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Jun 26, 2009 10:44 AM

What is your favorite restaurant in Wilmington?

My wife and I have lived in North Wilmington for 11 months and have only tried a few area restaurants (Deep Blue - very good but perhaps a bit overpriced, Border Cafe - great food, amazing prices, no ambience, and Jasmine's on 202 - not overly impressed, the food was ok but bland).

We know that there must be some really good establishments out there that we simply have not discovered to this point and would love some recommendations. We are open to any kind of dining experience with food quality the paramount criterion.

We also were looking for one recommendation for a specific occasion. One of our college friend and his SO are coming to spend the night at our home in July and we want to take them out for a very casual dinner. Our friend basically orders burgers wherever we go so a good sandwich selection is a must and a cozy atmosphere is also desirable. Would Buckley's Tavern in Greenville fit the bill or should we be looking elsewhere?


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  1. If you live in north Wilmington, get over to Culinaria (Branmar Plaza) and give that a try. I haven't been there in a long time (since they stopped serving lunch, probably 8 years ago!) but it was very good then.

    Buckley's is an OK choice, nothing super special, but it is harmless and fits the bill if you are just there for burgers. Sitting on the roof deck is pleasant if it's a nice night.

    Please do a search of this board for Wilmington threads. There are many.

    1. Welcome to Wilmington! I'm glad that you've found Border Cafe- it's one of our favorites.
      Check out the Washington Street Ale House. Very Casual, great food with a nice sandwich selection, and great beer, too. I haven't been to Buckley's in years, but remember liking it.

      For other places, here are a few to check out:

      Blue Parrot- live music, decent Cajun food, fun atmosphere
      Booth Corners Farmers Market @ Foulk & Naamans Creek (Fri & Sat)- I just found this last week and am in love with Cajun Kates. The other places looked promising, too
      Orillas Tapas- great spanish tapas, nice ambiance
      Harry's Seafood- I haven't been here, personally, but hear wonderful things both on CH and from friends
      Union Street Grille- could be another option for your night out. I had a great meal there about 3 years ago.

      I agree to search "wilmington" using a 3 year span and you'll find a lot of great suggestions.

      1. hi supersharpie, my hubby was transferred to wilmington last may...well, in over a year, we've tried lots of restaurants, some memorable, some not so....i found deep blue to be a little pretentious, generally trying to hard to be something special. since the recession has deepened, we were, like you, looking for affordable, clean places with a nice atmosphere and exemplary food....finally we found it! travel 2 miles out of town (rte 52) to greenville, to elizabeths pizza,'s not a pizza joint...its a lovely breezy place with a lovely bar to the locals, you can get a tremendous lightweight meal, pizza, salads, extras plus the finest beers and wines in the area. you will find the service good, the prices great and the ambiance almost perfect! there is no pushing high priced entrees, drinks or desserts...the locals that frequent the place are generally nicely dressed, civil and just overall nice. there are no wild kids running around....sensuous chandeliers and beautiful artwork...they are open from 11:30 AM til around midnight, so going at any time
        is so very convenient. some places to pass, feby's fishery - too homegrown for me, timothy's at the riverwalk - salad's made with iceberg, yuck...the exchange on market - businessmen go there to get drunk after work, food quality is 'diner-like." harry's seafood, riverwalk - too expensive, food quality is nothing special, service is very slow.
        sadly, our wilmington stay will soon be over as my hubby will soon be laid off......but go ahead and enjoy yourselves and your dinner...

        1. Some good suggestions here altho I'd certainly pass on Buckley's and Kajun Kate's, which really isn't a restaurant (I know, I know - even my dog disagrees!)  Go to Delaware Today (local mag) and look at their "best of" ratings.

          1. P.S. What does "too homegrown" mean?

            10 Replies
            1. re: danbee1

              danbee1...too homegrown means the place reminds me of my old aunt ida's kitchen!

              1. re: jerseygurl

                Please do not rely on any "best of" list produced by the local rags. Some of our favorites, Pizza by Elizabeths, Buckleys- they do have some decent selections on the menu a step above barfood and their burgers are good. Harry's Seafood, Big Fish, Iron Hill, Stoneys, Corner Bistro, Lucky's Coffee Shop, Bon Appetit.

                Pizza by Elizabeths
                4019 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807

                1. re: RC51Mike

                  I would recommend trying Mazzellas on Philadelphia Pk. Its a pizza shop atmosphere but they have some of the best pasta dishes I've had in this area. The shrimp diablo is loaded with all different size shrimp and very spicy and my personal favorite is Liguini and vodka sauce. The prices are also great and the dishes are huge enough to last a couple of days. Booths corners is also nice but it is just a bunch of little shops that offer good food. My personal favorite there is Grecian delights, they have the best tacos that I've ever had and they only have them every other week. they make their own shells. the gyros are also good. You can also go to Albies for the best burger in the area.

                  1. re: kingnesta

                    Thanks for mentioning Mazzellas, it has become a favorite of ours over the past few months. The pizza is the best in town and the chicken cacciatore is great.

                    The Iron Hill serves very tasty chicken sandwiches and the beer is decent as well. That is generally the meal we order on Fridays when we don't really want to go out but don't want to eat in either.

                    Cajun Kate's at Booth's Corner has been something of a revelation. It is a great place to pick up a container of jambalaya or gumbo big enough to satisfy two healthy appetites.

                    1. re: supersharpie

                      Besides Cajun Kate's my other Booths Corner vice is a chocolate cream filled donut from Donut Haven every Friday.

                    2. re: kingnesta

                      Good to know about Mazzella's--is the pizza thin crust? I don't find myself in that neighborhood much, but I might go out of my way if the pizza is really good (I was born and raised in a heavily Italian-American part of NJ and have certain very strong opinions about what good pizza is!)

                      1. re: travelmad478

                        Being from the Northern Italian region of NJ, I can't say that Mazzella's pizza was very memorable. Their food is standard Italian fare but we've always found it terribly oversalted. Our basic Italian go-to spot is Cafe Palermo on Miller Road in the Home Depot Plaza. We've never had a bad meal there.

                        1. re: MrRuffles

                          I think Mazzella's is pretty good. As a matter of fact I'm eating one right this very moment. However, for a closest to NY thin crust pizza, Dom's in Newport is probably the best in the area.

                          1. re: RC51Mike

                            I have to second Doms for best thin crust in the area.

                            1. re: jessicheese

                              Finally made it to Dom's last night. We just got slices, not a whole pie. On the whole I found the pizza to be pretty good, definitely a step up from my neighborhood standby Gallucio's. But it's not at all what I would consider true "thin crust" pizza. (I realize this is a fine distinction for those who have never actually had the real thing--but it is very, very different from basic NY-style pizza.) I guess I still have to go back to my home county in NJ to get the real stuff!