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Looking for Thanksgiving 2011 restaurant in Wilmington, DE area

eclairewl Oct 24, 2011 05:38 AM

Can anyone suggest some good restaurants in Wilmington/Brandywine area which are reasonably priced?
We've been to Harry's in the past but don't want to return. Not that many places are open on Thanksgiving, so any help would be appreciated..

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  1. Bacchus101 RE: eclairewl Oct 24, 2011 05:46 AM

    The Hotel DuPont offers both a high priced buffet and a fix price dinner as does the Mendenhall Inn at a much lower price point. The Back Burner is serving Thanksgiving dinners.

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      eclairewl RE: Bacchus101 Oct 24, 2011 07:06 AM

      Thanks. I was at the Green Room 2 weeks ago and it is pricey. The last 2 times I've been at Back Burner have not been good. Mendenhall tends to overbook and make you wait but I'll check it out.
      We eat out a lot, several times a week as you might guess.

      Green Room
      11th Market Sts, Wilmington, DE 19801

    2. CindyJ RE: eclairewl Oct 24, 2011 06:56 AM

      My family and I had a conversation over the weekend about Thanksgiving and we're trying to decide whether to spend T'giving here at home, or to dine out. If we do go out, we're going to go to Foxfire at the Stone Barn, just outside Kennett Square, PA. We usually stay away from buffets, but we're willing to make an exception this time because we've enjoyed so many wonderful (non-buffet) dinners there. The menu for T'giving looks really appealing and, at $32 for adults, it seems really reasonably priced. Also, the setting is really lovely -- it's located in Chester County "horse country" and there's a huge stone fireplace in the main dining room that really lends ambiance.

      Click on "Thanksgiving Feast" to see the menu. http://www.thestonebarn.com/holidays.htm

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        eclairewl RE: CindyJ Oct 24, 2011 07:03 AM

        Thanks so much. I've never been there but have passed it many times. I'll check it out.

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          CindyJ RE: eclairewl Oct 24, 2011 10:11 AM

          Given a choice, I would skip Mendenhall Inn altogether. Years ago it was one of very few fine dining venues in the area; it really hasn't kept up with the times, though, and the last couple of times I was there I found it pretty uninteresting and stodgy.

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            travelmad478 RE: CindyJ Oct 24, 2011 11:06 AM

            +1 on Mendenhall. The couple of meals that I have had there have been seriously underwhelming.

            I can't believe I am suggesting this, but what about Krazy Kat's? They are accepting reservations for the day, and I assume they would do a Thanksgiving meal, although it would probably be a good idea to call and find out. I probably wouldn't eat there on any other day of the year, but if I ever ate out on Thanksgiving, I might contemplate it.

            Krazy Kats Restaurant
            Kirk Rd, Montchanin, DE 19710

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              jenscats5 RE: CindyJ Nov 13, 2011 10:35 AM

              Have to agree on the comments on the Mendenhall Inn. Went there the last two years in a row - did the buffet 2 years ago & the sit-down option last year. While the buffet was decent, I just can't eat that much and no one advised us at reservation time that no bar service would be available and what they did have was cash only. The buffet was also messy & overall very disorganized. The sit down was not impressive either - food not done well at all and just not very good.

        2. Bacchus101 RE: eclairewl Oct 24, 2011 11:49 AM

          The comments here are very helpful to us this year. We have had a reservation at the Four Seasons Fountain Room for many years. This year that location may be a challenge for one of our traditional Thanksgiving diners. Therefore we have been looking in the Wilmington area,
          which will be less drive time for the challenged party member. Thanks.

          1. CindyJ RE: eclairewl Oct 25, 2011 06:24 AM

            Here's another suggestion you might like. The cost of the buffet dinner includes admission to Longwood Gardens. http://www.longwoodgardens.org/Thanks...

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              Bacchus101 RE: CindyJ Oct 25, 2011 10:58 AM

              Great suggestion, indeed. We are members and never even considered LG. Excellent alternative, thank you.

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                spyturtle008 RE: Bacchus101 Oct 27, 2011 07:30 AM

                +1. We did this last year and it was excellent. Will definitely do it again next time I am in town for Thanksgiving. As a bonus there was a good amount of choices for vegetarians, if you happen to have any in your group.

                Also, much of the holiday display was up when we were there, so there's plenty to see in the Conservatory if the weather's crummy.

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                jenscats5 RE: CindyJ Nov 13, 2011 10:42 AM

                Longwood Gardens is perfect for an After-Thanksgiving event! Will definitely check out the link....

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