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Fresh Poultry in Wilmington DE?

Oops! I meant to say the chicken is fresh on Fridays.

May 03, 2011
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Fresh Poultry in Wilmington DE?

travelmad, I asked the woman who owns the shop, and she said that people tell her that DLFE is cheaper than Harvest. She is charging $7.50/pound for boneless pork chops (which are delicious--I've purchased them twice) and $5.50/pound for chicken thighs (bone-in if I recall). (And, I don't remember the price, but the thick, bone-in pork chops are beautiful.) Apparently the chicken is fresh from the farm (never frozen) almost every Thursday; the other fresh meat comes in more sporadically (and what doesn't sell right away is then frozen). But much of the appeal here is the grass-fed/local/organic/etc.; it wouldn't be cut up just for you, so it might not suit you.

Again, thanks for the heads-up about Papa's.

May 02, 2011
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Juliana's Kitchen, Wilmington, DE

We went to Juliana's Kitchen this weekend after noticing it on the board here, and we really liked it. The prices are low, and the service is outstanding. (The decor was nicer than I would have expected for the prices.) The chef was very careful with our gluten intolerance, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. My bone-in pork chop was succulent and tender; my husband's seafood rice was similarly delicious.

I hope this place makes it. It's really solid. But that location is tough...

May 01, 2011
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Domaine Hudson or the Green Room?

Thank you so much to everyone for all the advice! Your comments helped us to settle on the Green Room (because we all agreed that "stuffy" was exactly what we wanted), and we had a fantastic meal.

We started with drinks at the bar. This was the one partial disappointment of the night. We chose the Green Room in part because we thought the Dupont would have a classy bar. It does not. It has a bar with two enormous televisions and a bartender who has never heard of a Sidecar cocktail. So we settled for Old Fashioneds, and we tried to sit far from the televisions. The bartender was sweet, and she tried to make a Sidecar, but the attempt was far from successful. The decor was a little dated too (not in a classy way, but in a 90s way).

The service at the Green Room was outstanding: warm, but not familiar, and charmingly eager to please. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu, and he took great care to make sure that our food was gluten-free and dairy-free. I don't think I have ever felt less deprived eating a meal with those unfortunate restrictions. Both the men had fois gras with fennel and dark chocolate sauce to start; it was a marvel! I had a "truffle trio" starter which was quite good as well. We all enjoyed the trio of heritage pork--all perfectly cooked--and a good pinot noir. We finished with sorbet and flourless chocolate cake (by far the best I've ever had) accompanied by port and muscat wine. The macaroon cookies are gluten-free too, and they were good.

The atmosphere is wonderful: unobtrusive live piano music, over-the-top decor, privacy for conversation. Most people were well dressed, and we didn't feel out of place in blazers and ties (for the men) and a sleeved silk dress (for me).

In sum, we loved it. It's not a place I'd want to frequent, but it was a real pleasure to do at least once. Thanks again for all the help!

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Green Room
11th Market Sts, Wilmington, DE 19801

May 01, 2011
FuriousOyster in Mid-Atlantic

Domaine Hudson or the Green Room?

We've been to Eclipse twice and enjoyed the food both times; we got the duck with cranberry maple sauce, and, while it was quite sweet, it was perfect for Christmas celebrating. But it is not remotely formal in my book: it has televisions, and the wait staff was quite casual on our two visits. But it's a great neighborhood spot, an easy walk for us, and we'll be back again.

May 01, 2011
FuriousOyster in Mid-Atlantic

Domaine Hudson or the Green Room?

Thanks, travelmad.

We've eaten at Domaine a number of times, and they are great with our dietary restrictions.

We would prefer to stay in Wilmington, but are willing to travel 30 minutes for a truly outstanding place. What were you thinking in Kennett?

I think the tough part is finding something with sufficient formality. We like interesting, delicious food and a formal, conservative atmosphere. It seems like a casual atmosphere is really in right now, and I'm not always a fan. (I'm making this complaint as a 28-year-old; I can't imagine what I'll be like when I'm old!)

Apr 29, 2011
FuriousOyster in Mid-Atlantic

Domaine Hudson or the Green Room?

Geneva, what are your reasons for preferring Domaine?

We went to Moro a year ago and were not impressed with the service. We thought the food was good, but not as good as Domaine.

We haven't ever tried Krazy Kats because of the name and the ridiculous branding and decor. :) I suppose we should try it sometime, but those things are an almost insurmountable turn-off.

