The Best of Delaware 2009
From crab cakes and cheesesteaks to prime rib and clam bakes, little Delaware is packed with great places to eat and terrific places to shop. Here’s the cream of the crop.
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Best New Restaurant
Readers, upstate: Johnnie’s Dog House (3401 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-1440)
Readers, downstate: Agave (137 Second St., Lewes, 645-1232)
Critics, upstate: “Tapas is the latest trend in dining, a tradition in Spain that’s caught on amid our economic recession,” says Ciro Poppiti III. He raises a fork to Olé Tapas Lounge & Restaurant. You can nibble several small plates of food, or you can gorge on one big one. “I cannot fully underscore the effort and attention to detail that went into the restaurant before it opened,” Poppiti says. “And because of that effort, Olé Tapas has quickly evinced itself as one of the best Delaware has to offer.” Olé opened to great acclaim last year, drawing patrons to traditional Spanish flavors in dishes such as wild mushrooms with chorizo and plump shrimp cooked with Spanish olive oil and slivered garlic. The potato-white bean soup is sublime. Chef Ivan Torres writes a new menu daily. (1126 Capitol Trail, Newark, 224-9378)
Critics, downstate: Fruit-filled drinks and stuffed tiger sharks don’t begin to explain the experience at Nalu Hawaiian Surf Bar and Grill. “Love the open-air aspect of it, how the windows fly right open to a nice view of the bay,” Leishear says. Great fish tacos, tempura shrimp and pulled pork tacos are among menu favorites. The laid-back beach party vibe—tiki torches, live music and looping surf videos—is unbeatable. (1306 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 227-1449)