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rtung Jul 31, 2008 05:34 PM

My first post--although I've had great success using Chowhound for my travels!
Seeking recommendations for Sunday dinner with a work colleague/friend. We are landing in Philadelphia and driving through Wilmington to give a workshop on Monday. Would like moderately priced, quality local fresh food prepared simply, not a chain restaurant, easily accessible from the I95...Italian, Asian, American...Thanks in advance for suggestions!

  1. Mawrter Aug 3, 2008 02:10 PM

    You know what I like btwn the airport and Wilmington? I like the Amish places at the Booth's Corner Farmer's Market in Boothwyn.

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      mschow Aug 4, 2008 08:53 AM

      Mawrter:
      re the Booths Corner Farm Market: I have never been, but a strange question for you. Years ago a friend hired a psychic who said she had a booth at the Farm Market. She was having a dinner party at her house (my friend), and hired this woman to do readings. When it was my turn the psychic told me two strange things that turned out to be true within a week or so. (one, very creepy, that someone had been watching me and coming into my yard at night at the house I had recently purchased). I lost the business card of the psychic from the farm market and wonder if you have ever heard of this person? If so, can you let me know. I think she said she lives in Boothwyn as well. Thanks!

      1. re: mschow
        Mawrter Aug 4, 2008 12:21 PM

        I am all over strange questions, and I feel as if I *should* know about the psychic/BCFM vendor. But I don't. I haven't been going to BCFM regularly for a number of years. Maybe you could ask your friend if she knew what kind of store she had there to narrow it down?

        And... you know, the local police are very supportive to residents who want their help starting a Neighborhood Watch group. Just sayin'. Take care.

        One more thing - since of course this is food site and food comments are required - avoid the pierogi at Booths Corner Farmers Market. They suck. Stick with Kyj's.

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      rtung Aug 3, 2008 11:05 AM

      Everyone, Thanks so much for your recommendations! Really appreciated! Given that it's Sunday, we will likely go to Toscana and I will report back.
      Thank you.

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        ndelson Aug 1, 2008 03:15 PM

        A few years ago, while still in school in Delaware, I went to a place called Moro in Wilmington. From what I remember, the meal was really excellent and for what you get, very reasonable as well.

        http://www.mororestaurant.net/

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          CindyJ Aug 2, 2008 10:32 AM

          Moro gets my vote for the single best restaurant in Wilmington. In fact, I'm having one of my three birthday dinners there this week (the others will be at Gilmore's in West Chester and Blue Pear Bistro in West Chester).

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            ndelson Aug 2, 2008 04:22 PM

            You get three birthday dinners? Or do you have three birthdays? Either way, that's pretty cool! Hope you enjoy your time out...don't have too many of those basil martinis.

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              CindyJ Aug 4, 2008 07:28 AM

              Three dinners, one birthday! Actually, there's one more, which will be on Wednesday of this week, and that will be at Gibraltar in Lancaster. Makes me kind of glad that my friends and family are scattered enough to have separate events rather than one big one.

              Basil martini... hmmmm... I'll try anything, once!

        2. spyturtle008 Aug 1, 2008 01:33 PM

          If you like Indian food, you may want to consider Palace of Asia (follow the "from Trenton" directions):

          http://www.palace-of-asia.com/Directi...

          Very consistent, incredibly delicious higher-end Indian cuisine, and fairly easy to get to from 95.

          My favorite restaurant in this area, hands down.

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            DoverLover Aug 1, 2008 10:34 AM

            Wait until you get to Dover and try the new Doc McGrogan's Oyster Bar at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino -- it's a lot of fun and good food too. You probably recognize the name as a Philadelphia eatery, now with an restaurant in Dover. Enjoy!

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              travelmad478 Jul 31, 2008 06:47 PM

              Where are you actually going--Wilmington, or somewhere south? There is not a whole lot I would recommend that is close to I-95 between the airport and Wilmo--you pass through the depressing/depressed city of Chester, where not many people would stop to eat. But there are plenty of places in Wilmington itself. It's only about 25 minutes from PHL, so you won't starve to death en route.

