Do you love trying new and exotic foods? When you hear the words “raw fish” do you run for the hills or scream yum? If your answer was run for the hills… we bet you haven’t tried Wilmington’s only Panamanian restaurant, Ceviche’s.
As college students we don’t often get the chance to try new foods or experience other cultures through their cuisine. Thankfully Ceviche’s allows this experience without weighing too heavily on your wallet. It may not seem like your typical comfort food, but trying new things can add a wonderful new dimension to your life. And who knows, you may fall in love with it!
Ceviche’s is a relatively new restaurant in Wilmington, NC. It is located just before the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge, in a cute little yellow and green shack. The small building creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere- the perfect setting for a beach town. Owned by the Tiblier couple, they wanted to bring the feel of Central American (specifically Panamanian) food to Wrightsville Beach. The owners had the opportunity to live and experience Panama, taking surfing and fishing trips to the Pacific and Atlantic, they stick to the foods they know: Panamanian diet with ceviche, plantains, tropical fruits, and more!
Ceviche owners, neither of which had prior restaurant experience, took to Facebook once they began the development of the restaurant. In the preliminary stages, their followers got to see behind-the-scenes photos of the construction and formation of the bar. They revealed a “menu preview” and even featured their first customer who ordered a red sangria on their opening night. This social media strategy engaged followers and potential customers, while creating anticipation for the new Panamanian-style restaurant. Their social media page continues to update followers on daily specials and “daily catches”, shares pictures of tasty dishes, and features customers enjoying their meals.
This restaurant incorporates such variety in creating the culture, directly correlating to bricolage. Bricolage is something constructed or created from a diverse range of available things. Bricolage makes this restaurant unique and fun to experience. So… if you want some diversity in your menu and overall restaurant experience, go check out Ceviche’s!
Visit their website here: http://wbceviche.com/
-Jonathan Callahan, Erin Fouhy, Julia George, Joseph Hines, and Sarah Suggs
UMM, can I just say how excited I am to try this restaurant! I love being able to taste new varieties of foods, especially seafood! It is great that this couple knows how to advertise their business through social media, too. Keeping their followers engaged and interested is the best way to keep those customers coming! It shows the customers/followers that they are committed to keeping their restaurant environment alive and inviting! Very eager to test Ceviche’s out!
I love Civiche! It is a great locally owned business that has good and unique foods. I didn’t know all this about the place though. I love learning about local successful businesses.
I normally think of Ceviche as a fine dining dish, with the need for such fresh raw ingredients. it will be interesting to see how the restaurant attempts to balance this at the beach. The back story on the inspiration is great!
Great article! I like how you incorporated social media as well as the owners brief history as far as their food reaches out to the consumers! The way that you incorporated their price compared to the cheap budget of college students is also creative. I personally cannot wait to try Ceviche’s out for myself!
I found this article really helpful and I loved the visual display that you arranged with the pictures. The colors and subjects in the photographs were well balanced throughout the article. Also I liked that the article focused on something a little different. It highlighted a local restaurant that is competing in a almost untapped market of raw foods-sushi aside. A few years ago I tried Red Snapper Civiche in Belize and loved it! I am excited to try more raw fish and even more excited that the restaurant is right down the road!
I had heard a little bit about Ceviche’s before but I had never heard about it’s background. I love the fusion they have with the Panamanian food but with owners that have American roots. Can’t wait to try it!
That restaurant looks amazing. It definitely is different from the usual restaurants that I and probably most of the college students here go to. I saw the picture of their specials and I was sold. I plan on going there in the near future