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 Restaurant Family
Critics, downstate: The Derrickson boys—Regan, Spencer and Bryan—certainly have put their stamp on beach dining. Between Regan’s Ponos Hawaiian Fine Dining and Nalu Hawaiian Surf Bar and Grill, Spencer’s Delfini’s Italian Restaurant and Bar and Vine Wine Bar, and Bryan’s Roadhouse Steak Joint and Hot Diggity Dogs, the brothers have much of the resort area covered. It should come as no surprise in this family, which long ago founded the famous Rehoboth Midway, and today owns the Heritage Inn and the Sandcastle Motel. “For me, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that I’d go into this business,” Regan says. “It started with an idea for Hawaiian cuisine.” A big heads-up to Florida: The brothers recently purchased three bars in the southern part of the state. (Delfini’s Italian Restaurant and Bar, 207 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 260-9106; Hot Diggity Dogs, 36698 Bayside Outlet Drive, No. 240, Rehoboth Beach, 226-1988; Nalu Hawaiian Surf Bar and Grill, 1308 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 227-1449; Ponos Hawaiian Fine Dining, 1306 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 227-3119; Roadhouse Steak Joint, 18693 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 645-8273; Vine Wine Bar, 211 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-8463)