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 Book Store

  Critics, upstate: “A trip to Ninth Street Book Shop is a must before every kid’s birthday and Christmas,” Karibjanian says. “But my favorite trip is before we head to the beach in the summer.” The independent shop doesn’t have all the frills of a big box store, like a café or a huge CD selection, but it’s far more service-oriented. Expect to pay and wait a lot less on special orders. “[Co-owner] Gemma [Buckley] never steers me wrong for my favorite beach read,” Karibjanian says. (104 W. Ninth St., Wilmington, 652-3315)
  Critics, downstate: For those with a healthy appetite for reading, like the Meoli clan, it doesn’t get much better than Browseabout Books, where community-minded owners Steve and Barbara Crane strive to put the right volume in the right hands. “We love to support our locals,” Meoli says. “The staff is very hands-on and knowledgeable.” Bestsellers and award-winners fill the shelves, and local authors frequently appear for signings. Stationery, gifts and toys can be found here, too. Browseabout is famous for its regular—and often spontaneous—events, sidewalk sales and food tie-ins. Hello, Scrapple Day. (133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2665)
 

 

More Best Of Delaware

Where to Eat & Drink
The best places to wine and dine.
What to Eat & Drink
And the best food on which
to wine and dine.
Restaurants by Town
In case you don't feel like traveling across the state for dinner.
Shopping
The best places to get what you want.
Salon & Bridal
The state's best spots to pamper yourself.
Home & Services
Well, because not everyone is
handy.
Fun & Leisure
Play time.
Media
Those who impact the most on a day-to-day basis.
Kids
Because we can't get enough of those we love.