              "Local fresh food prepared simply" can mean a lot of things. At one end of the spectrum is the Charcoal Pit on Rte. 202 (about five minutes from 95, exit 8B in DE)--local and simple, for sure. At the other end is a place like Culinaria (drive north on Marsh Rd., exit 9, for about 10 minutes), which is local and fresh, but a lot more inventive. There are also several places I would recommend in the city of Wilmington, none of which are more than five minutes off I-95. If you can be more specific about where you are heading, it will be helpful.

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                rtung Jul 31, 2008 06:55 PM

                We are on our way to Dover, Delaware, so your easy to find Wilmington recommendations would be great! As far as spectrum, we are interested in the Culinaria end, perhaps slightly less fancy. Thank you so much!

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                  bluehensfan Aug 1, 2008 04:56 AM

                  Culinaria's good and not too far off I-95. Domaine Hudson in Wilmington is very good as is a little Caribbean joint which is way too casual in Wilmington named Genelle's. Another place that is really good is the Border Cafe http://www.bordercafe.com/ which is right near where you pick up Rt. 1 at 95 to head to the shore. It is a half mile north of that interchange on Rt.7 and you can easily pick up the road (and the traffic) to Dover.

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                    Bigley9 Aug 1, 2008 10:15 AM

                    I second the Domaine Hudson recommendation - we drive my Mom down from NE Phila, and my brother drives up from MD, we meet at DH and exchange Mom and have a great meal! Someone there truly knows their soup. I am not a big soup person, esp when it is 90!, but theirs is always great!

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                    travelmad478 Aug 1, 2008 11:00 AM

                    If you want less fancy than Culinaria, your choices get pretty pedestrian. In between that level of dining and the Charcoal Pit, there are a lot of chain restaurants and not much else worth bothering with. Domaine Hudson is great, my favorite restaurant in the area, but it is fancier than Culinaria. You can try Toscana (5 minutes west of I-95, Delaware Ave. exit 7B)--it has a very broad menu that includes things like sandwiches and good wood-fired oven pizzas, all the way through fine dining. If you want Asian, there is also Jasmine on Rte. 202, which is pretty decent. They are one of the few pan-Asian restaurants that actually does a reasonable job at a variety of dishes.

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                      bluehensfan Aug 1, 2008 11:08 AM

                      Pizza by Elizabeth's is OK on Rt.52 but is about 15 or 20 minutes from 95.

                      A word of warning, the Charcoal Pit has seen better days...like before they started using frozen, preformed patties.

                      Come to think of it, Jasmine has seen better days too. It was filthy on our last visit, and a number (maybe 25%) of our plates were cracked which is apparently a big no-no.

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                        Mawrter Aug 3, 2008 02:07 PM

                        Oh, no! The Charcoal Pit's slipped? I used to love their burgers and milkshakes. Well, anyway, thanks for speaking up about the bad news.

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                          travelmad478 Aug 4, 2008 10:18 AM

                          I think the Charcoal Pit's better days pre-date my arrival in Wilmington anyway (10 years ago)...I don't know any different, and I am proud/mortified to say that this place completely hits the spot on so many levels, when you are in the right frame of mind. There is just something about that cheeseburger on a tiny paper plate, those Sysco crinkle-cut fries, the gigantic milkshake, that really does it for me.

                          Haven't been to Jasmine more than once in the last two years, since I no longer work nearby--too bad to hear it is slipping. Cracked plates would really turn me off, I agree.

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                            Mawrter Aug 4, 2008 12:07 PM

                            Yeah, I haven't been the the Charcoal Pit very frequently since the early '80s. :-) Been awhile.

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                          Bigley9 Aug 1, 2008 11:11 AM

                          only went to Toscana once for the Mom exchange - did not impress. Food - eh, service incredibly slow and it was not crowded

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                            travelmad478 Aug 1, 2008 01:33 PM

                            Suprising--Toscana has been one of my most reliable go-to places for the 10 years I've lived here. The food is always quite solid and I have never had problems with the service. If you were there maybe five years ago, they were in a bit of a transition period before the restaurant got renovated and re-launched. I think it should be fine.

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