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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Best Draft Beer Selection
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Chelsea Tavern
821 Market St., Wilmington, 575-9369
One of the mottoes at Chelsea is “nothing with a commercial,” so you won’t find Bud Light or its ilk among the 21 craft brews on tap. You will find a couple of exclusives: Chelsea Lager, produced by Victory Brewing Co. of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and Chelsea Brown Ale, made by Dogfish Head. Craft brews such as Chimay, Sierra Nevada and local faves Twin Lakes and 16 Mile are tapped, too. Stay tuned for special beer dinners from this Market Street newbie.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2739
Now that bars across the country tap Dogfish Head beer, it’s safe to assume Rehoboth’s Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats, which has many, many taps of Dogfish Head, is exponentially better. Pull a pint of Chicory Stout, 90-Minute IPA, Aprihop, or one of the experimental exclusives such as brown sugar-infused Billy Budd.
CRITICS, OVER THE LINE | Half Moon Restaurant & Saloon
108 W. State St., Kennett Square, Pa., (610) 444-7232
Half Moon Restaurant and Saloon might be known for its creative dishes that make use of wild game. (Llama sloppy joes anyone?) But the saloon packs serious suds in its taps, from honored favorites like Guinness Stout to the hotly trending microbrews such as Bell’s Brewery Oarsman, a lemony wheat beer, and Philly’s own Yards Brewery and its Extra Special Ale. They go great with ostrich burgers.
Best Breakfast Place
READERS, UPSTATE | Lucky’s Coffee Shop
4003 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-0240
READERS, DOWNSTATE | The Starboard
2009 Highway One, Dewey Beach, 227-4600
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Sinclair’s Café
177 E. Main St., Newark, 368-7755
Customers will never confuse venerable Sinclair’s Café with a greasy spoon. Owner Jeffrey Sinclair grinds whole wheat to make flour for whole-wheat pancakes and tops them with real maple syrup. French toast and eggs are done fresh in any style, and here resides the best espresso machine in town. “Most of us know how to use it,” quips Sinclair. Coffee comes from Gillies Coffee, one of the oldest and most beloved roasteries in the country.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Warren’s Station
1406 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 539-7156
If you don’t leave Warren’s Station happy and full, manager Scott Mumford will be concerned. The fine staff works tirelessly to serve a lineup of simple breakfast foods. Mumford buys only Rapa scrapple—his grandfather’s favorite—and serves omelets made with fresh, local ingredients. Chocolate chip pancakes smothered in Smucker’s syrup are a favorite among kids.
CRITICS, OVER THE LINE | Hank’s Place
Routes 100 and 1, Chadds Ford, Pa., (610) 388-7061
A great breakfast place is as much about environment as it is ham and eggs, which is why friendly Hank’s Place is tops. Eggs Benedict is served on a biscuit and topped with homemade creamed chipped beef. Poached eggs Cordon Bleu features grilled Lancaster County ham and creamed chipped beef. Yes, the chipped beef is a specialty, but don’t overlook John Chad’s apple pancakes or omelets made with local mushrooms.
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