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Best Restaurants in New Castle County: A restaurant guide for eating out around Newark

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Bamboo House Asian
721 College Square, Newark, 368-9933, bamboohouserestaurant.net
A great spot for group events or a romantic meal. Enjoy the freshest sushi and affordable pricing.  $

Brasserie Grille American
100 Continental Drive, Newark, 781-7000, brasserie grill.com
In the Hilton Wilmington-Christiana Hotel, specializes in certified Angus beef and fresh seafood. The crab cakes are awesome.  $$$

Caffé Gelato American
90 E. Main St., Newark, 738-5811, caffegelato.net
A great place to spend a romantic evening or to celebrate a special event. Features a 1,500-bottle wine cellar and sells 24 flavors of homemade gelato. Winner of The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.  $$$

Courtyard Café–Courtyard Newark American
400 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, 737-0900, udel.edu/hotel
Fine local cuisine. Serves full breakfast buffet daily and dinner nightly. Dinner features famous fresh lump crab cakes and many other fine entrées.  $$

Deerfield American
507 Thompson Station Road, Newark, 368-6640, deerfieldgolfclub.com
Icy drinks, hot sandwiches and burgers, and one of the best Sunday brunches around. Open seasonally.  $ 

The Deer Park Tavern American
108 W. Main St., Newark, 369-9414, deerparktavern.com
The college town classic offers something for everyone, whether it’s lunch, dinner, cocktails or Sunday brunch. It’s famous for its nachos, and its beer selection won’t disappoint.  $$

El Jefe Restaurant and Bar Mexican
110 Astro Shopping Center, Newark, 894-9000
Enjoy Old World Mexican cuisine. Best-known for its homemade salsas, tacos, molcajete, seafood, chicken and steak dishes, and a great selection of tequilas.  $

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill American
1225 Churchmans Road, Newark, 366-7577, firebirdsrestaurants.com
Firebirds features well-seasoned steaks, ice cold martinis and wood-grilled specialties, plus seafood, burgers, salads and homemade desserts. Visit the Firebar for food and drink specials.  $$

Grotto Pizza Italian
College Square, Newark, 369-2200; Main St., Newark, 369-0600, grottopizza.com
Pizzas, pastas, subs. Catch the big game and a big beer at the Blue Hen Sports Den.  $

Home Grown Café American
126 E. Main St., Newark, 266-6993, homegrowncafe.com
Seasonal homemade soups and specialties, vegetarian and vegan dishes, beers from around the world. $$

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant Brew pub
147 E. Main St., Newark, 266-9000, ironhillbrewery.com
Award-winning handcrafted ales or lagers with a creative sandwich, specialty pizza or delicious entrée.  $$

Kildare’s Pub Irish
45 E. Main St., Newark, 224-9330, kildaresirishpub.com
Authentic Irish pub with five rooms decorated in different styles. Traditional Celtic fare and American favorites. Thirty bottled beers and 21 beers on tap. $$

La Casa Pasta Italian
Four Seasons Shopping Plaza, Del. 896, Newark, 738-9935, martuscelliandsons.com
Step into a classic environment with modern Italian elegance. Signature dishes include the Penne Santa Maria, with shrimp, scallops and crabmeat in a rosa sauce, and veal saltimbocca.  $$$

La Tonalteca Mexican
60 N. College Ave., Newark, 737-8220; 1237 Churchmans Road, Newark, 294-1108; lastoltecas.com
Burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas and tamales are staples of the 200-dish menu, along with chilaquiles. The margaritas rule. Vegetarian friendly.  $

Mizu Sushi Bar Japanese
132 E. Main St., Newark, 731-3104, mizusushibar.com
Mizu specializes in preparing high-quality sushi and sashimi at an affordable price. Here you will find nigiri and maki, not complicated fusion dishes served entrée-style.  $

Morelia Mexican Restaurant & Bar  Mexican
Del. 4 at Harmony Road, Newark, 369-6888
Enchiladas, fajitas, and chimichangas served in a casual family atmosphere. Full bar with specialty margaritas.  $$

Nonna Ristorante Italian
Del. 4 at Harmony Road, Newark, 737-9999
Veal chop, gnocchi, seafood, California and Italian wine.  $$$

Olé Tapas Lounge Latin
1126 Capitol Trail, Newark, 224-9378, oletapaslounge.com
Classic Spanish decor, native Spanish dishes. Three kinds of sangria. $$

Paciugo Gelato & Caffé Café
470 Christiana Mall, Suite 1697, Newark, 266-7500, paciugo.com
The authentic Italian gelato is prepared by hand daily with fresh, natural ingredients.  $

Potstickers Asian Grill and Sushi Bar Asian
1247 Churchmans Road, Newark, 731-0188, potstickersasiangrill.com
Warm, modern decor features a waterfall and wall of Buddhas. Gourmet fare includes Cantonese, Chinese and other styles with European flair.  $$$

Saigon Vietnam Restaurant Vietnamese
207 Newark Shopping Center, Newark, 737-1590, thesaigonrestaurant.com
Serves authentic Vietnamese dishes designed by owner-chef Lan Chen. Accompany your meal with exotic Saigon cocktails such as a sugar plum or lychee saketini.  $

Santa Fé Mexican Grille Mexican
190 E. Main St., Newark, 369-2500, santafemexicangrill.net
Choose from an assortment of seafood and Spanish platters, homemade margaritas, mojitos and sangria.  $$

Seasons Pizza American-Italian
4606 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, 366-1969; 203 E. Main St., Newark, 368-1515; 1460 Pulaski Hwy., Newark; seasonspizza.com
The baked meat lasagna and crab cakes are hard to beat. Kid friendly.  $$

Soffritto Italian Grille Italian
1130 Old Capitol Trail, Newark, 455-1101, soffrittogrill.com
Dine among a waterfall and fireplace. Soffritto is known for whole fish entrées and pasta.  $$

The Stone Balloon Wine House American
115 E. Main St., Newark, 266-8111, stoneballoonwh.com
Offers a relaxed, upbeat atmosphere. Delaware agriculture is central to the farm-to-table menu. Features a full bar and a full wine menu.  $$

Timothy’s of Newark American
100 Creek View Road, Newark, 738-9915, timothysofnewark.com
Daily specials, an award-winning happy hour and casual fare.  $$

Two Stones Pub American
2 Chesmar Plaza, Del. 4, Newark 294-1890, twostonespub.com
American pub fare with beer pairings and craftbrew offerings.  $