Where to eat in Delaware?

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2014/03/11 12:37:06 (permalink)

Where to eat in Delaware?

Attending a birthday party in central Delaware on Saturday night, which will give us the morning/afternoon to run around and find some good eats.  Helen's Sausage House in Smyrna is an automatic stop, as is Hopkins Farm Creamery in Lewes.  Any other suggestions of good Roadfood?  We would prefer if it was in central or southern Delaware, but in a state this size, we will take any suggestions you have.  Thanks! 
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/11 12:38:49 (permalink)
    Darn it!  I posted in the wrong place.  Could one of the moderators kindly move this to the Where Should I Eat forum?
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/11 12:59:15 (permalink)
    Helen's is the choice of Choices!  If you wanna head North, the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington puts out a mean burger and great shakes. I'm not as familiar with South/Central DE
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/11 13:03:13 (permalink)
    FCF-
    You got that right about Helen's!  Those double sausage sandwiches are amazing!  And how could you not love eating in a dining area decorated with Elvis memorabilia?
     
    Thanks for the suggestion for Charcoal Pit.  Been there a couple of times and always enjoy it.
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/11 13:32:13 (permalink)
    BB, try to get to Helen's between 11:00-11:15 AM or earlier, because if memory serves me, they close the grill a half hour before closing time (noon on Saturdays, but you probably already checked!). Don't go to Wagon Wheel in Smyrna, despite them being on "Restaurant Impossible".
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/11 13:38:01 (permalink)
    Thanks for the advice Harriet.  My mother and I are both early risers, so we should be at Helen's long before closing time.  That is so funny that you mention the Wagon Wheel, since I just had a cousin get her a job there.  That bad, huh?
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/11 13:47:13 (permalink)
    I do remember the Wagon Wheel from years ago, but I don't remember much about the food itself, to be honest. Since "Restaurant Impossible", it looks like they've gotten worse. They did serve muskrat, it appears, but I no longer see it on the menu! We both know you can't always go by what they write on those other review sites...
     
    I don't know what else might be new and exciting in Sussex County. I'd love to go to Lewes sometime, though.
     
    Oh, and edit - we did go to the Charcoal Pit near Lucky's Coffee Shop on Concord Pike about 4 years ago, and it wasn't a bad experience, but it was just an odd experience. I did review that on another site so I wouldn't forget our experience. But go anyway!  
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/11 14:34:50 (permalink)
     
    Dutch Farmers Market in Middletown.  Note that it closes a little early on Saturdays.  There is a small restaurant in the market, as well as shops that sell things such as sausages and hot pretzels.  Note:  It is not really Dutch, but is "Pennsylvania Dutch", which is really Pennsylvania Deutch (German).  Several Amish are brought in by van each day to work there. 
     
     
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/11 16:55:22 (permalink)
    Cliff,
    Jimmy's Grille in Bridgeville, DE - breakfast, lunch, & dinner. 
    Meding's Seafood in Milford, DE - lunch & dinner. Cream of Crab soup is very good.
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/11 19:30:34 (permalink)
    Hey, BB.here's another suggestion if you head Nawth.and a crappy one since I'm bad with names and it's been a few years.Chesapeake City, which sits on the Chesapeake/delaware bay canal has some good places, and fun little town.  Depending on time of year, you can sit outside and watch the boats go by and there is a great little I/C place on the water with picnic tables.
     
    The downtown on the south side of the canal, is funky and where most of the stuff lies.  There's another Restaurant on the north side that is good, but it's all by itself.  We ate at the Whatever Captain/Admiral/Rev. Patriot INN and had good food and a GREAT view. (last place down the main road on the left).  The I/C place is a very short...100-200 yard walk toward the marina/town dock, There looked like other good spots, but those are the only 2 we sampled.  The other restaurant across the water we ate at long,long time ago.....good seafood.but now under new mngmt.  I'm told it's nice but 'classy"....whatever that means
     
    being as it is this Sat/Sun.you may be in luck with the weather too...but I'd call to see what is opened!
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/12 08:55:39 (permalink)
    CheeseWit-
    Excellent!  Just what I was looking for.
     
    Glenn1234-
    We had a really nice breakfast at Dutch Farmers Market just last year and really enjoyed the place.  Thanks for the suggestion.
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/12 09:55:45 (permalink)
    CW - thanks for the reminder about Jimmy's. Hadn't they closed awhile back? They must've reopened. Good to know there are more places than there used to be down that way.
     
    FCF - We go to Chesapeake City in nicer weather - really like spending the day there - and I've never heard of any restaurants with a Naval title in the name. If you come up with anything, please let me know so we can go check it out. You may be thinking of Schaefer's Canal House across the C&D Canal regarding the other place. It may have been a spot to hit long ago, but it gets nothing but poor reviews now, especially about the service. Chesapeake House on the "town" side is just as bad - very noisy and their food and service also get bad reviews. We love to sit with a drink outside Bayard House at a table, right on the lawn at the edge of the canal. Nobody bothers you to order food if you're full from the last meal someplace else.
     
    BB - can't wait to hear where you go, and hear and see through your pictures how it is.
     
