15 Great reasons to visit Wilmington, Delaware: Newark Restaurant Week

Fill up the Chevy, pack your bags and make hotel reservations, because January 18 through 24, 2010 is “Restaurant Week” in Newark, Delaware! Newark is the home of the University of Delaware so you would expect the diversity of eateries, but you´ll be surprised at the quality of the culinary offerings, as well. 15 of Newark’s finest will be offering specials in three “tiers” all week, just 15 minutes from downtown Wilmington:

Friends & Family Fun Meals
Feeds a group of 4 people for $19.00
Luscious Lunches
2-course lunches for $10.00
Delightful Dinners
2-course dinners for $19.00
3-course dinners for $25.00

Not all of the restaurants will offer all of the tiers, so be sure to check the Restaurant Week website or call ahead for details.

  • Ali Baba at 175 E. Main Street – 302-738-1111
  • Buffalo Wild Wings at 100 Elkton Road – 302-731-3145.
  • Caffé Gelato at 90 E. Main Street – 302-738-5811
  • California Tortilla at 55 East Main Street – 302-292-2910
  • Cosi at 111 East Main Street – 302-737-6665
  • Cucina di Napoli at 76 E. Main Street – 302-738-0373
  • Deer Park Tavern at 108 W. Main Street – 302-369-9414
  • Grotto Pizza at 45 East Main Street – 302-369-0600
  • Home Grown Cafe at 126 E. Main Street – 302-266-6993
  • Iron Hill Brewery at 147 E. Main Street – 302-266-9000
  • Kildare’s Irish Pub at 45 E. Main Street – 302-224-9330
  • Klondike Kate’s at 158 E. Main Street – 302-737-6100
  • Pat’s Pizzeria & MVP at 160 Elkton Road – 302-738-0808
  • Stone Balloon Winehouse at 115 E. Main Street – 266-8111
  • The Saigon Restaurant at 207 Newark Shopping Center – 302-737-159

I certainly haven’t had the good fortune to dine at all fifteen eateries, but Caffé Gelato is one of my favorite restaurants in Delaware. Their cuisine is extraordinary – especially for a college town. Their homemade gelato (a regional Italian variant of ice cream) is unmatched in the state. And their wine list has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and the Wine Enthusiast Award of Distinction. Plus, if you let them know your birthday, they’ll send you a $20 discount coupon if you celebrate that next milestone at the Café!

If you’re looking for fun in an informal setting, it doesn’t get any more informal than the historic Deer Park Tavern. The core of the present structure was erected in the mid 1800s as the Deer Park Hotel and the Tavern is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I especially love their Sunday Brunch with live music and a make-your-own Bloody Mary Bar for just $3.00!

Finally, don’t miss the Stone Balloon Winehouse (shop, restaurant & bar). With their “farm-to-the-table”motto, “the Balloon”prides itself on having the freshest meals in town. While that may be true, I love the Stone Balloon for the cozy decor. You really feel like you’re enjoying great wine and cheeses in a picturesque European vineyard.

TravelTip: Limited on-street parking is available in Newark, but if you’re going to be in town long (and you definitely should be!), use the public lots behind the storefronts. Many of the restaurants will even give you a coupon for two hours of free parking.

Bon Appetite!

by Gregory Coin
Wilmington Tourism Examiner

Originally published January 14th online at http://www.examiner.com/
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