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The Best Food & Drink in Delaware According to Readers

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Al Fresco

Upstate, Readers: Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront
720 Justison St., Wilmington; 652-3474; bigfishriverfront.com

Downstate, Readers: Grain on the Rocks
43 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes; 291-3900; meetatgrain.com

American Restaurant

Upstate, Readers: Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront
720 Justison St., Wilmington; 652-3474; bigfishriverfront.com

Downstate, Readers: Big Fish Grill Rehoboth
20298 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach; 227-3474; bigfishgrill.com

Bakery

Upstate, Readers: Sweet Melissa’s
5407 Peterson Rd., Middletown; 376-5049; sweetmelissade.com

Downstate, Readers: My Sister’s Fault
10 Front St., Milford; 503-7446; mysistersfault-milford.comf

Barbecue

Upstate, Readers: Limestone BBQ and Bourbon
2062 Limestone Rd., Wilmington; 274-2085; limestonebbqandbourbon.com

Downstate, Readers: Bethany Blues BBQ
6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach; 537-1500; bethanyblues.com 

Below the Canal (Southern New Castle County)

Readers: Cantwell’s Tavern
109 Main St., Odessa; 376-0600; cantwells-tavern.com

Breakfast Place

Upstate, Readers: Eggspectation
507 Stanton Christiana Rd., Newark; 842-2515; eggspectation.com

Downstate, Readers: The Starboard
2009 DE-1, Dewey Beach; 227-4600; thestarboard.com

Brewpub

Upstate, Readers: Iron Hill Brewery
620 Justison St., Wilmington; 472-2739; 147 E. Main St., Newark; 266-9000; ironhillbrewery.com

Downstate, Readers: Dogfish Head Brewery
320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 226-2739; dogfish.com

Brunch

Upstate, Readers: Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House and Saloon
1801 W. 14th St., Wilmington; 658-4600; kidshelleensde.com

Downstate, Readers: The Starboard
2009 DE-1, Dewey Beach; 227-4600; thestarboard.com

Burgers

Upstate, Readers: Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House and Saloon
1801 W. 14th St., Wilmington; 658-4600; kidshelleensde.com

Downstate, Readers: SmashMouth Burgers
309 Federal St., Milton; 236-1092; facebook.com/smashmouthburgers

Butcher Shop

Upstate, Readers: Bachetti Bros. Meats, Market and Catering
4723B Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington; 994-4467; bachettis.com

Downstate, Readers: Haass’ Family Butcher Shop
3997 Hazlettville Rd., Dover; 734-5447; haassmeats.com

Candy/Chocolate

Upstate, Readers: Sweet Dreams Confections
1 Shallcross Pl., Middletown, 696-2506, sweetdreamsconfectionsco.com

Downstate, Readers: Candy Kitchen
102 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-7195; candykitchen.com

Caribbean/Jamaican

Upstate, Readers: D&H Jamaican Cuisine
748 E. Chestnut Hill Rd., Newark; 369-8826; dandhjamaican.com

Downstate, Readers: Zogg’s Raw Bar & Grill
1 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-7660; zoggsbar.com

Catering

Upstate, Readers: Bachetti Bros. Meats, Market and Catering
4723B Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington; 994-4467; bachettis.com

Downstate, Readers: Bethany Blues
18385 Coastal Hwy., Lewes; 644-2500; bethanyblues.com

Cheesesteaks

Upstate, Readers: Claymont Steak Shop
3526 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, 798-0013; 57 S. Main St., Newark, 453-9500; 2720 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-1500; claymontsteakshop.com

Downstate, Readers: Casapulla’s
19331 Lighthouse Plaza, Rehoboth Beach; 227-7827; casapullassubs.com

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Chef

Upstate, Readers: Christa Carlton
Platinum Dining Group; platinumdininggroup.com

Downstate, Readers: Dru Tevis
SoDel Concepts; sodelconcepts.com

Chinese

Upstate, Readers: Potstickers Asian Grill
1247 Churchmans Rd., Newark; 731-0188; potstickersasiangrill.com

Downstate, Readers: Confucius Chinese Cuisine
57 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-3848; confuciusrb.com

Classic Diner

Upstate, Readers: Hollywood Grill
1811 Concord Pike, Wilmington; 655-1348; hollywoodgrilldelaware.com

Downstate, Readers: Rehoboth Diner
9219 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach; 227-0908; rehobothdiner.com

