Don't ever say that we at the GWCVB don't practice what we preach! We've been advocating Delaware Dines Out for weeks and today we decided to head to the newly renovated and reopened Columbus Inn to take part and we were not disappointed! For a flat fee of $18 per person you get a delicious three course meal and after viewing the menu you'll see that it's a steal (I'm channeling Dr. Seuss here apparently). For starters you could pick fr om a traditional Caesar salad, mussels or beat bisque. As an entrée there was roasted pork panini, grilled chicken sandwich, salmon, grilled cheese with tomato soup and more! I went with my vice, grilled cheese and tomato soup which, to me, are the best pairing since peanut butter and jelly. To finish off this incredible lunch we had our choice between three flavors of sorbet: Concord grape, spiced pear and apple cranberry. Although it was one of the best lunches I've had in a long time, this visit was about more than just the food. It was about experiencing another one of Greater Wilmington's extraordinary historic attractions and before we rolled out to our cars we had time to take "Inn" the atmosphere (you laughed after that groan admit it).
Although recently renovated with modern furnishings and decor the Inn still retains its rustic feel and this combination makes for an interesting ambiance. Columbus Inn is not just a restaurant; it's also a landmark. Dating back to 1798, Columbus Inn at this time was called "Schmalz's Bakery". Mr. Schmalz's got tired of baking and went into liquor sales in 1812 when the name switched to "Schmalz's Tavern" until 1849 when it was renamed "Columbus Inn." It's proximity to the Wawaset Driving Park and its location along the main stagecoach route from Lancaster PA to Wilmington's waterfront kept the Inn buzzing for more than a century. The Inn closed in 2007, depriving locals of delicious lunches like the one we experienced today. Thankfully, on September 23rd 2010, the Inn celebrated its grand re-opening with our Executive Director Sarah Willoughby and Director of Membership Linda McKay on-hand. The timing couldn't have been better because the Delaware Dines Out would begin just four days later.The statewide restaurant week, now in its second year, has been great for the restaurant industry in a time when people simply can't afford to dine out as often. We spoke with Manager Ashley Pupillo briefly who seemed very pleased with the turn-out. I can't say enough good things about her restaurant and would recommend it to anyone.
If you can't get to the Columbus Inn, be sure to support one of Delaware Dines Out's participating restaurants before the week is up. To preview menus visit the official website and make your reservations on the spot with open table! Share your experience with us by commenting here, on our facebook page, or on twitter (@VisitWilmington).