Leon's on 17 toward Jacksonville is great for breakfast and large seafood dishes, etc. for other meals.
Front Street Brewery has good hamburgers and several other things there are good also.
The cheapest and biggest, by far, is Something Fishey on Shipyard Blvs. I think. It is sooo cheap and more than you can eat-great hushpuppies!! Wish we were there to join you!!!
Calabash, the seafood capital of the world, is only 40 min. or so.
We live near Wilmington part of the time and love to go there just to eat. These are just a few of the super places to eat there. You may also want to tour the film studio, Battleship NC and the waterfront area. Happy visiting!