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 Brew Pub
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
147 E. Main St., Newark, 266-9000
710 S. Madison St., Wilmington, 472-2739
Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant continues to be an awards juggernaut, raking in medals from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. Brilliant brews like Raspberry Torte and Russian Imperial Stout are great, and not enough credit goes to the well-executed pub food, such as the guacamole-smeared turkey burger or the char-grilled sirloin with sun-dried tomato and Portobello relish.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2739
Sheathed in antique barn wood, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats creates the comfy, straightforward brew pub vibe that’s perfect for enjoying beers such as Blood Orange Heffeweizen. The grilled pizzas are great, and chefs are especially proud of the daily salad specials, which often teem with fresh local produce from places like Fifer Orchards. Dogfish is also one of the few beach spots that offers live original music on the regular.
CRITICS, OVER THE LINE | McKenzie Brew House
451 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Glen Mills, Pa., (610) 361-9800
McKenzie Brew House may have ditched the old names of its house-brewed beers (farewell, Unicorn Ale, we hardly knew ye), but the lineup of delicious fresh brews remains—from the McKenzie Light all the way through Oatmeal Stout. Chefs also turned over a new menu recently, augmenting a selection that includes everything from wood-oven fired pizzas to jambalaya to filet au poivre.