Monday, July 22, 2024

Pinang: Newark Malaysian Cuisine

Located near the William M. Redd Jr. Park, Pinang prides itself on using classic spices and herbs in order to create distinctive food that will please palates that enjoy the hot and spicy. Come in for lunch or dinner and try a bowl of Seafood Tomyum soup, loaded with shrimp, scallops, squid, and veggies. Go for a casserole of curried fish head, but it is suggested that you ask your server for advice before ordering! There is also an amazing selection of seafood, pork, vegetable, and noodle dishes. But don’t forget the sushi! Fresh rolls of fish and rice as well as a great selection of sashimi dishes are available, either as a platter or a la carte. Or try a special roll of eel, tempura soft shell crab, or other tasty specialties. It's a culinary adventure.

Shoppes at Louviers
218 Louviers Drive
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 368-2298

Firebirds Wood Grill: Tasty Fare in Newark

Fans of Firebirds Wood Grill give them thumbs-up for a relaxing ambiance, attentive service and flavorful food and drink. Go there to dine on a Grilled Shrimp & Strawberry Salad, a Cheeseburger with smoked cheddar, a Turkey Club, or Delmonico Steak Sandwich.

If you'd like a starter to begin your meal, Lobster Spinach Queso with tortilla chips, Coconut Shrimp with mango habanero chutney, or Smoked Chicken Wings might do the trick. Pair your appetizer with one of their signature cocktails, a beer or glass of wine. Entrees include Filet Mignon with loaded baked potato, Sesame Encrusted Salmon with parmesan potatoes, Baby Back Ribs with cider slaw, Kobe Beef Meatloaf with portabella mushroom sauce, and Cilantro Grilled Chicken Breast with tomato jack cheese sauce.

Located in Newark, Delaware, Firebirds Wood Grill is open every day.

Firebirds Wood Grill
1225 Churchmans Road
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 366-7577

Home Grown Cafe: Globally Inspired Local Favorites

Home Grown Cafe is a local favorite for many Newark residents. This casual eatery serves up a wide array of dishes with diverse global influences. Try the sweet potato bisque for a chili-infused take on Southern sweet potato pie, or dig into the wild mushroom, spinach, and feta empanada with tzatziki sauce for some innovative fusion fare.

The Korean-cuisine-inspired bi bim bap rice bowl includes roasted zucchini, carrots, and spinach, and is topped with a fried egg and spicy Gochujang sauce. Diners praise all of these offerings, but Home Grown Cafe's sandwich menu just might be the crowd favorite. The grilled cheese sandwich is an elevated version of your childhood classic, mixing cheddar, jack, parmesan, provolone and feta with a pesto spread. The falafel sandwich, on the other hand, combines crisp chickpea fritters with tomato-cucumber salad, sprouts and tahini.

Home Grown Cafe
126 E. Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 266-6993

Over Easy Café: Your Place All Day

At the Over Easy Café, it isn’t just about the eggs. It’s also about the attitude! Located a couple of blocks south of Olan Thomas Park, the Over Easy Café is a nice place to go for breakfast and brunch. The Over Easy attitude starts when you walk into the warm and comfortable dining room. Relax at one of the tables or have a seat in the lounge. You’ll like the friendly ambiance and the even friendlier service. You’ll find eggs over easy on the breakfast and lunch menu, but there are lots of other morning options available. The self serve coffee/tea bar is also convenient and stocked with lots of k-cup favorites. Come back for lunch and enjoy a nice selection of salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and platters. And dinner is different because there is no menu – there’s something different every day!

Over Easy Café is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Over Easy Café
215 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 525-6151

Eating on the Sofa Is Encouraged at Newark’s Ali Baba

When you walk into Ali Baba, you're immediately greeted with a decision: standard seating, or something a bit more fun? In the back dining room, Ali Baba recreates Middle Eastern homes with sofa seating. In the front, however, you're welcome to dine with more traditional American tables and chairs. No matter where you sit, one aspect of your meal remains the same: the fresh Middle Eastern cuisine.

Ali Baba especially earns raves for its different renditions of chicken. The Moroccan chicken comes highly recommended by regular customers, and it comes two ways: with a spicy harisa cumin sauce or lemon and olives. A duo of Moroccan-style salads round out the dish (carrot and green). The dajaj mashwy is another popular chicken dish, a recreation of a typical homemade eat. The chicken marinates and then bakes to golden and juicy, at which point chefs set it atop a bed of rice and drizzle it with garlic sauce. Pick tabouli salad or hummus on the side. You can also dig into a meat kebab, enjoy a plate piled with different vegetarian noshes, or try a pita wrap at Ali Baba.