     
     
     
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/12 10:07:30 (permalink)
    Harriet - I'm not aware of any closing of Jimmy's. Jimmy sold the business and property in '06, but I don't recall it being closed. The other location in Dewey has struggled and in my opinion should've closed (if they haven't already).
     
    Cliff - I always got a kick out of Jimmy's Country Breakfast Platters which offer a hamburger or boneless pork chop as a meat option (along with the more standard steak, ham, bacon, sausage). I've ordered the 8oz hamburger on that platter and always said to myself to get the pork chop next time. And, for lunch and dinner, their fried chicken is VERY popular.
     
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/12 10:13:35 (permalink)
    It must've been falsely reported then, at the time of selling it, that it was closing for good. I had actually read someplace "Jimmy's is closing". And we had the opportunity to stop there on vacation and I should've checked further at the time, but didn't. Thanks. 
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/12 11:10:58 (permalink)
    Helen's is unique
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/12 11:38:28 (permalink)
    harriet1954

    CW - thanks for the reminder about Jimmy's. Hadn't they closed awhile back? They must've reopened. Good to know there are more places than there used to be down that way.

    FCF - We go to Chesapeake City in nicer weather - really like spending the day there - and I've never heard of any restaurants with a Naval title in the name. If you come up with anything, please let me know so we can go check it out. You may be thinking of Schaefer's Canal House across the C&D Canal regarding the other place. It may have been a spot to hit long ago, but it gets nothing but poor reviews now, especially about the service. Chesapeake House on the "town" side is just as bad - very noisy and their food and service also get bad reviews. We love to sit with a drink outside Bayard House at a table, right on the lawn at the edge of the canal. Nobody bothers you to order food if you're full from the last meal someplace else.

    BB - can't wait to hear where you go, and hear and see through your pictures how it is.






    Yes, it was Schaefer's that I was thinking of on the north side I agree about the service..went there once).the place we ate at is almost directly opposite in the town It may have been the Bayard House..upstairs dining.downstairs bar and outside dining by the lawn
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/12 12:59:07 (permalink)
    That's it, FCF. We once went in September and noticed some freeloaders bringing their own bottles of booze in paper bags and going to sit in beach chairs amongst the tables on the lawn. I just don't think that's right, and they were probably asked to go sit someplace else.
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/12 13:12:23 (permalink)
    Welcome to my stomping grounds!  The above suggestions are good, and I have a special fondnesss for the Dutch Restaurant in Middletown, as I'm the one who posted the original Roadfood review.  If you are more in the area of Lewes or Rehoboth Beach, the Rose and Crown pub is in Lewes, and it's a pretty little town to explore.  The food is great, if a trifle overpriced.  Grotto Pizza in Rehoboth Beach is a good local chain, and Cafe Azafran on Baltimore Ave is especially nice for lunch.  Rehoboth Beach is my favorite place in the world!  Don't bother with the outlets out on Route 1, come into town and explore.  Further north, I love the Charcoal Pit on Route 202, it's the real deal (see the Roadfood review.)  Don't bother with Lucky's Coffee Shop though, it's erzatz and overcrowded. 
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/12 13:16:13 (permalink)
    Emmymom-
    Thanks so much for the excellent suggestions.  You definitely gave me some places to look into.  Have you been to Hopkins Farm Creamery outside Lewes for ice cream?  We stopped in last year and loved it.
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/12 21:53:32 (permalink)
    Haven't tried that one yet, but Woodside Creamery in Hockessin is truly excellent. However, they are not open yet for another ten days or so.  They are worth a visit from anywhere, see the Sterns' Roadfood review.  Also, I forgot about the Countrie Eatery in Dover, great homestyle cooking.  Their Apple dumpling is to die for. I know you are a pie lover and they have good ones also, but if you have never experienced an Apple dumpling, this is the one to try - a whole baked apple wrapped in pie pastry. Enjoy your visit and let us know how it turned out!
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/14 09:02:13 (permalink)
    emmymom, thanks for that reminder about Woodside Creamery. We're always meandering around that part of Delaware, and plan to go back to Mt. Cuba when the lilacs are in bloom this time! Very special place for us.
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/14 09:05:51 (permalink)
    Anyone familiar with Smith's Family Restaurant in Greenwood, DE?
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/14 09:51:32 (permalink)
    I know we drove right past this place on the way to the Outer Banks in 2012, but didn't stop because we'd eaten. It's about 8 miles south of the Harrington casino. They get good reviews, and that's all I can go by. I'd go.
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/14 10:09:04 (permalink)
    Thanks Harriet!
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    Re:Where to eat in Delaware? 2014/03/17 08:18:15 (permalink)
    Reporting back.....
     
    Besides the aforementioned Helen's and Hopkin's, I ended up having lunch at Smith Family Restaurant in Greenwood.  Really good Maryland crab soup, lots of daily specials (I had the turkey and dressing) and homemade pies.  There is a lot to like about that place.  The service was not one of them.
     
    At my Aunt Betty's birthday party, (the reason we were in Delaware), my Aunt Sandy (who has led Johnny and I to good restaurants in the past) told us that the place to go in the area was Jimmy's Grille.  She loved the fried chicken.  Cheesewit mentioned them earlier and they will be at the top of my list next time through.
     
     
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