Seriously Scrumptious Dining Spots in New Castle County

Aqua Sol//Photo by Steve Legato.


*  2015 Best of Delaware winner

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* Aqua Sol (Caribbean)

3006 Summit Harbour Place, Bear, 365-6490

This Cuban and South Beach-inspired spot at Summit North Marina offers water views of the C&D Canal and terrific cuisine. L, D $$

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant (Mexican)

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560 Eden Circle, Bear, 836-6477

Authentic fare such as carnitas and carne asada, daily dinner and drink specials, cantina decor and a festive atmosphere make it a fave. L, D $$

Kenny’s Pan Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar (Asian)

1255 Quintilio Drive, Bear, 838-1725

Asian fusion dishes and a sushi bar in a contemporary dining space. L, D $$

Ristorante Marco (Italian)

1847 Pulaski Hwy., Bear, 392-2244

Traditional veal, seafood and pasta dishes, plus a few originals. L, D $$

Stewart’s Brewing Company (Brew Pub)

219 Governors Place, Bear, 836-2739

Known for a wide selection of award-winning brews made on the premises and good tavern fare. L, D $$


2 Fat Guys

3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 543-4053; 701 Ace Memorial Drive, Hockessin, 235-0333; 3205 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 407-6669

Family friendly, it offers standout sandwiches, ribs and burgers. L, D $

Back Burner (American)

425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, 239-2314

Affordable fine dining in a historic country-village setting. Famous pumpkin-mushroom soup, homemade crème brûlée and gourmet to go. L, D $$

* BBC Tavern and Grill (American)

4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 655-3785

Enjoy the brew pub’s famous pretzels with mustard, nachos and corn-and-crab chowder. Local artwork, repurposed church pews and a mahogany bar create a gastropub feel. L, D $$

* Buckley’s Tavern (American)

5812 Kennett Pike, Centreville, 656-9776

Chef Tom Hannum, has weaved some upscale touches into a menu of traditional pub grub. Find proof in the signature Buckley’s Burger and the foie gras. The Sunday pajama brunch is legendary. L, D, SB $$$

* Capers & Lemons Italian Restaurant & Market (Italian)

301 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington, 256-0524

This interpretation of a contemporary Italian restaurant includes grilled meats, seafood and pasta made by hand. Catering and private dining are available. L, D $$

Cromwell’s American Tavern & Taqueria (American/Mexican)

3858 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 571-0561

Mexican dishes and favorites such as Guinness beef stew, burgers and wings. L, D $$$

The Crownery (Chinese)

228 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 239-3825

Authentic Chinese fare in an elegant setting with reasonable prices. The General Tso’s chicken is a favorite. Ask for the real Chinese menu. L, D $$

Drip Café (American)

144 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 234-4430

Drip Café works directly with coffee growers to get the best fair trade beans. Sampling varietals from around the world is every bit as interesting as sampling wines or scotches. The café also works with local farmers to ensure the most delicious foods possible. B, L $$

* The House of William & Merry (American)

1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 234-2255

This refurbished 1920s farm house has been re-imagined as a contemporary showcase for such fare as veal sweetbreads cooked in brown butter with wild mushrooms and baby arugula. L, D, SB $$$

Janssen’s Market (Market)

3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-9941

Visit J’s Café for soups, sandwiches, burgers, paninis, pizza, platters and the coffee bar. B, L $

Krazy Kat’s (American)

Del. 100 and Kirk Road, Montchanin, 888-4200 

Housed in a renovated blacksmith shop, Krazy Kat’s is famous for fresh, seasonal, creative cuisine and whimsical decor. B, L, D, SB $$$

Lettie’s Kitchen (American)

1318 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 239-7816

Whether it’s soups, salads, sandwiches, sides or its popular broasted chicken, Lettie’s is all about home cookin’. Check for daily meal specials. L, D $

Okura (Japanese)

703 Ace Memorial Drive, Hockessin, 239-8486

Vegetarian, tempura, sushi, seafood and more are served in an intimate room by the family that introduced Delaware to sushi. L, D $$

Pizza by Elizabeths (American)

3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-4478

Create your own gourmet pizza with toppings such as local goat cheese and special sauces. Soups and desserts are top notch. Salad combos are endless. L, D, SB $$

