It’s been a year of change in the restaurant world, with many great new places. If you absolutely pushed your Insider to name five faves, they would be:
Junto: Chef MacGregor Mann is over—way over—the label farm-to-table, so he describes his Junto in the Olde Ridge Village Shoppes as “modern farmhouse.” Food is locally sourced and seasonal, of course, but also inspired by “anyone who ever lived off this land before us,” he says.
Satsuma Asian Kitchen + Bar: With Satsuma (1707 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 656-3015, www.satsumakitchen.com), chef Michael di Bianca, mastermind of the popular Moro a few blocks away, has created a lively nightspot downstairs, fun and intimate dining upstairs, where he twists sushi and Asian street fod into delightful new forms.
V&M Bistro: The Italian restaurant community may be very crowded in northern Delaware, but in the case of Vincenza & Margherita Italian American Bistro (117 Marsh Road. 479-7999, Wilmington, vmbistro.com), there is certainly room for one more. The dining and lounge areas glow with violet light. The pasta is made by hand.
Abbott’s on Broad Creek: The latest hotspot in Sussex last summer didn’t open at the beach. It was the new Abbott’s (280-6172, abbottsgrillde.com) in Laurel, where the deck offers a stunning view of the creek. The food is exactly what you’d expect from the original Abbott’s Grill in Milford.
Lula Brazil: With the World Cup played in Brazil, the timing couldn’t have been better for Meg Hudson to open Lula Brazil (234 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 212-2755, lulabrazil.com), a seafood restaurant (with steaks) that draws on the many styles of Brazilian fare.