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The Best Restaurants, Food and Drinks in Delaware in 2022

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Discover Delaware Today readers’ picks for the best restaurants, food, breweries and more in the First State in 2022.

Food & Drink (Readers)

Acai Bowl

Downstate, Readers: Bee Bowl’d 301 E. Camden Wyoming Ave., Camden; 745-4996

Upstate, Readers: Greenbox Kitchen 400 N. Market St., Wilmington; 274-2195; greenboxkitchen.com

1412 N. DuPont St., Wilmington; 655-8600; piccolinatoscana.com

Calling all health nuts: Bee-Bowl’d (Camden) and Green Box Kitchen (Wilmington) were your favorite spots to enjoy acai bowls with fresh, fruity toppings

Al Fresco Dining

Downstate, Readers: Victoria’s Restaurant 2 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-0615; boardwalkplaza.com/dining

Upstate, Readers: Banks’ Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar 101 S. Market St., Wilmington; 777-1500; banksseafoodkitchen.com

American Restaurant

Downstate, Readers: Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar 30904 Coastal Highway,Bethany Beach; 539-7111; bluecoastseafoodgrill.com.

Upstate, Readers: Home Grown Café 126 E. Main St., Newark; 266-6993;

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Bakery

Downstate, Readers: Old World Breads

32191 Nassau Road, Unit 4, Lewes; 313-5191; oldworldbreads.com

Upstate, Readers: Serpe & Sons Bakery

1411 Kirkwood Highway, Elsmere; 994-1868; serpesbakery.com

Barbecue Place

Downstate, Readers: Bethany Blues BBQ

6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach; 537-1500; bethanyblues.com

Upstate, Readers: Limestone BBQ & Bourbon

2062 Limestone Road, Wilmington; 274-2085; limestonebbqandbourbon.com

Below-the-Canal Restaurant

Readers: First State Brewing Co.

109 Patriot Drive, Middletown; 285-9535; firststatebrewing.com

Bethany Beach/Ocean View Restaurant

Readers: DiFebo’s Restaurant Bethany Beach

789 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach; 539-4550; difebos.com

Breakfast Spot

Downstate, Readers: Honey’s Farm Fresh Gourmet Kitchen

329 Savannah Road, #1438, Lewes; 644-8400; facebook.com/honeysfarmfresh

Upstate, Readers: Joey T’s Sausages & More

1401 E. Newport Pike, Wilmington; facebook.com/profile.php?id=100065414412592

Brewpub

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

Upstate, Readers: First State Brewing Co.

109 Patriot Drive, Middletown; 285-9535; firststatebrewing.com

Brunch

Downstate, Readers: Victoria’s Restaurant

2 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-0615; boardwalkplaza.com/dining

Upstate, Readers: Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House & Saloon

1801 W. 14th St., Wilmington; 658-4600; harryshospitalitygroup.com/kid-shelleens

Burgers

Downstate, Readers: SmashMouth Burgers Food Truck

19406 Coastal Highway, #2, Rehoboth Beach; 557-6274; smashmouthde.com

Upstate, Readers: Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House & Saloon

1801 W. 14th St., Wilmington; 658-4600; harryshospitalitygroup.com

Butcher Shop Downstate, Readers: Hickman’s Meat Market

19730 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach; 226-8345; hickmansmeats.com

Upstate, Readers: Bachetti Bros. Meats, Market & Catering

4723B Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington; 994-4467; bachettis.com

Candy/Chocolate Shop

Downstate, Readers: Edie Bees Confection Shop

115 2nd St., Lewes; 645-2337

Upstate, Readers: Govatos Chocolates

4105 Concord Pike, Wilmington; 478-5324; govatoschocolates.com

Catering

Downstate, Readers: Bethany Blues BBQ

6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach; 537-1500; bethanyblues.com

Upstate, Readers: Bachetti Bros. Meats, Market & Catering

4723B Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington; 994-4467; bachettis.com

