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 Chinese Restaurant
Readers, upstate: The Crownery (228 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 239-3825)
Readers, downstate: China House restaurant (250 Gateway South Blvd., Dover, 697-3333)
Critics, upstate: Chen is a regular at Yi Palace Authentic chinese food, a restaurant known for inventive cuisine that goes well beyond the standards. Deep down, Chen thinks, “Chinatown in Philly rules.” But he also believes the palace holds its own. “Yi serves great, authentic Chinese food in North Wilmington,” he says. Dishes he calls “generous and healthy” include Thai-style laab, a mixture of spicy pork, chicken and beef served with lettuce wrappers; spicy Moroccan lamb with couscous; and Peking duck with crepes and scallions. The decor is unremarkable. The food is not. (4435 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-6900)
Critics, downstate: Authentic cuisine and sophisticated decor have earned rapturous praise for Confucius Chinese Cuisine from Pires and Rollins. “The cuisine is so fine,” Rollins says. “I’ve not had better in Hong Kong and around the world. The salt-encrusted whole fish, the Peking duck—it’s international cuisine at its best. There isn’t anything he has that isn’t phenomenal, even the string beans.” (57 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3848)