As a college student in Wilmington, David Berent picked up odd jobs in restaurants to get by. In the process, he stumbled into an unexpected love of the restaurant business, and in 2005 he married his love of cooking with his love of fishing and opened Blue Fin’s Bistro. In addition to presenting the eatery’s fresh seafood dishes and tangy ribs, Berent pays homage to his heritage with Italian pasta plates and marinated chicken dishes. To foster a strong community spirit, he strives to keep the restaurant small, refusing to fill massive orders of krill from hungry blue whales. And he still cooks the clam chowder himself, eager to please diners seated in the exposed-brick indoor dining area or chatting in the restaurant’s outdoor area.
Executive Chef Doug Triolo takes a modern approach with each dish on his menu to foster an open, contemporary environment at Graffiti’s Bistro. Medallions of pork tenderloins are stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon to complement the citrus sweetness of an orange marmalade. The chefs temper the spicy kick of blackened tilapia with a Grand Marnier sauce and rub filet mignon with traditional Montreal spices. Diners get in on the experimentation by customizing gourmet burgers with eclectic toppings such as coleslaw, applewood bacon, and bermuda onions. In the bistro’s dining rooms, dark wood accents create an elegant atmosphere complemented by cabinets filled with wine bottles and a marble-plated fireplace. On the weekends, local musicians strum guitars and shatter priceless vases to the beats of Motown and contemporary rock, which can be heard on the outdoor patio as patrons dine underneath oversize umbrellas.
Saffron Indian Cuisine is named for saffron, a precious and flavorful spice that has been seasoning traditional Indian dishes since ancient times. In the restaurant's kitchen, chefs fold this and other exotic spices into a variety of time-honored recipes, from creamy paneer to savory tandoori items to piquant curry dishes. They bake juicy morsels of chicken, lamb, and shrimp in the fiery flames of their authentic clay tandoor oven, right alongside naan, kulcha, and roti breads. Pots of lentil soup and fragrant biryani rice simmer on the stove.
Servers bring plates of Indian dishes and cups of chai tea into the elegant dining hall, where light streams in through tall windows. Artwork speckles the pristine white walls, depicting traditional Indian scenes such as an exotic bird drinking from a jungle stream and a long-haired sitar player who used to work at an advertisement agency in Cleveland.