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 | Olé Tapas Lounge and Restaurant
1126 Capitol Trail, Newark, 224-9378
READERS, DOWNSTATE | Espuma
28 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4199
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Orillas Tapas Bar & Restaurant
413 N. Market St., Wilmington, 427-9700
The ever-changing menu at Orillas Tapas Bar and Restaurant offers tiny dishes filled with things such as Serrano ham croquettes with guava-rum glaze, marinated olives, roasted red peppers and the mainstay item, garlicky gambas al ajillo. The atmosphere—a welcoming wooden bar, a few intimate tables, exposed brick and low lights—is muy romantic.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Café Azafrán
109 Market St., Lewes, 644-4446
18 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8100
Café Azafrán keeps Mediterranean cuisine at its core. You’ll see saffron (azafran in Español) pop up in tapas like steamed mussels in a saffron sofritto, and seared sea scallops with saffron crema. Haricots verts Azafran are big sellers, as are garlic shrimp and lamb albondigas (meatballs). Get a tapas starter kit loaded with Serrano ham, roasted red peppers, Romesco, tapenade, artichoke hearts, Manchego cheese, goat cheese, and more.