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 in Bridgeville
READERS | Jimmy’s Grille
18541 S. Main St., Bridgeville, 337-7575
CRITICS | Passwater’s Restaurant
1 Heritage Shores Circle, Bridgeville, 337-7514
Passwater’s Restaurant at Heritage Shores Club is sophisticated yet casual, dressed in soothing teals, browns and tans. One of the best features is a view of the golf course’s 18th green, which produces amazing sunsets. Jumbo lump crab cakes are popular. Favorite entrées include penne tossed in roasted red pepper and smoked Gouda sauce with grilled jumbo scallops. Try it with the Rex Goliath Pinot Grigio.
Best in Centreville-Greenville
READERS | Buckley’s Tavern
5812 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-9776
CRITICS | Krazy Kat’s Restaurant
Route 100 and Kirk Road, Wilmington, 888-4200
When Krazy Kat’s executive chef Donny Merrill does his thing, the culinary experience is made more entertaining by the eccentric decor. Entrées such as cocoa-crusted antelope filet with gnocchi and the bourbon-glazed prime pork mignon, are prepared to perfection. Merrill sources local vegetables for most of his sides. And his is the best crème brûlée around.
Best Greenville Classic
CRITICS | Cromwell’s Tavern
3858 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 571-0561
Places come and go (Polo Club and Sapori) and change names and locations (BBC Tavern and Pizza by Elizabeths), but through it all, Cromwell’s Tavern remains, doing what it has always done as well as it has always done it. Closing in on 20 years, it’s still cozy, friendly and delicious.
Best in Claymont
READERS | Claymont Steak Shop
3526 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, 798-5319
CRITICS | Bellefonte Café
804 Brandywine Blvd., Wilmington, 761-9175
Donna Rego’s fun and funky café mixes a few global influences—mostly Cuban—in its fresh menu. “It’s just real food,” she says, “natural, healthy, with lots of fruits and veggies.” The Cuban black bean soup, cooked with pork, is a signature, as is the Cubano sandwich. Sandwiches are made on Big Sky Bread. Customers love dining outside on a wraparound porch draped in wisteria. (We say it every year: Bellefonte isn’t Claymont, we know, but it's close enough.)
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