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Lunch near Children's Museum in Wilmington

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rizzo0904 Feb 21, 2012 07:13 AM

Headed to south Jersey next month and I'd like to take a day trip to Wilmington. I've never been. We'll have our two pre-school aged boys with us so we plan on playing at the museum for a few hours. The website said their parking is across from "the restaurants" so I'm assuming we have a few lunch choices nearby. Where would you recommend? My boys love to eat and I'm not looking for nuggets and fries. We enjoy Greek, Italian, Japanese, Thai...really anything goes.

And slightly off topic, any cute shops I should check out? I've already started Xmas shopping....he he he.

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    rizzo0904 Feb 21, 2012 07:19 AM

    oh, and we have a car, so driving to lunch is perfectly fine.

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      travelmad478 Feb 21, 2012 07:55 AM

      There are a number of restaurants right there at the Riverfront, including several kid-friendly options. I would never set foot in this place, but Joe's Crab Shack tends to wow the younger set. This is one of several "big box" restaurants right next to the museum; others including Big Fish Grill (also kid-friendly, seafood) and Iron Hill Brewery (also grown-up-friendly if that grown-up likes beer!)

      A few steps further away you have a Thai place, Ubon, in the Shipyard Shops, as well as Timothy's which is pretty standard bar-and-grill fare.

      The city of Wilmington lays it all out for you here: http://www.riverfrontwilm.com/dining-...

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        rizzo0904 Feb 21, 2012 08:09 AM

        thanks...not a fan of joes either. going to check out ubon now.

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        rizzo0904 Feb 21, 2012 08:12 AM

        Udon looks great. Massaman curry for me and a few apps to share for the boys. I will definitely put that on the list of possibilities.

        For bar and grill type places, do you prefer Timothys or Iron Hill?

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          travelmad478 Feb 21, 2012 08:47 AM

          Iron Hill is pretty good. In fact I have never been to Timothy's--it's never had much of a reputation and I've always had better/closer places to go for that kind of food. I certainly would not go out of my way to eat there, let's put it that way.

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            jenscats5 Apr 1, 2012 12:39 PM

            In the event that future readers look up this thread, Iron Hill is definitely the one to pick over Timothy's. Timothy's is really not worth going to. Ubon is right next door to them however.

        2. The Chowhound Team Feb 21, 2012 09:28 AM

          Just a quick request that people focus on restaurants rather than shops. Thanks!

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            MrRuffles Feb 21, 2012 12:42 PM

            I don't see any discussion of shops here. Shipyard Shops is the name of the location where restaurants Ubon and Timothy's are located.

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              rizzo0904 Feb 21, 2012 02:15 PM

              I did ask about shops in my initial post...but you could give me some foodie type shops....that would fit the rules :)

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                jessicheese Feb 23, 2012 12:48 PM

                Pro Kitchen Gear in Greenville, DE :) Love the applewood smoked salt.

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                  CindyJ Feb 23, 2012 03:15 PM

                  I drive through Greenville at least once a week and I was totally unaware of this place until you mentioned it.

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                    jessicheese Feb 25, 2012 11:29 AM

                    Just opened in October near the BBC.

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                      CindyJ Feb 25, 2012 12:17 PM

                      I spotted it yesterday. It there anything unique about this place, or is it more of the same -- Kitchen Kapers, W-S, etc.?

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                        jessicheese Feb 26, 2012 07:27 AM

                        Its along the lines of a W-S, but more personalized. It has a very comfortable feel. The owner has had a website for a few years with high end kitchen gear before opening the store last fall. I would suggest checking it out at some point, for sure.

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            rizzo0904 Mar 30, 2012 03:57 PM

            Ended up at Iron Hill. Food was pretty good. I enjoyed my mesclun salad...added chicken.

            It was very convenient to the museum...was able to walk over.

            Would go here again. Thanks!

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