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American Restaurant

Upstate: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
620 Justison St., Wilmington, 472-2739; 147 E. Main St., Newark, 266-9000, ironhillbrewery.com

Downstate: Paradise Grill
27344 Bay Road, Long Neck, 945-4500, paradisegrillde.com


Bar

Upstate: Two Stones Pub
300 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 239-2200; 2 Chesmar Plaza, Newark, 294-1890; 2502 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 439-3231; 840 Kohl Ave., Middletown, 378-8199, twostonespub.com

Downstate: Paradise Grill
27344 Bay Road, Long Neck, 945-4500, paradisegrillde.com


Barbecue Place

Upstate: Limestone BBQ & Bourbon
2062 Limestone Road, Wilmington, 274-2085, limestonebbqandbourbon.com

Downstate: Bethany Blues
6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 537-1500; 18385 Coastal Highway, Lewes, 644-2500, bethanyblues.com


Beer Selection

Upstate: Two Stones Pub
300 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 239-2200; 2 Chesmar Plaza, Newark, 294-1890; 2502 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 439-3231; 840 Kohl Ave., Middletown, 378-8199, twostonespub.com

Downstate: Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats
320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2739, dogfish.com


Best Restaurant in Bethany Beach/Ocean View

Big Fish Grill Ocean View​
30415 Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View, 829-8163, bigfishoceanview.com


Bistro

Upstate: Eclipse Bistro
1020 N. Union St., Wilmington, 658-1588, eclipsebistro.com

Downstate: Fork + Flask
19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2037, forkandflask.com


Breakfast Place

Upstate: Drip Café​
144 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 234-4430, hockessin.dripcafede.com; 60 N. College Ave., Newark, 565-4685, newark.dripcafede.com

Downstate: The Starboard
2009 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach, 227-4600, thestarboard.com


Brewpub

Upstate: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

620 Justison St., Wilmington, 472-2739; 147 E. Main St., Newark, 266-9000, ironhillbrewery.com

Downstate: Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats

320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2739, dogfish.com


Brunch

Upstate: Home Grown Cafe
126 E. Main St., Newark, 266-6993, homegrowncafe.com

Downstate: The Starboard
2009 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach, 227-4600, thestarboard.com


Burgers

Upstate: The Charcoal Pit
714 Greenbank Road, Wilmington, 998-8853; 2600 Concord Pike, Wilmington 478-2165, charcoalpit.net

Downstate: Paradise Grill

27344 Bay Road, Long Neck, 945-4500, paradisegrillde.com


Candy/Chocolate Shop

Upstate: Govatos Chocolates
4105 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-5324; 800 Market St., Wilmington, 652-4082, govatoschocolates.com

Downstate: Candy Kitchen
37075 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 539-6805; Route 1 Westway Drive, Bethany Beach, 537-7655; 123 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, 539-8525; 100 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, 537-1733; 1 S. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, 227-9200; 102 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7195; 18627 Route 1, Rehoboth Beach, 645-4769, candykitchen.com


Catering

Upstate: Bachetti Bros. Meats, Market & Catering
4723B Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 994-4467, bachettis.com

Downstate: Bethany Blues
6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 537-1500; 18385 Coastal Highway, Lewes, 644-2500, bethanyblues.com


Cheesesteak​

Upstate: Claymont Steak Shop
3526 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, 798-0013; 2720 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-1500; 57 S. Main St., Newark, 453-9500, claymontsteakshop.com

Downstate: Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop
1604 Savannah Road, Lewes, 644-8998, capriottis.com


Chef

Upstate: Robbie Jester, Stone Balloon Alehouse
115 E. Main St., Newark, 266-8111, stoneballoon.com

Downstate: Sean Corea, Fork + Flask

19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2037, forkandflask.com


Chinese

Upstate: The Crownery​
228 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 239-3825, thecrownery.com

Downstate: Confucius Chinese Cuisine
57 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3848, confuciusrb.com


Cocktail Selection

Upstate: Grain Craft Bar & Kitchen
270 E. Main St., Newark, 444-8646; 3006 Summit Harbor Lane, Bear, 440-4404, meetatgrain.com

Downstate: The Starboard

2009 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach, 227-4600, thestarboard.com


Coffee Shop

Upstate: Brew Ha Ha!
3838 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 658-6336; 45 E. Main St., Newark, 369-2600; Christiana Hospital, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, 733-2739; 1812 March Road, Wilmington, 529-1125; 3636 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-7227; 222 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 777-5137; 824 N. Market St., Wilmington, 777-4499; 5329 Limestone Road, Wilmington, 234-9600; 1400 N. DuPont St., Wilmington, 384-6344, brewhaha.com

