My time at Bald Head Island was coming to a close and I can sum up what I did on my vacation in two words: eat and sleep. Yes, it was great and just what I needed – even though I didn’t have finals and wasn’t stressed out at all. But hey, everybody needs some time to be a useless human being, lay around and do nothing. And one of the few things I did was eat, and there was one particular place we went to eat out at twice – Delphina Cantina.
We dined at Delphina’s one of our first nights on the island, and we chose to go there again for our final meal. If the word cantina didn’t give it away, Delphina’s is a Mexican restaurant located in the marina at Bald Head Island.
There were two consistencies with my dining experience at Delphina’s – my drink choice and what we ordered for an appetizers. Obviously I had to order a margarita since I was at a Mexican restaurant. I went with what seemed like a good choice – the casa margarita. This drink was a mixture of silver or gold Two-Fingers, triple sec, homemade sour mix and orange juice. I love a good margarita and this one hit the spot. Sometimes margaritas taste way too much like tequila, and other times they are much too sweet from the mix. However, this casa margarita was a great balance and thoroughly enjoyable.
Our other consistency was our appetizer choice. Both times we ordered the chips and dips, which was tortilla chips served with homemade guacamole, queso dip and salsa. The chips were well made but what the dips were out of this world. I’m not normally a huge queso person (I prefer guac) but this queso was so good, I couldn’t stop shoveling it in my mouth via tortilla chip. The queso was super creamy, cheesy and a touch spicy. The guacamole was also good but not the best I’ve ever had. The salsa was decent, but I thought it tasted better mixed with the other dips instead of having it on its own.
I ordered the el pescador bowl the first time we ate there. This bowl came with blackened mahi, shrimp, lettuce, rice, guacamole, Mexican slaw, Tex-Mex cheese and black beans. I thought it was pretty good, but it didn’t knock my socks off. It tasted like something I could have made, and when I go out to eat I hope for something better than what I can make. There also wasn’t as much seafood as I hoped for in this bowl. I overall thought the chips were amazing but this bowl was average.
Although my first meal was average, I had a much better experience with my entree the second time I went to Delphina’s. This time I got two tacos. The first one was the baja soft shell crab taco – fried soft shell crab, four tortilla, fresh shredded cabbage, cilantro, red onions, cream fresca, chipotle aioli and tomatillo salsa. My second taco was the carnitas taco – lightly friend pork seasoned with adobo chipotle and tomatillo salsa, cilantro, onions and pepper jack cheese. Both of these tacos were delicious. The chipotle aioli in the baja soft shell crab taco really made that taco for me. I loved the creaminess and the spice, which contrasted with the freshness of the cabbage, cilantro and red onions. I loved the carnitas taco because the pork itself was so deliciously tender, crispy and flavorful.
Although my first entree was average, I’m happy I ended my Delphina experience on a high note (although the margarita and chips and dips were good both times). The service was pretty good – our waiter was friendly both times. The interior of the restaurant is actually quite plain, which I find interesting considering most Mexican restaurants are decorated colorfully and in an eclectic manner. I wold say the food is priced reasonably and affordably. I would recommend Delphina’s (especially for the chips and dips), but I wouldn’t recommend the bowl I got because it was too average for my liking. The second time around was much better and hopefully my second meal there reflects their other dishes on their menu.
10 Marina Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461
Mon-Sun 11:00 AM-9:00 PM