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Anniversary dinner - wilmington , DE area

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gwenst Jun 12, 2013 06:07 PM

My husband and I are new to the area, and our anniversary is approaching! My husband would like to go somewhere nice/fancy in the northern new castle county area or in southeastern pa (philly would be too far).
Easy? Not so much - I'm the picky one here as a vegetarian. Many fancy places we've found don't seem to have a good vegetarian 'option'.
Ideas?

  1. CindyJ Jun 13, 2013 03:53 PM

    I think you've got a pretty good list here. I'd give special nods to House of William and Merry, Sovana Bistro and the Blue Pear Bistro. 1906 in Longwood Gardens is lovely, but requires Gardens admission. And I'd remove the Mendenhall Inn from the list. It's old, stuffy, boring and just plain NOT good.

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      travelmad478 Jun 13, 2013 08:07 AM

      Just for clarity, the restaurant that people are referring to in Hockessin is the House of William and MERRY, not Mary. And I agree that it is very good.

      Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square has excellent food and they would definitely be able to accommodate a vegetarian. It is also on the loud side, but in an energetic/bustling way rather than a sports-bar sort of way.

      All of the suggestions here are good except (IMO) Mendenhall Inn, which I consider deeply boring and a throwback to the 1970s. They have Clams Casino on their menu, as an example.

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        sal_acid Jun 13, 2013 08:15 AM

        Yes. "Merry" it is.

        Agree on Mendenhall too.

        If you want "old school" that isn't boring, try the Dilworthtown Inn. They have a recently revamped menu with a Charleston, SC inspired list of specials. I just had a very good meal there, anything but boring.

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          travelmad478 Jun 13, 2013 08:18 AM

          Someday I have got to get over to Dilworthtown Inn. I have lived in NCC for 15 years and never made it there--I always had the idea in my head that it was on the dull/stuffy side, but you are making me think differently about it now. I did a foodie weekend in Charleston a year ago and came away raving, so anything inspired by that town is good in my book!

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            sal_acid Jun 13, 2013 09:55 AM

            It was indeed stodgy a couple years ago, but things are better. Blue Pear, right next door is also part of their operation and has a more up to date aesthetic. I like them both.

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              travelmad478 Jun 13, 2013 10:14 AM

              Good to know. My parents were in town a couple of weeks ago and were thinking we should go to Blue Pear, but they were closed (Sunday) so we didn't. They didn't want to pay up for Dilworthtown so we ended up at Two Stones Pub instead. Rather a different scene!

          2. re: sal_acid
            CindyJ Jun 13, 2013 03:55 PM

            That's good to hear. I haven't been to the Dilworthtown Inn in a couple of years, but it sounds like it's worth a visit now.

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            Bacchus101 Jun 17, 2013 07:58 AM

            Quite right, Merry it is! Either spelling it is a very good choice in that area. And yes Mendenhall Inn, although I did mention it too, is with out doubt a boring throwback. They do offer Veg options; some people I know would rather graze than eat there. Guess I was living in the 70"s.

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            sal_acid Jun 13, 2013 04:57 AM

            House of William and Mary
            Krazy Kats...perhaps the fanciest one that is good too
            Fair Hill Inn in Fair Hill MD...not far at all. Worth the ride. House made charcuterie, great local cheeses, good wine list.
            The Farm House in Avondale (not the one on Open Table)

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              MrRuffles Jun 13, 2013 12:47 PM

              Fair Hill Inn is a great choice but it may be too far depending on where OP is in NCC. We're in North Wilmington and Fair Hill is a 45 minute drive while Center City Philly is only 30 minutes away.

            2. Bacchus101 Jun 13, 2013 04:04 AM

              My wife is a Delaware native and a vegetarian she suggests the following:

              William and Mary - Hockessin
              Mendenhall Inn - Rt. 52 outside Greenville
              1906 at Longwood Gardens - check time and reserve

              All have vegetarian items and/or will make a special effort for you. I, a carnivore, have enjoyed the 1906 and W&M in that order.

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                c.w. Jun 12, 2013 08:50 PM

                Moro on Scott St. in Wilmington usually has several vegetarian options among their small plates options, and the kitchen has in the past offered to whip something up if there isn't anything on the menu that works. Harvest in Glen Eagle Square has always had 4 or more vegetarian entree options. Moro definitely qualifies as nice/fancy IMO; Harvest is nice but "casual nice" as I'd call it.

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                  scoopG Jun 13, 2013 03:48 AM

                  Moro would be a good choice, just call them ahead of time to make your wishes known. Harvest is quite loud.

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