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New to DE

I moved to Delaware 4 years ago, and have to agree with the hounds who say there's very little good food in Delaware -- Del Rose is one of the worst Italian restaurants I've ever been to, the food at Buckley's is mediocre (although it's a decent place for a late night drink), and Hotel Dupont is, in my opinion, over-rated. I do agree, though, that Culinaria, in North Wilmington, is pretty good; it's chef-owned, fun atmosphere, great tomato-parmesan soup and cesear salad that actually has anchovies in it. Desserts are mediocre, though. Ask for the "good" wine glasses if you go; they only have a few decent wine glasses, but if you're in on the secret, they'll give them to you. Also agree on Domaine Hudson; it's primarily a wine bar, tons of great wines by the glass, and you can order small or large plates of very well prepared food that pairs well with the wine. Harry's seafood is decent, but hardly one of the best in the country; their appetizers are better than their mains. We recently tried a restaurant called Sovanah in PA, close to Kennett Square, that was pretty interesting; it's BYOB, french-influenced food, but also excellent brick-oven pizzas, and great service. It's either on route 82 or 896, I can't remember which.

And if you want to go into Philly, there are tons of great little chef-owned BYOBs to try.

Sep 25, 2007
dsilv in Mid-Atlantic

Best seafood in Madrid?

Thanks for all the insight; it's much appreciated. I don't need to have the absolute best of the best and pay through the nose for it -- are there more down-to earth, reasonably priced marisquerias that people can recommend (I'm going to check out Paulino online, but I thought maybe there are some more to consider that are highly thought of)?

Sep 21, 2007
dsilv in Spain/Portugal

Best seafood in Madrid?

Has anyone had any experience with El Pescador? It's apparently owned by the people who own O'Pazo (which is closed for renovation), but I was wondering whether anyone has a report on it.

Sep 20, 2007
dsilv in Spain/Portugal

3 days in Madrid/Best seafood

I wanted to go tappas hopping on Saturday and Sunday night (I don't think I have a choice on Sunday; it doesn't appear that any restaurants are open then). I was thinking of La Latina, because it looked like maybe more of the interesting places are situated around there. Are there any amazing tapas places you would recommend that are worth a hike to get to?

Sep 20, 2007
dsilv in Spain/Portugal

Best seafood in Madrid?

I was leaning towards La Trainera, but was disconcerted by another Chowhound's experience earlier this year, where he was grossly overcharged by the management and ended up paying almost $300euros for dinner for two (with just two mains, two dozen clams, 2 king prawns each, and two bottles of wine at 17euros each). That kind of scared me. I since found out that O'Pazo is closed for renovation, and my hotel is recommending El Pescador (owned by the same people) as a stand-in. I don't speak Spanish, but thanks for your input!

Sep 20, 2007
dsilv in Spain/Portugal

Authentic Mexican Interior: Las Palomas or Fonda San Miguel?

Will be staying in downtown Austin for 3 days in October, and renting a car, but a family occasion means that I only get to choose the restaurants for one dinner, and two lunches. I'm pretty set on trying Sam's for one of those lunches, but am looking to try seriously good interior Mexican food for the other meals. I've read a lot about Fonda San Miguel; is it really worth the $ vs. Las Palomas, or Curra's (I'm leaning towards Las Palomas based on my Chow search).

Thanks for your help!

Sep 19, 2007
dsilv in Austin

Sunday dining in Madrid

What do people do for dinner in Madrid on Sunday evenings? It looks like most of the major restaurants are closed. Are tapas bars generally open?

Sep 19, 2007
dsilv in Spain/Portugal

Best seafood in Madrid?

Looking for an excellent seafood experience in Madrid. I've heard La Trainera is good, but also some good things about O Pazo and Bajamar. Any suggestions?

Sep 19, 2007
dsilv in Spain/Portugal

3 days in Madrid/Best seafood

I've got 3 full days in Madrid in October, and don't want to squander a single meal. I've booked three restaurants for lunch, with the goal of sampling the best traditional cusine, modern Spanish cuisine, and great seafood (husband's request) -- with the plan being to do tapas around Plaza Santa Anna and Plaza Mayor in lieu of dinner. Three questions: what do you guys know about/think of the restaurants I've booked? Are there better choices I can make? What fantastic seafood restaurants can you recommend?

The three restaurants I've booked are El Sobrino de Botin, Rincon de Estaban, and Paradis (Botin is a "must try" for me; the other two can be swapped out if you have better suggestions -- especially since I don't have a seafood restaurant in the mix).

Thanks...

Sep 19, 2007
dsilv in Spain/Portugal