At Newark’s Eggspectation, pancakes with powdered sugar and fresh blueberries are a popular breakfast craving./Photo courtesy of Eggspectation

Cocktails to Go

Upstate, Readers: Santa Fe Mexican Grill
109 E. Main St., Newark; 369-2500; santafemexicangrill.com

Downstate, Readers: Agave
137 2nd St., Lewes; 645-1232; agavelewes.com

Coffee Shop

Upstate, Readers: Brew HaHa!
3838 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 658-6336; 45 E. Main St., Newark, 369-2600; Christiana Hospital, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Rd., Newark, 733-2739; 1812 Marsh Rd., Wilmington, 529-1125; 3636 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-7227; 222 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 777-5137; 5329 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, 234-9600; 1400 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, 384-6344; brewhaha.com

Downstate, Readers: Rise Up
502 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 567-2588; riseupcoffee.com

Crab Cakes

Upstate, Readers: Stanley’s Tavern
2038 Foulk Rd., Wilmington; 475-1887; stanleys-tavern.com

Downstate, Readers: Woody’s Dewey Beach
1904 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach; 260-9945; deweybeachbar.com

Crafting cocktails even through COVID-19, Fork + Flask features signature specials such as the Cucumber Gimlet, Ruby Red and a Daily Special. You’ll even find a cocktail flight, including a Fishhouse Punch and Red Wine Sangria./Photo courtesy of Fork + Flask

Craft Cocktails

Upstate, Readers: Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen Newark
270 E. Main St., Newark; 444-8646; meetatgrain.com

Downstate, Readers: Fork + Flask
19730 Coastal Hwy., DE-1 South, Rehoboth Beach; 226-2037; forkandflask.com

Curbside Takeout

Upstate, Readers: Stanley’s Tavern
2038 Foulk Rd., Wilmington; 475-1887; stanleys-tavern.com

Downstate, Readers: Bethany Blues
18385 Coastal Hwy., Lewes; 644-2500; bethanyblues.com

Date-Night Restaurant

Upstate, Readers: La Banca
1 W. Main St., Middletown; 464-3005; labancamiddletown.com

Downstate, Readers: 1776 Steakhouse
18585 Coastal Hwy., #6, Rehoboth Beach; 645-9355; 1776steakhouse.com

Desserts

Upstate, Readers: Sweet Melissa’s
5407 Peterson Rd., Middletown; 376-5049; sweetmelissade.com

Downstate, Readers: My Sister’s Fault
10 Front St., Milford; 503-7446; mysistersfault-milford.com

Dover Restaurant

Readers: Roma Italian Ristorante
3 President Dr., Dover; 678-1041; romadover.com

Fairfax/Brandywine Hundred Restaurant

Readers: El Camino Mexican Kitchen
3559 Silverside Rd., Wilmington; 543-4245; elcaminokitchen.com

Family-Friendly

Upstate, Readers: Crooked Hammock Brewery
316 Auto Park Dr., Middletown; 601-7837; crookedhammockbrewery.com

Downstate, Readers: Nicola Pizza
71 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-6211; nicolapizza.com

Farmers Market

Upstate, Readers: New Castle Farmers Market
110 N. Dupont Hwy., New Castle; newcastlefarmersmarket.com

Downstate, Readers: Historic Lewes Farmers Market
Dupont and Johnson Aves., Lewes; 644-1436; historiclewesfarmersmarket.org

Fast-Casual Chain

Upstate, Readers: Claymont Steak Shop
3526 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, 798-0013; 57 S. Main St., Newark, 453-9500; 2720 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-1500; claymontsteakshop.com

Downstate, Readers: Arena’s Deli and Bar
149 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-1272; arenasdeliandbar.com

Fine Dining

Upstate, Readers: Harry’s Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Rd., Wilmington; 475-3000; harryshospitalitygroup.com

Downstate, Readers: 1776 Steakhouse
18585 Coastal Hwy., #6, Rehoboth Beach; 645-9355; 1776steakhouse.com

Food Truck

Upstate, Readers: Uncle John’s BBQ Stand
2509 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont; 743-9737; facebook.com/unclejohnsbbqstand

Downstate, Readers: Taco Reho
19406 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach; 226-8226; tacoreho.com

French

Upstate, Readers: Corner Bistro
3604 Silverside Rd., Wilmington; 477-1778; mybistro.com

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