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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 Ribs
Readers, upstate: Stanley’s Tavern (2038 Foulk Road, Wilmington 475-1887)

Readers, downstate: Bethany Blues BBQ Pit (6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 537-1500)

Critics, upstate: Buckley’s Tavern takes huge St. Louis-cut ribs, rubs them with a spice mixture, then lets them sit overnight before slow-cooking them in low heat (seriously slow—11 hours—and seriously low: 160 degrees). The sauce is a blend of traditional barbecue sauce and a few Asian flavors such as Thai curry paste and Chinese hoisin sauce. It’s spicy, but the heat doesn’t hit until you put down the bone. (5812 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-9776)

Critics, downstate: Smell the smoke billowing from the chimney? Spot the huge line wrapped around the roadside shack? Are you in Ocean View? Darn good chance you’re at Bootsie’s Bar-B-Que. For the past 20 years, this seasonal favorite has served juicy smoked ribs, barbecued chicken and chopped pork. The side dishes are great, too, especially the macaroni salad. (Del. 26, Ocean View, 539-9529)


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