Ali Baba
175 E. Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 738-1111

Behold the Nutritional Power of Edamame at Soybean Asian Grille

Soybean Asian Grille not only touts the health benefits of its namesake not only on its website, but also in practically every dish its chefs serve. Loaded with complete protein (which you typically only find in meat), calcium and iron, and even fiber, soybeans are a staple in Asian. They are at Soybean Asian Grille, too.

Launch your meal with the edamame, which is simply a plate of steamed soybeans. Or nibble on the smorgasbord that is the soybean sampler. It's loaded with Thai spring rolls, curry puffs, gyoza, rocket shrimp, dim sum, and, of course, edamame. When it comes to the main course, many Yelp reviewers the pad kee mao. Its broad, stir-fried rice noodles mingle with bell pepper, onion, chili, Thai basil, and egg in the aromatic dish. You can also opt for a spicy curry over jasmine rice, something hot and fresh from the wok (like mango fish), or a fried rice bowl.

Soybean Asian Grille
4702 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 636-0800

Olive Tree Cafe: An Institution for Mediterranean Fare

Don't be surprised if the smell of baking bread greets you when you walk into Olive Tree Cafe in Newark. The kitchen team mixes, kneads, and bakes its own bread in-house. That's how you know it'll always be fresh. And the fresh bread is just the tip of the iceberg. The chefs at Olive Tree Cafe also source their veggies and meats locally when they can, so they're just as fresh and enticing as the bread.

These ingredients converge in authentic Mediterranean dishes, such as the shawarma platter. It showcases grilled chicken breast with a garlicky sauce and a house salad, as well as seasoned rice or fries on the side. You can also dig into a plate of salmon, rubbed down with Mediterranean spices and adorned with onions, olives, and cherry tomatoes. Olive Tree also offers tagines, which refers to the clay pot in which these meaty dishes are prpared and served, as well as a slate of sandwiches and savory pies.

Olive Tree Cafe
13 Chestnut Hill Plaza
East Chestnut Hill Road
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 266-4598

Ramen Kumamoto: Gourmet Japanese Fare Awaits

Chef Sam Ho has served as the sous chef at Morimoto and the owner at Zento Japanese Temporary Cuisine, both located in Philadelphia, so he already has plenty of solid culinary experience under his belt. He shows it off at Ramen Kumamoto, a restaurant in Wilmington that dishes out modern Japanese cuisine.

Unsurprisingly, ramen is the main event at Ramen Kumamoto. It comes in a spate of different preparations, like the tonkotsu. This version teems with natural heritage Berkshire Pork, as well as chunks of roast pork, bamboo shoots, sprouts, mushrooms, chopped scallion, red ginger, and a boiled egg. Thin noodles form the base, along with a savory broth. You can also try something with more heat, like the tan tan ramen. This soup features a spicy chicken broth base, augmented by miso sesame paste and ingredients like minced meat, sprouts, and scallion. Yellow wavy noodles stand in for the thin, straight noodles in the tonkotsu.

Ramen Kumamoto
165 E. Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 733-0888

Indian Sizzler: Indian Cuisine in Newark, Delaware

Indian Sizzler has built a loyal following among Newark locals, and it's easy to understand why. The menu is large and varied, the prices are reasonable, and the portions are large. But most of all, the food is simply delicious.

Start your meal with an order of keema samosa, which are delicately-spiced, meat-filled hand pies, deep fried and served with a sweet dipping sauce. Vegetarians will appreciate the large number of meat-free choices. Saag aloo is a popular potato and spinach-based dish, while navratan korma combines garden fresh vegetables with a spicy cashew and herb sauce. And don't forget to include an order of naan, the clay oven baked bread that is traditionally used as a utensil to scoop rice and sauce from your plate to your mouth.

Dining in is always fun, but an online ordering system also makes it quick and easy to get delivery or take out from Indian Sizzler.

Indian Sizzler
72 E. Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 738-3445

Expand Your Palate at Newark’s Border Cafe

A crunchy taco and a well-made margarita? That's just what you'll get at Border Cafe. This Newark eatery specializes in Mexican dishes like tacos, fajitas, and burritos, and serves up a tasty plate of nachos, too.

Yelp reviewers recommend that you try the spicy chicken enchiladas smothered in red sauce, or the corn and black bean empanada. However, Border Cafe also serves dishes from the other side of the border, with a particular focus on Cajun and Creole classics. Try the chicken and chorizo etouffee or the New-Orleans-style blackened catfish for a special treat. Whatever you order, you can be sure that your meal has been prepared from scratch with careful attention to detail and the highest quality ingredients, because those are the cornerstones of Border Cafe's culinary philosophy.

Border Cafe
483 Stanton Christiana Road
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 633-6400

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