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Hi everyone

I recently moved to Bear due to a work relocation. I tried doing a search on the board, but couldn't find much Bear specific. Im looking for some good eats in Bear or within 20 min from the city. Not really looking for something fancy. More looking for some good food at a decent price. Im willing to pay a little more for a better product. Would really appreciate any help people can give!

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  1. That's a tough one. Bear is the Land of Chain Restaurants. Christiana and Elkton aren't much better. Don't even think that there is a decent diner.

    I've been to a few local places in the area that I wouldn't recommend.

    I don't know if there is anything toward Middletown.

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    1. re: sal_acid

      I just went to google maps and I clearly underestimated how far 20 minutes will take you. There's a lot of interesting stuff within 20-25 minutes. Stone Balloon in Newark, Fair Hill Inn in Fair Hill, MD; Potstickers near Christiana Hosp, a little BBQ shack on Newark-Elkton Rd near the state line whose name I can't remember, Firebirds (a decent chain) near Christiana Hosp......

    2. I grew up in Bear!! You are close to Newark and Wilmington. Some of my favorites Mikimotos in Wilmington, Home Grown in Newark, Harry's Seafood in Wilmington, Border Cafe in Christiana, Brunch at Mendenhall Inn, Krazy Kats in Montchannin and we always grab Capriotti's on our way out of town.

      1. We live at the marina on the canal and we've had several good experiences at Aqua Sol. In the Bear zip code area it's the best you'll find. Stewarts Brewpub isn't bad, some decent beers and ok pub food but I have limited capacity for the sports bar vibe. We frequently go to Two Stones Pub, actually frequent both locations. Primo Hoagies is in Governor's Square and that franchise has done a faithful job of it so far if you crave a hoagie. I heard the Vietnamese place at 7&40 behind the Wawa is good but haven't been myself. Other than that, Wilmington and then Philadelphia...

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        1. re: RC51Mike

          El Diablo in Wilmington is good for upscale burritos but I'm leery about the rest of the eats in Wilmington...

          I do second the Border Cafe tip for cheap eats and there is a decent Italian place (Bella Vista) farther up Rt. 7 in Pike Creek.

          1. re: bluehensfan

            I'm not a huge fan of Bella Vista. They burn the garlic all the time. The new place by Fat Guys has been better (so far).

            1. re: sal_acid

              I find Bella Vista's pasta variable but they have these to-die-for sushi-grade tuna sandwiches and wraps with wasabi mayo and homemade chips. It's so good I rarely try anything else there.

              As an aside, the shopping center where the Fat Guys is at is crazy. The liquor store there must be cheap because it seems like Grand Central Terminal in the parking lot.

              1. re: bluehensfan

                Gotta try those sandwiches.
                That liquor store is competitive but not particularly cheap. Wines are not special, but they do have lots of beer and seem to be the favorite stop of landscaping crews and mushroom pickers. Always lots of traffic.

          2. re: RC51Mike

            An enthusiastic second on Two Stones Pub in Newark. We'll be there tonight, in fact. I really wish they would open another one in Hockessin--if they could just kick out Six Paupers. The north Wilmington one is even farther away from us...nuts.

          3. The St. Georges Country Store in North St. Georges, Cantwell's Tavern in Odessa, Nora Lee's in Old New Castle.

            Two Stones, Firebirds and The Rail are not that bad.