It’s the chocolate ganache atop the tiramisu that won The Buttery a first place at the competitive Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival. But it’s the Spring Berry Cake that won our heart. Fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries alternate with layers of spongy, citrus-tinged cake. Add more citrus in the cherry-lime sauce and berry whipped cream on top. Delightful. Need something a bit richer? Maybe the Butterscotch Shortbread Napolean will do the trick.
The Buttery still reigns as the best in elegant dining. You aren’t herded to the buffet
tables, but presented a menu with delightful entrées. Each party of diners is treated to
a plate of fresh fruit and basket of assorted pastries.
Birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and engagements—they’ve seen them all at The Buttery, perhaps lower Delaware’s definitive special-occasion restaurant. Credit the small and cozy dining areas inside this beautifully restored Victorian mansion, with no more than eight tables in a single room. There are hanging lanterns, candlelit tables, subdued lighting and relaxing music—pretty much the perfect environment for romance, or at least for a date with some crab cakes.
Wines at The Buttery are selected by staffers who demonstrate a passion for the grape. That’s why the restaurant changes its wine list when it revamps its menu every few months. If the cuisine takes an Asian slant, for instance, you’ll see more Rieslings and fruit-forward California Chardonnays. Prices are reasonable. House pours range from $7 to $12 for premium wines. The selection typically includes three or four whites, three or four reds, and one blush. Bottles range from $24 to $57, but the Captain’s List kicks it up a notch: $91 to $296 for a bottle of Krug Brut Grande Cuvee NV from Reims, France.