Redfire Grill & Steakhouse (Steak House)

400 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 235-2600

Its menu features aged black Angus steaks, fresh seafood and an extensive wine list. Redfire is a destination for people seeking a stylish, contemporary and affordable restaurant. L, D, SB $$

Bella Coast in North Wilmington//Photo by Joel Plotkin

Greater Newark

* Ali Baba Middle Eastern Cuisine (Moroccan)

175 E. Main St., Newark, 738-1111, fb

Sit on comfortable couches surrounded by pillows while you enjoy stuffed grape leaves, humus, baba ganoush and fare like pastille of chicken with raisins and cinnamon baked in puff pastry. L, D $

Bamboo House (Asian)

721 College Square, Newark, 368-9933

A great spot for group events or a romantic meal. Enjoy fresh sushi and affordable prices. L, D $

The Brasserie Grill (American)

100 Continental Drive, Newark, 781-7000

In the Hilton Wilmington-Christiana Hotel, this excellent restaurant specializes in certified Angus beef and fresh seafood. The crab cakes are awesome. L, D $$$

* Caffé Gelato (American) 

90 E. Main St., Newark, 738-5811

A great place to spend a romantic evening or to celebrate a special event. Features a 1,500-bottle wine cellar and sells 24 flavors of homemade gelato.
L, D, WB $$$

The Chicken House Peruvian Cuisine (Peruvian)

1224 Capitol Trail, Newark, 737-2426

This unpretentious restaurant is the place for savory grilled chicken and outstanding ceviche. L, D $

Claymont Steak Shop (American)

57 Elkton Road, Newark, 453-9500

Locally famous for delicious cheesesteaks, plus subs, burgers, salads and pizza. L, D $

* Courtyard Bistro–Courtyard by Marriott Newark (American)

400 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, 737-0900

Dinner features the restaurant’s famous fresh lump crab cakes and other fine entrées. B, D $$

* Deerfield (American)

507 Thompson Station Road, Newark, 368-6640

One of the best Sunday brunch buffets in the region features an omelet station, raw bar and a heavenly selection of pastries. (Late September through early May and select holidays). SB $

* The Deer Park Tavern (American)

108 W. Main St., Newark, 369-9414

The college-town classic offers something for everyone, whether lunch, dinner, cocktails or Sunday brunch. It’s famous for nachos. Its beer selection, including locally brewed Taylor’s Grog, won’t disappoint. L, D, SB $$

Del Sol Restaurante (Mexican)

60 N. College Ave., Newark, 737-8220

Burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas and tamales are staples of the 200-dish menu, along with chilaquiles. The margaritas rule. Vegetarian friendly. L, D $

El Jefe Restaurant & Mexican Grill (Mexican)

110 Astro Shopping Center, Newark, 894-9000

Enjoy Old World Mexican cuisine. Best- known for its homemade salsas, tacos, molcajete, seafood, chicken and steak dishes, and a great selection of tequilas. L, D $

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill (American)

1225 Churchmans Road, Newark, 366-7577

Firebirds features well-seasoned steaks, ice-cold martinis and wood-grilled specialties, plus seafood, burgers, salads and homemade desserts served in an Aspen-style room. L, D $$

* Home Grown Café (American)

126 E. Main St., Newark, 266-6993

The emphasis is on fresh, local and healthy. Find seasonal homemade soups and specialties, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and beers from around the world. L, D, WB $$

* Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (brew pub)

147 E. Main St., Newark, 266-9000

Award-winning handcrafted brews with a creative sandwich, specialty pizza or delicious entrée. L, D $$

J.B. Dawson’s Restaurant & Bar (American)

315 Christiana Mall, Newark, 369-4000

Grilled beef, chicken and seafood are delicious, but the barbecued ribs are outstanding. L, D $$

 La Casa Pasta (Italian)

120 Four Seasons Pkwy., Newark, 738-9935

Step into a charming environment with modern elegance. Signature dishes include the fusili Santa Maria, with shrimp, scallops and crabmeat in an aurora sauce, and veal saltimbocca. L, D $$$

Maharaja Authentic Indian Cuisine (Indian)

