Best of Delaware 2010
You told us your favorites. We have a few of our own. Herein, the great big list of winners.
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Best Thai Restaurant
READERS, UPSTATE | Jasmine
3618 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 479-5618
READERS, DOWNSTATE | Lily Thai Cuisine
10 N. First St., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3348
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Jeenwong Thai Cuisine
3 S. Orange St., Wilmington, 655-5140
Traditional Thai dishes plus one secret weapon (it’s the crispy twice-cooked, ginger-spiced homemade egg rolls) are the backbone at Jeenwong Thai Cuisine, in the Wilmington Riverfront Market. Family recipes give noodle, curry and stir-fry dishes a hearty, homey feel, and chef-owner Norrawit Jeenwong Milburn brings fresh ideas and ingredients from the market daily.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Seaside Thai
19 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-9525
Local favorite Seaside Thai isn’t fancy, but its menu is full of traditional and reasonably priced fare. Its seaside grillers pair tender grilled meat and seafood with fresh steamed veggies. The Big Bowl is flavorful noodle soup. Another standout is Atlantic salmon seasoned simply with garlic, black pepper and teriyaki sauce.
CRITICS, OVER THE LINE | Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine
275 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford, Pa., (610) 358-4015
Serving Thai with elegance and style is Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine, a casual little BYOB. Look no further than the signature crispy boneless duck served with tamarind-garlic sauce. But for a bit of upscale fusion, check out Asian-style tapas, like the eye-popping tuna drop martini, which combines a colorful concoction of sesame-crusted sashimi tuna with chives, ginger and Thai cucumber sauce in a martini glass.
• Restaurant Tidbits •
READERS, UPSTATE | Potstickers
1247 New Churchmans Road, Newark, 731-0188
READERS, DOWNSTATE | Big Fish Grill
20298 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-9007
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Kooma on the Riverfront
400 Justison St., Wilmington, 543-6732
Swanky sushi bar Kooma is the sleek, ultra-hip spot Riverfront developers were banking on. The place is teeming with glowy mood lights, frosted windows, a curvilinear bar and a cool silvery palette. Great live music, great looking wait staff and, oh yeah, some solid sushi help complete the vibe.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | The Cultured Pearl
301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8493
There’s simply no beating the rooftop water gardens, the all-black walnut bars and other unique features at The Cultured Pearl. Indulge on one of the Pearl’s signature sushi rolls amid more than 15,000 gallons of placid water in the man-made lagoon. Tiptoe through exotic plants and over koi fish beneath boardwalk bridges on your way to raised gazebos. The avenue below is a world away.
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