Hockessin: Dining in Delaware

The loosely defined area known as Hockessin contains several very good places. Just off Newport Gap Pike, locals have flocked to the Back Burner (425 Hockessin Corner, 239-2314) for 30 years for its upscale country decor and delicious fare like its signature pumpkin-mushroom soup. A new favorite is The House of William & Merry (1336 Old Lancaster Pike, 234-2255), a Gothic-revival house re-imagined as a contemporary showcase for such fare as veal sweetbreads cooked in brown butter with wild mushrooms and baby arugula. On the Limestone Road side of town, The Crownery (228 Lantana Drive, 239-3825) remains the place to go for fresh Chinese fare. Those in the know can ask to order off the menu of real Chinese. Redfire Grill & Steakhouse (400 Lantana Drive, 235-2600) is the place for excellent beef prepared in a 1,200-degree grill—or an excellent cassoulet, pork chop and organic roasted chicken.

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