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Newark: Dining in Delaware

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In Newark, it used to be that the UD students had their favorite places, the townies had theirs, and the twain never met. One place that has successfully bridged that ever-narrowing gap for decades is The Deer Park Tavern (108 W. Main St., 369-9414), a place where people of every description blend harmoniously. Upscale tavern fare is the order of the day, and the Sunday brunch is an age-old favorite. A new Sunday brunch favorite: Deerfield (507 Thompson Station Road, 368-6640), which lays out 110 feet of eggs, breakfast meats, waffles and hotcakes, cereals, pastries, shellfish, smoked fish and more, including omelet stations. The expansive dining room looks out on a beautifully wooded golf course. There’s no more breathtaking place to dine on a sunny Sunday. On Main Street, those with a taste for fine fare can be seen at Caffé Gelato (90 E. Main St., 738-5811), known for its extensive wine list. Iron Hill Restaurant and Brewery (147 E. Main St., 266-9000) serves very good food at a mid-range price point, along with beer and ale that has won awards around the world. The Stone Balloon Winehouse (115 E. Main St., 266-8111) offers some of the most creative food in the state, as well as a wine list of stellar bottles from around the world.

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