Burrito lovers have a devil of a time at El Diablo. Plus, Jam Bistro hits the beach and meet the folks who keep Amtrak's menus chugging.
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Dean Vilone and Roger Andrews saw the trend making its way east from the burrito-friendly West Coast. When national chains like Chipotle and Qdoba, peddling aluminum-wrapped Mission-style burritos, began cropping up nearby, “We thought we could do it better and do it fresher, take it one step farther and have a place with the potential to be really cool,” Andrews says. “I think we hit it.” It’s hard to argue with the opening El Diablo Burritos had, when lines for lunch at the Trolley Square shop snaked out the door. Credit the fresh, plump, build-your-own burritos bursting with ingredients like braised beef short rib and citrus-marinated pork. Or credit the simple-yet-striking interior bathed in bold reds and blacks (plus a devilish pitchfork-wielding mascot), designed by partner Shannon Stevens. “Customers love the fact that it’s fresh and consistent every day,” Andrews says. “You can’t get that kind of fresh feel for lunch at most places.” Look for even more burrito combinations this fall at El Diablo (Delaware Avenue, 13A Trolley Square Shopping Center, Wilmington, 691-5532) and perhaps some menu additions. —Matt Amis
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