Centreville/Greenville Restaurant

Readers: Buckley’s Tavern

5812 Kennett Pike, Wilmington; 656-9776; buckleystavern.com

Cheesesteaks

Downstate, Readers: Casapulla’s

535 Atlantic Ave., Millville; 539-5488; alcasapullas.com

Upstate, Readers: Claymont Steak Shop

2720 Concord Pike, Wilmington; 478-1500; claymontsteakshop.com

 

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Chef

Downstate, Readers: Christian Costantino, Off the Hook

769 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach; 829-1424; offthehookbethany.com

Upstate, Readers: Andrew Thorne, Home Grown Café 126 E. Main St., Newark; 266-6993; homegrowncafe.com

Chinese

Downstate, Readers: Confucius Chinese Cuisine

57 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-3848; confuciusrb.com

Upstate, Readers: King Garden Chinese Restaurant

3466 Naamans Road, Wilmington; 478-8789; kinggarden21.com

Classic Diner

Downstate, Readers: Ocean Grill Longneck

26089 Shoppes at Long Neck Blvd., Millsboro; 945-2001; oceangrillde.com

Upstate, Readers: Lucky’s Coffee Shop

4003 Concord Pike, Wilmington; 477-0240; luckyscoffeeshop.com

Coffee Shop

Downstate, Readers: The Station on Kings

720 Kings Highway, Lewes; 645-0300; thestationlewes.com

Upstate, Readers: Little Goat Coffee Roasting Co.

16 Haines St., Newark; 455-1040; littlegoatcoffeeroasting.com

Crab Cakes

Downstate, Readers: Woody’s Dewey Beach

1904 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach; 260-9945; deweybeachbar.com

Upstate Readers: Banks’ Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar

101 S. Market St., Wilmington; 777-1500; banksseafoodkitchen.com

Craft Cocktails

Downstate, Readers: Feebs Distilling

733 McColley St., Milford; 682-8422; feebsdistilling.com

Upstate, Readers: Torbert Street Social

305 Torbert St., Wilmington; 407-6627; torbertsocial.com

Date-Night Restaurant

Downstate, Readers: Lupo Italian Kitchen

247 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 226-2240; lupoitaliankitchen.com

Upstate, Readers: Harry’s Savoy Grill 2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington; 475-3000; harryshospitalitygroup.com/harrys-savoy-grill

Desserts

Downstate, Readers: The Station on Kings

720 Kings Highway, Lewes; 645-0300; thestationlewes.com

Tie: Upstate, Readers: Bing’s Bakery

253 E. Main St., Newark; 737-5310; bingsbakery.com

Tie: Upstate, Readers: Sweet Melissa’s

5407 Peterson Road, Middletown; 376-5049; sweetmelissade.com

Dewey Beach Restaurant

Readers: Woody’s Dewey Beach

1905 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach; 260-9946; deweybeachbar.com

Dover Restaurant

Readers: Roma Italian Restaurant

3 President Drive, Dover; 678-1041; romadover.com

Fairfax/Brandywine Hundred Restaurant

Readers: Snuff Mill Restaurant, Butchery & Wine Bar

1601 Concord Pike, Suite 77-79, Wilmington; 303-7676; snuffmillbutchery.com

Family-Friendly Restaurant

Downstate, Readers: Lefty’s Alley & Eats

36450 Plaza Blvd., Lewes; 864-6000; iloveleftys.com

Upstate, Readers: Crooked Hammock, Middletown

316 Auto Park Drive, Middletown; 601-7837; crookedhammockbrewery.com

Farmers Market

Downstate, Readers: Historic Lewes Farmers Market

114 Second St., Lewes; 644-1436; leweschamber.com

Upstate, Readers: New Castle Farmers Market

100 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle; 328-4101; newcastlefarmersmarket.com

Fenwick Island/West Fenwick Restaurant

Readers: Nantuckets Restaurant

601 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island; 539-2607; nantucketsrestaurant.com

Fine Dining

Downstate, Readers: 1776 Steakhouse

18585 Coastal Highway, #6, Rehoboth Beach; 645-9355; 1776steakhouse.com

Upstate, Readers: Harry’s Savoy Grill

2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington; 475-3000; harryshospitalitygroup.com

