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Best Burger in DE?

scoopG Oct 8, 2010 02:44 PM

Whoa nelly!

USA Today says the Charcoal Pit has the best burger in Delaware?


Me thinks not. CP has decent cole slaw but bad, tasteless burgers. Have not explored all that much but the best I've found so far for a burger in Wilmington has been Lucky's on 202 (near Silverside.)

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  1. Sensuous RE: scoopG Oct 8, 2010 06:54 PM

    The Nage burger won Food Network's "Best Burger" designation for Delaware. Nage is no burger joint though.

    19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

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      Lewes RE: Sensuous Oct 8, 2010 07:18 PM

      the nice thing is alot of the local beach joints have started their off-season "locals" special nights and you can find decent, reduced price burgers at Jerry's, Striper Bites, Timothy's, Irish Eyes, etc.

      Striper Bites
      107 Savannah Rd, Lewes, DE 19958

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        Sensuous RE: Lewes Oct 9, 2010 07:21 AM

        We are regulars at Striper Bites on Wednesday nights.
        Why must Half Full's free pizza night also be on Wednesdays? It's always something, Lewes. I could grow old sitting on one of those porch stools sipping wine.
        The Irish Eyes burger is probably the best thing on their menu and their fries are good too. I love the new place and the view of the canal.
        Jerry's crabcakes are so perfect. I doubt I can order anything else there.

        Striper Bites
        107 Savannah Rd, Lewes, DE 19958

        Half Full
        113 W Market St, Lewes, DE 19958

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          Sensuous RE: Sensuous Oct 13, 2010 05:17 AM

          The half-price burger night at Striper Bites is Monday! Striper Bites has a fish and chips special on Wednesdays. Kindle has $7 burgers on Wednesdays. At Half Full on Wednesday nights, you get a free pizza with the purchase of a bottle of wine.

          I apologize for the incorrect information I offered in my earlier post. I had my restaurants and nights mixed up.

          Striper Bites
          107 Savannah Rd, Lewes, DE 19958

          Half Full
          113 W Market St, Lewes, DE 19958

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          Sensuous RE: Lewes Oct 9, 2010 07:22 AM


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            Bob W RE: Sensuous Nov 16, 2010 11:59 AM

            I've never heard of it either, and quite frankly I just can't see eating at a restaurant called Timothy's!


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              Sensuous RE: Bob W Nov 18, 2010 06:34 AM

              Poor Timothy.

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                Sensuous RE: Sensuous Nov 25, 2010 04:55 PM

                Oh! Timothy's is on the highway across from Tanger. It's in the building that used to be Wahoo.

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        MrRuffles RE: scoopG Oct 9, 2010 12:15 PM

        To be fair, the USA Today article doesn't claim to name the best burger in each state, just a "great hamburger joint." While Charcoal Pit certainly doesn't have a great burger, it certainly qualifies as an archetypical burger joint.

        Can't say I've ever actually had a memorable burger from anywhere in northern DE and don't have enough data points to comment on downstate burgers.

        My go-to burger place is Five Guys, much better and more reliable than any other place up here (including perennial favorite Jake's which I've never had any luck with).

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          phillyjazz RE: MrRuffles Oct 9, 2010 04:51 PM

          Charcoal pit SOUNDS great, and even LOOKS great. I like the Philly-style waitresses who call you "hon." It is a GREAT hamburger joint. It's burgers are just not all that good. They probably could be, but I don't suspect they have used charcoal since the 50's. Where else can you find a $17 Porterhouse ??

          I rememebr them being killer as a kid. I guess the age of propane means lowered expectations all around.

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          travelmad478 RE: scoopG Oct 10, 2010 05:29 PM

          I like the Charcoal Pit in general, and think their milkshakes are definitely a Best-in-DE contender, but I wouldn't say that about their burgers. Burger-wise, I am very partial to my local, Kelly's Logan House in Wilmington. They do a very fine burger, and the fries are just how I like them. The half price burgers on Saturdays don't hurt, either!

          I am the one person in the universe (apparently) who does not like Five Guys. Their burgers are soggy and highly unappealing. Yes, it's better than McDonald's, but if that's the only bar you are trying to exceed, you've set your sights pretty low.

