Chomp your way through Delaware on a new food trail

By Mellany Armstrong 1:23pm, February 12, 2013 - Updated 6:14pm, February 12, 2013
WDEL's Mellany Armstrong has the story.
Delaware officials want you to feel love at first bite with a new culinary trail and cookbook.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

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Delaware is delicious....

"Slow-roasted prime rib, it's Iowa aged beef, we've been serving it for 25 years."

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Dave Banks, executive chef of Harry's Savoy Grill, says Harry's prime rib is good reason to stop along Delaware's Culinary Trail.

State economic development director Alan Levin says he's eaten at all 24 restaurants on the trail.

"Start the morning in Sussex, have lunch in Kent, and dinner in New Castle County, or vice versa, and you can get a different flavor of Delaware in every one of these restaurants," he says.

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Linda Parkowski of the state tourism office says you can get a glimpse of the culinary soul of Delaware with the cookbook, "First State Plates."

"And it tells the story of each restaurant and how they started and how they expanded and their vision, and it also has one of their prize recipes for their most famous or iconic dish," she said.

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Levin says eating is a huge tourist attraction for Delaware.

"If people didn't have a place to nourish themselves and to enjoy themselves, eating at your restaurants, we would have nothing," he said.

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To get started on the trail, download a passport. If you complete the trail by eating at 15 of the restaurants, you get the cookbook. Get more information by clicking here.

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