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Best of Delaware 2008

Our 25th salute to the places that make Delaware great, plus the Hall of Fame of winningest places ever. (Can you say Grotto Pizza?) As chosen by you, the readers (with a little help from your friends here at DT)


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Best Mexican Restaurant
Readers, upstate and downstate: La Tonalteca (La Tolteca: 2209 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 778-4646; 4015 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-9477; La Tonalteca: 60 N. College Ave., Newark, 737-8220; 1724 W. Newport Pike, Stanton, 636-9484; 528 S. Bay Road, Dover, 734-4575; 245 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 735-1572; 1000 Midway Drive, Harrington, 398-7644; 4578 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, 644-3994)

Critics, upstate: With wrought-iron chandeliers, cushy booths, white tablecloths and attentive service, Palacio Maya Mexican Restaurant is downright fancy for a Mexican place. Palacio Maya is a member of the La Tonalteca family, but its menu is best described as uptown instead of homestyle Mexican. Take, for instance, the tacos de cochinita pibil: Yucatan-style tacos of pork shoulder marinated in achiote, secret spices and the juice of sour oranges, baked in banana leaves, then topped with pickled red onions and served on soft corn tortillas. Don’t let the upscale approach intimidate you. It’s still a fun place for the family to experience the various regions of Mexico. (7288 Lancaster Pike, Suite 2B, Hockessin, 239-5590)

Critics, downstate: Brothers Gerson and Eddy Guox converted the Georgetown Plaza and Millsboro restaurants known as El Vaquero into La Quetzalteca Mexican Restaurants. The Guatemala natives say the Quetzalteca Special—sliced beef, chicken, shrimp and chorizo served with fried onions, pico de gallo, guacamole, rice, beans and tortillas—is the top seller. The place isn’t fancy, but it does offer an intimate dining experience and authentically delicious fare. And the selection of tequilas is impressive. (25 Georgetown Plaza, Georgetown, 854-0218; 9 Gravel Hill Road, Georgetown, 856-7003; 26007 Pugs Crossing, Millsboro, 934-8077)


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