Kent County’s location puts its growing dining scene front and center. Whether you want a classic steak, Indian cuisine or the freshest of seafood, Kent’s got it. Dig in.
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Robert Ashby already owned three restaurants in Newark when he opened McGlynn’s Pub in Dover last October.
“With the state offices, businesses and four colleges in Kent County as well as leisure travelers going to and from the beach and New Castle County, and, of course, the local residents, U.S. 13 is always packed with potential customers,” Ashby says. “Dover combines the high activity level of a state capital with the feeling of a small town where the locals appreciate and support good businesses in their community.”
Dennis Forbes, the Delaware Restaurant Association’s 2009 chairman, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant in Dover. He attributes part of his restaurant’s success to the cultural and recreational activities that are attracting a growing number of leisure travelers to the county.
Forbes mentioned the slots at Dover Downs as well as the performances and activities offered by the Schwartz Center for the Arts.
DRA president and CEO Carrie Leishman agrees that Kent County offers great opportunity for independent restaurants, from casual to white tablecloth, as well as for regional and national brands.
Even established destinations such as Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino have launched new upscale on-site dining offerings. At Dover Downs, there’s the classic oyster house-themed Doc Magrogan’s. Harrington opened an intimate steak and seafood restaurant called Bonz.
“Research shows that dining in restaurants has become an increasingly important part of the travel experience for most people,” Leishman says.
Dony Singh, owner of Dover’s Flavor of India for the past four years, believes diners looking for interesting foods at value prices are turning to ethnic eateries. Kent County offers plenty of opportunities for internationally inclined diners to savor authentic flavors representing the cuisines of India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Vietnam.
Page 2: Kent Country Restaurants | The following list of dining spots features a combination of local standards and new kids on the block.