Two Fat Guys bring their grill to Wilmington’s Union Street. Plus, Abbott's Grill opens in Milford, and Frankie's brings Rat Pack flair to Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.
by Matt Amis Published March 16, 2010 at 09:43 AM
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Welcome to Milford
The town that produced seven state governors and famed underground cartoonist Robert Crumb may not register high on the fine dining meter, but this winter, Milford’s dining scene received a shot in the arm from a crew of experienced foodies.
Abbott’s Grill (249 N.E. Front St., Milford, 491-6736) is the handiwork of Kevin Reading, the co-owner and executive chef of Rehoboth Beach’s acclaimed Nage. His team includes Nage co-owner Josh Grapski and former Bonz chef Ryan Cunningham, himself a former chef at Nage.
Making up the menu are down-home Southern dishes, but with a few uptown twists. Think flat iron steak with chimichurri sauce and chicken and dumplings made with gnocchi.
“We stuck to a lot of familiarity, but with our own twists,” Cunningham says, pointing to dishes like Cajun meatloaf, lobster pot pie and beer-braised mussels. “It’s not diner food, it’s not too sophisticated, but hopefully somewhere in between.”
A little good humor also plays a role in Abbott’s Grill. Witness the whopping Kill-it Skillet—a Sunday brunch item consisting of macaroni and cheese, chorizo sausage, bacon, fried potatoes and a fried egg. Or try the Holy Cow—a roast beef sandwich with Swiss cheese (get it—holey?). The accompanying bar, with its nightly drink specials and 17 TVs, is known as Bald Jason’s Pub—named after a follicle-challenged friend. “We’re trying to make the place fun, a place people around here can call home,” Cunningham says.
Abbott’s, which took root in the former Smith and Co. Restaurant in the Milford River Plaza Shopping Center, is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. —Matt Amis
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