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 Gourmet to Go
Readers, upstate: Toscana to Go (1402 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, 655-8600)
Readers, downstate: Fisher Bay Gourmet Foods (33323 E. Chesapeake St., No. 31, Lewes, 644-4747)
Critics, upstate: The Grays fall into the same trap most North Wilmingtonians do. They are lured by the smell of fresh baguettes, croissants and six-grain breads baking in the ovens at Bon Appetit Gourmet Food Shoppe. “The breads are baked steadily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” says manager Louisette Amblard. The sandwiches, thanks to the aforementioned breads, are the most popular takeout items. Customers also enjoy artisan jams, pastas, fresh-made soups, breads, salads, cheeses, fresh salmon entrées, quiche and vegetarian soups. (3629D Talleyville Shopping Center, Wilmington, 478-4344)
Critics, downstate: Deberah Sutter and Lois Pellegrino, two local foodies with organic and natural goodies on their minds, took over the former Beautiful Foods, renamed it Nourish and began producing ready-made gourmet, on top of Beautiful Foods’ usual inventory. “New owners, new attitude,” Livingston says. “Let them stock your pantry and entertain your guests. Having a few friends for cocktails? Get all you need there. Having a cocktail party for 50? Let them cater. You won't be sorry.” Sutter has kept the best of what Beautiful Foods offered, namely specialty and artisanal cheeses—French Camembert, as well as gorgonzola and mozzarella from Italy. But she’s also focused on small American producers. People can still find French cheese, but there’s also some from Washington, Iowa—even Delaware. With a full kitchen at her disposal, Sutter prepares ready-made salads like French lentil, quinoa and forbidden black rice, as well as dinners, sauces and dressings. (37385 Henlopen Junction, No. 10, Rehoboth Beach, 227-6282)