Lone Star Steakhouse: Steak and Tater
Start with 'lil Chicken Fingers you can dip in honey-mustard. Then get a crisp Green Salad with some spinach leaves included (i go for oil and vinegar dressing). Next, the Prime Rib, tender and juicy with that reddish center and a Potato baked, served in its skin with melted butter. Coffee and Apple Cobbler for dessert (and bring out the wheel barrow to roll me out to the car).
If that sounds good to you, then you need to come to Lone Star Steakhouse. Bring a friend and a thick wallet 'cause it ain't cheap.
Price was about $15 for the steak, $2 for the salad, $2 for the coffee, $4 for the dessert. That's about $60 a couple (including tip). But it is worth every bite
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Buffalo Wild Wings
This sports bar/restaurant recently just north of Dover AFB. Featuring tasty chicken wings with about 15 sauce varieties, they also have several appetizers and sandwiches, most available with their famous wing sauces. I had their hot wings, which are hotter than many other places hot wings, and left my skin burning anywhere I got sauce on me. For my main course, I had the chicken buffalitos, which are kind of like tacos, and I chose the Asian sauce on the meat...it was less hot and a little more flavorful than the hot.
This location has numerous large-screen TVs and perhaps 20 normal TVs all tuned to sports and sports-related TV.
BWW began in 1981 in Kent, Ohio, and has 390 locations in 35 states today.
Atwoods -- CLOSED!
Atwoods was formerly known as the Blue Coat Inn until very recently. As the Blue Coat Inn, it was famous for its fine dining and dishes including steak and seafood. The menu is still the same, but under new management, it doesn't seem to be as popular. Surf and Turf was $25 and the seafood platter with fish, scallops, shrimp, and crab meat was also about $25. The service was excellent, perhaps the best I have experienced in Dover.
For the rumor mill: apparently the previous owner hired a hit man to "knock off" his business partner when they were deep in debt. The previous owner is now doing hard time and the partner owns the business.
\Bad news for Blue Coat Inn fans, good news for Atwoods haters.... This restaurant and parking lot area along Silver Lake has been sold to Zimmerman, the local developer. He plans to build a multistory office building and small tavern here overlooking the lake.
The best quote ever... When Zimmerman was asked if people might be upset about tearing down the picturesque little gazebo along the water where many weddings have been held, he replied, "Some people that got married there probably got divorced. They might be happy."
Beautiful reasoning and logic. Tear it all down, Z-Man... tear it down.
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Shuckers Pier 13 - N Dupont Highway
Shucker's Pier 13 sits on busy and over-commercialized Du Pont Highway near Dover Downs and the Speedway. Most restaurants on this stretch of road are mediocre places where people in a rush stop for sustenance rather than quality food and a pleasant environment. Though Shucker's is not a chain like so many other places here, it still felt an awful lot like Red Lobster. The staff was inexperienced, the food decent but bland, and the prices too high for what you get. In over two years I spent in Dover, one time at Shucker's Pier 13 was more than enough for me.
For better seafood locally, try Sambo's Tavern in Leipsic, Cool Springs on South State Street, or Michele’s Steak and Seafood at Dover Downs.
Shucker's Pier 13 has a little of everything from the sea. Seafood items include shrimp, scallops, crab, salmon, mahi mahi, grouper, ahi tuna, rockfish, swordfish, flounder, catfish, lobster, clams, snow crab, crab cakes, and calamari. They also offer steaks, ribs an chicken breasts.
Wings to Go - Du Pont Highway
Wings To Go has over 80 locations nationwide, but it started right here in Dover, Delaware, across from Dover Air Force Base. They have a small store, here with no frills, but the wings are excellent. We used to stop here every so often to grab 20 or 30 wings, especially their hot and garlic varieties. The wings are quick and fresh, and you can shop next door at the pet store while you wait. I haven't had their wings in a few years, but I was happy to find a location here in Alexandria, Virginia.
The menu includes buffalo wings, boneless wings, chicken tenders, fried shrimp, salads, wraps, and sandwiches.
Their wing sauce flavors are inspired by various chicken recipes from around the world including:
Sweet n Sour
Hibachi Grill Japanese - N Dupont Hwy
As in typical hibachi style, Dover's Hibachi Grill is famous for the chef cooking at a large grill in the center of your table. While he cooks, the chef will put on quite a show, telling a few jokes, making music with his cooking utensils, tossing things in the air, and ultimately tossing shrimp into (or toward?) the mouths of his customers.
For an appetizer, I enjoyed average "spicy" sushi that wasn't really very spicy. For the main course, I tried the beef and shrimp along with fried rice, and fried veggies. I also had an Asahi beer. The price was about $20 per person including the beer.
Hibachi Grill won the reader's choice award in 2008 for best downstate Japanese restaurant in 2008.
Ichiban Japanese - N Dupont Hwy
Ichiban Japanese Restaurant is located right beside the Japanese Hibachi Grill in Dover, but don't be fooled, these are two very different restaurants. While Hibachi specializes in grilled meats and veggies, Ichiban sets the standard for great sushi as well as a wide variety of Japanese soups and main dishes. The menu also has a sampling of Korean main courses such as bulgogi... I also noticed all the workers at the "Japanese" restaurant spoke Korean. No problem, though--they seem to know what they are doing! I have definitely enjoyed each of my meals here.
Prices are higher than average for Dover. Lunch specials are reasonable at around $6-$8, and a small sushi plate is $5, but prices only go up from there. Main courses all run from $15-$25 and big orders of sushi run from $20 to $100.
Ichiban earned Delaware Today's 2008 award for best downstate Delaware Japanese restaurant.