Food Truck

Downstate, Readers: SmashMouth Burgers Food Truck

19406 Coastal Highway, #2, Rehoboth Beach; 557-6274; smashmouthde.com

Upstate, Readers: Joey T’s Sausages & More

1401 E. Newport Pike, Wilmington; facebook.com/profile.php?id=100065414412593

French

Downstate, Readers: La Fable

26 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-8510; bonjourfable.com

Upstate, Readers: Le Cavalier

42 W. 11th St., Wilmington; 594-3154; lecavalierde.com

Fried Chicken

Downstate, Readers: Kick n’ Chicken

907 N. Dupont Blvd., #101, Milford; 424-1110; kicknchickende.com

Upstate, Readers: Lettie’s Kitchen

1318 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin; 239-7816; lettieskitchen.com

Greek/Mediterranean

Downstate, Readers: Semra’s Mediterranean Grill

19 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 226-4976; semras.com

Upstate, Readers: Opa! Opa!

7A Trolley Square, Wilmington; 654-4500; opaopagyros.com

Happy Hour

Downstate, Readers: Lefty’s Alley & Eats

36450 Plaza Blvd., Lewes; 864-6000; iloveleftys.com

Upstate, Readers: Two Stones Pub

2502 Foulk Road, Wilmington; 439-323; twostonespub.com

Hockessin/Pike Creek Restaurant

Readers: House of William & Merry

1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin; 234-2255; williamandmerry.com

Hot Dog

Pile on the toppings at both Twilly’s Willys Hot Dogs (Fenwick Island) and Deerhead Hot Dogs (Newark). Adobe Stock | Sergei Shavin.

Downstate, Readers: Twilley’s Willys Hot Dogs

300 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island; 581-0255; twilleyswillys.com

Upstate, Readers: Deerhead Hot Dogs

1233 Churchmans Road, Newark; 266-9333; dhhotdogs.com

Ice Cream

You all scream for ice cream at Hopkins Farm Creamery (Lewes), beloved for a wild list of flavors (cow pie, anyone?) and a scenic, countryside setting. Adobe Stock | Andrey Kuzmin

Downstate, Readers: Hopkins Farm Creamery

18186 Dairy Farm Road, Lewes; 645-7163; hopkinsfarmcreamery.com

Upstate, Readers: Woodside Farm Creamery

1310 Little Baltimore Road, Hockessin; 239-9847; woodsidefarmcreamery.com

Indian

Downstate, Readers: Raas

210 Savannah Road, Lewes; 644-1747; raaslewes.com

Upstate, Readers: Curry & Cocktails

422 E Main St., Middletown; 524-4309; curryandcocktails.com

Italian (Neighborhood)

Downstate, Readers: DiFebo’s Restaurant

12 N. 1st St., Rehoboth Beach; 226-4550; difebos.com

Upstate, Readers: Mrs. Robino’s Restaurant

520 N. Union St., Wilmington; 652-9223; mrsrobinos.com

Italian (Upscale)

Downstate, Readers: Lupo Italian Kitchen

247 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 226-2240; lupoitaliankitchen.com

Upstate, Readers: V&M Bistro

1717 Marsh Road, Wilmington; 479-7999; vmbistro.com

Jamaican/Caribbean

Downstate, Readers: Zogg’s Raw Bar & Grill

1 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-7660; zoggsbar.com

Upstate, Readers: D & H Jamaican Cuisine

748 E. Chestnut Hill Road, Newark; 369-8826; dandhjamaican.com

Japanese

Downstate, Readers: Stingray Sushi Bar + Asian Grill

59 Lake Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-6476; stingrayrestaurant.com

Upstate, Readers: Sakura Japanese Sushi in Elsmere

1203 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington; 588-2323; sakurasushielsmere.com

Late-Night Menu

Downstate, Readers: Lefty’s Alley and Eats

36450 Plaza Blvd., Lewes; 864-6000; iloveleftys.com

Upstate, Readers: Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House & Saloon

