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This Is Your Ultimate Guide to Brunch Spots in Delaware

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From sweet and savory to bottomless and build-your-own, here’s your guide to the First State’s must-try brunch spots for every type of diner.

By Meg Ryan and Sydney Kerelo

Picture this: It’s Sunday, around 11 a.m. It’s that sweet spot between breakfast and lunch. Most of us revel in this time—brunch.

It’s the one day of the week when it’s acceptable to enjoy breakfast through the afternoon and even pair a cocktail with it. It’s that last glimpse of the weekend before you have to snap back into the reality of a coming work week or end of vacation and face that mountain of dirty laundry back home.

Whether you’re looking for something sweet, savory or in between, we’ve created a cheat sheet for brunch across the First State.

Sweet vs. Savory

If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth or satisfy your craving for something salty, look no further than these restaurants giving you the best of one or the best of both.

Home Grown Cafe

Dive into a variety of savory dishes unlike your typical brunch fare, from three Benedict options (one classic, one south-of-the-border and one with crab) to buffalo chicken and waffles and a morning buddha bowl. Plus, there’s a long list of omelets and plenty of lunch-style options for your friends with a burger craving.

126 E Main St., Newark • 266-6993

Drip Cafe

Sweet dishes like caramel apple pancakes, buttermilk pancakes and sourdough French toast are sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Drip Cafe has three locations in northern Delaware, but the Newark site is the only one with a separate brunch menu.

60 North College Ave., Newark • 565-4685

Brew HaHa

While every Brew HaHa location offers delicious breakfast sandwiches and pastries, the Greenville cafe is the place to go on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch. With a full bar and expanded seating, this is a spot to enjoy a mix of sweet and savory dishes. The Rest Stop Breakfast Sandwich is just one of the savory breakfast sandwiches available.

3838 Kennett Pke., Greenville • 658-6336

One of the brunch items at Egg in Rehoboth Beach is the Egg Burger topped with sriracha bacon candy, pimento cheese and, of course, a fried egg./Photo by Deny Howeth

Egg

Stop into this Rehoboth Beach treasure and discover what the long lines during the summer months are all about. Egg understands brunch inside and out, and it does particularly well on the sweet side of the spectrum. Dishes like the Lemon Curd Crepes and Pumpkin Pie Praline French Toast are perfect sugar satisfiers.

510 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-3447

Corner Bistro

This French eatery offers a variety of savory dishes from egg dishes to brunch burgers. Plus, enjoy huevos Cubano with ham, pork, Havarti, pickles, mustard and fried egg on a scallion-buttered baguette.

3604 Silverside Rd., Wilmington • 477-1778

Smyrna Diner

If you’re looking for traditional breakfast, look no further. With everything from omelets to pancakes to French toast, this eatery can fulfill your Sunday morning dreams. And, with a buffet on weekends and holiday, who can beat that?

99 S Cory Ln., Smyrna • 653-9980

Fork and Flask

Indulge at this beach restaurant with brunch dishes like the sweet Stuffed French Toast made with brioche, banana, peanut butter and local honey or the Lobster and Avocado Toast on brioche with a boiled egg, tomato and sriracha.

19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach • 226-2037

Bottomless and Build-Your-Own Bars

When you’re looking for a bang for your buck when it comes to cocktails, look no further than these Bloody Mary bars.

Trolley Square Oyster House

This Wilmington oyster house boasts the city’s largest Bloody Mary bar featuring its house-made libations including strawberry vodka and jalapeño tequila.

1707 Delaware Ave., Wilmington • 384-7310

McGlynns Pub

At the Dover location, you’ll find daily drink specials, signature and seasonal cocktails and more. Indulge in a delicious Bloody Mary bar and brunch staples.

800 N. State St., Dover • 674-0144

Intimate vs. For a Crowd

Whether you’re planning a date or a group celebration, these eateries offer ideal settings for both.

Grain on Main

Grab your friends and head to this Newark establishment for live music events, a fire pit and a standout brunch menu. With a breakfast-focused and lunch-focused brunch menu, Grain on Main will please even your pickiest friends.

270 E Main St., Newark • 444-8646; 3006 Summit Harbour Ln., Bear • 440-4404 and 43 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes • 291-3900

Bellefonte Cafe

Step into this eclectic cafe in Wilmington’s Bellefonte neighborhood for an intimate Sunday brunch. The menu stands out among the typical eggs-and-pancakes selections, with items like a Cubano sandwich, breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros.

804 Brandywine Blvd., Wilmington • 761-9175

Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House & Saloon

Bring your family and friends to Kid Shelleen’s. The brunch menu has something for everyone, from egg dishes to waffles to biscuits and gravy. Plus, the signature Bloody Mary is a hit with customers.

14th & Scott St., Wilmington • 658-4600


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Buckley’s Tavern

Three words: Sunday pajama brunch. This is a great weekend outing with Old Bay Crab Benedict and weekly specials.

5812 Kennett Pke., Wilmington• 656-9776

Back Porch Cafe

An intimate spot for Sunday brunch at the beach, the cafe’s menu is indulgent, with items like scones with mascarpone cheese, eggs Benedict and lamb burgers.

59 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-3674

Eggspectation

This breakfast spot has a lengthy menu full of egg dishes, French toast, pancakes and more. The eatery, located near the Christiana Mall, is the perfect spot for friends and families to get together and cheers over mimosas and Bloody Marys.

507 Stanton Christiana Rd., Newark • 842-2515

Columbus Inn

This restaurant offers a Sunday brunch buffet that is perfect for any crowd. The menu includes plenty of drink and cocktail offerings, plus breakfast food staples.

2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington 571-1492

Bring it Home

Rather stay in your PJs all afternoon? These restaurants will help you bring the restaurant brunch experience home.

Egg’s Purple Haze cocktail./Photo by Deny Howeth

Rise Up Coffee Roasters

Enjoy espresso drinks, drip coffee and a variety of breakfast items that are more than your typical egg sandwich. Think the Rise Up Burrito, the Happy Cow Burrito and breakfast bowls for brunching at home.

502 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth • 567-2588

Sandy Pony

When you’re looking for something sweet that comes in a baker’s dozen, check out Sandy Pony Donuts in Bethany Beach. This Maryland-born donut shop brings you more than glazed treats and sprinkles. Try bacon, cereal and coconut flavors, for instance. Reminder: this location is only open from May to September.

115 Garfield Parkway, Unit 2, Bethany Beach • 829-1002