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The Ultimate Guide to Brunch Spots in Delaware

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Rehoboth Beach’s Egg creates a satisfying bloody mary./Photo by Deny Howeth

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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 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 two benedict options (one classic, one south-of-the-border inspired) to buffalo chicken and waffles and chili hash. 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 where 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. Masa Pancakes are served with Mexican cinnamon butter and granny smith apples, and the Basque Omelet comes with roasted peppers, potatoes, serrano ham, manchego cheese and almond romesco. 3838 Kennett Pike, 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, but make sure to dive into something sweet if you can. Dishes like the Lemon Curd Crepes and Pumpkin Pie Praline French Toast are perfect sugar satisfiers. 510 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-EGGS

Corner Bistro

This French eatery offers a variety of savory dishes from egg dishes to brunch burgers. Plus, enjoy some traditional European dishes like Bangers and Mash with seared bangers sausage over mashed potatoes with sweet peas and house-made Guinness onion-gravy or crepes with tamarind braised short rib, mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese. 3604 Silverside Road, Wilmington • 477-1778

Smyrna Diner

If you’re looking for traditional breakfast, look no further. With everything from omelets to waffles to pancakes, this eatery can fulfill your Sunday morning dreams. And, with a buffet on weekends and holiday, who can beat that? 99 Cory Lane, 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 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 pickle vodka and jalapeno tequila. You can also create your own mimosas. 1707 Delaware Ave., Wilmington • 384-7310

McGlynns Pub

At the Dover location, you’ll find one of the state’s biggest and best bloody mary bars. Indulge in more than 50 hot sauces and up to 36 juices, along with plenty of seasonings and garnishes. 800 N. State St. #3925, 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 that has USB chargers at the bar, 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 and 3006 Summit Harbour Lane, Bear • 440-4404

De La Coeur

For an intimate cafe experience, visit De La Coeur in Wilmington. Enjoy French-inspired coffee and pastries right by Brandywine and Rockford Parks. 1836 Lovering Ave., Wilmington • 660-7178

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, Shrimp and Grits and Huevos Rancheros. 804 Brandywine Boulevard, 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 pancakes to biscuits and gravy. Plus, there’s a build-your-own bloody mary bar. 14th & Scott streets, Wilmington • 658-4600

Buckley’s Tavern

Three words: Sunday Pajama Brunch. A great weekend outing with a prix fixe menu for only $18 per person. Plus, coming in pajamas gets you discounts. 5812 Kennett Pike, Centreville • 656-9776

The House of William and Merry

Enjoy a late-morning weekend brunch date with a menu split between breakfast and lunch offerings, both of which offer those classic plates you never get tired of. 1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin • 234-2255

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 meatballs. 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 Road, Newark • 842-2515

Columbus Inn

This restaurant offers a Sunday brunch buffet which 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, Bangers and Mash and Beach Bowls. 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 and sprinkles. Try bacon, cereal and coconut. Reminder: this location is only open from May to September. 115 Garfield Parkway, Unit 2, Bethany Beach • 301-775-2005

WiLDWiCH

Think breakfast sandwiches, baked goods and various coffee drinks at this Wilmington sandwich shop/food truck. The eatery gets its pastries from De La Coeur. 800 Delaware Avenue, Suite 100, Wilmington • 654-0500

Published as “Brunch, Anyone?” in the 2020 Ultimate Guide to Delaware, published by Delaware Today magazine.

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