Worth Trying 2016 – Eat

Picks of the food variety

 

Black chopsticks with flower pattern

Yong’s Oriental Grocery, Elsmere
Tucked in a nondescript strip center in front of BJ’s Warehouse on Kirkwood Highway, this compact but well-provisioned store sells all manner of Chinese, Japanese and Korean groceries for both novice dabblers in Asian cuisine and experienced epicures. The staff is gracious and friendly, especially with overwhelmed newbies. The store features more obscure spices and foodstuffs (sambal oelek, anyone?) unavailable in your local supermarket, and even the more familiar flavors (such as sweet chili sauce, black sesame oil, etc.) can be found in larger quantities at lower prices. In addition to the extensive selection of canned and bottled goods, Yong’s also features a number of homemade prepared foods.

— Mark Fields, Movie Reviewer

 

Black chopsticks with flower pattern

8th & Union Kitchen
While his 8th & Union Kitchen is still in its rookie season, owner Brian Ashby has been making savvy moves more indicative of a seasoned pro. First came a complete overhaul of the interior space, which includes plenty of welcoming woodwork and a more spacious bar. Second has been his ability to keep a high profile in the Wilmington dining scene without reaching the point of saturation. But most important, he’s figured out how to deliver on the promise of both tasty Asian cuisine and hearty American gastropub fare. The Pho and Pad Thai offer wonderfully paired flavors, while the Kennett Square Burger would satisfy just about any taste. Meanwhile, the Brussels sprouts are out of this world.

— Jim Miller, Director of Publications

worth_trying_dobermanPureBread Doberman Bagel
Smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, cucumbers, capers, and tomato on your choice of bagel, this open-faced PureBread delight at $9.79 is perfect for any meal of the day. The staff is always so friendly, too, at any locations of the local chain.

— Krista Connor, Associate Editor

 

Vintage Eat Arrow Sign

Marsh Road Diner
Just off Philadelphia Pike, at 407 Marsh Rd., this 24-hour eatery offers what every good diner should: good ol’ American food served quickly and in generous portions. Seems to be one waitress for every four patrons, so there’s no waiting for those ham and eggs, T-bone, or club sandwich. For dessert, try the rice pudding.

— Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor

bella_coastBella Coast Kitchen & Market
This place has been open for a little over a year on Rt. 202, but my fiancée and I just finally tried it this past fall. We fell in love with our first meal there. The place looks awesome and features a small Italian market. She had a Napolitano hoagie and I had a handcrafted pepperoni pizza. Both were deliciously amazing, but their ricotta cheese cheesecake with caramel and apples took the cake (pun intended). Once you’ve tried this place, you won’t go back to any of those “Italian” chain restaurants.

— Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer

LOMALOMA Coffee & Breakfast Wrap
A few weeks ago, fellow O&A-er Marie grabbed us some coffees and breakfast wraps at Market Street’s LOMA Coffee. My wrap, the build-your-own breakfast burrito filled with scrambled eggs, hot sauce, cheese and spinach, was amazing. The coffee is great, too. As I write this I’m considering running out of the office for a mid-morning snack.

— Krista Connor, Associate Editor

Chinese Fortune Cookie

Newark Szechuan explosion
Newark’s Main Street (and just beyond) is undergoing a startling multiplication of hard-core, ultra-authentic Szechuan-style restaurants, all of them filled (as if to confirm their worth) by Chinese international students from campus. On Main Street proper, there’s Red Bowl (153 E. Main) and Colorful Yun Nan (59 E. Main), and just around the corner on South Main (i.e., “Elkton Road”) is the intriguing Kung Pao Palace (259 S. Main)—all worthy of brave forays into the sometimes daunting world of real Chinese food.

— Eric Ruth, Contributing Writer

 

sushi on the white background. (isolated)

Sakura Japanese Restaurant of Elsmere
A few weeks back, I stopped by Sakura for a late lunch, mostly consisting of sushi. While the storefront doesn’t scream “Japanese restaurant,” the interior takes you somewhere else. Definitely a traditionalist set-up, music included. The quality of rolls and presentation were above average and the staff was very friendly.

— Ryan Alexander, Contributing Designer

 

Chole with puri or Chana Masala with Puri Indian Food

Choley Puri
Indian-food neophytes won’t find a more comforting introduction than this taco-esque creation: a silky bowl of simmered-spicy chickpeas, perfectly suited to folding into the accompanying rounds of delightfully oily and puffy “puri” bread—lusciously executed in Newark at the Tavva Café, 215 E. Main St.

— Eric Ruth, Contributing Writer

 

Fork filled with corned beef hash

Breakfast at Hank’s Place
There are not many things I’d wait in line for. Breakfast at Hank’s Place is one I would. This folksy Chadds Ford eatery, located at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 100, is nearly as famous as the Wyeth family. And wouldn’t you know it, Hank’s is one of the Wyeths’ favorite breakfast spots. The French toast is great, the omelets are even better and the corned beef hash is a must-try. One piece of advice: If you venture there on the weekends, prepare for a wait.

— Jerry duPhily, Publisher

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