Did you know you can travel the world in the city of Wilmington? You just have to know where to look! Our town has cuisine influenced by all different cultures. What are you in the mood for?!
Ristorante Attilio– 3 generations and family owned, all of their pastas are made from scratch, so you can’t go wrong with the gnocchi, lasagna, or manicotti! We featured this Little Italy West Side spot a few weeks ago, here.
Mrs. Robino’s– A West Side neighborhood tradition, Mrs. Robino’s has had quite a few high profile visitors (like Guy Fieri from the Food Network!) Traditional Italian cooking, this spot is about simplicity: the freshest ingredients cultivated through master techniques.
Scalessa’s– Scalessa’s in Forty Acres delivers. Serving Old School Italian homemade specialties like porkette with broccoli rabe, rigatoni with Sunday gravy, and their “famous” buttercake.
Bardea- This “new kid on the block” (sort of, they’ve been around since 2018!) on Market Street utilizes ingredients from local Delaware Valley farms and features modern interpretations of traditional Italian and Mediterranean dishes. In 2019, they received a semifinalist nomination in the James Beard Foundation’s “Best New Restaurant” category.
La Fia– an intimate bistro located on historic Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware. Executive Chef Dwain Kalup prepares inventive, seasonal fare with a focus on local and sustainable ingredients.
Le Cavalier– Is a contemporary French brasserie featuring dishes with inspiration from the current dining scenes in France and North Africa, located in the impressive Hotel duPont downtown.
Merengue House– Tostones sliders and the mofongo (MY FAVORITE) will give you the taste of the Caribbean you’ve been craving on Wilmington’s West Side.
El Mana– Puerto Rican cuisine here packs a punch! Think all of your favorites like sorullos (corn fritters with cheese), bacalaitos (fried codfish fritters), and another Caribbean cuisine staple, mofongo.
Grapes REAL Jamaican Cuisine– Known for authentic Jamaican dishes like ox tail, okra and saltfish, and salted mackerel, Grapes is perfect for the adventurous foodie or those who love Caribbean cuisine and flair!
Anejo- A Trolley Square “locals bar”, Anejo features over 90 bottles of tequila and a blend of easy “bar style” mexican dishes. It’s pretty popular for a low key afternoon/evening and a solid spot to watch sporting events.
Santa Fe– Reopened again on Pennsylvania Avenue with chic, upscale decor for those that like to combine their cuisine with eye pleasing aesthetics. The bar is our favorite update, that combines the inside with open air leading to the outside seating area.
El Toro- Started out as a take out store front and expanded to their Union Street location/restaurant. We think their food is the most authentic Mexican in the area.
Del Pez– Located on the Riverfront, Del Pez Mexican Gastropub is a casual, neighborhood gathering place filled with craft beer, house infused margaritas, and mexican inspired pub fare. They specialize in homemade guacamole, pub tacos, creative burgers, and house infused margaritas.
Columbus Inn– Although known for being a little more upscale, the opportunity to dine during happy hour offers price points at “The 4’s, 5’s, 6’s, 9’s” like the smokehouse wings, pork belly bites, or crab cake sandwich.
Trolley Square Oyster House– Want fresh oysters, live music, and friendly staff? This is your one stop shop! Buck-a-Shuck oysters are available happy hour Tuesday-Friday (4-6pm), and try out the crab grilled cheese (TRUST ME). See our video from our visit here.
Kid Shelleen’s- This is my favorite place “to hide” on this side of town. Grab one of the “executive chairs” at the bar (IYKYK) and hang out incognito while ordering brunch, lunch, or dinner!
Crow Bar- This chic restaurant and bar right in Trolley Square is perfect for a drink, or sit down tapas style meal.
Chelsea Tavern– Chelsea offers a varied menu that is perfectly suited for every occasion whether you are looking for a quick drink and bite at the bar or a relaxed meal with loved ones. The 31 craft beers to choose from are enough to make you stop by!
Stitchhouse Brewery– 180 seat brewery located on Market Street and offers beers brewed on location (try the Big Stitch Nick!) and selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, and skillets.
Mikimoto’s– Offers an upbeat atmosphere with modern Asian fare. Mikimotos offers a variety of Asian inspired dishes and sushi rolls (try their their famous Mongolian BBQ Lamb Chops and Hairy Mexican sushi roll!)
Southeast Kitchen– Southeast Kitchen covers all cuisine from India to Bangladesh, Cambodia to Thailand, Vietnam to Malaysia. Their extensive and eclectic menu give you an abundance of options to choose from, like the Chili Chicken Basil or the Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles). Visit them in Trolley Square!
Ubon Thai Kitchen and Bar- Located on the Riverfront, Ubon’s uses recipes passed down through three generations of their family and represent the fusion of traditional central Thai dishes with northeastern Thai.
Is there a place on this list we missed? Have you been to one of these restaurants and have a dish we NEED to try? Comment below!