Shops of Red Mill, 1450 Kirkwood Hwy., No. 121, Newark, 369-1202

Maharaja offers favorites like tandoori chicken, mutter paneer, aloo gobhi, yellow dal and lamb vindaloo. L, D $$

McGlynns Pub (American)

8 Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Newark, 738-7814; 108 Peoples Plaza, Newark, 834-6661

Guests can enjoy a casual meal, a drink and a game. L, D $$

Michael’s Restaurant (American)

1000 Churchmans Road, Newark, 368-4230

Brick-oven pizza, wings, sliders, shrimp tacos, prime rib, fajitas, soups, sandwiches, seafood, martinis and coffee drinks. B, L, D, SB $$

Mizu Sushi Bar (Japanese)

132 E. Main St., Newark, 731-3104

Mizu specializes in preparing high-quality sushi and sashimi at affordable prices. You will find nigiri and maki, not complicated fusion dishes served entrée-style. L, D $

Morelia Mexican Restaurant & Bar (Mexican)

Del. 4 at Harmony Road, Newark, 369-6888, fb

Enchiladas, fajitas and chimichangas served in a casual family atmosphere. Full bar with specialty margaritas. L, D $$

* Olé Tapas Lounge & Restaurant (Spanish)

1126 Capitol Trail, Newark, 224-9378

Modern Spanish decor with plenty of cozy booths is perfect for sharing authentic Spanish dishes with friends. Sample two kinds of sangria as well as classic wines. L, D $$

Pho Nhu Vu (Vietnamese)

1146 Pulaski Hwy., Bear, 595-2529

Pho Nhu Vu is devoted to the classic Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Other dishes include rice and vermicelli with chicken, pork, beef and shrimp. L, D $

Potstickers Asian Grill & Sushi Bar (Asian)

1247 Churchmans Road, Newark, 731-0188

Warm, modern decor features a waterfall and wall of Buddhas. Gourmet fare includes Cantonese, Chinese and other styles prepared with European flair, as well as sushi. L, D $$$

* Santa Fé Mexican Grill & Bar (Mexican)

190 E. Main St., Newark, 369-2500

Choose from an assortment of seafood and Mexican platters, homemade margaritas, mojitos and sangria. Also, weekday happy hour and late night specials. B, L, D, WB $$

Sinclair’s Café (American)

177 E. Main St., Newark, 368-7755, fb

Cozy, unpretentious Sinclair’s Café is a Newark classic. Owner Jeffrey Sinclair started emphasizing fresh and natural long before it was in vogue. For breakfast, you’ll find real maple syrup, and your coffee cup will never go empty. B, L $

Skipjack (American)

401 Louviers Drive, Newark, 456-1800

This nautical-themed spot serves local, seasonal fare, including crab cakes, pan-seared salmon, and crispy pork belly. L, D, SB $$

* Soffritto Italian Grill (Italian)

1130 Capitol Trail, Newark, 455-1101

Dine among a stunning water sculpture and fireplace. Enjoy whole fish entrées and pasta dishes including homemade pastas. L, D $$

Stone Balloon Ale House (American)

115 E. Main St., Newark, 266-8111 

Crafted food including seasonal favorites, exceptional beer and classic cocktails redefined—all flavored with a dash of nostalgia. D $$

Sushi Sumo (Japanese)

2653 Kirkwood Hwy., Newark, 366-1188

Sumo has all the hallmarks of a great sushi spot: a nice variety of quality sushi at fair prices. L, D $

* Taverna (Italian)

121 E. Main St., Newark, 444-4334

A warm, welcoming place that charms with rustic brick walls, paneling of barn siding and an open kitchen that displays a coal-burning pizza oven. Food includes pasta dishes, meats such as braised pork shank and chicken cacciatore, seafood and those pizzas. L, D, SB $$

Timothy’s of Newark (American)

100 Creek View Road, Newark, 738-9915

Daily specials, an award-winning happy hour and casual fare, including burgers and ribs. L, D $$

Two Stones Pub (American)

2 Chesmar Plaza, Del. 4 and Marrows Road, Newark, 294-1890

Gastropub fare such as braised short rib and extensive craft brews in bottles and rotating on the taps make it a local favorite. L, D, SB $

