October 29, 2008

What to do in Wilmington, Delaware.

I'm glad to see that, among other things, Adam went to the Charcoal Pit.

That place has been around since the 1950s, and I was around back then to go there all the time with with my grandparents (who, by the way, loved "What's My Line?")

12 comments:

Host with the Most said...

I have never set foot in my life in Delaware, nor has my wife, but we have heard about the Charcioal Pit over a dozen times from people who have eaten there and loved it.


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MadisonMan said...

How does the Charcoal Pit (I've never heard of it) compare to Mickie's Dairy Bar? I will assume, Ann, that you HAVE been to Mickie's.

Blaine said...

Nothing like a cheeseburger and chocolate shake from the Charcoal Pit...I miss east coast food, especially the Charcoal Pit and Tony Luc's...

Now I'm hungry...

Trooper York said...

Your grandparents had class.

reader_iam said...

"Little Pit" (the Pike Creek location, as opposed to "Big Pit" on Concord Pike) is pretty darn good, too. I generally have no interest in milkshakes and the like, but I love them ... at either Pit. They're one of those things, like crabs and real subs, that I look forward to every summer when I'm in Delaware.

reader_iam said...

OK, now my son, 8, is weighing in ("I go there more often than you!" Which is true, because he spends most of the summer in Delaware, whereas I'm back and forth), and he is vehement: Big Pit has better food, but the ice cream things are better at Little Pit.

Everybody's a food critic these days.

bill said...

Only posted by Adam, the list is written by George. As Adam notes:

I asked long time reader and infrequent commenter George -- a native of the region -- for some advice

Michael McNeil said...

Some of the old buildings, dating back to, or almost to, the days when Wilmington was Fort Christina, capital of New Sweden, the Swedish Empire's colony in America, are worth visiting for those with a historical bent.

There's the “Old Swedes” Swedish Lutheran Church in Wilmington; an old Swedish block house (c. 1654) can be found in Naaman's, Del.; Blackwater Presbyterian Church, between Ocean View and Frankford, Del.; Jacquett House, Long Hook Farm, Del. (c. 1660); Dickenson House, Kent County, Del., and Stidham House, Wilmington (17th century).

The American-Swedish Historical Society Museum can be visited in Philadelphia, along with “Gloria Dei” Church; while Darby Creek Log House can also be seen in Pennsylvania. It was the Swedes of New Sweden (or rather, the Finns among them) who introduced that seemingly quintessesntially American frontier dwelling, the log cabin,, as well as Finnish baths, into America.

SteveR said...

I was wondering if that was one of those places Joe Biden had just been to that was on a different street twenty years ago and now out of business.

EDH said...

I love this picture of
Joe Biden's hair.

Watch it for a few seconds.

AJ Lynch said...

I guess you could drive to Joe Biden's neighborhood of million dollar homes and try to find a plumber. Biden claimed his neighborhood does not have any plumbers who make $250K per year.

miriam said...

I hate to sound a dissenting note, but I thought the Charcoal Pit was, well, the pits. I went there once. That was enough.

The food was ordinary, the service terrible, and they don't take credit cards.

If you want a milkshake and burger in Wilmington, go to the Baskin and Robbins and get said milkshake. They have lots of flavors. Then go a few stores down and buy some burgers with anything you like on them at Five Guys. Go to Brandywine Park and sit on a park bench and watch the river while you eat.