All Star Restaurants
There is a reason why they’re called classic.
Bistro Jacques: Nowhere else in Delaware will you find house-made pâtés on the regular menu. When Jacques Macq bought the former Mona Lisa a couple years ago, he brought a whole lot of Europe with him. (607 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington, 888-2201, bistrojacquesde.com)
Blue Moon: There hasn’t been a moment in its 34 years that Blue Moon was anything but exceptional. Chef Lion Gardner is veering toward the classic with Venison tartare and seared Hudson Valley foie gras. (35 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6515, bluemoonrehoboth.com)
Bon Appétit: Bon Appétit has always described itself as French, and the Gallic influence is certainly felt in the elegant decor and on the menu—escargot, quiches, pâtés—yet the influences are more diverse. Chef Chino Pedemonte makes all soups, stocks and sauces from scratch. (312 High St, Seaford, 629-3700, bonappetitseaford.net)
DiFebo’s: Twenty-five years ago, the DiFebo family used their Italian recipes to transform the clan’s sub and steak shop into one of the best restaurants in the state. From red sauce to braised short ribs in Port-fig reduction, the menu is diverse and delicious. (789 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach, 539-4550, difebos.com)
Moro: Moro pulls off a neat trick: being at once cozy and slick, both in the dining areas and on the menu. Share an Asia-inspired tuna tartare or a silky burrata with roasted peppers, prosciutto and fried basil. The menu changes so frequently, no two nights will be the same. (1307 N. Scott St. Wilmington, 777-1800, mororestaurant.net)