2014, Best Chef:
After kicking around some of the best restaurants in the country during his 20s, Bryan Sikora of La Fia Bakery + Bistro + Market finally decided to make Delaware his culinary home. That made him the only Delawarean nominated for best chef in the annual James Beard Awards this year. We admire his commitment to doing it all by hand, from baking the bread on up. In entrées such as pan-roasted wahoo in saffron-scented broth with braised celery, bits of falafel and fillets of white anchovies, you can taste the care that went into the prep. www.lafiawilmington.com
2014, Best Lunch Spot:
Every seat at La Fia Bakery + Bistro + Market offers a clear view of bustling Market Street. Morroccan-spiced short rib and other interesting fillings make most satisfying sandwiches. The salads are perfection.