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June 2nd, 2018

Fenwick Island Eats, Our Harvest, Delaware, Small Plates, Shareables, Large Plates, Bar, Gluten Free, Vegan, Southern Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Relaxed Dining, Casual Atmosphere, Delaware Beaches, Good Food? Will Travel!!

 

When we share a meal with friends, it is so much more than food (really?)…and, when we share it with girlfriends, and for purposes of this post, like the Swirl Girls, then it is really priceless.  Some of us have known each other for years while others, are getting to know each other very fast.  Here we were trying to figure out which table would be the best one.  Right after Memorial week-end we had the place to ourselves since we arrived early.  We did not want a big table.  We like to be cozy in order to get that conversation going.  The group had just gone to watch the Book Club, if you get my drift.

The majority of us had not yet dined at Our Harvest.  This restaurant located at 1106 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, DE 19944, opened last year.  Every day, at 5:00 p.m., you can come in and experience a way of eating that has become so popular in the U. S.  Telephone is 302-581-0377.  No reservations are accepted.  The website is http://www.ourharvestde.com.

As the season progresses please have in mind when you would like to eat.  You have to have a plan because it gets crowded at the Delaware Beaches.  If you arrive and there is a wait, you could have cocktails, relaxing in their bar or in any of the very comfortable leather sofas.

There is an open concept kitchen.  You really can see how the kitchen is running.  I have to tell you that I probably should have come to try Our Harvest last year.  I love their sister restaurant, Liquid Assets, in Ocean City, MD, and I did not want to like this one more.  Guess what?  They are completely different.

The menu was presented and our server knew the menu well.  She explained the concept of eating small plates and shareables.  At that moment all we wanted was some wine.  Having watched the Book Club, wine was very much consumed by the characters.  It was time to relax.  The wine that you see at the table was from South Africa.  A full bodied Merlot called Immortal Hero.

At first you are a bit overwhelmed because you, actually, do not know how much to order for the table.  And, we all have our likes and dislikes.  We managed to do a good job and we were all very pleased with how the evening was progressing.  Could not believe Jane Fonda looks that good at 81… I know, I know.

We all decided to have a small plate to start our dining experience.  Every time I see the offering of a Grilled Caesar Salad, I order it.  Years ago I had it at a restaurant in Hagerstown, Maryland.  Since then, a few have gotten close at how good that one tasted so I wanted to see how this one would be, more so because it had Boquerones which are white anchovies.  They are very mild and usually they are marinated in vinegar.  It gives the salad a kick.  I will have to say that this Caesar was excellent.

Others ordered the Salt Roasted Beets & Two Cheeses.  Served on a wooden plank it had whipped ricotta, Stracciatella, local greens, black pepper and beet vinaigrette. Stracciatella cheese is produced from Italian buffalo milk in the southern Italian region of Apulia.  They use a stretching and shredding technique.  This particular small plate could have been shared by two people.

We ordered the Spring Harvest Flatbread.  A crispy crust filled with local peas, ramps, morel mushrooms, local asparagus, ricotta, gruyere mornay, green garlic pesto and crispy capers.  Ramps are a special type of wild onion, found in eastern Canada and U.S.  And a Gruyere mornay is a bechamel sauce that has Gruyere cheese added to it.  It was delicious but to tell you the truth we probably ordered too much.  Not that we did not eat it, by the way.

“Friendship is a delicious meal to be shared off one large plate.”  So, we decided to order our large plates.  This particular dish I truly loved.  It was called the Vegan Feast.  It was a whole wood fire roasted head of cauliflower, benne cashew crumb, and a lemon garlic vegan aioli.  At first we thought it was cheese but it was the benne cashew crumb. Cashews are lower in fat than other nuts. You can find online a lot of recipes for this vegan seed.

A very popular dish at Our Harvest is a whole Amish air chilled chicken…Arnold Palmer brine, (sweet tea and lemonade brine chicken, I believe), wood fired with lemon and rosemary.  Liquid Assets has an amazing chicken, as well.  Both chickens are completely different and delicious in more ways than one. We ordered TWO.

Needless to say, no need for dessert.  We decided that definitely we would be back.  Thanks to our server and also to the hostess that so graciously explained to me how the restaurant worked.

