Usher in the weekend with a visit to River Rock Kitchen. Located on the first floor of The Westin Wilmington, this eatery offers a pretty awesome weekday happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Stop by after work for $5 small plates (think parmesan truffle fries, house-friend chips, and short rib poutine), and wash it all down with $5 cocktails, $4 wine, and $3 beer.
If you arrive around dinner time, you can grab a table to pore over the menu of seasonally inspired American cuisine. Both rustic and refined, the food relies on locally grown ingredients wherever possible, from the kale salad and the roasted broccoli risotto to the jumbo lump crabcake and the citrus-grilled chicken breast. For dessert, go for the crème brulée-topped chocolate chip cookie.