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: Primo Hoagies (1223 Pulaski Hwy., Bear, 832-1000; 3501 Philadelphia Pike, No. 1, Claymont, 798-1575; 2160 New Castle Ave., New Castle, 777-1300; 223 E. Main St. Newark, 368-7746)
Readers, downstate: Arena’s Deli (149 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-1272)
Critics, upstate: The Halfpennys give high marks to the ever-busy Pure Bread Deli. “I enjoy the freshness of made-to-order sandwiches,” says Pat. “The shop is close enough to the office, and service is fast enough so that I can take a quick lunch break.” Pure Bread’s panini are always popular, especially the Black Lab (roast beef with roasted red peppers) and the Great Dane (ham and Brie on herbed focaccia). But the staff can’t put together enough Chihuahuas (grilled chicken, pepper jack, avocado and chipotle mayo on cheddar bread). (4001 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 426-9866; 1309 Churchmans Road, Newark, 455-9866; 4801 Limestone Road, Wilmington, 239-9866)
Critics, downstate: Meoli munches weekly on hefty turkey club sandwiches from DJ’s Steaks & Hoagies, which is around the corner from his office. “They’re big, thick, and just plain really good,” he says. DJ’s does a mean cheesesteak, too, as well as the full range of hoagies. Italian subs are big business, and they should be, considering the meats come from local greats Kirby & Holloway. (A12 Long Neck Village, No. 4, Millsboro, 947-9277)