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 Bone-In Filet
Critics, downstate: Executive chef Ryan Cunningham says the success of his bone-in filet at Bonz begins with the meat’s quality. The choice Angus comes from Rastelli Foods in New Jersey. “Their products are awesome,” Cunningham says. “They haven’t done me wrong yet.” He charbroils the filet at 1,500 degrees and finishes it with Malden sea salt, which is cultivated in England. “Having the bone in seeps more flavor into the meat,” Cunningham says. “It just gives off a great flavor.” We agree. (15 W. Rider Road, Harrington, 398-5348)
Readers, upstate: Serpe’s Bakery (1411 Kirkwood Hwy., Elsmere, 994-1868)
Readers, downstate: Frankfurt Bakery (429 S. New St., Dover, 741-0180)
Critics, upstate: Artisanal bread shops are few and far between in Delaware. Fortunately, Barry Ciarrocchi and his Black Lab Breads produces enough crusty Italian loaves, baguettes, rye and pumpernickel to keep us sated. Impulse buys such as biscotti, cannoli and warm slices of tomato pie are irresistible. “My mom loves the bread at Black Lab Bakery,” Butler says. “And I know she’s not alone.” (812 N. Union St., Wilmington, 658-1307)
Best Breakfast Place
Readers, upstate: Kozy Korner (906 N. Union St., Wilmington, 658-0812)
Readers, downstate: The Crystal (620 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-1088)
Critics, Upstate: Monster breakfasts at Lucky’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant have been jam-packed since the place opened, and favorites such as Belgian waffles, fluffy omelets and everything else are available all day. Another handy use for Lucky’s breakfast: motivation. “We tell the kids we’re going to Lucky’s for breakfast and all are up, dressed and ready to go in an instant,” Karibjanian says. “Quite an accomplishment when you consider they are 20, 18 and 15.” (4003 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-0240)
Critics, downstate: Ocean View Family Restaurant is famous for hearty omelets stuffed with cheeses, veggies and any breakfast meat you can dream of. And since it’s at the beach, the seafood omelet, made with shrimp, crab meat and Old Bay, is very necessary. “We work late at night, so we don’t get out much for breakfast, but we do during the fall, and we like to go to Ocean View Family Restaurant for a home-cooked meal,” Rankin says. (42 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 539-4864)
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