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 Hockessin
READERS | The Back Burner
425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, 239-2314
CRITICS | Redfire Grill and Steakhouse
400 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 235-2600
When Carl Georigi closed Dome Restaurant in late 2009, it was reborn soon after as Redfire Grill, a chophouse with vibrant red lighting and top-notch beef. From cheesecake and Manhattans to creamed spinach and bread baskets, it’s an old-school place at heart. The main reason: prime cuts of steak charred to perfection in a 1,200-degree broiler. The meat becomes crisp on the outside and tender as all get-out.
Best in Lewes
READERS | The Buttery
102 Second St., Lewes, 645-7755
Best in Little Italy
CRITICS | Madeline’s Italian Restaurant
531 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, 656-4505
Madeline’s has served the kind of meals Grandmom used to make, like delicious lasagna, ravioli and stuffed shells, since it opened 49 years ago. As specials go, the eggplant Parmigiana is the best anywhere. Appetizers such as bacon-wrapped scallops and sautéed broccoli rabe are tops.
Best in Middletown
READERS | Tom Foolery’s Restaurant and Bar
714 Ash Blvd., Middletown, 449-2211
CRITICS | Elements Restaurant and Piano Bar
423 N. Broad St., Middletown, 378-0448
Owners strive to make Elements Restaurant and Piano Bar the Cheers of Middletown. Friendly, inviting and always entertaining, the place is famous for its steak and seafood, especially the crab cakes and a pork strip topped with fig demi-glace, gorgonzola, caramelized onions and white wine. At the round, bi-level bar, take in live entertainment. There is live piano, but guitarists, soloists and a Dave Matthews tribute band also play.
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