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: Gardner loves the rooftop parking, elevators and cartveyor escalator system at Delaware’s newest ShopRite, a 70,000-square-foot store near the Wilmington Riverfront. “But what’s really fabulous is that you can order your lunch meat at a computer,” he says. (1600 W. Newport Pike, Newport, 999-1227; 19 Chestnut Hill Plaza, Newark, 292-1220; 1300 Rocky Run Pkwy., Wilmington, 477-3270; 501 S. Walnut St., Wilmington, 225-6900)
Critics, downstate: The Cullens are huge Harris Teeter fans. They love the deals. And they love the all-expense-paid Regent Seven Seas cruise they won there even more. All they had to do to win was shop consistently at Harris Teeter throughout the fall. “HT has 176 stores, and a family from every store was chosen,” Paul says. Here’s the kicker: When HT managers found out that Cullen was a musician, they got him to play poolside gigs on the cruise. “It went so well, they asked me to play two days later,” Paul says. Cullen and “HT company president Fred” are buds now. (26370 Bay Farm Road, No. 1, Millsboro, 945-1705; 31221 Americana Pkwy., Selbyville, 436-2827)