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Best of Delaware 2008

Our 25th salute to the places that make Delaware great, plus the Hall of Fame of winningest places ever. (Can you say Grotto Pizza?) As chosen by you, the readers (with a little help from your friends here at DT)


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Best bar, readers, upstate: Dome Restaurant and Bar. Photograph by Luigi Ciuffetelli, www.luigic.com

Best Bar
Readers, upstate: Dome Restaurant and Bar (400 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 235-2600)

Readers, downstate: Corner Eatery @ 33 West (33 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 735-9822)

Critics, upstate: The Wilmington After Work happy hour program on Wednesdays has succeeded largely due to the fun atmosphere at Deep Blue Bar and Grill. The spacious, upscale hangout offers enough elbow room for those who wish to relax and order from the menu. (Do sample the raw bar). But popping in for a martini is just as enjoyable since the sound isn’t overwhelming. It’s subtle enough, in fact, to hear conversation. That’s quite an accomplishment, considering the many people who hit the bar before a show at Theatre N across the street, or those lovelies who sip Chardonnay before doing Broadway at the DuPont Theatre around the corner. Great bartenders help, as does music. Good live jazz, pop and rock groups play Friday and Saturday evenings. (111 W. 11th St, Wilmington, 777-2040)

Critics, downstate: Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant was reborn in December after a fire burned it to the ground last year soon after, of all days, St. Patty’s. Just nine months later, it reopened with a second-floor banquet facility and an expanded outdoor deck on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. During the rebuilding, owners were careful not to lose any of the pub’s local charm, so they passed on the frills and decorations, opting instead for pictures of the old place and even some pictures of the fire. The fishermen and locals once again haunt the place year round, and tourists flood there in the summer, just as they always did. There are many Irish Eyes Pubs now, but this one remains the best. (213 Anglers Road, Lewes, 645-6888)


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