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: Walter’s Steakhouse (802 N. Union St., Wilmington, 652-6780)
Readers, downstate: 1776 restaurant (18585 Coastal Hwy., No. 6, Rehoboth Beach, 645-9355)
Critics, upstate: No place received more love from the celebrity critics than Sullivan’s Steakhouse. The boutique chain’s Concord Pike location has done certified Angus beef to perfection for years, and it’s brought a touch of class to the strip mall-saturated area. The Grays, the Gunns, Rollins, Borin and Poppiti all rated Sullivan’s their favorite. “I can’t get a better steak anywhere,” Rollins says. “The cowboy bone-in ribeye, the stone crabs—they just do a great job.” (5525 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 479-7970)
Critics, downstate: Bob Mitchell and Tom Holmes, owners of 1776 Restaurant, have an almost obsessive passion for beef, which they scout relentlessly to find only the choicest cuts. Those eventually become house signatures, like the 10-ounce barrel cut and the well-marbled Delmonico. Meoli calls the selection spectacular. (18585 Coastal Hwy., No. 6, Rehoboth Beach, 645-9355)