And so I end my post with this quote from John Lanchester….”Hospitality is central to the restaurant business, yet it’s a hard idea to define precisely.  Most, it involves being nice to people and making them feel welcome.  You notice it when it’s there, and you particularly notice it when it isn’t.  A single significant lapse in this area can be your dominant impression of an entire meal.”

Until next time….

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September 9th, 2016

Destination? Abbott’s Grill on Broad Creek, Restaurant, Laurel, Delaware

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Laurel, Delaware, is considered to be part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.  It takes about 40 minutes from Rehoboth Beach. Going on Rt. 24 all the way, checking out the country side.  Stopping for lunch which is something I have been wanting to do.  It happened that I was in the area.

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It was such a hot day, we decided to eat indoors.  But, I must tell you that the outdoor seating looked very nice, more so as the cooler fall temperatures start to arrive.  Abbott’s Grill is located on Broad Creek at 300 Delaware Avenue.  Tel. 302- 280-6172.  They open for lunch and dinner.  Website?  http://www.abbottsgrillde.com.

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Friday, September 16, there is a Murder Mystery Dinner.  It will begin at 6 p.m.  Reservations are required by calling 302-280-6172. It will be a 3 course dinner & show, by Ovation Dinner Theatre Performance… $40/person….Who Shot the Sheriff?

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I found the restaurant to be bigger than I thought.  It has a separate bar and banquet facilities, as well.  But, the first thing I saw as we came in was the bread on the counter.  Just baked and beautiful.

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Kristen was to take care of us and she did a great job.  A big shout for her.

The most incredible chips were brought to our table.  They were made out of flour and spinach.  Soft, warm, lightly salted, and the best ever, accompanied with salsa.  Worth driving there.  And, of course, they are made in house.

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We ordered the same thing from the daily special….Colvine Farms Bison Burger with white cheddar, bacon, portobello and onion.  Colvine Farms are located on Rt. 404….local, the best!!

A medium rare bison burger is so yummy, cooked to perfection with beautiful looking tomatoes.  Loved the flavor of the bison!

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It was a quick lunch with no dessert because as you can see it was not necessary.

Abbott’s Grill on Broad Creek is the sister restaurant of Abbott’s Grill located in Milford, Delaware, north of the Delaware beaches.

Have a great week-end.

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May 26th, 2016

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Eden Restaurant, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Bar, Catering, Tried & True Restaurant, Delaware Beaches

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Eating is not merely a material pleasure.  Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship.  It is of great importance to the morale.  elsa schiaparelli

Meeting friends on trendy Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach….we were trying to grab dinner at favorite restaurants of mine before the crowds arrive and the meters come into effect.

Rehoboth Beach is known for its culinary excellence.  The chefs are really outdoing themselves.  I think when visitors arrive this week-end they will see that there are other restaurants now manking an appearance in town.  But I never forget the true and tried restaurants.  Over the years I keep coming back to those establishments that give me good service, let me chat with friends without intrusion, and serve food cooked with the best ingredients.

I always have loved Eden.  When someone asks me where to go in Rehoboth for a special dinner Eden always comes to mind.  The staff is so professional.  And don’t get me wrong I love plenty of other restaurants in Southern Delaware, but Eden is on the top of my list.

Eden is located at 23 Baltimore Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-3330  Website?  http://www.edenrestaurant.com

The website is informative.  Eden offers catering.  On Fridays Eden Classic Dishes are half price.  And don’t forget that the bar is always open.

Meeting Madelon and Cindi for dinner we arrived early, which was the perfect opportunity for photos.  The dining room is open and the booths are perfect for an intimate dinner.

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A few glasses of Trefethen Chardonnay.  A Grilled Caesar with sun dried tomato/olive tapenade, pecorino romano and the classing dressing.

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Tuna Tartare that melted in your mouth.

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One Artic Char, perfectly seasoned.

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And two of us had the Venison, which looked as good as it tasted.

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At Eden there are always various desserts…..but the Chef’s Daily Whim was a tribute to the Almond Joy…..decadent and totally sinful!!

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I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Week-End.  Don’t be shy, try Rehoboth Beach Bests Restaurants….you will not be disappointed!!

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April 16th, 2016

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Lula Brazil, Restaurant, Bar, Outdoor Dining, Dancing, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches

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Temperatures are cool but definitely it feels like spring is in the air.  The evenings are perfect to enjoy a Moqueca.  Say what?  Okay, look at the entree….it is served at Lula Brazil located at 234 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Tel. 302-212-2755.

