Delaware Restaurants: Out With the Old and in With the New

Restaurants come and go—and some come back again. Here’s the latest on the Delaware dining scene.

Formerly known as Café Sole
Now known as a(MUSE.)

Super chef Hari Cameron’s ultimate playground offers some of the most innovative fare around. (44 Baltimore Ave. Rehoboth Beach, 227-7107

Formerly known as Buckley’s Tavern
Now known as Buckley’s Tavern

Former Hotel du Pont chef Tom Hannum brings a touch of Green Room panache to the newly renovated inn. (5812 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, 656-9776,

Formerly known as Café Scalessa 
Now known as Café Scalessa

Donnie Scalessa waited more than a year to reclaim his old space, then reopened with a menu of improved Italian food. (504 Greenhill Ave., Wilmington, 656-0955,

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Formerly known as Broadkill Boathouse
Now known as Goodfellas

Ralph and Donna Colone serve hearty Italian food in large portions, with a view of the Broadkill from the deck when the weather is fair. (122 Mulberry St., Milton, 684-3111)

Formerly known as The Roadhouse
Now known as Old Bay Steak and Seafood Grill

The name says it all. Add a few menu items with an Asian touch, such as wasabi-crusted tuna. (18693 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, 645-8273,

Formerly known as Public House
Now known as Ernest & Scott Taproom

Scott Morrison teams fun, well-executed food with a broad, ever-changing list of cask-conditioned craft brews. (902 N. Market St., Wilmington, 384-8113,

Formerly known as Nourish
Now known as Crepes by the Sea

Have them filled with spinach and feta, strawberry and Nutella. Any combination of sweet or savory works. (2 N. First St., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7585)

Formerly known as Kingston Grill
Now known as 14 Global

A menu of tapas—bigger-than-usual tapas—jibes beautifully with cocktails of fresh-squeezed juices served at a bright, contemporary bar. (14 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 616-1035)

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Formerly known as 33 West
Now known as 33 West Ale House & Grill

Sleek new decor and a tweaked menu accompany a new emphasis on imported and microbrewed beers. (33 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 735-9822,

Formerly known as Pala’s
Now known as Rocco Italian Grill

Italian favorites are served in a cozy, nicely re-done dining room with plenty of big-screen TVs for sports nuts. (701 N. Union St., Wilmington, 384-6052,

Formerly known as Pomodoro
Now known as Pizzapazza Bar & Grill

Every seat offers a view of the open pizza oven. The small menu offers good, well-priced pasta dishes and must-dos like chicken Parmagiana. (729 N. Union St., Wilmington, 654-4400)

Formerly known as Ameritage
Now known as The Rebel

Moved from its original digs in LOMA, The Rebel still serves the same Southern food, with some Caribbean dishes. (900 N. Orange St., Wilmington, 654-4258)

Formerly known as Bésemé
Now known as The Rose & Crown

Jay Caputo resurrected an old local favorite down the street from the original British-style pub. Bangers and mash, anyone? (142 Second St., Lewes, 827-4475,

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Formerly known as Nonna’s
Now known as Salvatore’s Bistro

Seafood, veal and pasta dishes pair with pizza, stromboli and calzone from the brick oven, all with homemade sauces. (4621 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark,737-9999,

Formerly known as Schaefer’s Canal House
Now known as Schaefer’s Canal House

Another classic reborn. Summertime offers outdoor partying. Cooler weather brings excellent Eastern Shore cuisine in the dining room. (208 Bank St., Chesapeake City, Md., (410) 885-7200)

Formerly known as Tijuana Taco
Now known as Jalapeño Grill

Find mostly authentic Mexican fare, with some Mexicali. Taco Tuesdays are a big hit: $1 beef and $2 for fish. (1815 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, 655-2847,

Formerly known as Bean Bag Café
Now known as Uschy’s Café

Enjoy a breakfast or a lunch of Bavarian cuisine and other German favorites such as schnitzels, spaetzles and pastries. (913 N. Market St., Wilmington, 654-9131)



Big Sissies Bar & Grill
Enjoy pub grub elevated to new heights—tacos of jerk chicken, meatloaf with mushroom gravy, fired pickles—in a contempo-cool space. Love the corrugated still ceiling. (37385 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-7600,

Boulevard Grille
The kind of neighborhood place the neighborhood has needed for awhile, Boulevard serves standards—meatball sandwiches and such—with fun entrées such as rack of lamb with blackberry demi-glace. (321 E. Lea Blvd., Wilmington, 765-2583,

Go Brit! Fish + Chips
Like its sister, Go Fish! in Rehoboth, this spinoff offers the same great fish and chips, tandoori chicken skewers, mushy peas, sinful sticky toffee pudding and other UK favorites, and the price is right. (18388 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, 644-2250,

Kay’s Kitchen
A great place for breakfast sandwiches, casual Kay’s serves good homemade food all day, such as spicy chicken biscuits. (First Street, Rehoboth Beach, 226-5400)

Mike & Nick’s Italian Sports Bar
Lotsa pasta, a handful of chicken and beef entrées, subs, steaks and half-pound burgers will fuel your cheering and other game-day hijinx. (300 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 239-9600,

Morgan & Gower Cheesemongers
Why, oh why, didn’t someone do this sooner? Andy Meddick brings artisan cheeses, charcuterie and prepared specialty foods to The Shops at Celebration Mall. A grilled cheese bar was planned for after the new year. (20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 727-5566,

Modern Mixture
Food-on-the-go melds Latin and Mediterranean flavors in California-style burritos, tortas—including a good Cuban—salads and gyros. (62A Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-0600,

Root Gourmet
More good food to go means reasonably priced, untypical comfort fare such as pot roast in red-wine reduction and grilled chicken with raspberry chutney, all served with equally interesting sides. (19724 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 727-5664,

Brick-oven pizzas, homemade pastas and authentic Italian meat dishes are served in a contemporary country-styled room of reclaimed barn lumber, all with a view into the kitchen. It’s a welcome addition to Newark. (121 E. Main St., Newark, 444-4334,

Two Stones Pub
The Newark place was such a success, North Wilmington needed one, too. Good gastropub fare pairs with a wide selection of craft brews. (2502 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 439-3231,

Ulysses American Gastropub
From the people who brought you Six Paupers Tavern in Hockessin comes a modern farm-to-table menu and 24 taps loaded with a constant rotation of craft brews. Striped walls seal the deal. (1716 Marsh Road, Wilmington, 691-3456,


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