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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Readers, upstate: Caffé Gelato (90 E. Main St., Newark, 738-5811)
Readers, downstate: Big Fish Grill (4117 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, 227-9007)
Critics, upstate: Rollins has been a fan of Temptations for, let’s just say, quite a while. “I’ve had a lifetime of it,” she says with a laugh. “We’ve been eating the ice cream since the kids were in grammar school. The texture and quality is rich and fabulous.” This Trolley Square fixture, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in August, is known for its homemade Belgian waffle sundaes, the Mile High apple pie, which is literally a tall order, chocolate fudge cake and carrot cake, which has been served since day one. Temptations’ premium ice cream is made by Bassetts Ice Cream of Philadelphia. The local product is made by Wilmington’s own Hy-Point Dairy. Rollins’ favorite flavor? She doesn’t hesitate: “coffee and chocolate.” (11A Trolley Square, Wilmington, 429-9162)
Critics, downstate: Skip the funnel cake and head straight to Victoria’s Restaurant on the boardwalk, where you’ll find sweets like crème brûlée, tiramisu, pies and cakes. “I love stopping at Victoria’s in the evening and getting a big piece of cheesecake,” Meoli says. “It’s fabulous, New York-style with strawberries. It’s a very big portion, too—perfect for that last stop of the evening.” (2 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-0615)