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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Critics, upstate: When a musician goes to hear other musicians, they’re usually pretty good. Former Bad Company member Paul Cullen plays his highest notes for Lower Case Blues, a bluesy rock trio from Newark. Guitarist Jake Banaszak, vocalist-bassist B.J. Muntz and drummer Rick Webster “are great players dedicated to their craft, and they play a lot of originals,” says Cullen. The band, whose influences include Buddy Guy, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, Bootrtsy Collins, The Allman Brothers and Jimi Hendrix, play JD Shuckers in Lewes July 25. (The full show schedule is available at myspace.com/lowercaseblues.)
Best Bang for Your Entertainment Buck
Critics, upstate: “In this tough economy, going to a Wilmington Blue Rocks game ranks at the top of my list,” says Spruance. “There’s nothing quite like a Friday evening in summer at Frawley Stadium. Tickets are very affordable, and your only worry is looking out for foul balls.” Our minor league baseball team offers special discounted seats all the time, and themed events render bobbleheads, T-shirts and toys for the kids. Even if you miss the specials, tickets are only $8. (801 S. Madison St., Wilmington, 888-2015)
Best Dog Park
Critics, upstate: When Gardner isn’t booking Broadway shows, his English yellow Labrador retriever, Max, provides all the entertainment he needs. “The best place to take Max is happy hour in Rockford Park” in Wilmington’s Highlands area, he says. Nicknamed the Bark Park, Rockford offers designated off-leash areas where dogs are free to run, explore and do what dogs do. Humans tend to behave at Rockford, too, picking up after their dogs and respecting others. In other words, there’s a lot to do, but not a lot of doggie-do.
Critics, upstate: Summit North Marina, on the C&D Canal, is the Grays’ pick for best marina, largely because it sits on a quiet inlet on the canal between the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River. The marina is near Lums Pond State Park and several golf courses, including Back Creek and Frog Hollow in Middletown. “We are currently the only marina on the canal in Delaware that sells fuel,” says manager Chris Lloyd. In addition, Summit operates Aqua Sol, a Cuban- and South Beach-inspired restaurant that overlooks the marina. Aqua Sol’s patio pumps with live music, and great martinis are poured, all in a Miami-style atmosphere. (3000 Summit Harbour Place, Bear, 836-1800)
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