Best of Delaware 2010
You told us your favorites. We have a few of our own. Herein, the great big list of winners.
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READERS, UPSTATE | Stanley’s Tavern
2038 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 475-1887
READERS, DOWNSTATE | The Starboard
2009 Highway One, Dewey Beach, 227-4600
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Washington Street Ale House
1206 N. Washington St., Wilmington, 658-2537
Here’s a novel idea: a legit pub atmosphere (lots of brick, wooden floors and exposed ceilings) and a selection of about two dozen great beers. There’s never anything too wacky among the regulars and seasonals from microbrews like Dogfish Head, Harpoon, Victory, Magic Hat and Boddington’s. Throw in a solid late-night menu. It’s no wonder Washington Street Ale House is packed most nights.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Finbar’s Pub and Grill
316 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-1873
At Finbar’s, it’s all about the marvelous bar itself, a restored piece from 1873 that was purchased in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The oak beauty is fronted with marble and topped with mahogany—and more than a few glasses and bottles of Harp, Guinness, Boddington’s and Strongbow Cider. Gastro-pub grub is excellent.
Best Bar Food
CRITICS, UPSTATE | BBC Tavern and Grill
4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 655-3785
At BBC Tavern and Grill, divine bar munchies remain the backbone. The famous warm soft pretzel sticks and the scene-stealing homemade apple mustard and hot horseradish mustard are must-haves, as are monstrous nachos, smoldering baby-back ribs (with cornbread), and tasty flat bread topped with figs, caramelized onions and goat cheese.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | The Pickled Pig Pub
18756 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 645-5444
The category may be bar food, but The Pickled Pig is a gastropub—meaning the focus is on exceptional food. From appetizers such as bacon barbecued oysters and fish tacos to entrées such as creole meatloaf and Thai red curried shrimp, it’s apparent this ain’t your typical burger-and-wings joint. Yet it’s still a fun-loving bar with a downright impressive list of beers on tap.
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Mista B’s BBQ
1575 Red Lion Road, Bear, 218-1048
Barbecued chicken and ribs at Mista B’s BBQ are the kinds of food purists hunt down like the Holy Grail. Byron Pollard is Mista B. His small, seasonal operation goes down in a vacant lot in Red Lion every Friday and Saturday of the summer. Arrive early to snag some fall-off-the-bone slow-cooked pork ribs and delectable sides such as red bliss potato salad and steamy chopped collard greens and kale.
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