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The Melting Pot


1. Delaware might be small, but its size makes it easy to take your palate on a tasty vacation. For those hungering for pakora and papadum, there are a number of Indian restaurants. India Palace (Elsmere, 655-8772) was among the first. 

2–4. A stream of Indian eateries followed, each of which has a fan base. Godavari (Wilmington, 999-0286) specializes in southern Indian cuisine. There are more than 10 dosa options. Zaikka Indian Grill (Wilmington, 543-4958; Newark, 294-1292) has a build-it-your-way concept. You pick the sauce, veggies and meat. In downtown Wilmington, Masala Kitchen (Wilmington, 482-3736) caters to vegetarians. 

5. Flavor of India (Dover, 677-0121) not only draws Kent County residents, but it’s also a destination for Sussex Countians craving curry. At present, there are no Indian restaurants at the beach.

6. There is, however, a Middle Eastern restaurant. Semra’s Mediterranean Grill (Rehoboth Beach, 226-4976) offers dishes from owners John and Semra Tekmen’s family recipes. Semra’s is on the beach block, and a to-go window serves gyros to sandy sunbathers.

7. Nearby, Café Azafran (Rehoboth Beach, 227-8100) adds a healthy pinch of Mediterranean flair to Baltimore Avenue. The faithful flock here when paella pops up on the menu. 

8–9. Upstate, Olive Tree Café (Newark, 266-4598) brings Spanish, Moroccan, Tuscan, Greek and Turkish foods to the table. Ali Baba (Newark, 738-1111) highlights the culinary delights of Morocco, Lebanon and Greece. 

10–11. For grab-and-go Greek favorites, there’s Opa! Opa! (Wilmington, 654-4500) in Trolley Square and Terra Café & Grille (Wilmington, 656-1211). Both should keep you in gyros and souvlaki until the Wilmington Greek Festival in June.

12–13. Need a little amour in your life? Have a crepe and café au lait at De La Coeur Café et Patisserie (Wilmington, 660-7178). At the beach, La Fable (Rehoboth Beach, 227-8510) is the new kid in town for dishes like trout almandine and coquilles St. Jacques.