Downstate: The Point Coffee House and Bake Shoppe
37140 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, 260-9734, thepointcoffee.com


 

Delaware Technical Community College Best of Delaware 2019 Cooking Class

Delaware Technical Community College, winner of best Upstate cooking class.//photo by Moonloop Photography

 

Cooking Class

Upstate: Delaware Technical Community College
400 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, 454-3900, dtcc.edu

Downstate: Big Fish Grill
20298 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3474, bigfishgrill.com


Crab Cakes

Upstate: The Reef Seafood & Steak Restaurant
2618 Carpenter Station Road, Wilmington, 529-1985, thereefde.com

Downstate: Woody’s Dewey Beach

1904 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 260-9945, deweybeachbar.com


Date Night Restaurant

Upstate: Harry’s Savoy Grill & Ballroom
2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington, 475-3000, harryshospitalitygroup.com

Downstate: Salt Air
50 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3744, saltairrestaurant.com


Desserts

Upstate: Big Fish Grill Riverfront

720 Justison St., Wilmington, 652-3474, bigfishriverfront.com

Downstate: Fork + Flask

19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2037, forkandflask.com


Best Restaurant in Dewey Beach

Woody’s Dewey Beach
1904 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 260-9945, deweybeachbar.com


Distiller/Craft Spirits

Dogfish Head Distilling Co.
6 Cannery Village Center, Milton, 684-1000, dogfish.com


Family-Friendly Restaurant

Upstate: Big Fish Grill Riverfront

720 Justison St., Wilmington, 652-3474, bigfishriverfront.com

Downstate: Paradise Grill

27344 Bay Road, Long Neck, 945-4500, paradisegrillde.com


Farmer’s Market

Upstate: New Castle Farmer’s Market
110 N. DuPont Hwy., New Castle, 328-4101, newcastlefarmersmarket.com

Downstate: Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market
Johnson and DuPont avenues, Lewes, 644-1436, historiclewesfarmersmarket.org


Best Restaurant in Fenwick Island/West Fenwick

Harpoon Hanna’s
39064 Harpoon Road, Fenwick Island, 539-3095, harpoonhannasrestaurant.com


Fine Dining

Upstate: Harry’s Savoy Grill & Ballroom
2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington, 475-3000, harryshospitalitygroup.com

Downstate: Bluecoast Rehoboth

30115 Veterans Way, Rehoboth Beach, 278-7395, bluecoastrehoboth.com


Food to Go

Upstate: Home Grown Cafe

126 E. Main St., Newark, 266-6993, homegrowncafe.com

Downstate: Arena’s Deli & Bar
200 N.E. Front St., Milford, 422-3354; 21553 Rudder Lane, Georgetown, 856-3297; 17314 N. Village Main Blvd., Lewes, 644-0370; 20312 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, 226-2233; 149 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-1272; 25938 Plaza Drive No. 5, Millsboro, 947-4700, arenasdeliandbar.com


Food Truck

Upstate: Mojo Loco
Wilmington, 222-3866, mojoloco302.com

Downstate: Taco Reho
Rehoboth Beach, 226-8226, tacoreho.com


French

Upstate: The Green Room, Hotel DuPont
42 W. 11th St., Wilmington, 594-3100, hoteldupont.com

Downstate: Bon Appetit Restaurant
312 High St., Seaford, 629-3700, bonappetitseaford.net


Greek/Mediterranean

Upstate: Opa! Opa!
7A Trolley Square, Wilmington, 654-4500, opa-opagyros.com

Downstate: Café Azafran​
18 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8100, cafeazafran.com


Happy Hour

Upstate: Two Stones Pub
300 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 239-2200; 2 Chesmar Plaza, Newark, 294-1890; 2502 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 439-3231; 840 Kohl Ave., Middletown, 378-8199, twostonespub.com

Downstate: Fins Ale House and Raw Bar
19269 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3467, finsrawbar.com


Hockessin/Pike Creek Restaurant

Two Stones Pub
300 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 239-2200, twostonespub.com


Hot Dog

Upstate: The Dog House
1200 N. DuPont Hwy., New Castle, 328-5380

Downstate: Taco Reho

Rehoboth Beach, 226-8226, tacoreho.com


Ice Cream

Upstate: Woodside Farm Creamery
378 N. Star Road, Newark, woodsidefarmcreamery.com

Downstate: Hopkins Farm Creamery
18186 Dairy Farm Road, Lewes, 645-7163, hopkinsfarmcreamery.com


Indian

Upstate: Taj Mahal
2314 Carpenter Station Road, Wilmington, 475-0840, tajmahalde.com

Downstate: Flavor of India
348 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover, 677-0121, flavorofindiade.com