Vallé Cucina Italiana (Italian)

4752 Limestone Road, Pike Creek, 998-9999

Crab cakes, hand-cut steaks and crabmeat ravioli are offered in a casual atmosphere. Extensive wine list and specialty drinks. L, D $$

Middletown/Delaware City

1861 Restaurant (Gastropub)

423 N. Broad St., Middletown, 376-7956

Named for the year the town was founded, 1861 offers a casual, elegant space that serves simple cuisine made with local ingredients. Signature cocktails, microbrews and wine compliment the seasonal menu. D $$$

Cantwell’s Tavern (American)

109 Main St., Odessa, 376-0600

Cantwell’s features upscale casual dining in early 19th-century ambience in historic Odessa. Find classic and new American pub fare and a wide selection of craft brews. L, D, SB $$

Caruso’s Bistro (Italian) 

264 Dove Run Shopping Center, Middletown, 449-0000

In addition to great pizza, find baked pasta dishes such as lasagna, specialties like eggplant Parmigiana, and delicious chicken and veal, all at modest prices. L, D $$

Crabby Dick’s (American)

30 Clinton St., Delaware City, 832-5100

This casual, family friendly venue in a historic hotel serves tavern favorites, including its signature crab balls. L, D $$

The Grille at Back Creek (American)

101 Back Creek Drive, Middletown, 378-6499

The menu includes something for everyone, with entrées from beef to seafood, including crab cakes. Also find burgers, sandwiches and regular weekly and happy hour specials. L, D, $$

Immediato’s Bistro (Italian)

39 W. Main St., Middletown, 378-8326

The intimate room offers pasta dishes, classic chicken and veal, and seafood. L, D $$

Nhu Vu (Vietnamese)

424 E. Main St., Middletown, 378-9338

Pho is a Vietnamese dish of noodles, meats, vegetables and seasonings in broth. Ingredients vary by region, though Nhu Vu offers all the favorites, as well as traditional dishes such as fried rices and clay pot meals. L, D $

Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar (Mexican)

431 E. Main St., Middletown, 378-9900

Authentic mole and good ceviche, plus a menu loaded with the standards. The sizzling molcajete is a favorite. L, D $$

New Castle

Arner’s Restaurant (American)

201 N. Dupont Hwy. New Castle, 322-3279

This landmark spot is known for its home-style cooking and desserts from its on-site bakery. B, L, D $

Augusta Grille (American)

1612 N. Dupont Hwy., New Castle, 299-1414

Located in the Clarion Hotel, Augusta Grille serves traditional dishes with a Southern flair. B, L, D $$

Jessop’s Tavern & Restaurant (American)

114 Delaware St., New Castle, 322-6111

With Colonial American, English and Swedish influences, the cozy tavern is known for fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and a great selection of beer. L, D $$

Lestardo’s Crab House (Seafood) 

135 Christiana Road, New Castle, 328-5070, fb

Lestardo’s offers pub decor with the requisite nautical decorations, cold draft beer and fairly priced crabs all year. Get there early. D $$

Nora Lees French Quarter Bistro (Cajun)

124 Delaware St., New Castle, 322-7675

Cajun and creole cuisine such as po’ boy sandwiches and jambalaya is served in a N’awlins atmosphere. L, D $$

8th & Union Kitchen in Wilmington//Photo by Luis Javy Diaz


8th & Union Kitchen (Gastropub)

801-805 N. Union St., Wilmington, 654-9780

American gastropub with a Southeast Asian influence, cocktails, craft beers and a great vibe. L, D, SB $$

At the Rail Wine Bar & Grille (American)

777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington, 994-2521

Amazing beef and delicious seafood dishes are served in a traditional setting with an unparalleled view of White Clay Creek Country Club’s golf course. L, D, SB $$$

The Bangkok House (Asian)

104 N. Union St., Wilmington, 654-8555

This authentic Thai restaurant offers a cozy, casual setting and classic dishes such as Pad Thai. L, D $$$

Bella Luna Ristorante (Italian)

729 N. Union St., Wilmington, 654-4400, fb

Traditional Italian entrées, like chicken piccata, organic salads, homemade pastas and heavenly pizza. L, D $$

Bellefonte Café (American)