          Charcoal Pit
          714 Greenbank Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808

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            Lewes RE: travelmad478 Oct 11, 2010 03:39 PM

            I was initially a Five Guys fan when they started off in northern Virginia, but now see them as becoming the "new" McDonalds

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              gfweb1 RE: travelmad478 Nov 26, 2010 05:44 AM

              I'm with you on 5 guys. I find them very variable, not only store to store, but day to day in the same place.

            2. in bocca RE: scoopG Oct 11, 2010 12:02 PM

              I like Two Fat Guys in Hockessin. They have a very good black and bleu burger. But I usually get the poached pear and molassas wings.


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                travelmad478 RE: in bocca Oct 12, 2010 03:02 AM

                Yes, Two Fat Guys is another winner. This will be my new local in about three weeks when I move to Hockessin. I may have to ration my visits, though--I don't want to see Mr. travelmad478 and me ending up "One Fat Guy and One Fat Girl" ourselves!

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                  bluehensfan RE: travelmad478 Oct 13, 2010 08:27 AM

                  travelmad478, welcome to decent-food-free Hockessin (well almost!)...

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                    travelmad478 RE: bluehensfan Oct 13, 2010 08:33 AM

                    Thanks! There are a few not-bad options we've found already during our year-long remodel job. And hey, this way we are closer to Kennett Square AND Hilltop Crab House!

                    My saving grace is that I am paid to travel frequently to places that have much better food. :-)

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                      bluehensfan RE: travelmad478 Oct 13, 2010 10:23 AM

                      Is the Hilltop Crab House any good? I have never been there...

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                        travelmad478 RE: bluehensfan Oct 13, 2010 11:17 AM

                        It is mentioned in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/730566

                        It is a fun place, and the food is quite good if you are looking for that kind of food. Check their website: http://www.hilltopcrabhouse.com/

                        Fine dining this ain't. But IMO it just does not get any better than a "claw" game (the kind where you put in a quarter and try to pick up an item in the glass case with the claw) where the item you are trying to pick up is a live lobster!

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                          gfweb1 RE: bluehensfan Nov 16, 2010 11:29 AM

                          Not really. Loud. Greasy. NASCARish crowd.

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                        sal_acid RE: bluehensfan Nov 22, 2010 07:53 AM

                        LOL. Its not that bad here ( at least by DE standards) which admittedly could be higher.

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                    gfweb1 RE: scoopG Nov 19, 2010 06:42 AM

                    For burgers and wings I like Two Fat Guys in Hockessin.

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                      Irishmafia RE: scoopG Feb 15, 2011 04:04 PM

                      For wings, it is Sweet T's on Kirkwood Hwy without hesitation. Their ribs are pretty good, too, but I tend to lean toward CR Hooligans (Trolley Square) for burgers.

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                        Irishmafia RE: scoopG Feb 19, 2011 04:39 PM

                        Well, got a surprise today. Wife and I caught a late lunch at the Blue Parrot in Wilmington. Though this place concentrates on the seafood side of the menu, I had an unbelievably good burger.

                        Much more than 1/4 lb of beef, done to order, extremely juicy and above all, tasty. Not suggesting this is the new Burger Heaven, but for a place that doesn't emphasize read meat, it was a damn good burger.

                        Now I have two burger places in Wilmington

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                          genevapics RE: Irishmafia Feb 23, 2011 04:21 PM

                          Haven't been there in a few years. Good to hear about the burger. What is your 2nd burger joint?

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                            Sensuous RE: genevapics Feb 24, 2011 06:14 AM


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                              bluehensfan RE: Sensuous Feb 25, 2011 03:33 AM

                              You mean Hoolihan's?

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                                scoopG RE: bluehensfan Feb 25, 2011 04:15 AM

                                The chain restaurant with over 80 locations has a great burger...?

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                                  bluehensfan RE: scoopG Feb 25, 2011 06:19 AM

                                  I don't think so...and they just closed in Delaware anyway!

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                                    Sensuous RE: bluehensfan Feb 25, 2011 06:51 AM

                                    "...but I tend to lean toward CR Hooligans (Trolley Square) for burgers."

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                                      bluehensfan RE: Sensuous Feb 25, 2011 08:35 AM

                                      Oh sorry...thought the poster was making fun of Houlihans :)

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                                        genevapics RE: Sensuous Feb 25, 2011 11:34 AM

                                        Thanks Sensuous. I missed Catherine Rooney's in my initial read.

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