1801 W. 14th St., Wilmington; 658-4600; harryshospitalitygroup.com

Lewes Restaurant

Readers: Matt’s Fish Camp

34401 Tenley Court, Lewes; 644-2267; mattsfishcamplewes.com

Lunch Spot

Downstate, Readers: Matt’s Fish Camp

34401 Tenley Court, Lewes; 644-2267; mattsfishcamplewes.com

Upstate, Readers: The Peach Blossom Eatery

76 E. Main St., Newark; 715-3392; peachblossomeatery.com

Mexican

Downstate, Readers: Agave

137 2nd St., Lewes; 462-4283; agavelewes.com

Upstate, Readers: Santa Fe Mexican Grill

109 E. Main St., Newark; 369-2500; santafemexicangrill.com

Microbrewery

Downstate, Readers: Dewey Beer Co.

2100 Coastal Highway, Dewey; 227-1182; deweybeerco.com

Upstate, Readers: Wilmington Brew Works

3129 Miller Road, Wilmington; 722-4828; wilmingtonbrewworks.com

Milford Restaurant

Readers: Benvenuto

249 NE Front St., Milford; 265-2652; benvenuto-restaurant.com

Milton Restaurant

Readers: Po’ Boys Creole Restaurant

900 Palmer St., Route 16, Milton; 684-0890; poboyscreole.com

New Restaurant

Downstate, Readers: Matt’s Fish Camp, Fenwick

700 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island; 375-2267; mattsfishcampfenwick.com

Upstate, Readers: The Peach Blossom Eatery

76 E. Main St., Newark; 715-3392; peachblossomeatery.com

New Castle/Old New Castle Restaurant

Readers: Jessop’s Tavern

114 Delaware St., New Castle; 322-6111; jessops-tavern.com

Newark Restaurant

Readers: Caffé Gelato

90 E. Main St., Newark; 738-5811; caffegelato.net

North Wilmington Restaurant

Readers: Snuff Mill Restaurant, Butchery & Wine Bar

1601 Concord Pike, Suite 77-79, Wilmington; 303-7676; snuffmillbutchery.com

Over the State Line, Maryland

Readers: Schaefer’s Canal House

208 Bank St., Chesapeake City; 410-885-7200; schaeferscanalhouse.com

Over the State Line, New Jersey

Readers: Di Paolo’s Italian Ristorante

28 Broad St., Penns Grove; 856-299-4645; dipaolosrestaurant.com

Over the State Line, Pennsylvania

Readers: Sovana Bistro

696 Unionville Road, Kennett Square; 610-444-5600; sovanabistro.com

 

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Pizza (Gourmet)

Downstate, Readers: Crust & Craft

18701 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach; 313-5029; crustandcraftrehoboth.com

Upstate, Readers: La Pizzeria Metro

3101 Miller Road, Wilmington; 761-9199; lapizzeriametro.com

Pizza (Traditional)

Downstate, Readers: Nicola Pizza

71 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 833-358-7676; nicolapizza.com

Upstate, Readers: Claymont Steak Shop 2720 Concord Pike, Wilmington; 478-1500; claymontsteakshop.com

Rehoboth Beach Restaurant

Readers: Big Fish Grill, Rehoboth

20298 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach; 227-3474; bigfishgrill.com

Salads

Downstate, Readers: Seed Eatery

18979 Coastal Highway, Unit 105, Rehoboth Beach; 313-5981; seedeatery.com

Upstate, Readers: Home Grown Café

126 E. Main St., Newark; 266-6993; homegrowncafe.com

Sandwiches

Downstate, Readers: Arena’s

149 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-1272; arenasdeliandbar.com

Upstate, Readers: Capriotti’s

510 N. Union St., Wilmington; 571-8929; capriottis.com

Seafood

Downstate, Readers: Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar

30904 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach; 539-7111; bluecoastseafoodgrill.com

Upstate, Readers: Feby’s Fishery

3701 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington; 998-9501; febysfishery.com

