Two Stones, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats and The Pig + Fish Restaurant Company: Best Pub-Tavern in Delaware (readers & editors)

Two Stones, 801 S. College Ave., Newark, 294-1890; 2502 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 439-3231,

The seasonal menu at Ernest & Scott Taproom includes some very un-publike fare, such as grilled artichokes with bleu cheese and roasted pearl onions. But E&S defines pub cred with a “curated” list of small-batch, cask-conditioned or bottle-conditioned craft brews. Local makers such as Dogfish Head and Evolution are represented on the list, as are regional brewers such as Flying Fish, Stoudt’s, Victory and Yards. From the West Coast (Sierra Nevada, Stone) to New Englanders like Allagash and Long Trail, Ernest & Scott scours the country for the most interesting brews. We offer our sincerest thanks. Order a flight. 902 N. Market St., Wilmington, 384-8113,

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2739,

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The first to bring gastropub dining to the beach is still the best. The Pig + Fish Restaurant Company offers cheesy-rich crab dip with applewood-smoked bacon, a you-pick plate of artisan cheeses and smoked meats, flatbread pizza, and entrées like braised short rib with a risotto of smoked tomatoes and wild mushrooms, bacon-y collard greens and applewood-truffle demi-glace. Special wine and beer dinners keep things fun. 236 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7770,

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