Fried chicken sandwiches caused riots in 2019. Skip the drama and head to Smyrna for buttermilk fried goodness topped with smoky barbecue, bacon, pepper jack and maple aioli. Get it with the Ladybug Lager, a collaboration with Stitch House Brewing and the Ladybug Music Festival.
My Sister’s Fault
10 Front St., Milford, 503-7446
Get in line early at this Puerto Rican bakery in one of Delaware’s fastest-growing towns, led by sisters Rous (the baker) and Angie (the chef). The from-scratch sandwiches are served on Sobao and Mayorca bread, and the empanadas, improved upon from a family recipe, have attained cult status. Fans from out of state buy them by the dozen and freeze the leftovers, the sisters say.
George & Sons Seafood
1216 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 239-7204
The result of the first commercial shellfish farming operations around Delaware’s inland bays, bivalves like the Dewey Selects are finally appearing on Delaware menus, says George Esterling IV of Delaware Oyster Company, whose father, George III, founded George & Sons in 2010. Eat the buttery, meaty oysters naked (or with a squeeze of lemon and hot sauce if you must). Since the meat has integrity, it holds up to cooking, too.
1711 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 482-1241
Check your Insta feed: Tentacles are hot right now. At Trolley Square’s hottest new night spot, it’s embraced as a comforting bar food, speckled with chorizo, butter beans, chimichurri and preserved lemon aioli.
Roots Natural Kitchen
129 E. Main St., Newark, 273-2620
The boutique chain is the perfect distillation of the modern dining experience, as is the flagship bowl, stuffed with wild rice, spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, goat cheese and lemon tahini dressing. It’s fast, it’s mobile, it’s healthy, it’s mildly international.