Thanks to vaccinations and increased outdoor dining options, more Delawareans are comfortable visiting restaurants. Or, tired of the same old-same old, they’re exploring new takeout options.
Fortunately, there have been some changes on the culinary landscape.
Here are some noteworthy additions to the First State’s dining scene in Brandywine Hundred.
Adam’s Rib & Grille
In the Town & Country Shopping Center, Adam’s Rib & Grille serves the usual tasty suspects, including St. Louis ribs, pulled chicken, collard greens and macaroni-and-cheese. Save room for sweet potato pie.
2707 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, 302-439-3836
Hibachi Grill & Sushi
In the same center, the new Hibachi Grill & Sushi features both cooked and raw sushi, noodle dishes, teriyaki and, interestingly, chicken or lamb gyros over rice.
2705 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, 302-570-7349
NY Gyro & Grill
At the tip of New Castle County, Claymont is seeing some activity. NY Gyro & Grill opened in February near the Darley Green community.
The gyro in the title implies Greek food, and there are kebobs, too. The tikka skewers, however, speak to an Indian influence.
The new eatery has something for everyone. Consider chicken sandwiches, chicken wings, fried whiting and cheeseburgers. (The meat is halal.)
3541 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, 302- 308-3054
Uncle John’s BBQ Stand
Uncle John’s BBQ Stand is currently limited to a food truck. But the retro gas station is destined to become Uncle John’s bricks-and-mortar restaurant. The laid-back establishment offers live music outdoors on weekends and is seeking artisans.
Yes, the smoked brisket and pulled pork are first rate. But the stand goes rogue with some crazy creations and upscale Friday fish dishes.
Burger night is on Thursdays, and a recent special included a sirloin patty made with Malaysian Indian curry topped with fresh mayo, jalapeño, mint, green onion, cumin, garlic, curry and lime. It was served with fried onion straws and thin-sliced cucumbers.
2509 Philadelphia Pike, 302-743-9737
Burgers by Wildwich
Speaking of burgers, everyone is raving about Burgers by Wildwich. Also known as Dub Dub, the food truck is stationed at 2308 Concord Pike. (It was previously known as Slam Burgers until a corporate giant got wind of it.)
Owner Mike Stanley is no stranger to the food truck trade. He’s also owned bricks-and-mortar version of Wildwich.
The juicy patties here rival anything else on the pike. Make it a double if you dare. Don’t eat meat? This writer can vouch for the crab cake sandwich.
Order online or call 302-898-5335.
The Simple Greek
Also on Route 202 (Concord Pike), The Simple Greek follows the have-it-your-way approach by letting diners choose their base (pita or bowl), their protein, toppings and sauce.
Sides include dolmades (rice and herbs rolled in grape leaves), Greek fries, hummus and spinach pie.
5604 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 302- 223-2200.
There is no shortage of ethnic food on this major artery through suburbia. Pho Bami opened in the Fairfax Shopping Center last summer.
Pho — the soup that eats like a meal — is the star. But other popular Vietnamese dishes include broken rice, vermicelli bowls and banh mi, the Southeast Asian version of a hoagie.
2113 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 302-259-7788
Pho Son also opened last year.
It occupies a building at Silverside Road and Concord Pike that’s housed a series of ethnic restaurants, including Chinese, Caribbean and Mexican eateries. Pho Son also puts pho front and center.
4015 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 302-478-9477
Just over the line in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, Koy Restaurant blends Vietnamese with Japanese cuisines for a sophisticated selection of dishes.
The restaurant, which opened last summer, boasts a sleek dining room with a stacked stone sushi bar and bar. But the food is just as good when you order carryout.
Look for some out-of-the-ordinary offerings such as kushiyaki — skewered proteins barbecued over hot coals — and Takoyaki, octopus encrusted with Japanese mountain potato and lightly fried.
391 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Glen Mills.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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