804 Brandywine Blvd., Bellefonte, 761-9175

Fun, funky and laid-back, with a menu of terrific fresh food that shows influences from around the world. Music six nights a week. L, D, SB $$

* Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront (American)

720 Justison St., Wilmington, 652-3474

Fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, savory pasta dishes and delicious salads are offered at reasonable prices in a fun, family atmosphere with impeccable service and a river view. L, D $$

Bistro Jacques (French-Belgian)

607 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington, 888-2201

A warm welcome, the Belgian way. Enjoy authentic moules frites, French classics, Belgian beer and affordable wines in a cozy atmosphere. D $$

Café Mezzanotte (Italian)

1007 N. Orange St., Wilmington, 658-7050

This romantic spot is known for its traditional pasta dishes, grilled seafood and martini bar. Wine and beer tastings are held regularly on the patio in season. L, D $$$

Café Palermo (Italian)

3612 Miller Road, Wilmington, 762-5818

Friendly service, homemade Italian dishes and delicious Sicilian tomato pie. L, D $$

Café Riviera (Italian)

4737 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-8288

Past the front pizza counter is a warm dining room where you can enjoy the full range of Italian standards. L, D $$

Charcoal Pit (American)

2600 Concord Pike, Wilmington 478-2165; Kirkwood Highway and Greenbank Road, Wilmington, 998-8853

This classic 1950s-style restaurant is famous for delicious burgers and milkshakes, sandwiches, low-priced comfort-food entrées and ice-cream sundaes named for local high school teams. L, D $

* Chelsea Tavern (American)

821 N. Market St., Wilmington, 482-3333

With a great beer selection and fare like wood-oven pizzas, Chelsea creates comfort food on the cutting edge, all served in a contemporary room. L, D, WB $$

The Chicken House Peruvian Cuisine (Peruvian)

1504 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 793-1504

This unpretentious restaurant is the place for grilled chicken and outstanding ceviche. L, D $

* Claymont Steak Shop (American)

3526 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, 798-0013; 2620 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-1500

A no-frills place famous for delicious cheesesteaks, plus subs, burgers, salads and pizza. L, D

Cocino Lolo (Mexican-Latin) 

405 N. King St., Wilmington, 384-6186

Margaritas and festive Mexican fare in a fun urban setting. Paella and ‘Molcajetes’ served family-style. Happy hour 4-6 p.m. weekdays. L, D $$ 

* Columbus Inn (American)

2216 Pennsylvania Ave. Wilmington, 571-1492

The historic home is an icon, where devoted patrons gather for classic cocktails, interesting wines and upscale casual dining. L, D, SB $$$

* Corner Bistro (American)

3604 Silverside Road, Wilmington, 477-1778

The hallmark is great wine and light bistro cuisine that leans toward French and is made with local, sustainably grown and delicious ingredients. The service is exceptional. The Cake is a local classic L, D, SB $$

Cosmos Restaurant (American/Greek)

316 S. Maryland Ave., Wilmington, 994-0920

Its all-day breakfast includes the signature cream chipped beef, Greek specialties like pastitsio, spanakopita and moussaka, seafood, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. Also, beer, wine and cocktails. B, L, D $

Culinaria (American)

1812 Marsh Road, Wilmington, 475-4860

A casual atmosphere dressed in the colors of Tuscany, with an always interesting menu of food done well. D $$$

De La Coeur Café et Patisserie (Café)

1836 N. Lovering Ave., Wilmington, 660-7178

This new French-inspired café features locally sourced, sustainably produced and seasonal foods as both sweet and savory dishes—and there is a wide variety of pastries. B, L $

DiMeo’s Pizzaiuoli Napulitani (Italian)

831 N. Market St., Wilmington, 655-1427

Authentic Neapolitan pizza made with imported ingredients such as San Marzano tomatoes. L, D $$

* Domaine Hudson (American)

1314 Washington St., Wilmington, 655-9463

An intimate, sophisticated, casually elegant place that features small plates and entrées that complement an extensive wine list. D $$$

Eclipse Bistro (American)

1020 N. Union St., Wilmington, 658-1588

Tiny Eclipse artfully blends innovative cuisine, an award-winning wine list and genuine hospitality in one of the state’s finest places. L, D $$$

