Newark: Dining in Delaware
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.