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  • How Does the Exchange Rate?

    Delicious roasted duck is served with cranberry compote and sweet potato purée.Photograph by Thom Thompson www.thomthompson.com   The Exchange on Market 905 Market St., Wilmington 576-9861 www.eatdowntown.net   Prices Appetizers $7-$10Sandwiches and light entrées $9-$15 Entrées $16-$21 Recommended dishes Chopped antipasto, fish and chips, roasted duck     Don’t you wish you had a dollar […]
  • Three-Way Thai

    Duck tamarind is served with tamarind garlic pepper sauce. Photographs by Thom Thompsonwww.thomthompson.com Today you can find restaurants that feature just about every distinct culinary culture, from Latin American to east Asian—with plenty of Indian in between—without leaving Delaware. Indeed, you wouldn’t even have to leave Elsmere. It’s practically a little United Nations, with every […]
  • A Quiet Surprise

    The Executive 556 S. Dupont Blvd. Milford 422-7530 www.executiverestaurant.net Prices Appetizers $6-$12Light entrées $8-$10Entrées $16-$29 Recommended dishes: Cream of crab soup, Executive salad, crab cakes, anything from the wine list The grilled mako is served with fingerling potatoes and vegetables. Photograph by Keith Mosherwww.kamproductions.com Shakespeare had it all wrong. A rose by any name might […]
  • Living up to the Hype-and Then Some

    Amici’s Fine Dining & Spirits1213 New London Road Landenberg, Pa. (610) 255-5777 Prices Entrées $16 to $30; appetizers and salads $6 to $14; desserts $4 to $8 Recommended dishes Lobster ravioli with tomato confit and basil-almond pesto, sautéed mussels, Spanish crab cakes with avocado salsa and cilantro-lime créme fraiche,  prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin withsaffron-walnut risotto, herb-crusted […]
  • Savor, The Review: Fare Enough?

    Grilled Mediterranean grouper is served with a tomato-zuccini purée and sautéed baby eggplant.Photographs by Thom Thompson www.thomthompson.com There are many things I miss about the ’90s. The Italian restaurant boom is not among them. By the middle of the decade, more than half the new restaurants in Wilmington and its environs, even the national chains, […]
  • Savor, The Review: Chew Chew Train

    Royal Zephyr 27 Atlantic Ave.Ocean View541-9555www.royalzephyr.com Prices Entrées $21 to $35; appetizers and salads $9 to $12 Recommended dishesThe house salad, crab balls, fried oysters, cornmeal-crusted rockfish                     The cornmeal-crusted rockfish is served with roasted red onion relish and tartar sauce spiked with green chili peppers.photograph […]
  • Savor: The Review: Nice Catch

    Catch 54 Fish HouseLighthouse RoadFenwick Island436-8600 Prices Entrées $18.95 to $29.95; appetizers and salads $4.95 to $11.95; desserts $5.95 Recommended dishes Crab cakes, Waldorf salad, lobster pasta, seafood stew Flash-fried soft-shell crabs are served atop a snow pea-and-sweet corn saladall Catch 54 photographs by Thom Thompsonhttp://www.thomthompson.com Dinnertime at Delaware’s beaches can lead to some tough […]
  • Savor The Review: Serious Imagination

  • Savor, The Review: A Sure Bet

                            The short rib is braised in a tomato and roasted garlic jus and served with a horseradish pea risotto. Photography by Thom Thompson http://www.thomthompson.com     When slot machine parlors opened at the state’s horse racing tracks in 1995, nobody knew what to […]
  • Savor, The Review: Prime Time

    Brandywine Prime Seafood & ChopsRoutes 1 and 100, Chadds Ford, Pa.(610) 388-8088 Entrée prices $18 (pappardelle) to $32 (8-ounce filet mignon) Best bets: Braised lamb shank, raw oysters, beef tartare, dry-aged beef       Photographs all by Thom Thompsonhttp://www.thomthompson.com   When General George Washington’s fledgling American army faced the British at the Battle of the […]