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Lunch near Children's Museum in Wilmington

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

    1. 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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      1. re: travelmad478

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

      2. 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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        1. re: rizzo0904

          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.

          1. re: travelmad478

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

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          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            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.

            1. re: MrRuffles

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

              1. re: rizzo0904

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

                1. re: jessicheese

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

                  1. re: CindyJ

                    Just opened in October near the BBC.

                    1. re: jessicheese

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

                      1. re: CindyJ

                        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.

          2. 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!