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These Are Our 10 Most Popular Stories of 2019

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Before turning the page on a new year (and a new decade), we took a look back at the most popular stories we published this past year. From having Guy Fieri visit the First State to our annual service pieces to new places to eat, here’s what caught the attention of our readers. Thank you, as always, for reading.

10. This Wilmington Native Is Appearing on “American Idol” (March 2019)

Margery Saunders on American Idol

Courtesy of ABC/Kelsey McNeal

In March, Tower Hill School graduate Margery Saunders, aka Margie Mays, auditioned to be a contestant on the ABC singing competition’s 2019 season. Watch her energetic audition and the judges’ reactions at the link above.

9. Food Network’s Guy Fieri Visits Wilmington Restaurants (Feb. 2019)

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Who could mistake that iconic spiky hair and shiny red Camaro? Back in February, Food Network’s Guy Fieri and his ride were spotted visiting eateries in Wilmington. Here’s where he was seen in the area.

8. Christmas-Themed Pop-Up Bar Opens in Downtown Wilmington (Nov. 2019)

By Meg Ryan

Created by fashion illustrator Dallas Shaw, Blitzen is a Christmas-themed pop-up bar in downtown Wilmington with no shortage of festive cheer. Open through the end of 2019, the bar is steps away from Market Street and boasts tons of holiday decor, an upscale menu and craft cocktails.

7. Top Nurses 2019 (May 2019)

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Each year, Delaware Today conducts a survey with the Delaware Nurses Association to find the top nurses in the state. The survey asks practicing Delaware-licensed nurses choose the peers they consider the best in various areas of practice. Here are this year’s results.

6. A Guide to Over 30 New Restaurants in Delaware (Feb. 2019)

By Moonloop Photography

Delaware’s restaurant boom has no end in sight. In our Feb. 2019 cover story we rounded up some of our favorite new eateries around the state. From the James Beard-nominated Bardea Food & Drink to popular beach spot Agave, here’s who made the list.

5. 2019 Top Teachers in Delaware (Sept. 2019)

By Justin Heyes, Moonloop Photography

Who are the best teachers in Delaware? Parents and students nominated educators throughout the state who inspire, challenge and nurture them. These are their stories.

4. Delaware Summer Camp Guide 2019 (March 2019)

http://www.delawaretoday.com/Delaware-Today/March-2019/Delaware-Summer-Camp-Guide-2019/

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Our annual guide to the best summer programs around the state. From theater camps to nature education camps, this list can help you choose the best program for your child.

3. Here’s When You Can Catch Delaware Restaurants on “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” (May 2019)

Courtesy of Food Network

We saw him cruising around Wilmington in his red Camaro, and then we got to see some of our favorite eateries featured on Fieri’s popular Food Network show.

2. Top Doctors 2019 (Oct. 2019)

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Who are the top doctors in Delaware? We asked physicians to vote for the best of the best using a secure online peer balloting system. Winners were determined via a thorough editorial selection process. This year, our expanded directory includes new specialties and physicians. Did your doctor make the list?

1. Best of Delaware 2019 (July 2019)

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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 featued over 325 diverse and unique winners—ranging from nationally nominated restaurants to a local market that has risen from the ashes. (Want to vote for a local business for our 2020 Best of Delaware awards? Click here.)