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Flavor of India
Though located in the heart of DuPont Highway's restaurant and shopping Mecca, Flavor of India is kind of hidden in an older Super 8 hotel (formerly a Ramada then a local place called Lake Side Inn then the Red Carpet Inn And Suites.. what the?).
Their feature is the buffet (lunch is $8 11am-3pm and dinner is available 4-9pm for $10). Unfortunately we arrived at about 3:15pm so we missed both buffets... Lucky for us the menu is diverse and the food flavorful, though not as great a bargain as the buffets. I had the sizzling chicken tikka (served on a hot iron plate with lime, onions, and peppers with rice) for about $12 and my friend, Laura, had the "super, super yummy" lamb rogan josh also for about $12. We had naan on the side for just $2 and it was very tasty. The waiter was friendly and eager, but pretty scarce at this odd hour of the day as we were the only customers and he was prepping for dinner. He did allow us to try some of the chai tea and tasty desserts that were still out from the lunch buffet. The restaurant is neat and clean, and has been open since about March 2005. I'll give it 4/5 stars, but it could move up if I ever get the chance to try the buffet.
In 2008 this restaurant won the Delaware Today readers choice award for best downstate Delaware Indian Restaurant.
Hub Rock Cafe - formerly in the Sheraton
The Hub Rock Cafe was an average hotel restaurant. Their most popular meal was the Friday all-you-can-eat prime rib and crab leg buffet for about $22. Sides include baked potatoes, salad, broccoli with cheddar, rolls, and cheesecake for desert. The food is average... both the crab legs and the prime rib were a little overcooked. Kind of a sterile atmosphere as well. Corona beers are $4.
When the Sheraton was remodeled in 2006, the oddly named Hub Rock was replaced with a steak house called Chops Grille. In 2008 Delaware Today named Chops the best steakhouse in downstate Delaware.
The Sheraton also has a lounge called Z Bar.
La Tolteca / Corellejo / La Tonalteca - Dupont Hwy
La Tolteca is Delaware's #1 Mexican restaurant chain. All of their meals range in price from $7.00 to $13.00. They have many different Mexican combos. I enjoyed the enchilada combo of steak, cheese, chicken, and bean enchiladas. Tuesday is margarita night with $2.99 margaritas.
La Tolteca has been voted "Best of Delaware" for 11 of the past 12 years... not sure what happened in 2000!
UPDATE (23 June 2005) - The kitchen at La Tolteca in Dover caught fire on 23 June 05, destroying much of the building. The bad news: they will be closed until summer 06. The good news: no injuries, and they are still serving La Tolteca food at Corellejos, just across the street. Both restaurants have the same owner, and now similar menu items and drink specials. There is also a new Tolteca opening in the old Wendy's near Dover Downs and Home Depot at the north end of town.
UPDATE (March 2009) - Upon returning to Dover, I discovered that Tolteca was renamed La Tonalteca, but it is still owned by the same family... why confuse people? There is also a brand new La Tonalteca on the north side of Dover near the speedway and Bubba's bar and pool hall.
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The Lobby House - Loockerman St (Downtown)
The Lobby House is a huge restaurant/bar on the edge of Silver Lake in downtown Dover (Loockerman St). They have a unique menu of tasty food including burgers, wraps, and dinner entrees. I enjoyed a very good Bleu Cheese Steak wrap on my visit. When the whether is nice, there is no better place in Dover to sit than The Lobby House's outdoors dining area along the water.
We have also returned here off an on for drinks in the evening.
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Viet Kieu is one of two Vietnamese restaurant in Dover. I tried the pho (or noodles) with beef on my visit and it were very authentic, reminding me of my trip to Vietnam. The decor is also very authentic traditional Vietnamese in a clean, modern restaurant (in other words, you don't sit on small plastic stools like in 'Nam!).
A small bowl of pho is around $4 while a large bowl is $6. Three spring rolls (pork, chicken or shrimp) cost just over $3. They also offer larger meals such as beef or chicken skewers (satay)
A great place for a quick lunch.
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Niko's is a Greek restaurant that offers a little of everything American, Greek, Italian and more. It has kind of a cheap-looking 60's-style interior but a huge local following means it'll be packed at lunch time. They serve nice portions of anything from gyros & burgers to seafood dinners, all quickly and at very reasonable prices, with some of the friendliest waitresses in town.
Update: January 2006, word on the street is that the interior has been renovated, so my #1 complaint about Nikos has been addressed! Now the ambiance should match the great food!
The Boondocks -- Smyrna
The Boondocks restaurant in Smyrna is a local favorite for hard shell crabs, soft shell crabs, and steamed shrimp. It has a huge dining area with seating for several hundred guests. Try one of their combo meals such as the "Pig Out" and enjoy 6 crabs, 1/2 lb of steamed shrimp, chicken wings, corn on the cob, and french fries for about $30 -- it feeds two people.
Try the "Swampwater" for an extra kick. A large is $8 and small is about $5. This green mixture contains rum and other assorted goodies.
The second picture shows the debris and carnage after eating the "Pig Out" at Boondocks. No wonder they use a huge plastic table cloth to wrap up the waste and throw the whole thing away!
Here you see the crab carcasses along with empty bowls from the wings, fries, and shrimp, along with a nearly-empty glass of delicious Swampwater.
UPDATE - January 2006... Whoops! Hollywood Diner reopened under new ownership.
UPDATE - As of September 2005, Hollywood Diner is now closed. No big surprise.
Hollywood Diner is one of Dover's original Diners and has been in place since the 50s. It is very authentic, but the food is average and the service is poor. According to their menu, several commercials and movies have been filmed here and it is commonly a stop for the semi-famous (such as Gorilla Monsoon) as it was Dover's only 24/7 restaurant for many years.