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 Thai Restaurant
Readers, upstate: Pan Tai (9th and Union sts., Wilmington, 652-6633)
Readers, downstate: Seaside Thai (19 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-9525)
Critics, upstate: The original Thai place, Bangkok House has been heralded as one of the most authentic in the state, thanks largely to talented owner Tom Wechkul. Chen casts his vote for four reasons: the “fantastic beef salad, chicken satay, whole fried fish with tamarind sauce and a killer crispy duck Penang curry.” (104 N. Union St., Wilmington, 654-8555)
Critics, downstate: Locals love Seaside Thai’s cheerful aura and reasonable prices on Thai classics. The ped grob gra prow, crisp, honey-roasted duck topped with basil and a hot garlic sauce, is a house specialty, and the larb gai has such a pleasing kick. Humongous plates of fresh grilled seafood are terrific anytime. (19 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-9525)