Had occasion to be in Wilmington for a couple of nights and had a couple of meals with Mrs MercerChow:
Harry's Seafood: Very pleased that they can produce that level of quality on that scale. For starters I had the ceviche sampler, including scallops, oyster, and snapper, and she had the steamed mussels. All very good. Main courses were crab cakes and soft shells. Yummy. The presentation on the soft shells was impressive - cut in half and stood on end, which I had never seen before. Dessert was a peach mousse, split, which was OK. Wines: two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut and a bottle of New Zealand riesling, all delightful. Service was fine. Would go back in a heartbeat.
Domaine Hudson: Disappointing. The oyster chowder for starters was quite good, but nothing else compared. Mrs M had the chicken and wild rice soup and the chicken was dry and overcooked. Not too hungry, she had the crab salad appetizer as a main course, which was fine. I had the free range (!) duck, which was OK. For afters had a cheese sampler, which was good. Wines: two glasses of rose champagne and a bottle of New Zealand pinot noir (Voss), all good. Service was slow and perfunctory - with a monosyllabic waiter. For example, asked for advice on choosing one wine among three and the response was "the Voss." A bit annoying that the table next to us - clearly populated by regulars - was being fawned over by several servers, while we were getting not much more than the occasional grunt. Would not go back.
Interestingly the tab for both meals was almost exactly the same (75-cent difference), so the Harry's was far and away the better value.
BTW, what's up with the street signs in downtown Wilmington? Very pedestrian-unfriendly. Most streets are one-way, and the cross-street signs can only be seen from the direction of auto traffic. Which means that those on foot coming from the other direction have no idea where they are.
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