A Delectable Dining Guide to Delaware’s Cajun/Creole Restaurants

Kick lunch or dinner up a notch.

When he took over four years ago, Clampitt knew he’d be wise not to change direction amid Po’Boys' still-rising reputation, but also realized he still faced some challenges in wooing cautious diners to the ways of the bayou.

“First and foremost, people think that Cajun and Creole is all spicy, that it’s gonna blow your head off your shoulders, which is farthest from the truth,” he says. “I’m trying to educate the community and the foodies that it’s totally opposite. The cuisine is actually full of flavor.”

What sets Louisiana cooking apart is its honest character, its slow cooking techniques, and its reliance on fresh, true-to-region ingredients. “We use the best ingredients. We don’t chintz on any of that," Clampitt says. "We get the crawfish from Louisiana, the catfish from North Carolina, the alligator from Florida. Beignets we make in house with yeast, and we even use lard in the pie crust. We just do it like it's supposed to be done.”

 

Maybe the simplest way to tell the difference is this: Creole cuisine is city cooking—luxurious and refined, more French, and more inclined to cream, butter, seafood and tomatoes. Cajun is from the country, based on the holy trinity of onion, celery and bell peppers, more likely to have the sass of cayenne. Either way, we’re in love.

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Cajun Kate’s

Fans swooned when they heard this hot spot in Booth’s Corner Farmers Market was settling on Philadelphia Pike, giving them a nearby outlet to indulge in Kate’s catfish fingers ($10), crawfish pie ($6) and gumbo of the day ($7-$16).

722 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 416-5108 • website

 

North Quarter Creole

North Quarter works on spinning creative riffs on creole cooking. The result is fun moments such as blackened catfish tacos ($10), crab mac-and-cheese ($12) and smoked wings with barbecue sauce ($10).

837 N. Union St., Wilmington, 691-7890  website

 

Nora Lee’s French Quarter Bistro

Oddly, Nora Lee’s vintage, voodoo-esqe vibe seems to suit Colonial New Castle, giving a sense of fun through a far-ranging, totally alluring menu of spicy attractions.

124 Delaware St., New Castle, 322-7675  website

 

Po’Boys Creole & Fresh Catch

Next to Dogfish Head Brewery, it's probably the most popular attraction in Milton, thanks to earnest efforts to capture the irresistible excess of Louisiana classics. The buttermilk biscuits are heavenly. The buzz: The Zydeco Plate: gumbo, crawfish etouffée, red beans and rice ($21).

900 Palmer St., Unit B, Milton, 684-0890  website

 

Saint George’s Country Store

Insiders know where to go: In the shadow of St. Georges bridge, in a corner store that turns out fairly priced, amazing jambalaya, shrimp creole and muffaletta sandwiches. Alligator po’ boy, anyone?

1 Delaware St., Saint Georges, 836-8202  website

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