Italian

Upstate: Mrs. Robino’s Italian Restaurant
520 N. Union St., Wilmington, 652-9223, mrsrobinos.com

Downstate: Touch of Italy
19724 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3900; 101 Second St., Lewes, 827-2730, touchofitality.com


Jamaican/Caribbean

Upstate: D&H Jamaican Cuisine
748 E. Chestnut Hill Road, Newark, 369-8826, dandhjamaican.com

Downstate: Zogg’s Raw Bar & Grill
1 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7660, zoggsbar.com


Japanese

Upstate: Mikimotos​
1212 Washington St., Wilmington, 656-8638, mikimotos.com

Downstate: The Cultured Pearl
301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8493, culturedpearl.us


Late-Night Menu

Upstate: Two Stones Pub
300 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 239-2200; 2 Chesmar Plaza, Newark, 294-1890; 2502 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 439-3231; 840 Kohl Ave., Middletown, 378-8199, twostonespub.com

Downstate: Stingray Sushi Bar + Asian Grill
59 Lake Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6476, stingrayrestaurant.com


 

Big Fish Grill Best of Delaware 2019 Winner Best Lunch Spot

Big Fish Grill, winner of best upstate lunch spot.//photo by Moonloop Photography

 

Lunch Spot

Upstate: Big Fish Grill Riverfront
720 Justison St., Wilmington, 652-3474, bigfishriverfront.com

Downstate: Arena’s Deli and Bar
200 N.E. Front St., Milford, 422-3354; 21553 Rudder Lane, Georgetown, 856-3297; 17314 N. Village Main Blvd., Lewes, 644-0370; 20312 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, 226-2233; 149 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-1272; 25938 Plaza Drive No. 5, Millsboro, 947-4700, arenasdeliandbar.com


Mexican

Upstate: La Tolteca​
4147 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 778-4646, authenticmex.com

Downstate: Agave Mexican Restaurant
137 Second St., Lewes, 645-1232, agavelewes.com


Best Restaurant in Middletown/Odessa/Townsend

Cantwell’s Tavern
109 Main St., Odessa, 376-0600, cantwells-tavern.com


Best Restaurant in Milford

Arena’s Deli & Bar
200 NE Front St., Milford, 422-3354, arenasdeliandbar.com


Best Restaurant in Millsboro

Paradise Grill
27344 Bay Road, Long Neck, 945-4500, paradisegrillde.com


Nachos

Upstate: Two Stones Pub
300 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 239-2200; 2 Chesmar Plaza, Newark, 294-1890; 2502 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 439-3231; 840 Kohl Ave., Middletown, 378-8199, twostonespub.com

Downstate: Agave Mexican Restaurant

137 Second St., Lewes, 645-1232, agavelewes.com


Best Restaurant in New Castle/Old New Castle

Jessop’s Tavern
114 Delaware St., New Castle, 322-6111, jessops-tavern.com


New Restaurant

Upstate: Limestone BBQ & Bourbon
2062 Limestone Road, Wilmington, 274-2085, limestonebbqandbourbon.com

Downstate: Dewey Beach Country Club
1705 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 227-1614, facebook.com/DeweyBeachCountryClub


Best Restaurant in North Wilmington

Harry’s Savoy Grill & Ballroom

2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington, 475-3000, harryshospitalitygroup.com


Outdoor Dining

Upstate: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant—Riverfront
620 Justison St., Wilmington, 472-2739, ironhillbrewery.com

Downstate: Paradise Grill

27344 Bay Road, Long Neck, 945-4500, paradisegrillde.com


Best Restaurant Over the State Line, Maryland

Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina
605 Second St., Chesapeake City, Md., (410) 885-2040, chesapeakeinn.com


Best Restaurant Over the State Line, Pennsylvania

Two Stones Pub
843 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, Pa., 610-444-3940, twostonespub.com


Pizza

Upstate: Pizza by Elizabeths​
3801 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, 654-4478, pizzabyelizabeths.com

Downstate: Nicola Pizza
8 N. First St., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6211, nicolapizza.com


Romantic Atmosphere

Upstate: Harry’s Savoy Grill & Ballroom

2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington, 475-3000, harryshospitalitygroup.com

Downstate: 1776 Steakhouse
18585 Coastal Hwy., No. 6, Rehoboth Beach, 645-9355, 1776steakhouse.net


Salads

Upstate: Home Grown Cafe

126 E. Main St., Newark, 266-6993, homegrowncafe.com

Downstate: Big Fish Grill
20298 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3474, bigfishrestaurantgroup.com


