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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 Restaurant Makeover
Critics, upstate: The place to be this summer: Washington Street Ale House, where the old patio has been redecorated and enclosed with large accordion doors to let in plenty of air when the weather works. The deck is the latest step in a makeover that began in 2005 with an expansion of the cooking line, then an addition of a meeting and banquet room for 100. (It’s hosted Wilmington Mayor James Baker’s Christmas party.) New tiles were incorporated into the color scheme. Chrome and nickel plating replaced brass fixtures. Low voltage lighting replaced former Tiffany-style lamps. Contemporary art replaced older paintings. Diners now check in at the door, instead of trudging past the bar like they used to. And the menu was overhauled to offer higher-end entrées. Despite all the change, the Ale House still feels like a neighborhood hangout. “We just modernized a little,” says owner Darius Mansoory. “We’d never want to do anything that would make us lose our identity.” (1206 N. Washington St., Wilmington, 658-2537)

Critics, downstate: It’s not just for special occasions anymore. Michele’s Steak and Seafood at Dover Downs still offers excellent steak and seafood, but now there are touches of Asian and Italian. The Shanghai spring rolls are savory mixtures of pork, carrots and scallions wrapped in flaky pastry. Chefs also combine meat from braised short ribs with roasted garlic and Asiago cheese, then tuck it into homemade ravioli. Best of all, everything comes with a lower price than at the Michele’s of yore. (1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 674-4600)

 

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Where to Eat & Drink
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What to Eat & Drink
And the best food on which
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Shopping
The best places to get what you want.
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Play time.
Media
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Kids
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