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Krazy Kats Restaurant
Kirk Rd, Montchanin, DE 19710

Apr 29, 2011
FuriousOyster in Mid-Atlantic

Domaine Hudson or the Green Room?

My father-in-law wants to take out my husband and I for a very nice dinner tomorrow night. I'm thinking the Green Room at the Hotel Dupont might fit the bill, but the reviews I've found are decidedly mixed. I think my father-in-law might prefer the Green Room (since he wants to take us to a place nicer than we could normally afford), but I'm worried it might be a disappointment. So I'm wondering if Domaine Hudson is a safer option (where we've had reliably delicious food and wine).

We'll want great service, good wines, and flexible chefs (since we don't eat gluten or much dairy).

Thoughts? Thanks!

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Green Room
11th Market Sts, Wilmington, DE 19801

Apr 29, 2011
FuriousOyster in Mid-Atlantic

Fresh Poultry in Wilmington DE?

After looking around a bit more on the board, it's clear to me that I need to give Papa's another shot; I'll try actually to buy some meat this time. Does anyone know where their meat comes from?

Delaware Local Food Exchange is inside the store Nature's Way which looks to me to be a bit west of Kahl-Bee Korean. Nature's Way/DLFE is right next to the Family Dollar (across from Jake's Wayback Burgers).

I'm not sure how DLFE meat prices compare to Harvest, but I'm going to DLFE today or tomorrow and will note some prices. Everything's pre-packaged so it's not like going to a butcher. But the meat tastes so good--so much flavor. Anyway, I'll see what I can find out.

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Kahl-Bee Korean Restaurant
2011 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE 19805

Apr 29, 2011
FuriousOyster in Mid-Atlantic

Fresh Poultry in Wilmington DE?

This is really late, but in case you're still looking...
I get my chicken from Delaware Local Food Exchange on Kirkwood Highway. If you're on their mailing list (or if you phone), you can find out which days the never-frozen chicken is delivered from the farm. It is very delicious chicken.
http://www.delocalfoodexchange.com/De...

I don't know about the chicken at Papa's Food Market. I've stepped in three times and never been able to stand the smell of the store. It's too bad because I would love to support my neighborhood grocery store!

Apr 28, 2011
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Gluten-Free in Paris and Pau?

Thanks, plafield. I have the Triumph dining cards (in ten languages), but the ones you recommend are a bit more concise (and have the advantage of being disposable). (Plus, I don't have a German card from Triumph, so I'll print one off to supplement my German speaking skills on another leg of the trip.) Thanks for the suggestion!

Feb 02, 2008
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Gluten-Free in Paris and Pau?

Thanks, patz. I've ordered the book he recommends.

Feb 01, 2008
FuriousOyster in France

Gluten-Free in Paris and Pau?

Thanks, souphie. My husband says that we should plan to spend more on food, so I hereby remove the price limit. :) Hopefully that will make it easier to find some safe options. It certainly is the case here (in Philadelphia) that the nicer restaurants are more accommodating.

Jan 22, 2008
FuriousOyster in France

Gluten-Free in Paris and Pau?

Thanks, souphie, rrems, and Bob, for all the helpful responses so far. Things do sound rather bleak, but it's better to be informed than to get terribly sick. Yes, Asian food presents a difficulty because of the soy sauce. The offending gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Sometimes these ingredients are present in heavily processed food including meats. Wine, however, is definitely gluten-free, so we won't be missing out on everything good. Plus, it looks like we'll get to spend a lot of time at the markets.

Jan 21, 2008
FuriousOyster in France

Gluten-Free in Paris and Pau?

My husband and I will be in Paris and Pau for a week in early March. We're both gluten-intolerant and have dairy and egg sensitivities, and we're looking for inexpensive (under $30 for an entree), accommodating restaurants (preferably with an English-speaking staff so that we're able to communicate our needs). (We do have the celiac dining cards, but a friendly staff makes all the difference.) We'd also be interested in suggestions for eating outside of restaurants; we're open to visiting markets or grocery stores that are likely to have things like meats identified as gluten-free. I also wonder if there are foods or drinks that we are likely to encounter that are definitely (but not obviously) safe or unsafe for us. I have read that France is not a great place for people with celiac disease to travel, so I would really appreciate any tips people can offer!

Jan 19, 2008
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