El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant's neon-green and bright-red sign is merely an appetizer for the feast of colors within. Red- and orange-striped booths, sky-blue chairs, textured sunflower walls, and tabletops painted with smiling suns, blossoming tulips, and fruit dominate the space. This festive atmosphere sets an ideal scene for enjoying carne asada, chicken enchiladas, tacos filled with pork and beans, and churros. El Tapatio?whose name refers to a Guadalajara native?also mixes up delicious margaritas, which were dubbed the Best Margaritas by Delaware Today in 2008.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
New Castle is a tiny town 6 miles south of Wilmington; this stretch of Delaware is rich in history. After being founded by Swedish immigrants in the 17th century, Wilmington eventually grew into an important center of commerce. You can learn more about the town's long-standing industrial roots at the Hagley Museum and Library in the Brandywine Valley. The museum is the site of an early 19th-century gunpowder mill and the surrounding living community that was created by E.I. DuPont, the founder of what is now DuPont chemical company. At the 235-acre site, you’ll see old-fashioned steam engines, water wheels, and working mills, as well as preserved buildings such as the DuPont family home and the mill workers' living quarters. Wilmington is also known for its scenic riverfront, which is bordered by pathways and parks. Pack a picnic lunch, go for a stroll on the 1.3-mile trail, or climb aboard the moored Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of the European vessel that transported Wilmington's first Swedish settlers and first batch of lingonberry crepes. Though Sheraton Wilmington South Hotel sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Arched ceilings with baroque engravings soar above walls decorated with inlaid bricks and the decorative tops of beer barrels. Parting the air between tables, an iron-wrought tower?s rungs cradle weathered kegs. The barrels on display at Ernest & Scott Taproom reflect the founders? passion for American craft beer, and are emblazoned with images of hops and the restaurant?s logo: a griffin extending its paw to high-five the inventor of hops.
Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione curates the restaurant?s extensive American craft-beer list?a combination of standard national brews, rare local crafts, and cask-conditioned libations?which suits food pairings as well as the definition and standards of the Beer Judge Certification Program. This list features names such as Evolution Craft Brewing and Twin Lakes Brewery while keeping the brewers? high-school nicknames a closely guarded secret. Ernest & Scott?s culinary crew invites guests to sop up drinks with a pub menu focused on regional fare and recipes. Plates tower with arrangements of Atlantic flounder and seabass, crab, and scallops, as well as brisket, short ribs, and Amish chicken.
In keeping with its company across the street (the Grand Old Opera House), Chelsea Tavern puts a classy twist on typical tavern dishes. For instance, the chefs don't serve French fries?instead, they hand-cut the crispy onions, Idaho potatoes, and Chelsea fry spice that comprise the tavern's signature trio fries. The pizzas emerge hot with a smoky tinge from a wood-burning oven, while the rainbow trout arrives stuffed with fresh herbs and cured lemons. Even the desserts receive an upgrade: the caramel-drizzled butterscotch sundae infuses the flavors of bacon into both its ice cream and the fresh-baked blondie at its base.
Chelsea Tavern's precise approach to food carries over to its expansive beverage selection. The restaurant features around 200 different beers, including 31 on tap and more than 200 by the bottle or can. It also has more than 20 wines available by the glass, which you can sample before catching a show at a nearby venue or just putting on a puppet opera at the table.
As the restaurant business constantly strives to find the next trend, Jake's Wayback Burgers is happy to take its time paying homage to a bygone era. Jake's started as a simple burger joint in 1991 and now boasts locations across the country. But despite this growth, they still stick to their time-tested recipe of fresh, homemade food made with real ingredients and a welcoming atmosphere.
Each Jake's sports retro decor with red barnyard walls and stainless steel accents which evoke a distinct fifties vibe. This reverence for the past is less a gimmick than an appropriate complement to the wholesome menu which eschews the current burger standard of frozen hockey disc patties and focuses on handmade burgers. To compliment the burgers, Jake's also offers housemade potato chips, hand-dipped milkshakes in flavors such as chocolate banana or orange cream, as well as all-beef hot dogs covered in homestyle chili or grilled onions.