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The Moqueca is a seafood stew.  It is made with a fragrant broth of coconut milk, dende oil, which is Palm Oil, mixed peppers and onions served with rice.  My table enjoyed it with mixed seafood; fish, shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari.  If you like soups and stews, this one is a winner.

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Meg Hudson is the owner of Lula Brazil, which is going into its second year.  The restaurant has been received well by locals and visitors.  I was talking to Meg and she said that she had arrived at Fortaleza many years ago and fell in love with this beautiful area, which is one of Brazil’s largest cities.  Fortaleza attracts tourists from other parts of Brazil and also from overseas.  The reason is its beaches and the party atmosphere.  It has rolling dunes and quaint fishing villages, as well.  She never forgot it.  Life continued and almost two years ago, she opened Lula Brazil, decorated with the bright colors of Brazil.

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Lula Brazil is bigger than you think.  It has a large bar area in the back and also it has outdoor dining, as well.  At night dancing put on your dancing shoes because this place gets hot hot.  Summer 2016 promises to be a very good year for Lula Brazil.  At the present time they are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m.  Friday, from 4 p.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. until 1 a.m.  Reservations are accepted, but you may also walk in.

The night I visited Lula Brazil, Carlos was in the kitchen and Jack was our server.  A few drinks to start and for me a Shrimp Ceviche.  I love when you can taste the lime in the ceviche.

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Fried Yucca with grilled sausage.  The vinaigrette veggies gave a kick to the sausage and yucca.  The farofa or yucca flour is used as a condiment.  This one served was perfectly cooked and not greasy at all.

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The Moquequinho de Caranguejo or Crab Soup had a different twist to the more traditional crab soup.  It had coconut milk.

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Grilled Fish with Black Beans & Rice, farofa (yucca flour) for condiment, as well and grilled veggies.

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A Mixed Grill with Picanha, Sausage and Shrimp.  Picanha is a cut of beef popular in Brazail.  In the U.S. you can find it as top sirloin cap.

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For dessert a custard is a favorite of mine.  It was velvety smooth and the surprise of coconut inside.

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There are events already in the calendar at Lula Brazil.  You can check what’s going on by visiting the Facebook Page or http://www.lulabrazil.com.

And remember that Lula Brazil has plenty of space to hold parties.  Just give them a call.

Bom Apetite!!

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January 31st, 2016

Bethany Beach Eats! 99 Sea Level, Restaurant, Raw Bar, Review, Bethany Beach, Delaware, The Quiet Resort, Delaware Beaches, Sip & Savor, Wine Society Dinner Series

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“Wine is meant to be with food – that’s the point of it.”   julia child

It is January at the Deaware Beaches and it should a little quieter.  And it is, don’t get me wrong.  But these beaches have become year round resorts.  No longer just for summer residents, people have been moving to the Delaware Beaches in large amounts.  Years ago living in Bethany Beach meant that once Labor Day Week-End came around, only abou 500 of us would be left behind.  I liked it like that but the towns had to grow just like anything else.

I was meeting on Thursday with a few friends from Ocean City, Maryland.  This was a good mid point to meet.  But, we also found out that 99 Sea Level, a new restaurant that opened this year at the also newly opened Marriott Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, was considered very good with a perfect location, as well. 99 Sea Level is located at 99 Hollywood St., Bethany Beach, DE 19930  Tel. 302-539-0299  The restaurant is open at this time of the year, Wednesday through Sunday.  Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Website? http://www.99sealevel.com.

99 Sea Level is inside the hotel on the same level of the hotel’s Reception.

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It is too cold to sit outside but this summer make sure to stop by and grab outdoor dining which is oceanfront by the Boardwalk.

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The lobby of the hotel is so pretty and make sure to notice the chandelier designed and built by glass blower, Jeffrey Auxer, from Berlin, Maryland.

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Every Thursday 99 Sea Level offers a Wine Society Dinner.  You can choose to be part of the dinner or you can eat from the regular menu.  We decided to go with the wine dinner.  Ms. Donna Serafini who is the Director of Operations was going to be our Wine Sommelier.

4 Courses paired with beautiful wines.  This dinner was $48.00.  The bar was crowded and also the room was full with all of us expecting one delicious meal accompanied by the perfect wines.

