Wherever you're heading for summer vacation, consider a stop at one of these restaurants owned by UD alums. Some of them are even willing to offer a discount!
Of necessity, this guide is only a sampling. Including restaurant managers, chefs, bakers, waiters and people in behind-the-scenes capacities, there are more than 60 alumni affiliated with Delaware restaurants alone. Other alumni are bakery owners and own yogurt shops, and one helps open all the Wendy's restaurants outside the U.S.
So, sit back, relax and peruse the fifth annual alumni Vacationers' Guide. But, grab a snack first. This listing is sure to make you hungry!
100 Elkton Rd.
Owner: Leonard H. Reed, BE '65
California-style cuisine prepared with an imaginative flair is featured at this fine dining establishment. The Moroccan Pork Tenderloin is the owner's personal favorite.
76 East Main St.
Owners: Patrick J. Gioffre, HR '94, and his wife, Tracy Herman Gioffre, ED '96
Subs and steaks including the Gutbuster, made on a large sub roll with about a pound of meat and a quarter pound of cheese in each sandwich.
177 Main St.
Owner: Jeffrey D. Sinclair, BE '80
Catering to vegetarians, Sinclair's light fare is prepared with very little butter or oil. Open for breakfast and lunch.
8 Polly Drummond Shopping Center
Owners: Robert Ashby, BE '77, and his wife, Sandra Keene Ashby, ED '77
The menu includes a variety of sandwiches, nachos and dinner entrees. The restaurant-pub features 12 televisions with a new TSS satellite system.
The Crab Trap
57 Elkton Rd.
Owner: Paul J. Thompson, AS '50
A popular lunch and dinner spot with students and University faculty and staff, the seafood restaurant is probably best known for its crab cakes and outdoor dining.
1600 Delaware Ave.
Owner: Liza Annos, HR '88
Gourmet pizza toppings and other Greek and Italian foods are available. The crab imperial is a house favorite.
O'Friels Irish Pub
600 Delaware Ave.
Owners: Siblings Beatrice Freel, AS '77, and Kevin Freel, AS '73
Sandwiches and other light fare are offered in a casual setting. O'Friels also features live Irish music, comedians and an actors' laboratory upstairs.
405 North Lincoln St.
Owner: William A. DiNardo, AS '57
A full seafood menu is offered but the speciality of this Wilmington landmark is crabs.
The Sail Loft
1517 Bay Rd.
Owner: David W. Baker III, AS '93
The casual, upscale restaurant serves traditional American food with prime rib and broiled seafood sampler cited as customer favorites.
The Back Porch Cafe
21 Rehoboth Ave.
Owner: Keith Fitzgerald, AS '69, '70M
Two popular dishes are roasted guinea hen and rosemary marinated medallions of lamb.
Irish Eyes Restaurant & Pub
15 Wilmington Ave.
Owner: John W. Royal Jr., ED '75
Live Irish music and a variety of sandwiches and fried foods are featured, including the Irish Eyes sandwich-a surfside relative of the Philly cheese steak.
Waterfront and Coconuts Restaurants
125 McKinley St.
Owner: Donald E. Monigle, AS '51
Both restaurants feature a full menu from ribs and steaks to seafood, although Coconuts, which caters to families, is open only for dinner. After 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, both restaurants open up their floors to dancing.
Warren's Station Restaurant
Owners: Jeffrey W. Mumford, BE '70 and his wife, Paula Collins Mumford, PE '67
American cuisine is on the menu, with roast turkey a favorite with young and old alike.
The Red Pheasant
905 Main St.
Owner: Denise Boucher Atwood, AS '77
Located on Cape Cod Bay, the restaurant features seafood, game, lamb and beef dishes.
The Country Gourmet and The Stormy Monday Cafe
438 Daniel Webster Highway
Owner: Peter Massardo, AS '69
The Country Gourmet, located in a renovated historic home from the 1820s, specializes in New England seafood. Stormy Monday offers New Orleans cuisine and live jazz five nights a week.
120 Gravel Pike
Owner: Michael R. Scott, AS 77
A sports bar that offers a varied menu "with something tasty for everyone." If you tell Scott you're an alum, he says he's willing to make you a deal.
20 South Second St.
Co-owner: Jude Erwin, AS '75
Located in Philadelphia's historic district, Serrano offers global cuisine, including the house specialty, Malaysian pork chops. Erwin says she will be glad to give a discount to fellow alums.
Third & Spruce Cafe
238 South Third Ave.
Owner: John C. Woodward, BE '74
Casual dining is offered with 22 television screens airing mostly sports channels, brought in by five satellite dishes.
1114 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
Owner: Hans VanHeek, BE '81
Cisco's Cafe specializes in Mexican food. Mention you're an alum and you'll receive 10 percent off your entree.
-Beth Thomas, Jennifer Bevan, AS '97, and Noel Munier, AS '98