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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CRITICS, UPSTATE | Eclipse
1020 N. Union St., Wilmington, 658-1588
Carl Georigi’s cozy, chic Eclipse is a bistro in the Parisian sense. The cuisine is often simple, with such hearty dishes as its famous braised short ribs with maple demi-glace and andouille-spiked seafood stew with shrimp fumet. Service is exceptional, and the fun atmosphere has created an army of regulars.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Kool Bean Bistro
111 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 541-5377
Charming and diminutive Kool Bean Bistro looked to France and Italy to inspire its atmosphere and cuisine. Consider mussels Provençal with a kick of fennel or beef short ribs braised in red wine and beer. Many customers consider Kool Bean their regular coffee-and-breakfast spot, thanks to a good selection of espressos, fresh quiches, pastries, and more.
CRITICS, OVER THE LINE | Blue Pear Bistro
1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, Pa., (610) 399-9812
One word you’re likely to hear to describe Blue Pear Bistro is “playful.” The place has tackled chicken nuggets, French fries and hot dogs (its take on Vancouver-style Japadog comes strapped with nori, grilled Napa cabbage and wasabi mayo), but its true bistro-style offerings—things like slow-roasted lamb shoulder, saffron-scented mussels and heavenly braised short ribs—are outstanding.
Best Bottled Beer Selection
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Domaine Hudson
1314 Washington St., Wilmington, 655-9463
If you don’t know Weyerbacher from Redenbacher, servers at Domaine Hudson will gladly recommend a bottle of brew from the restaurant’s list of about 80 craft beers. Into Stella Artois? Try instead a bottle of Kenyan-born Tusker Lager. Something a bit headier? Try a potent Belgian ale from brewers like Mikkeller or Brouwerij Oud Beersel.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Rehoboth Ale House
15 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-2337
Don’t think you can tackle all 130 bottles of beer at the Rehoboth Ale House? Aim for 80. The Ale House’s beer club offers discounts on 80 varieties to members, along with a challenge: to knock off all 80 in one year. Regulars enjoy picking from bottles of unique brews such as Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Wells Banana Bread Beer. You will, too.
CRITICS, OVER THE LINE | Firewaters
1110 Baltimore Pike, Concordville, Pa., (610) 459-9959
We realize Firewaters is part of the Hooters empire, but that doesn’t detract from its impressive bottled beer selection. The list is three digits large, with solid micro-, macro- and import brews from the likes of Clipper City, Franziskaner, Einbecker, our own Dogfish Head and Victory Brewing Co.’s Golden Monkey from Downingtown.
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