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The First Course was a Chickpea Vegetable Stew with pearl onion, fingerling potatoes and flatbread.  The Wine?  Firesteed Riesling from Oregon.

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Between courses the staff made sure we were comfortable attending to our needs.  We were enjoying chatting and catching up.

The Second Course was Warm Octopus…leeks compote, Peruvian Anticucho Sauce, Truffle Virgin Olive Oil.  Anticucho, say that again?  They say it is a name given by Peruvians to a very hot soup, prepared with a special pepper from the jungle.  The Wine?  Ferarri Carano Fume Blanc, a Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California.

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The Third Course was a Veal Sirloin…yuca puree, carrots, and mustard peppercorn.  It was paired with Edmeades Zinfandel from Mendocino County.

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The Fourth Course…The sweet ending of Dessert was an Apple Upside Down with cinnamon, vanilla cake, and candy pecans.  It was paired with Block Nine Pinot Noir from California.

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It was a lot of fun…and lots of wine!!  These dinners happen every Thursday.  They will also have in February a Beer Dinner also pairing courses with them.  You can check the website or visit them on Facebook for more information.

There will be a Super Bowl Party on the 7th!!  And Valentine’s Day is around the corner, as well.

So the evening was over.  I headed to Rehoboth Beach and my friends headed to Ocean City, Maryland, but not before we stopped in front of our favorite jeweler in Bethany Beach, Alice H. Klein of TKO Designs.

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December 21st, 2015

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Henlopen City Oyster House, Restaurant, Review, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delware Beaches

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Beautiful weather in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Walking the award winning, one mile Boardwalk is a past time for visitors and residents.  At this time of the year is the perfect time to take a stroll with a friend or try to work out some of the food that has been enjoyed in our award winning restaurants.  Rehoboth Beach is a dining destination and only a few hours from Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

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There you see Jody and I walking off scrapple on Sunday morning!!

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It has been quite some time since I last visited Henlopen City Oyster House located at 50 Wilmington Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-260-9193  Website?  http://www.hcoysterhouse.com.

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Henlopen City Oyster House is open daily.  Lunch begins at Noon, Happy Hour at the Bar begins at 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Dinner begins at 5 p.m.  Please note that they will be closing on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th.

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This restaurant is serious about oysters, so if you like them please make sure that while visiting Rehoboth Beach you make a point to stop.  One of my other friends came from Bethany Beach to have a bite to eat before Christmas.  Cathy had one the beers on tap and I proceeded to have a glass of champagne.

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After discussing the menu with our server, which by the way was excellent, we decided to start with some salads.  The menu changes daily but there are some dishes that are always on the menu.

The Butternut Squash Salad had tuscano kale, quinoa, hazelnuts, pears, and pomegranate.

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I love beets so I will always order them if found on the menu.  Their Roasted Beet Salad is always on the menu.  Sunflower seeds, sliced pickled radish, feta cheese, and a balsamic reduction. Loved the 2 color beets!!

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Cathy decided on the Herb Grilled Carolina Wreckfish brushed with fresh herbs, and served with her choice of Mascarpone Mashed Turnips and Broccoli. Wreckfish are from the bass family.  They have a big head with a big mouth.  They are found in waters ranging from 140 feet up to 3,000 feet deep.  Although they are found all along the East Coast, most of the commercial fishery operates over the Charleston Bump, located 80 to 100 miles southeast of Charleston, SC.  It was mild and perfectly seasoned.

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Even though Henlopen City Oyster House is known for oysters and seafood, they also have elk, wild boar and ribeye steak.  In speaking to our server he said the Shiitake Encrusted Elk Rack was amazing.  So no brainer…that’s what I had and it did not disappoint.  Cooked just like it should be eaten it had an amazing taste.  It was oven roasted, with miso acorn squash, chestnut wild rice, black garlic, and lemongrass cranberry.  Not to be missed.

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A sweet ending of Key Lime Pie for Cathy and I.  It was good too.  Just enough tartness and not overly sweet.

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Have a good one….kick back and relax!!

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December 14th, 2015

Historic Charleston Eats! SNOB, Slightly North of Broad, Restaurant, Review, Lunch & Dinner, Gluten Free Menu, Charleston, South Carolina

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If you are in Charleston at this precise moment, SNOB is open for lunch.  I went back to this popular restaurant having visited last February.  I was intrigued by the fact that there is a new ownership since I last visited.  Apparently everything is going well.  Nevertheless, I wanted to try it for myself.

