Volume 6, Number 3, 1997

Vacationers' Guide to Restaurants

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!


Fox Valley Restaurant
6745 Highway 17
Owner: Susan M. Lemieux, AS '82
Crab cakes prepared from a Delaware recipe and fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico are featured. Lemieux says she "absolutely" will give alums a discount.


Deer Park
108 West Main St.
Owner: Leonard H. Reed, BE '65
Homemade quiche, nachos, soups and desserts are favorites at this Newark landmark. The Sunday brunch menu and patio dining also are popular.

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.

Fatty Patty's
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.

Trolley Pizza
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.

DiNardo's Restaurant
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.
Rehoboth Beach
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.
Rehoboth Beach
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.
Dewey Beach
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
Route 1
Fenwick Island
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 Blue Hill Inn
Union Street
Blue Hill
Owners: Mary M. Nold Hartley, AS '64, '67M, and Donald L. Hartley, AS '65, '68PhD
Five-course, candlelight dinners from a menu featuring local seafood and produce. The inn and its recipes will be featured on a new country inn cooking show, scheduled to air on public television stations this fall. Alumni receive a 10 percent discount.

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.

New Hampshire
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.

New Jersey

The Washington Inn
801 Washington St.
Cape May
Owner: Rona L. Postles Craig , ED '62
Boasting a 6,000-bottle wine cellar that has won national awards, the restaurant features an American menu with French emphasis. The menu changes seasonally to include fresh local seafood, veal, lamb, beef and chicken dishes. Alums who stop in and make themselves known will be treated to a free glass of wine.


Pointek's Bakery and Cafe
411 East Third St.
Co-owner: Margaret Lilly, AS '76
Luncheon items and pastries made from scratch, plus espresso. Alums get a 10 percent discount.


Cresheim Cottage Cafe
7402 Germantown Ave.
Co-owner: Kenneth Weinstein, BE '85
House specialties include Asian pan-seared tuna and spinach salad.

Rockwells Restaurant
120 Gravel Pike
Green Lane
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.

Serrano Restaurant
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.
West Reading
Owner: John C. Woodward, BE '74
Casual dining is offered with 22 television screens airing mostly sports channels, brought in by five satellite dishes.

South Carolina
Cisco's Cafe
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.


San Antonio Sam's Ice House Cafe
604 Norfolk Ave.
Virginia Beachand1501 Colley Ave.Norfolk
100 South George Washington Highway
Owner: David J. Marine, BE '79
The three, Texas-style restaurants feature ribs, steaks, barbecue chicken and Mexican dishes. Marine says he "certainly" will give you a discount on your meal.

-Beth Thomas, Jennifer Bevan, AS '97, and Noel Munier, AS '98