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 Outdoor Dining
Readers, upstate: Caffé Gelato (90 E. Main St., Newark, 738-5811)
Readers, downstate: Fat Tuna (319 Atlantic Ave., Millville, 541-8200)
Critics, upstate: It’s tough to beat Buckley’s Tavern for alfresco dining, “because it provides customers with three different options: dining on the front porch, back patio or rooftop,” Poppiti says. There’s not a bad view in—or out of—the house. “If it’s good enough for the vice president of the United States,” he says, “who am I to argue?” (5812 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-9776)
Critics, over the line: Borin believes Sovana Bistro owners Linda and Nick Farrell have created one of the best restaurants in the region. “Sovana offers creative, consistent food, sparkling table settings, changing and fascinating presentations, and well-trained servers,” she says, not to mention “amazing salads and soups, fabulous sandwiches and wonderful entrées.” Of the two patios on the side and in the back of the restaurant, the back porch is larger and more popular. The contemporary space offers a garden setting enhanced by the aroma of fresh herbs that grow on its perimeter. Soft jazz plays during lunch and dinner, and torches are lit at dusk. Staffers extend the season with heaters, so alfresco dining in fall, especially in October and November when foliage is vibrant, is always an option. The bistro recently acquired a liquor license, thought BYOB is still permitted. (696 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, Pa., 610-444-5600)