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raider Jun 26, 2009 06:40 AM

spending the weekend at a hotel in newark delaware (maui and paris were fully booked). any suggestions of chow-worthy fare? cheap or fancy will do.

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    supersharpie RE: raider Jun 26, 2009 10:27 AM

    The Border Cafe offers delicious and amazingly priced Tex-Mex. The blackened chicken w/black beans and rice is my favorite. My wife always picks the Chicken Creole which is also quite tasty. Both dishes are priced under $10 and come with free homemade chips and salsa that is the perfect mix of salt and spice.

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      bluehensfan RE: supersharpie Jun 30, 2009 05:37 AM

      The Border Cafe rocks. It's cheap and the food is much better than anything else in the area. http://www.bordercafe.com They have a great grilled salmon salad (the salmon is surpiringly always cooked perfectly...not something I can say many places around here) and the chimmichuuri steak is also great. Also all you can eat tortilla chips that are cooked in-house. Newark itself does not have much good food...but then again a lot of what I've had lately in Delaware is not exactly outstanding either. Thankfully Philly's right up the street...

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      jessicheese RE: raider Jun 30, 2009 08:01 AM

      I'm not too familiar with Newark, but Wilmington is quite close. I have to third Border Cafe- love the Mexican items and agree that the salmon is awesome.

      In WIlmington, I like the following:
      Washington Street Ale house- good food & great beer selection
      Orillas Tapas- great tapas options, love the cerviche, nice white sangria
      Toscana- very good Italian food

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        stephiehun RE: raider Jul 1, 2009 07:26 AM

        Border Cafe is always a good choice! Make sure to try the frozen sangria.

        Not far from there is Potstickers, which my husband and I also enjoy. It has a variety of asian dishes - sushi to dumplings to stir-fries. It has a nice atmosphere, but it isn't too expensive in my opinion.

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          jessicheese RE: stephiehun Jul 1, 2009 07:56 AM

          Thank you! I was trying to remember the name of that place.

          I'll have to try the Sangria next time- I've always been a Texas Margarita girl myself.

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          katreese4 RE: raider Jul 1, 2009 10:45 PM

          Decent food in Newark...well....that's a tough one. Homegrown is very popular, and I thought it was pretty good until I ordered a tuna steak that was cooked solid. I've never had a bad meal at Caffe Gelato, although people seem to think it's priced a little high. I was surprised to have an excellent burger at Kildare's - typical "Irish pub" atmosphere. (All of those restaurants are on Main St.) So far the best hoagie I have had has been at Rudy's Italian Bistro, in a new-ish strip mall down 896.

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