Thai Style Restaurant
Thai Style Restaurant is located on South Dupont Highway just north of the Route 10/13 intersection. It is a small place, in what used to be a house, however it is owned and run by a Thai family from Thonburi, Thailand. They have very tasty and authentic Thai food such as Pad Thai and Thai Fried Rice. Lunch specials are around $9.00 and include a spring roll and large drink. This is the only Thai restaurant in town, and I highly recommend it!
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
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.
Vietnamese Restaurant Noodle House
Hidden in a little shopping center, this Vietnamese restaurant is a real gem. More authentic then Viet Kieu (according to my Vietnamese friend and based on my personal experience in Vietnam), this place is very good. The pho is certainly up to par and everyone loves the number 23 (BBQ Park over vermicelli)! Prices are low and the quality is high.
Pizza Delight by Giacomo, Capriottis, China
Just outside of Dover Air Force Base's north gate are three of my favorite lunch spots: Pizza Delight by Giacomo, Capriottis, China. All three are located side by side by side in the Gateway South Plaza. Some days I don't decide where I'm eating until I pull into the parking lot and see the three storefronts.
As its name implies, Pizza Delight specializes in pizza, along with strombolis, sandwiches, and pasta. They have a take-out counter and a fairly large seating area. The pizza-by-the-slice is always good, along with their special Giaco-boli -- the large stromboli with Giacomo's special ingredients. Beer is available. (302-698-1500) They have another location in the Greentree Shopping Center on Route 8 in West Dover.
Capriottis has no seating area, just a take-out counter. Their menu is mainly hot and cold sandwiches, including their not-so-famous "Bobby" which is basically Thanksgiving dinner on a bun (turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy). They also offer the "Slaw-be-jo", "Cran Slam", and the "Cole Turkey." Sandwiches are $5.25 to $6.75 for smalls, on up to $11+ for larges. (302-698-3090). They too have a second location on Route 8, right beside the other Pizza Delight! Capriotti's has numerous other locations across the nation.
"China Chinesefood" is what the sign says. Great, authentic Chinese food is what they offer to their customers. Just a hole-in-the-wall restaurant hidden in the back corner of this shopping center, China is run by a husband and wife who immigrated from Shanghai years ago. They offer the standard fare of Chinese foods, but nothing beats their combo lunch of two main courses and fried or sticky rice for only $4.75. I can't get enough of their Schezuan chicken or beef along with General Tso's chicken. The restaurant only seats 10, so most people get their food to go. The restrooms involve an adventurous walk outside, through the back door, and across the kitchen.
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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!
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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I'm seeing a theme in Dover of many good Italian places being in small strip shopping centers. Add Franco's to the list along with Mare Monti and Bella Villa. It is at the intersection of Route 10 and Highway 1 near McDonald's. I had a great Italian sausage sandwich, and they also have many other sandwiches, pizza by the slice, and a few Italian main courses.
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Jake's is a great place to stop for a quick hamburger in a unique setting for a fast food restaurant. It is located on Route 33, just south of where Du Pont Highway turns southwest. The burgers are inexpensive at about $1.75 for a single, and their milkshakes are supposed to be some of the best around. There isn't a lot of seating in the restaurant, and they are very busy from 11:30 to 12:30, so arrive early or late if you can.
Betsy Ross Pizza
Betsy Ross Pizza is a small chain with about four locations in central Delaware: Harrington, Smyrna, and Dover (2). I have had their pizza twice -- the first time, it was an excellent pepperoni pie. The second was 1/2 pepperoni and 1/2 mushrooms. The pepperoni was good like before, but the mushrooms had an odd cardboard taste. Their crust is thicker than New York Style, maybe 3/4 inch to 1 inch in depth. They are also very fast if you pickup at their restaurant -- my last order took only 15 minutes. They also deliver.
A large one-topping pizza is about $12, so it is a little more expensive than some of the national chains.
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.
Bella Villa is a nice little eat in/take out Italian restaurant located in the Dover Downs Shopping Plaza. They have good pizza and stromboli as well as deli subs and pastas. It is a good place to stop before the NASCAR races since it is only a 5-minute walk to the track. It is also a good place to grab dinner after the race as you wait for traffic to die down...
Sorentinos: Cheap eats
I stopped in at Sorentinos for a quick breakfast on my way through Dover toward Rehoboth Beach. The waitress called me "hun" each time she came to my table and the service was quick. Inside it looks like a simple diner, although there is a bar in a separate area. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and the roadside location makes it a convenient place to stop for a quick bite.
Favorite Dish: I had eggs over easy and three pancakes. Neither was exceptional, but it certainly was decent. The total bill was $6.50.
The Blue Coat Inn: The Blue Coat Inn
It is a warm, cozy, inviting restaraunt, and is right on Silver Lake. It doesn't matter what time of year you go, it is always a wonderful place to go for a great meal and a good time.
Favorite Dish: Everything is good here.
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.
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