Until the other day, I have been missing out on the best curry I’ve had since moving to this region. It's at Genelle's.
I’ve actually passed Genelle’s, a
The interior of Genelle’s is divided in two - a small, dine-in area with a takeout counter up front; and larger back area with white linen-topped tables, and a bar with live jazz on Saturdays. The casual, front dining area did me just fine.
If dining in, just say so, and they’ll put your food on a plate. I just spaced it.
Jerk chicken, curry chicken, curry shrimp, curry goat, oxtail, chicken and okra, and jerk burgers are just a few of the
Vegetarians can order the curry vegetables, or two of the Chinese (?) dishes – vegetable lo mein or vegetable fried rice. If you're a vegetarian, don’t let the limited vegetarian choices stop you from trying Genelle’s.
The side orders read like a specials board at a Southern meat-and-three studded with Caribbean flavor – steamed cabbage, collards, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese (not available that day, or else I would have been all over it), fried plantains, rice and peas, dohl pourri, and Guyanese patties (owners are from Guyana).
More than enough for a big boy...or a small girl that just can't quit.Standing at the counter, looking through the glass at the large pans of stewed curry on the steam table, I could just tell my meal was going to be good. And, oh, buddy, was it!
Genelle’s yummy vegetable curry plate ($5) consists of potatoes, corn, carrots, sweet peppers, peas, beans, and tomatoes, and is pilled atop a generous portion of rice and peas. The flavors mingled, with nothing overriding, and the spices and heat were perfectly piquant.
Genelle’s also has baked goods – corn bread, carrot cake, pound cake, and occasional
I couldn’t resist the pastry unfamiliar to me – a bake ($1). A bake is a slightly sweet bread spiced with cinnamon. Stuffed from the curry, I brought the bake home for later. The grease-soaked, brown paper bag carrying the bake was evidence that a bake is not baked! If Genelle's bake were topped with powdered sugar, you could call it an elephant ear.
I like to visit my
My ignorance of Genelle's divine curry was a crime. I'm hoping this PSA counts towards community hours served.
Genelle's Bakery and Cafe, 730 Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801
Mon.-Tues., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., closed