Sandwiches

Upstate: Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop
120 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 257-5222; 743 N. Broad St., Middletown, 376-7827; 614 Newark Shopping Center, Newark, 454-0200; 4132 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, 533-5132; 4522 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 998-0096; 510 N. Union St., Wilmington, 571-8929; 2124 Silverside Road, Wilmington, 479-9818, 708 W. Basin Road, Wilmington, 322-6797, capriottis.com

Downstate: Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop
130 Gateway South Blvd., Dover, 698-3090; 321 Independence Blvd., Dover, 678-2808; 1604 Savannah Road, Lewes, 644-8998; 684 N. Dupont Hwy., Milford, 424-3309; 456 W. Glenwood Ave., Smyrna, 659-1388, capriottis.com


Scrapple as a Menu Item

Upstate: Two Stones Pub
2502 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 439-3231, twostonespub.com

Downstate: Helen’s Sausage House
4866 N. DuPont Hwy., Smyrna, 653-4200, facebook.com/helenssausagehouse


Seafood

Upstate: The Reef Seafood & Steak Restaurant

2618 Carpenter Station Road, Wilmington, 529-1985, thereefde.com

Downstate: Bluecoast Rehoboth

30115 Veterans Way, Rehoboth Beach, 278-7395, bluecoastrehoboth.com


Seafood Market

Upstate: Feby’s Fishery
3701 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, 998-9496, febysfishery.com

Downstate: Big Fish Market
20312 Coastal Hwy., Unit 1, Rehoboth Beach, 227-3665, bigfishgrillmarket.com


Best Restaurant in Seaford/Laurel

Abbot’s on Broad Creek
300 Delaware Ave., Laurel, 280-6172, abbottsgrill.com


Small Plates/Tapas

Upstate: Olé Tapas Lounge & Restaurant
1126 Capitol Trail, Newark, 224-9378, oletapaslounge.com

Downstate: Fork + Flask

19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2037, forkandflask.com


Smoothies

Upstate: Newark Natural Foods
230 E. Main St., Newark, 368-5894, newarknaturalfoods.com

Downstate: Nectar Café & Juice Bar
111 Neils Alley, Lewes, 645-5842, cafenectar.com


Best Restaurant in Smyrna

Brick Works Brewing & Eats
230 S. Dupont Blvd., Smyrna, 508-2523, brickworksde.com


Soul Food

Upstate: Nora Lees French Quarter Bistro
124 Delaware St., New Castle, 322-7675, noralees.com

Downstate: Southern Grill Seaford
23466 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, 628-3838, facebook.com/southerngrillseaford


Sports Bar

Upstate: Stanley’s Tavern
2038 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 475-1887, stanleys-tavern.com

Downstate: Bethany Blues
6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 537-1500; 18385 Coastal Highway, Lewes, 644-2500, bethanyblues.com


Steakhouse

Upstate: Harry’s Savoy Grill & Ballroom

2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington, 475-3000, harryshospitalitygroup.com

Downstate: 1776 Steakhouse
18585 Coastal Hwy., No. 6, Rehoboth Beach, 645-9355, 1776steakhouse.net


Sushi

Upstate: Mikimotos​
1212 Washington St., Wilmington, 656-8638, mikimotos.com

Downstate: The Cultured Pearl
301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8493, culturedpearl.us


Thai

Upstate: Ubon Thai Cuisine
936 Justison St., Wilmington, 656-1706, ubonthaicuisine.com

Downstate: Lily Thai Cuisine
10 N. First St., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3348, facebook.com/pages/Lily-Thai


To-Go Delivery Service

Upstate: Grubhub
grubhub.com

Downstate: Pete’s Steak Shop
19287 Miller Road, Unit A, Rehoboth Beach, 226-3000, petessteakshop.com


Traditional Pizza

Upstate: Grotto Pizza
1819 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, 777-3278, grottopizza.com

Downstate: Nicola Pizza
8 N. First St., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6211, nicolapizza.com


Vegan/Vegetarian-Friendly

Upstate: Home Grown Cafe

126 E. Main St., Newark, 266-6993, homegrowncafe.com

Downstate: Fork + Flask

19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2037, forkandflask.com


Water View Dining

Upstate: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant—Riverfront
620 Justison St., Wilmington, 472-2739, ironhillbrewery.com

Downstate: Paradise Grill

27344 Bay Road, Long Neck, 945-4500, paradisegrillde.com


Best Restaurant in Wilmington (City)

Big Fish Grill Riverfront

720 Justison St., Wilmington, 652-3474, bigfishriverfront.com


Wine List

Upstate: Harry’s Savoy Grill & Ballroom

2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington, 475-3000, harryshospitalitygroup.com

Downstate: Bluecoast Rehoboth

30115 Veterans Way, Rehoboth Beach, 278-7395, bluecoastrehoboth.com