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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READERS, UPSTATE | Harry’s Seafood Grill
101 S. Market St., Wilmington, 777-1500
READERS, DOWNSTATE | Big Fish Grill
20298 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-9007
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Feby’s Fishery
3701 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, 998-9496
Cooks at Feby’s Fishery grill, broil, fry and sauté fresh-off-the-boat fish. You’ll get the most for your money by ordering daily specials. On Mondays diners can enjoy a whole Maine lobster dinner for $19.95. Tuesdays and Thursdays mean all-you-can eat Dungeness crabs for $29.95. The wonderful New England clam bake, a Sunday classic, is $26.95. Whether the fish comes from New Jersey or New Zealand, Feby’s keeps it fresh and simple.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Bluecoast Seafood Grill
1111 Highway One, Bethany Beach, 539-7111
The bad news is Bluecoast Seafood Grill removed its in-house fish market. The good news is it installed a brand new raw bar. In addition to all the great fish brought in from Congressional Seafood and local sources, the restaurant will serve clams, oysters and shrimp from up and down the coast. It doesn’t get much better than watching the sun set over the bay while enjoying flash-fried baby lobster tails or steamed shrimp dumplings.
CRITICS, OVER THE LINE | Grove Restaurant
12402 Saint Martins Neck Road, Bishopville, Md., (410) 352-5055
Whatever fishermen caught that day is what Grove Restaurant serves that night. When it started offering dinner in 1993, Grove was a steamed crab operation. When John McDonald created his horseradish crust, his flounder, rockfish and mahi-mahi became instant hits. Now the eight-table Grove is a destination. Staying small has allowed staffers to tend to every detail, so every single scallop is juicy, sweet and plump. If you want fancy, the Grove isn’t for you. If you want fresh fish, be patient. Your table will be ready eventually.