Fort Delaware was finished in 1859 on the island known as Pea Patch Island. This Union fortress constructed in the shape of a pentagon covers approximately 6 acres and was used as a prison for Confederate prisoners of war during the Civil War.
Fort Delaware is located on Pea Patch Island in the middle of the Delaware River about halfway between Delaware City, Delaware and Fort Mott, New Jersey. Access to Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware is provided by the Three Forts Ferry which is a passenger ferry service [no cars] operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
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The restaurant is old, made from two diners with the addition of a dinning room added, it is now classified as a restaurant. The age is reflected in the atmosphere along with the economic conditions, but the food completely makes up for it! Plus, there is a fully-stocked bar.
Surviving the economic downturn, the restaurant continues to serve its notable homemade meals for reasonable prices. They make their own deli meats, bake their own croutons, create their own desserts, and try their best to buy from local farms. They constantly have seasonal specials, weekly specials, and daily specials.
The restaurant is local and receives support from local regulars. The atmosphere is relaxed along with the waitstaff who are friendly and banter with their customers, but also very accommodating of customer needs.
This restaurant is a landmark and has historical roots. I suggest giving it your support and trying out the amazing food ChesDel has to offer. They are attempting to move into the digital era, by moving their information to a website and using social networks.
Favorite Dish: Favorite Soup: Crab and Shrimp Bisque: creamy and loaded with chunks of crab meat, baby shrimp, also topped with old bay seasoning. It's delicious!
Favorite Entree: Broiled Combo, either comes with Shrimp and Crab AuGratin or Scampi; both are equally delicious. But this combo also is accompanied with a broiled Crab Cake and seasoned flounder. Amazing combo platter, and a great price.
Favorite Salad: Spinach and Shrimp Salad topped with ChesDel's Hot Bacon Dressing. The salad is overflowing with fresh leafy spinach, homemade seasoned croutons, onions, boiled eggs, carrot shreds, and several broiled, seasoned shrimp. Absolutely delicious combination of flavors, sweet yet tangy and salty.
Favorite Dessert: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie. Need I say more? Okay, I will anyway. Creamy chocolate filling, the crust is lined with rich peanut butter, and the dessert is topped with ChesDel's homemade whipped-topping and has peanuts on top.
American Traditional Food.
Many times I have eaten here and said to Mike, "this tastes like my mom made it". The History is interesting, please read about this Delaware Tradition on our DELAWARE CITY
page, it is the best place to dine in the area, and for sure one of the best in the state.
Favorite Dish: Wednesday Special...Chicken & Dumplings
$7.95, Vegetable, Biscuits & Butter
Chesdel Special...Crab Cake, DE Fried Chicken, Potatoe & Vegetable of the Day $9.95.
The Salad Bar is perfection.
The employees are 4 Star, Hotel Dupont Service, without the 4 Star bill!
There really is no night life spot that I know of in this town!
Take a walk and hold hands by the river, thats about it, go eat at Ches Del or take your luck at the Canal Inn.
Dress Code: El casual.
Driving around looking at the very old architecture. This summer we plan to go see a Civil War day event at the Fort of Delaware.
They sometimes have a haunted night visit of the Fort around Halloween.
Fondest memory: Eating ice cream, walking by the river. They have events here at times, lots of fun.