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: Harry’s Seafood Grill (101 S. Market St., Wilmington, 777-1500)
Readers, downstate: Fins Fish House and Raw Bar (243 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-3467)
Critics, upstate: When the Grays crave seafood, they head to Feby’s Fishery for “consistently fresh seafood in a warm family atmosphere,” says Linda. “There is great eating in or raw seafood for take-home preparation.” Amazingly fresh fish comes from as close as the Jersey Shore and as far as New Zealand. Fresh tuna is served the day it’s caught. Little neck clams are tender and delicious. From the Captain’s steam table comes Feby’s clam bake, which includes Maine lobster, shrimp, clams, potatoes and veggies. The snow crab clusters are always great. Wish Feby’s a happy 30th birthday next time you go. (3701 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, 998-9496)
Critics, downstate: Cool Springs Fish Bar and Restaurant is where Smith takes her out-of-town clients for a special meal. “It’s a great place to introduce someone who’s new to the city,” she says. “I love the atmosphere. It’s artsy, which means you don’t feel like you’re in Dover until you step out the door again.” Customers dining at the multi-colored bar enjoy the privilege of watching chef-owner Dennis Forbes and his staff at work in the kitchen. Smith says everything on Forbes’ menu is of great quality and the customer service is outstanding. Favorite fish dishes at Cool Springs include honey-bourbon salmon, Parmesan-crusted swordfish and stuffed flounder. The shellfish pan roast is the stuff of legend, and the seafood bisque, one of a 16-soup arsenal, sells out every time it’s served. When Smith, a frequent traveler, is in town, Cool Springs is simply her place. “When I do have a moment,” she says, “I want to eat real food.” (2463 S. State St., Dover, 698-1955)