Not necessarily fancy, except in a few cases.  But mmm good.

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Around Here (Delaware/PA)

Cafe Napoli Wilmington DE
Excellent Italian food.  Conch salad.  Some of the best home-made bread anywhere.

The Hollywood Grill Wilmington DE
Former HoJo's, now run by a a Chef from overseas.  Good family food plus some unusual items (like lobster ravioli).  Generous portions, friendly staff.

Jessop's Tavern Old New Castle DE
18th-century building, 17th-century neighborhood, small quiet place with good food, friendly staff and their own locally brewed ale.  They light the fireplace when it's cold.

Alex's Seafood New Castle DE
In the New Castle Farmer's Market.  Giant bowls of crayfish!  They also have a meat counter where you can get rabbit and duck.

The Dog House
Wilmington DE
Home of the foot-long chili-cheese-kraut dog plus fries with optional vinegar.  Open until midnight.  A warm haven for those working late.  Think Edward Hopper.

Firewater's Glenn Mills PA (202 & Rt 1)
One of the best beer selections around here.  The first time I sat at the bar I thought I was looking at a beer tap museum on the wall.  They all work!  The bar food is good too.

Stoney's British Pub Wilmington DE
English pub run by a native.  English cuisine a specialty.  Want to participate in a whiskey-tasting (this is recommended) ?  This is the place.

The Wagon Wheel Restaurant Smyrna DE
Nice family restaurant.  Tuesdays are muskrat night.

Wang Shen Chinese Supermarket Philadelphia PA, Chinatown
Two floors of Chinese edibles, drinkables, meat, fish and produce of all kinds. Freshly cooked duck chopped and bagged while U wait.

Casablanca Moroccan Restaurant Wilmington DE
Authentic interior, very comfortable.  Complete with belly dancing.

The Eagle Diner Newark DE
Open 24 hours.  One of the few places around here where you can get biscuits and gravy.

Durham's Best Barbeque Carry Elkton MD
You can smell the ribs cooking from down the road.  I usually bring home a rack or two.

Buckley's Tavern
Wilmington DE
Nice bar and restaurant.  18th-century building.  On a leafy stretch of Rt 52 north.

D & H Jamaican Cuisine Newark DE
Goat curry, oxtails and ginger beer!  It's all here.

Столовая (Stolovaya)
Philadelphia PA
Good Russian/Ukrainian/Uzbek/etc home cooking.

Bell's Market Philadelphia PA
A full-sized grocery store stocked almost entirely with East European and Baltic imports.  At neighborhood prices.  One of the biggest deli counters in the region.  Locally made black bread, cakes and salads.

Marsh Road Diner
Wilmington DE
Nice Italian/Greek cafe.   Biggest plate of bruschetta you ever saw.

Uzbekistan Philadelphia PA
Cozy, friendly, and the food is outstanding.  If you want a seat inside, best call ahead for a reservation.  But seating outside is also enjoyable.  In the wintertime, it's enclosed and heated.

Further Afield

Sympathy for the Kettle
East Village NYC
More tea varieties than you can shake a stick at.  Cozy haven on a cold day.  Watch for the psychedelic purple cake!

The Romanian Garden
Sunnyside, Queens, NY
Authentic food, generous portions, nice atmosphere, music.  If drinking wine, try the Busuioaca de Bohotin.

Tito's Peruvian Restaurant
London UK
Tiny front door, big inside, excellent food and friendly staff.  Hidden just behind London Bridge station.  I like the ceviche.

Louis' Basque Corner
Reno NV
Excellent Basque food served family-style.  Friendly and comfortable atmosphere.  A Reno landmark for decades.

The Pneumatic Diner
Reno NV
Bicycle-themed food & drink place.  Vegan-oriented.  Clever decor.  Try the Rice Bayard.

Bavarian World
Reno NV
German deli, store, restaurant, dance floor and separate, very large bar, cleverly hidden on the quiet outskirts of Reno.  Excellent home-made bread.  Your source in northern NV for Spaten Optimator on tap!

Bertha Miranda's Mexican Restaurant
Reno NV
This has to be one of the best Mexican restaurants anywhere.  Excellent bar.  Nice decor, comfortable, fun atmosphere.

London UK
This lively Turkish restaurant offers entertainment and dining all in one.  The decor and atmosphere are unique.  Try to get one of the "balcony" tables.

The Bum Steer
Tucson AZ
A bit loud, but lots of fun.  Unique decor.  1/2-lb burgers.  Read the signs on the restroom doors very carefully.

Chains (yes really)

Popeye's Fried Chicken
Popeye's fried chicken is freakin' awesome.

A nationwide fast-food chain in Russia, that serves only ethnic Russian food.  Tasty.  Not a hamburger in sight.

Pretty respectable Tex-Mex, especially considering it's a chain.  I start with the queso bean thing every time.

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