Monday, November 16, 2015

Finding a Good Restaurant in Wilmington: Or how I really don't enjoy cooking

Philadelphia is definitely an eater's city (I don't use the word foodie - it sounds pretentious and childish all at once).  And I miss it. It's been a long hard journey to find good restaurants in Wilmington. Each time a new restaurant opens, a kernel of hope grows only to be smashed to smithereens when we actually eat there.

So I've compiled the top 3 restaurants that I enjoy - if you know of any others that are better - by all means please comment. 

This is probably the best restaurant in the area - and it's not even in Wilmington. It's owned by husband/wife chef team of Merry Catanuto and William Hoffman in a former house (thus the clever name). Fresh, local and delicious food.

Drinks on the veranda? I'm posh like that.

1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin DE 19707.
(302) 234-2255
1-9:30 Tuesday - Saturday, 10-2 for Sunday brunch and 5-7 for prix fixe Sunday supper, 
Happy Hour Tuesday - Friday 3-6, closed Mondays.
  • Go for Brunch and order anything with bacon (unless you are vegan/vegetarian/or have religious dietary restrictions, in which case, they have plenty of other great food)
  • Have their fries! (unless you don't eat carbs/starch in which case I am sorry because the fries are really awesome)
  • Go when already starving as I have found service to be slow. Very slow sometimes. It's the only real drawback. 
  • Worry if their lot is full.  You can park in the lot by the park. 

This Malaysian restaurant is a hidden gem in the Independence Mall on Concord Pike (not to be confused with Independence Hall in Philadelphia - they don't have food there). The food is tasty and reasonably priced. 

Roti - It may not look like much but it tastes great!

Independence Mall
1601 Concord Pike, Suite 73 
Wilmington, DE 19803
302 543 5286 t.
Monday thru Saturday 11:30am-3:00pm, Sunday 12:00noon - 3:00pm 
Monday thru Thursday 3:00pm-10:00pm, Friday and Saturday 3:00pm-10:30pm
Sunday 3:00pm-9:00pm
  • Have their Roti
  • Try their Pad Thai, Thai Basil Noodles, and Pineapple Fried Rice
  • Have their fountain soda -it's among the best that I have had. (Unless you don't drink soda. Which I try not to but honestly it is so very good)
  • Worry - they have a lot of vegetarian and vegan options
  • Feel overwhelmed by the service - they are very attentive. Very very attentive.

Great draft beer and great food. Three locations in the Wilmington/Newark/Kennett Square areas.

2502 Foulk Road
Valley View Plaza
Shopping Center
Open 'til 1am
Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 5pm, Sun: 10am - 2pm
Sun - Wed: 5pm - 9pm,Thu - Sat: 5pm - 10pm
  • Have their pulled pork - best I have had!!! (only if you eat pork, of course)
  • Ask for a taste of any of their draft beers
  • Take advantage of Happy Hour! ( Happy Hour Monday thru Friday- 3 to 6 pm)
  • I don't really have any don'ts....
  • Drink and Drive! (This is a given but I feel it does need repeating)
Honorable Mention:
Harry's Fish Market + Grill - good food at great prices in the riverfront market. Their $3 Monday burger deal has lines out the market.
Kid Shelleen's - Love their brunch if you can get in. Very crowded, and a little pricey. Also half-price burgers on Tuesdays. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Philly Withdrawal: Or I Didn't go see the Pope and I'm Fine with it

As you may have noticed, or not, because I don't actually have very many followers; I haven't written a new blog in months.

This is mostly due to the following:
1. I am very very lazy
2. I am very very boring

I thought about writing but then also I thought, what do I write about as I no longer live in Philly? It seems fraudulent to sucker people into this blog only for them to discover that I am no longer a pseudo- authority on Philadelphia city living.

When I first moved I thought that I would still go into Philly at least once a week.  That turned into once a month and now it's maybe every two months. Mostly because driving in Philly turns me rabid - and points 1 and 2 above.

While I still call this post Philly Do and Don't - it's mostly a lie.  Sorry!

Of recent newsworthiness - the Pope was in Philadelphia.  I was not. I heard that everyone was very nice and that many locals left in fear of the anticipated crowds.

Not the Actual Pope

Here in Wilmington, DE nothing really changed. No one left, but no one really visited either. Well, they might have attended Taste of Trolley Square.


  • Taste of Trolley Square is an annual event in Wilmington
  • This was the first year so I don't think they can claim it to be annual
  • I did not attend
  • It's actually been over a year since I wrote a blog post

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