As a native Delawarean, I’ve heard all the jokes. From chuckles about the miniscule size of the state to people’s apparent struggle to locate it on a map—I still remember the Delawhere? t-shirts for sale at the long-shuttered Wassum’s general store from my childhood. I’ll admit some of the jokes are funny, but I’ve always bristled at the food jokes. Nobody puts Baby in the (culinary) corner.
When you live in the First State, you become a proselytizer of sorts—an ambassador preaching the gospel of good food and telling others what us Delawareans already know: We have an awesome culinary scene here. My mouth waters just thinking about some of my favorite bites…
Garlicky tomato pie from Serpe’s (corner piece, please).
The Bobbie®--the oft-imitated, never duplicated unofficial sandwich of Delaware that’s so good, it’s trademarked (yes, really).
A bowl of pillowy potato gnocchi at La Fia.
Over the years, I’ve introduced plenty of friends and out-of-towners to some great food all over the state, and I’ve seen the skeptical looks and raised eyebrows of the doubters turn to delight—the look of the converted.
So, it is with keeping the mission of shining a light on the area’s dining landscape and highlighting local chefs and food artisans in mind that I’m happy to announce that I’ll be bringing you delicious food stories and tasty tidbits about the very best Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley have to offer. I guess you could say I have good taste.
A self-proclaimed storyteller, Iris McCarthy tells the stories that matter as a food and travel writer. She is the author of the best-selling books Food Lovers' Guide to Philadelphia and Main Squeeze: Juicing Recipes for Your Healthiest Self. Her third book, a food-focused work of fiction, is slated for a fall 2019 release.
With a pen in one hand and a fork in the other, Iris travels the globe in search of the perfect bite but still considers Delaware her original “chomping ground”.