El Diablo Burritos (Mexican)

13A Trolley Square, Wilmington, 691-5532, fb

Enjoy big California-style burritos made with unusual fillings such as braised short rib and goat cheese or standards such as adobo chicken and pepper-Jack cheese, as well great salads, tacos and quesadillas. L, D $

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant (Mexican)

1700 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 791-9566

Authentic fare served in an airy room with colorful decor and mariachi musicians on some weekend nights. Its margaritas are famous. L, D $$

Ernest & Scott Taproom (American)

902 Market St., Wilmington, 384-8113

A taproom with a twist—an expertly curated list of craft brews—featuring shared plates and an ever-changing selection of wine, coffee and cocktails. L, D $$$

Evelyn’s Soul Food (American)

1409 N. King St., Wilmington, 655-3000

Evelyn Johnson is famous for her fish fries,  delicious baked chicken and pork chops, plus sides sides such as macaroni and cheese, greens, black-eyed peas and more. B, L, D $

* Feby’s Fishery (American)

3701 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, 998-9501

Feby’s has served fresh, seasonal seafood since 1974 in a comfortable, casual setting. L, D $$

Firestone Roasting House (American)

110 S. West St., Wilmington, 658-6626

Hand-crafted pizzas, signature steaks, the freshest seafood, specialty sandwiches and creatively prepared salads are served. The patio overlooks the Christina River. Live music on weekends. L, D $$

GoodEase Take and Bake

3619 Silverside Road, Wilmington, 478-5935

Delicious entrées, sides, appetizers and desserts for takeout to bake at home. Also, lunch served on-site and now hot dinners to go. L, D $

* Green Room, Hotel du Pont (French)

11th and Market streets, Wilmington, 594-3154

The height of fine dining. Enjoy delectable cuisine, fine wine and white-glove service while seated in an expansive rococo room featuring carved ceilings and chandeliers. B, L, D, SB $$$

* Harry’s Savoy Grill (American)

2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington, 475-3000

Known for its oven-roasted prime rib, fresh seafood, raw bar, and beautiful atmosphere of wood paneling and soft lighting. Specialty cocktails. Consistent Wine Spectator awards. L, D $$$

* Harry’s Seafood Grill (American)

101 S. Market St., Wilmington, 777-1500

Creative and traditional seafood and an extensive raw bar. Great wine selection and specialty martinis are offered with a changing menu of fresh, modern seafood dishes. L, D $$$

Hollywood Grill (American)

1811 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 655-1348

A fave for great tasting food—including breakfast all day—value and super friendly service. B, L, D $

India Palace (Indian)

101 N. Maryland Ave., Wilmington, 655-8772

Good Indian curries and tandoori dishes served in a no-frills atmosphere. L, D $

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (Brew Pub)

620 Justison St., Wilmington, 472-2739

Enjoy award-winning, handcrafted ales or lagers with a creative sandwich, specialty pizza or entrée. L, D $$

Jasmine Asian Cuisine (Asian)

3618 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 479-5618, fb

Thai, Korean, Chinese and Japanese are served in a contemporary setting. The sushi bar changes often. L, D $$

Johnnies Dog House (American)

3401 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-1440

Fun foods featuring beef, veggie, turkey and jumbo hot dogs served with a wide selection of toppings. L, D $

Juliana’s Kitchen (Peruvian)

1828 W. 11th St., Wilmington, 888-1828, fb

A homey place that serves authentic fare—seafood, including ceviche, chicken and beef, fried rice dishes and parihuela, a traditional soup. L, D $

Kelly’s Logan House (Tavern)

1701 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 652-9493

This historic tavern in Trolley Square for patrons 21 and older offers solid pub grub and a rockin’ nightlife. L, D, WB $$

Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House & Saloon (American)

1801 W. 14th St., Wilmington, 658-4600

This fun restaurant has been the place to go for fairly priced entrées and pasta dishes, as well as pub grub, for 30 years. L, D, WB $$

Kooma Restaurant & Lounge Bar (Asian)

400 Justison St., Wilmington, 543-6732

Sushi and Asian fusion dishes served among soaring ceilings and sleek contemporary decor. L, D $$

