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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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  1. 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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    1. re: supersharpie

      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...

    2. 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

      1. 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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        1. re: stephiehun

          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.

        2. 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.