There’s something to be said about being first. As the First State, we take a lot of pride in being No. 1. But the fondness for our small-but-mighty home state comes from more than just our rich history—it’s the pride in our top-notch local restaurants, shops and businesses that always show a deep commitment to quality and excellent service.
Our annual Best of Delaware awards highlight these outstanding institutions, and this year we’re featuring over 325 diverse and unique winners—ranging from nationally nominated restaurants to a local market that has risen from the ashes. This list is thanks in large part to our dedicated readers who submitted thousands of votes to support the places they love, find the top vote-getters under the Readers’ Picks pages. Our editoral team also weighed in on their local favorites, find those selections under the Editors’ Picks pages. If you didn’t see your favorite spot this year, look for our readers’ online voting ballot on our website this winter to submit picks for next year’s awards.