The Best of Delaware 2009
From crab cakes and cheesesteaks to prime rib and clam bakes, little Delaware is packed with great places to eat and terrific places to shop. Here’s the cream of the crop.
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Best Mediterranean Restaurant
Readers, upstate: Ali Baba Middle Eastern Cuisine (175 E. Main St., Newark, 738-1111)
Readers, downstate: Captain Pete’s Mediterranean Cove (700 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 537-5900)
Best Mexican Restaurant
Readers, upstate: La Tonalteca (60 N. College Ave., Newark, 737-8220; 1724 W. Newport Pike, Wilmington, 636-9484; 4015 Concord Pike Wilmington, 478-9477)
Readers, downstate: Dos Locos Fajita and Stonegrill Restaurant (208 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3353)
Critics, upstate: The Gunn family gets its enchilada on at El Jefe Restaurant and Bar, an unassuming place in the Astro Shopping Center that is festooned with Mexican tapestries and brightly colored walls. The lively decor sets the stage for loaded molcajete, quesadillas and Mexican-style tacos stuffed with meat, onion chunks and cilantro. (110 Astro Shopping Center, Kirkwood Highway, Newark, 894-9000)
Critics, upstate: He loves the nightlife. He’s got to boogie. The joint jumps when Café Scalessa’s chef-owner Don Scalessa flips on the disco lights and works the wheels of steel. Customers in their mid-30s and up, singles and couples, hit the café for dinner, cocktails and dancing. Scalessa never disappoints. He plays everything from Sinatra to 50 Cent, and he’s not shy behind the mike, often crooning right along with Ol’ Blue Eyes. (504 Greenhill Ave., Wilmington, 656-0955)
Readers, upstate: Harvest Market (7417 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 234-6779)
Readers, downstate: Greenman Juice Bar & Bistro (12 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4909)
Critics, upstate: The Grays call Newark Natural Foods “the natural foodies’ playground.” Linda Gray praises its selection of “organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, pesticide-free, green, local and fresh-from-the-farm products.” The couple buys vitamins, nutritional supplements, bulk herbs and spices here, too. Members of the cooperative venture get the best deals. The store carries an array of organically grown grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, pet foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as items that satisfy vegetarian and macrobiotic lifestyles. The staff is friendly. (280 E. Main St., Newark, 368-5894)
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