While on my own last Friday, I was looking for a restaurant in downtown Wilmington that had (1) seafood, (2) a good bar scene (I like to eat at the bar when I’m on my own), and (3) a nice wine list. Harry’s Seafood Grill is on the river in a redeveloped part of town, and they had all the three pieces I was looking for. They had a full parking lot, which can be a good sign. I was wowed by their wine list with a wide selection of nicely priced food-friendly glass, and some very interesting high-end bottles. I had the La Cala Vermentino – a perfect expression of this wine, and the Shaya Verdejo – there aren’t too many people who even know about this wonderful grape. Other notables were the Leth gruner veltliner and the moscato from Piedmont.
Server Ally was delightful, helping me to get a selection of foods that showed the best of the restaurant – I did a selection of 4 small plates: scallop and poblano ceviche, crabmeat remoulade and fried green tomatoes, spinach salad, and the pecan buttermilk battered softshell crab. All the food was well prepared, and flavorful. But the star of the show was the crab meat remoulade, which was star chef worthy. The crab meat had a mix of subtle flavors, and matched very well with the crunch of the of the fried green tomato.
I would certainly go back to Harry’s on my next visit to the Philly/Wilmington area.