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Seafood Market

Downstate, Readers: Big Fish Market

20312 Coastal Highway, Unit 1, Rehoboth Beach; 227-3665; bigfishgrillmarket.com

Small Plates/Tapas

Downstate, Readers: Cafe Azafran

18 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-8100; cafeazafran.com

Upstate, Readers: Ole Tapas

1126 Capitol Trail, Newark; 224-9378; oletapaslounge.com

Smoothies

Downstate, Readers: Juicebox

3 Town Road, Ocean View; 616-1025; myjuicebox.biz

Upstate, Readers: The Juice Joint

323 Justison St., Wilmington; 803-6886; thejuicejoint.de

Sports Bar

Downstate, Readers: Grotto’s

36 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-3278; grottopizza.com

Upstate, Readers: Grotto’s

1819 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington; 777-3278; grottopizza.com

Steakhouse

Downstate, Readers: 1776 Steakhouse

18585 Coastal Highway, #6, Rehoboth Beach; 645-9355; 1776steakhouse.com

Upstate, Readers: Walter’s Steakhouse

802 N. Union St., Wilmington; 652-6780; walters-steakhouse.com

Steamed Crabs

 

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Downstate, Readers: The Surfing Crab Restaurant and Bar

16723 Coastal Highway, Lewes; 644-4448; thesurfingcrab.com

Upstate, Readers: Gus’s Crab Shack

29 W. Market St., Port Penn; 598-2685; gusgotcrabs.com

Subs/Hoagies

Downstate, Readers: Casapulla’s

535 Atlantic Ave., Millville; 539-5488; alcasapullas.com

Upstate, Readers: Casapulla’s

2707 Concord Pike, Wilmington; 477-0221; alcasapullas.com

Sushi

Downstate, Readers: Stingray Sushi Bar + Asian Grill

59 Lake Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-6476; stingrayrestaurant.com

Upstate, Readers: Mikimotos

1212 Washington St., Wilmington; 656-8638; mikimotos.com

Thai

Downstate, Readers: Bangkok Bistro Thai Eatery

24 Georgetown Plaza, Georgetown; 265-6256; bangkokbistrodelaware.com

Upstate, Readers: Ubon Thai Kitchen & Bar

936 Justison St., Wilmington; 656-1706; ubonthaicuisine.com

Townsend Restaurant

Readers: Cantwell’s Tavern

109 Main St., Odessa; 376-0600; cantwells-tavern.com

Vegan/Vegetarian

Downstate, Readers: Seed Eatery

18979 Coastal Highway, Unit 105, Rehoboth Beach; 313-5981; seedeatery.com

Upstate Readers: Home Grown Café

126 E. Main St., Newark; 266-6993; homegrowncafe.com

Water-View Dining

Downstate, Readers: Harbour Restaurant at Canal Square

134 W. Market St., Lewes; 200-9522; harbourlewes.com

Upstate, Readers: Banks’ Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar

101 S. Market St., Wilmington; 777-1500; banksseafoodkitchen.com

Wilmington/Center City Restaurant

Readers: La Fia

421 N. Market St., Wilmington; 543-5574; lafiawilmington.com

Wilmington/Little Italy Restaurant

Readers: Mrs. Robino’s Restaurant

520 N. Union St., Wilmington; 652-9223; mrsrobinos.com

Wilmington/Riverfront Restaurant

Readers: Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront

720 Justison St., Wilmington; 652-3474; bigfishriverfront.com

Wilmington/Trolley Square/Highlands/Rockland Park Restaurant

Readers: Trolley Square Oyster House 1707 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; 384-7310; trolleysquareoysterhouse.com

Wine List

Downstate, Readers: Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar

30904 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach; 539-7111; bluecoastseafoodgrill.com

Upstate, Readers: Harry’s Savoy Grill

2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington; 475-3000; harryshospitalitygroup.com

Wine Store

Downstate, Readers: Outlet Liquors

19724 Coastal Highway, #6198, Rehoboth Beach; 227-7700; outletliquors.net

Upstate, Readers: Franks Wine

1206 N. Union St., Wilmington; 429-1978; frankswine.com

Winery, Statewide

Readers: Nassau Valley Vineyards

32165 Winery Way, Lewes; 645-9463; nassauvalley.com

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