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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Readers, upstate and downstate: McGlynn’s Pub (800 N. State St., Dover, 674-0144; 8 Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Newark, 738-7814; 108 Peoples Plaza, Newark, 834-6661)
Critics, upstate: Even if Jessop’s Tavern weren’t a few blocks from Williams’ home, she’d still be a fan. “Jessop’s is a charming, little Old New Castle tavern,” she says. “I love to spend cold, wintry evenings by the fireplace, having comfort food and catching up with the locals.” The tavern, rustic and warm, is a throwback to Colonial times, a place to warm the winter with homemade soups—served with Swedish crisp bread—and Dutch pot roast with mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy. Colonial pot pie, one of the tavern’s best offerings, is made with a homemade buttermilk crust and brims with root vegetables. You won’t have room left, so share Martha’s Colonial Cobbler. It’s made in-house. (114 Delaware St., New Castle, 322-6111)
Critics, downstate: So maybe the kids can’t sample the 60-Minute IPA just yet, but Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats is still a tavern families can enjoy, with good, rustic pub grub like wood-grilled pizzas and fish and chips. “Any time you can get the beer sampler, that’s great,” says Leishear, who uses Dogfish Head spirits in Bella’s desserts. Brews exclusive to the Rehoboth restaurant are always on tap. (320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2739)