Summer 2013 Delaware Dining Guide: Where to Find Great Deals in Delaware’s Mainstays
The state’s iconic restaurants are always offering dining deals. Find out when and where.
Abbott’s Grill, Milford
The Deal: Half-price wine on select bottles on Wednesdays.
What You Get: Happy hour goodies: 50-cent oysters; a half-pound of steamed shrimp for $6.95! (from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays)
Bon Appetit Restaurant, Seaford
The Deal: A five-course dinner that includes appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert for $44.
What You Get: Myriad French delights, including French onion soup or poached mussels
Brandywine Prime Seafood & Chops, Chadds Ford
(610) 388-8088, brandywineprime.com
The Deal: Steakhouse night on Thursdays: $29.95
What You Get: Soup or salad, an 8-ounce prime beef Wellington, and a luscious chocolate Napoleon with raspberry sauce
Corner Bistro, Talleyville
The Deal: Four-course meal between $35 and $45 for Chef’s Table (third Thursday of every month)
Bonus: Lunch! The Bistro Express for $14 gets you a half-sandwich, soup, small salad and bite-sized dessert.
Deep Blue Bar & Grill, Wilmington
The Deal: Lobster dinner for $29.95 on Saturdays through Labor Day
What You Get: Three lobster-inspired courses, such as lobster bisque with oil and chives, lobster wontons with tamari glaze and mango coulis, or lobster cannelloni with tarragon cream, roasted corn and micro arugula
DiFebo’s, Bethany Beach
539-4550, difebos.com (All specials are offered in the off-season months)
The Deals: Monday Madness gets you a four-course meal for $19. And on Friday, score osso buco for $23
What You Get: Friday’s deal includes house wine.
Bonus: On Thursdays, ladies day menu lunch and dinner offers big discounts for the gals.
Bonus: On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the early bird menu is offered all night.
Bonus: For Wednesday lunch, get 50 percent off cheesesteaks!
Domaine Hudson, Wilmington
The Deal: Nightly three-course prix fixe for $39
What You Get: There are typically three options per category. Among the recent selections: steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, barbecue-braised pork cheeks with aged cheddar polenta and braised mustard greens, and chocolate pot de crème with whipped cream.
Bonus: Domaine Hudson also has some 40 wines by the glass in 1.5-ounce, 3-ounce and 5-ounce pours. The 1.5-ounce pours start at $2.
Eclipse Bistro, Wilmington
The Deal: Diners can get a bottle of wine on Tuesdays for half price.
What You Get: Pair the vino with a porkette sandwich—a country roll packed with sautéed spinach and sharp provolone laced with roasted garlic aioli ($13).
Espuma, Rehoboth Beach
The Deal: Paella night highlights types of paella—including the traditional—for $20 (available this fall).
What You Get: Four homemade pastas for $20 or less (Thursdays, all year) Half-priced appetizers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar (every night, all year)
Green Room, Wilmington
Frugal foodies will benefit from the Hotel du Pont’s 100th anniversary celebration that continues.
The Deal: A centennial lunch menu for July and August for $19.13
What You Get: The August two-course menu includes a choice of summer tomato soup with basil or mixed greens with strawberry-black pepper purée, shaved Manchego cheese and shaved radish. Entrées: Grilled chicken breast with Parmesan pommes purée and mushroom velouté sauce or sautéed salmon filet with baby vegetables, black rice and ginger cream. Dessert: The hotel’s famous macaroons, of course.
Mendenhall Inn, Mendenhall
(610) 388-1181, mendenhallinn.com
Mendenhall is known for its theme nights. Check these out this summer:
The Deal: Land & Sea night on Mondays
What You Get: An 8-ounce filet with a choice of crab cake, lobster tail or scallops for $22-$28 (Mondays); Surf & Turf for $25 (Thursdays and Saturdays)
Twelves Grill & Café, West Grove
(610) 869-4020, twelvesgrill.com
The Deal: $25 three-course fixed price dinners on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights
Bonus: There are other ways to save cash at the Chester County BYOB. Bring in a bottle of wine from a local winery and the restaurant will waive the corkage fee ($5 per bottle).
Bonus No. 2: Twelves includes a coupon for 12 percent off in its monthly newsletter. (Sign up on the restaurant’s website.) And, the restaurant partners with Longwood Gardens to offer its members a 10-percent discount. Just show your member ID card. Good deal!
Soffritto Italian Grill, Newark
Whole fish, filleted tableside, is a treat at Soffritto—which has received the Ospitalità Italiana seal by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce. The recognition marks Soffritto as an authentic Italian restaurant outside of Italy.
The Deal: Whole fish of the day is $22 on Wednesdays. (Usually $30)
Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Wilmington
Sullivan’s is debunking the idea that the restaurant is only for special occasions. It offers several deals to whet diners’ appetites.
The Deal: “The Sure Thing,” a three-course daily deal for $39
What You Get: A mix of seasonal specials and favorites. Time it right and you might spot the current best-seller among the deals: two three-ounce filet medallions alongside shrimp and mashed potatoes.
The Back Burner, Hockessin
The Deals: A three-course prix fixe for $29 (Wednesdays only) 12-ounce prime rib for $22 (Thursdays) Whole lobster for $24.95 (Fridays)
Bonus: $1 oysters at the bar (Wednesdays)
The Buttery Restaurant, Lewes
The Deal: A three-course meal every night for $30
What You Get: Soup and salad, entrée selections to please meat-lovers, non-meat eaters and vegetarians. Dessert is included.
Union City Grille, Wilmington
The Deal: Two courses for $20 on Tuesdays
What You Get: The selections rotate to reflect the seasons—no substitutions, but plenty of choices.
The Possibilities: Coffee-rubbed flatiron steak with jalapeño cornbread; crab fra diavolo with pasta, aged goat cheese and corn; blackened Gulf shrimp with creamy grits and braised kale; and grilled chicken scallopini. Yum!
Victoria’s Restaurant, Rehoboth Beach
The Deal: Three courses for $29.95 all year long. Prix fixe, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday; all night Sunday.
What You Get: Soup or salad and a choice of six entrées—including crispy-skinned duck breast, broiled Scottish salmon and slow-cooked short ribs—followed by dessert.
Walter’s Steakhouse, Wilmington
The Deal: This summer, hump day is “Thrill of the Grill” day. (The restaurant usually offers some kind of fixed-price special all year long.)
What You Get: Three courses for $34.95 (includes grilled melon wrapped in prosciutto; a choice of a grilled Delmonico steak or marinated swordfish; and dessert).
Bonus: Complimentary seafood bar on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays
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