Serpe's tomato pie is the real deal, as good as or maybe even better than your average Philly bakery. The dough color and soft texture are identical to the Philly-style, and slices are medium thick with a nice, fresh tasting red sauce that's sweet but not ridiculously so.
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When Dogfish Head was preparing to launch in 1995, some elements of Prohibition were technically still on Delaware's books; brewpubs weren't legal, and the notion of a brewery at the beach was worlds away from beer's previous role in Delaware's history, which had largely been an urban one, with commercial brewing operations largely centered in Wilmington.
A long, narrow counter with maybe 15 to 20 stools, the Dog House is a no-frills sandwich shop just south of Wilmingtown on the side of a small highway known for their foot-long hot dogs. The lobby is jam-packed with people waiting for seats or take-out, and when a stool opens up, grab it quick and you'll barely have time to look at the menu before one of the many counter folks come to take your order.
The Bethany Beach Farmer's Market—which closes for the season on Sunday, September 11th—packs a solid 15 growers into the PNC Bank parking lot just a block away from Bethany's main boardwalk. For a small market, they've done a nice job assembling a wide variety of vendors; you'll find everything from standard fare (corn, cheese, heirloom tomatoes) to the more exotic (mushrooms, honeycomb candles and cupcakes, handmade lavender soap).
Capriotti's is known for the Bobbie ($7.25), their signature Thanksgiving-leftovers sandwich. Who doesn't love a non-November opportunity to eat this style of sandwich? The combination of turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and bread is all held together with a dab of mayo. The big draw is that Capriotti's roasts their turkey in-house. Unlike sliced deli turkey, the shredded chunks of bird actually mingle with the other components instead of forming a slimy flavor barrier.
You never really hear that much about Delaware pizza culture outside the state, but when you do a little digging, you come up with some nuggets. What follows are the nuggets that Slice–Serious Eats readers have provided over various Delaware-based threads — along with some intel from confidential sources within the state. Enjoy!
From the Talk forums of Slice parent site Serious Eats, frenzels asks: I just drove through Delaware for the first time and saw several Grotto Pizza restaurants...my assumption was that the pizza was most likely terrible franchise crap. But just now, I noticed a SE thread in which someone mentioned Grotto Pizza as a must-visit hometown eatery in PA and DE. I realize "must-visit hometown places" are sometimes more prized for the comfort/nostalgia they induce rather than the quality of the actual food. Still, I'm weirdly curious. Thoughts? Share any Grotto Pizza intel you may have here »...
So begins our ambitious (perhaps too much so) 50-part series called Where's the Beef, America?, in which we present a list of what appear to be the top burgers in each of this fine nation's great states. We say "appear"...