Kyoto Japanese Cuisine (Japanese)

4563 New Linden Hill Road, Wilmington, 368-9882

A variety of authentic dishes ranges from potstickers and shumai to miso and seaweed salad to sushi, teriyakis, tempuras and more. L, D $$

La Fia Bakery + Market + Bistro (American)

421 N. Market St., Wilmington, 543-5574

This intimate bistro owned by a James Beard award semifinalist features European-inspired lunch and dinner menus, plus an artisan bakery and market with small-batch bread, whole bean coffees and more. L, D $$

La Tolteca (Mexican)

2209 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 778-4646; 4015 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-9477

Serves home-style burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, tamales, chilaquiles and great margaritas. L, D $

Le Shio Asian Fusion Cuisine (Asian)

2303 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 888-0145

From the chef’s special to sashimi and sushi rolls to create-your-own-wok dishes and a few American entrées, Le Shio appeals with fair prices and industrial-chic decor. L, D $$

Legends (American)

777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington, 994-2521

This terrific restaurant at Delaware Park features seafood, steaks, homestyle soups, delicious crab cakes and an amazing view. L, D $$

Lucky’s Coffee Shop & Restaurant (American)

4003 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-0240

A retro-hip, casual spot known for diner classics and homemade desserts. B, L, D $$

Luigi Vitrone’s Pastabilities (Italian)

415 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington, 656-9822, fb

Authentic, regional dishes are reasonably priced at this Little Italy favorite, which was included in Zagat’s 2008 America’s Top 1,000 Italian Restaurants guide. D $$$

Manhattan Bagel (American)

3209-B, Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-0700; 3505 Silverside Road, Wilmington, 543-7498

Serves fresh bagels and coffee daily. B, L $

The Melting Pot (Fondue)

1601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 652-6358

Dip breads and vegetables into cheese fondue made at the table, then cook your own entrée. Finish with a decadent chocolate fondue. Booths lend privacy. D $$$

Mexican Post (Mexican)

3100 Naamans Road, Wilmington, 478-3939

A fun atmosphere features the big games on TV in the lounge and Mexican food, including seafood specialties and vegetarian choices, that gets a twist. L, D $$

Mikimotos Asian Grill & Sushi Bar (Asian)

1212 Washington St., Wilmington, 656-8638

Contemporary decor and sushi, such as the Hairy Mexican roll of fried shrimp, crab stick and eel sauce, make it a favorite. The menu includes a variety of Asian fusion dishes. L, D $$$

Moro (American)

1307 N. Scott St., Wilmington, 777-1800

Moro has earned Zagat’s highest rating in Delaware. The seasonal menu displays a humble approach to preparing the finest foods, such as the signature duck confit salad with baby arugula, endive, Parmesan and Meyer lemon-Port-mint vinaigrette. The wine list is wide-ranging. D $$$

Naamans Pizzeria (Italian)

3100 Naamans Road, No. 9, Wilmington, 477-0288

The folks here know the customers by name. The pizza is awesome. So are the cheesesteaks. L, D $

Palettes Restaurant (American)

4727 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-6000 Upscale casual dining in the Doubletree Hotel. B, L, D $$$

* Piccolina Toscana (italian)

1412 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, 654-8001

This favorite features hand-rolled pastas, grilled meats and fish, and artisanal pizzas from the brick hearth. Toscana also has a happening bar scene and a carryout shop. L, D, SB $$$

Pinji’s Cafe (Cafe)

913 N. Market St., Wilmington, 654-9131

“Health to go” for breakfast and lunch—specialty sandwiches, salad bar, Korean barbecue, real fruit smoothies, coffee drinks and more. B, L $

Pochi Chilean Cuisine and Wine Bar (Chilean)

220 W. Ninth St., Wilmington, 384-6654

Along with its menu of dishes prepared from handwritten family recipes, the cozy spot features a roster of Latin American wines, most available by the glass. L, D $$

Rasa Sayang Malaysian Cuisine (Malaysian)

1601 Concord Pike, No. 73, Wilmington, 543-5286

With its mix of Thai, Indian and Chinese fare, Rasa Sayang impresses with roti pancakes, satays, and noodle and rice dishes. L, D $$

* The Reef (American)

