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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• Dining Around the World •
Best Chinese Restaurant
READERS, UPSTATE | Potstickers
1247 New Churchmans Road, Newark, 731-0188
READERS, DOWNSTATE | Confucius Chinese Cuisine
57 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3848
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Yi Palace Authentic Chinese Food
4435 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-6900
Shirking Americanized standards such as General Tso’s chicken and moo goo gai pan (though they do lurk on the expansive menu as options), Yi Palace hits traditional Chinese favorites such as tea-smoked duck and creamy shrimp with honey walnuts. Daily specials such as spicy braised chunks of rabbit give American diners a chance to try something they likely won’t encounter elsewhere.
Best French Dining
READERS, UPSTATE | The Green Room, Hotel du Pont
11 W. Market St., Wilmington, 594-3154
READERS, DOWNSTATE | The Back Porch Café
59 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3674
CRITICS, UPSTATE | The Green Room
11 W. Market St,, Wilmington, 594-3154
Under the direction of chefs Keith Miller and David Lattomus, the modern French cuisine of The Green Room in the Hotel du Pont is enhanced by local organic produce. Summer selections include seared diver scallops with a cornichon of melon and sweet lemongrass emulsion, and the Study of Duck, with duck prosciutto and local blackberries. There’s a three-course tasting menu nightly.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Bon Appetit
312 High St., Seaford, 629-3700
There are two French restaurants left in Delaware, but only one that has shunned the Americanization of French cuisine. Bon Appetit Restaurant offers country pâté, chicken Champignon and other traditional dishes in an atmosphere graced by lace curtains, candles and fresh flowers.
CRITICS, OVER THE LINE | Gilmore’s
133 E. Gay St., West Chester, Pa., (610) 431-2800
Gilmore’s chef Peter Gilmore’s intimate masterpiece combines exquisite contemporary French dining in a vibrant atmosphere. The CIA grad and former chef de cuisine at famous Le Bec Fin crafts imaginative food that’s never overly fussy, like onglette au poivres with green peppercorn sauce. The BYOB is set in an 18th-century townhouse and is staffed by career servers who give top-notch hospitality.
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