey Tango Foxtrot in Downtown Wilmington in 2017, he had worked for several years with Abigail Ovbey, who is now his wife, and Rumcow’s other co-owner, Ivan Moore. They loved working together so much that going into business was a natural progression. At Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, they cornered a market for unique, classy cocktails at everyday prices.
The concept for Rumcow grew from Joseph and Abigail’s international travels where they did culinary tours and experienced bold-flavored food paired with exotic cocktails. The name, Rumcow, was simply created from a combination of the liquor used in many cocktails and the animal source of beef. In 2018, another space became available on Grace Street that was perfect for the new business.
Joseph hired two renowned chefs. Brandon Campbell, a former chef at Ceviche applies a Latin influence to his culinary creations and Andrew Hunn is a classically trained French chef who has a passion for seafood. Together with Joseph’s Italian-inspired cooking, they created a menu comprising a selection of “home foods.” Joseph believes eating down-to-earth food with friends and family is the perfect way to make lasting memories.
Even the décor is memorable. Farmhouse-style furniture made from reclaimed wood is mixed with eclectic modern elements so you can enjoy dinner or Sunday brunch in a casual atmosphere. Live music is also a regular feature at Rumcow.
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Fri & Sat, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Sun, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
121 Grace St
Wilmington, NC 28401