18 Carpenter Plaza Road, Wilmington, 529-1985

This steak and seafood place offers fun appetizers, an assortment of salads and the chef’s featured menu that includes dishes like cilantro-lime shrimp skewers. There’s also a roster of signature drinks and live entertainment. L, D $

River Rock Kitchen (American)

818 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, 397-5518

In The Westin Wilmington, River Rock features flavorful American fare crafted of indigenous, seasonal ingredients, served as small plates for variety and for sharing. B, L, D $$

Santa Fé Mexican Grill & Bar (Mexican)

2006 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, 425-5200

Choose from an assortment of seafood and modern Mexican platters, margaritas, mojitos and sangria in a lively atmosphere. L, D $$

Scratch Magoo’s (American)

1709 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 651-9188

This Trolley Square night spot packs in the younger set on weekends and everyone for lunch. L, D, SB $

Stanley’s Tavern (American)

2038 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 475-1887

Decorated with sports memorabilia, this is a longtime favorite for burgers, seafood, steaks, ribs—a house specialty—and a game on one of the HD-TVs. Bring the whole family. L, D, SB $$

Sullivan’s Steakhouse (Steak House)

5525 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 479-7970

The 1940s Chicago-style setting features superb steak, chicken, seafood, desserts, martinis and classic sides in portions big enough for two. Also, live jazz most evenings. D $$$

Takumi (Japanese)

1601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 658-8887

Authentic Japanese and Chinese cuisine is prepared by chef Hideyuki Okubo and beautifully presented in a contemporary dining room. L, D $$$

Timothy’s Riverfront Grill (American)

930 Justison St., Wilmington, 429-7427

Daily specials, happy hour and casual fare such as chicken, steaks, ribs and sandwiches are served in a comfortable casual atmosphere. L, D $$

* Tutto Fresco Italian Eatery (italian)

514 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 762-9094

Tutto Fresco—“everything fresh” in Italian—offers pasta, chicken, veal and seafood. Banquet room also available. L, D $

Two Stones Pub (American)

2502 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 439-3231

Like the original in Newark, a menu of excellent gastropub fare and extensive craft brews in bottles and rotating on the taps make it a local favorite. L, D, SB $

Ubon Thai Cuisine (Thai)

936 Justison St., Wilmington, 656-1706

Vivid reds and golds play against beautiful Thai art and sculpture. The families that bring you Ubon have more than 30 years of experience and lifetimes of recipes. The restaurant serves Thai standards such as delicious chicken, beef and seafood curries and pad Thai. L, D $$

Ulysses American (Gastropub)

1716 Marsh Road, Wilmington, 691-3456

A casual, stylish pub brimming with great beers and a fun vibe. Serves burgers, wings, sandwiches, nachos, and features a 24-tap bar and a rotating list of craft brews. L, D, SB $

Vincenza & Margherita Italian-American Bistro (Italian)

1717 Marsh Road, Wilmington, 479-7999

Traditional and contemporary Italian dishes, including fresh pasta, in a beautiful setting. L, D, $$

Walter’s Steakhouse (Steak House)

802 N. Union St., Wilmington, 652-6780

John Walter Constantinou’s landmark specializes in slow-roasted prime rib, steaks, seafood and outstanding wines. D $$$

Walt’s Chicken Express (American)

103 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington, 429-2587

Walt’s is famous for its pressure-fried chicken and sides. L, D $

Washington Street Ale House (American)

1206 Washington St., Wilmington, 658-2537

Classic appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and entrées served in a comfortable room of exposed brick walls and large windows. There are always 20 craft beers on tap. L, D, SB $$

World Cafe Live at the Queen (American)

500 N. Market St., Wilmington, 994-1400

Creative starters, salads, sandwiches, entrées and sides. Its full-bar service includes a top-notch wine list and a wide selection of craft beer, with happy-hour specials. The desserts are not to be missed. Enjoy your meal while watching some of the best local and national musical artists today. L, D $$

Zaikka Indian Grill (Indian)

209 N. Market St., Wilmington, 543-4958; 901 N. King St., Wilmington, 482-1163

Always-fresh Indian classics are prepared healthfully. Create your own combinations of flavorful sauces, meats and vegetables. L, D $

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