So off I went to 192 E Bay St.  Tel. 843-723-3424  They are open 7 days a week.  Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Dinner from 5:00 p.m.  Reservations are accepted but for the Chef’s Table is first come first serve.

I sat once again at the Chef’s Table.  This table, I believe has 6 seats.  Usually, diners sit here because they are foodies and also get the opportunity to chat with others, more so if you are by yourself.  You get a good view towards the kitchen.

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Plus you get a little starter from your server….a small crab cake tasting.

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Last February I had their signature dish.  That is worth a try.  Shrimp & Grits no less, with house sausage, country ham, tomatoes, green onions, on top of delicious Geechie Boy grits.

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At the Chef’s Table this year:  Steamed Local Clams with parsley, roasted garlic cream and grilled baguettes which were perfect for dipping into the broth.

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The Beef Carpaccio looked beautiful, perfect for a light lunch…thinly sliced raw beef, capers, pecorino Romano, and grilled baguette.

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And, the Grilled Carolina Trout did not disappoint….So moist and perfectly seasoned.  It was served over roasted root veggies, wilted greens and drizzled with a golden raisin vinaigrette.  If you like fish, this is a good one to try.

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Please note that SNOB offers a Gluten Free Menu, so you will be able to have a nice lunch or dinner without any problems.

No dessert this time, I was perfectly satisfied.

Have a Good One!!  TTYL

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November 17th, 2015

Destination? Chelsea Tavern, Dinner & Drinks, The Grand Lady of Market Street, Entertainment at the Grand Opera House, Wilmington, Delaware

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My friend Debbie and I were spending the night at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware.  You can see my post right before this current one.  Hungry we were so off to the Chelsea Tavern we went.  Arriving at the tavern so early…they told us they did not have tables available.  All booked.  But, they gave us a great table at the bar.  One of those tall tables.  We had a clear vision of the dining room.  You see how that photo looks so empty, soon enough the whole restaurant was packed.  At the bar…standing room only.

The Chelsea Tavern is located at 821 Market Street.  Tel. 302-482-3333.  Website?  http://www.chelseatavern.com.

This tavern is another dining option if you are attending a play at The Playhouse or a concert at The Grand Opera House which is literally across the street.

Debbie and I were taking our time at grazing.  The football games were going on the t.v.s and the beer was flowing.  If you would like to see their beer menu, please visit http://www.beermenus.com/places/5089-chelsea-tavern.

The first thing we ordered was their Loaded Brussels.  These were crispy brussels sprouts, with applewood bacon, scallions, topped with a beer and cheddar cheese sauce.

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Continuing enjoying ourselves and then talking to people from Chicago that were in Delaware because their children were playing lacrosse…..we ordered an entree salad called the Quinoa & Beet Salad.  It had mixed greens, toasted almond, portobello mushrooms, pickled beets, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and a sage-balsamic vinegar dressing.  After the Brussels Sprouts it was a great cleansing palate salad.

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Our server was spot on.  His suggestions were all perfect.  So, he suggested the Mediterranean Pizza.  It had roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, baby spinach, artichokes, Kalamata olives, and a garlic oil and balsamic reduction.  This pizza was outstanding.  We ordered it well done. No guilt eating this whole pizza.  The combination of toppings was delicious.  The crust thin and crispy. Yum!

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No dessert for us.  It was time to cross the street and take our seats at The Grand Opera House where we met one of our other usual suspects, Paula…..she is my entertainment director.  In concert Delbert McClinton.  He is best know for his hit “Giving It Up For Your Love”.  He is a Grammy Award winning recording artist and songwriter.  His sax player was amazing.

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The Grand Opera House is also known as The Grand Lady of Market Street.  It opened in 1871 as a home for the Grand Lodge of the Masons.  The Grand was designed by architect Thomas Dixon in the Second Empire style.  Its facade is of cast iron adorned with Masonic images.  In 1909, The Grand was for a short time converted into a regular stop on the vaudeville circuit, and then into a movie theater.  In 1967 it closed its doors.  In 1971 plans were unveiled to renovate the theatre to its former splendor. Today The Grand presents more than 75 shows each season.  For more information, please visit http://www.thegrandwilmington.org.

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That’s all folks!!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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