Readers Respond: April, July and August 2017

Recent feedback on our Best of Delaware issue, summer crab feature and more.


April Powers

I was blown away by your April edition. I thought the Delaware Wild Lands article was humanistic while also giving the reader a clear idea of their mission of conservation. This was the most interesting article I have read from Delaware Today in a long time. I thought the steeplechase articles provided great information about this elegant annual event that is so ingrained in Delaware history. The Hikes and Bikes section highlighted much of the wonderful nature and recreation Delaware has to offer. Even though I have been to all the state parks and much of the recreation areas, this section made me excited to get outside and re-explore. I would love to see more like this edition in the future.

—Laura Hickerson, Milford

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The Best Could Be Better

In reading the recent Best of Delaware issue (July), I noticed what I felt was a serious omission. On page 118, the Best Restaurant in Town section skips over several Sussex County locations. I realize that Delaware Today’s focus is not western Sussex County, but readers are missing out on some worthy places to dine.

Take a trip around Long Neck/Oak Orchard. There are several worthy places to be mentioned in Millsboro, such as Blue Water Grill, Country Kitchen Family Restaurant and (my favorite) the Georgia House.

Particularly disappointing was that the list went from Hockessin to Lewes with no mention of my hometown of Laurel. Laurel is a town, like many others, that tries to move forward and be positive regardless of significant challenges of economics and crime. One thing that cannot be denied, however, is that there are several great choices for diners.

If it is fine dining you seek, Abbott’s Grill on Broad Creek is a great choice. For about 70 years, the Laurel Dutch Inn has provided local residents with reasonably priced meals from a down-home menu. The R&R Grill on Sussex Highway has arguably the best sandwiches around, challenging Jeff’s Tap Room, of Bridgeville, for the area’s best burgers. Oh, Jeff’s Tap Room did not get a mention either. Pizza King, with locations throughout southwestern Delaware, is always a favorite and is “the place” for the after-church meal with family and friends.

My primary challenge is that someone from Delaware Today should pass some love to Laurel Pizzeria. With a wide menu and quality food, it is a locals’ favorite. The crab cakes are known as the best in the area. For a place with “pizza” in its name, to be known for the best crab cakes in the land of the crab is quite an accomplishment.

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I enjoy Delaware Today, and always smile when reading your lists because it appears your writers need some exposure and orientation on what many would like to be “the state of Delmarva” has to offer.

—Mike Lowe, Laurel

Crab Cakes: Fame and Shame

I agree with your pick for best crab cake upstate in your July edition. You picked the Courtyard by Marriott in Newark as having the best. I’ve lived in Delaware all of my life and I have had crab cakes in many Delaware restaurants. The crab cakes at the Newark Marriott are the best I’ve ever had. How can you vote them as “best” in July and then not mention them in your August edition of “Everything crab”? Tsk, tsk.

—Robert Troy, Newark

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