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 Place to Treat Yourself
Critics, upstate: The Green Room “has always been the Mecca of fine dining in Delaware,” says Poppiti. “Sure, it’s known as a see-and-be-seen among the corporate and political climbers, but it’s a great deal more than that. The Green Room is a fine dining experience, from the grandeur of the room itself, to prim-and-proper service, to a menu that’s never complacent.” The 2008 Zagat Restaurant Guide awarded the Green Room the highest category rating in food, service and ambience. Sadly, the harpist no longer enchants, but music is played nightly from the musician’s gallery over the restaurant. Dishes such as the Hawaiian Big Eye tuna, enhanced with avocado marble and tomato jam, means the menu is not all French anymore. The all-natural rack of Colorado lamb in a Zinfandel-lingonberry reduction remains a favorite. (11th and Market sts., Wilmington, 594-3154)
Critics, downstate: When Poppiti wants to enjoy a nice evening with his wife, Laura, he’ll whisk her off to Michele’s Steak and Seafood at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. “There’s just something about its high-roller ambiance,” he says. “You want great steak? It has it. You want great sushi? It has it. And Michele’s offers wines that are not available at your average restaurant.” (1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 674-4600)