67 Great Dates
Are you trying to make a great first impression? Rekindling the flame with your betrothed? Help has arrived, as Matt Amis has done the work for you.
By Matt Amis Published April 12, 2010 at 11:02 AM
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Faves old and new are staples at the stately Milton Theater (110 Union St., Milton, 684-3400). The old movie house teams with local and national arts organizations, so the programs are always fun and diverse—murder mysteries one month, amateur film fest the next—but its regular screenings of digital format movies are always popular.
Who could ignore the most classic of no-fuss-no-muss dates: a cup of coffee? Any one of New Castle County’s 10 hip, loungy Brew Ha Ha! locations would fit the bill nicely, though we’re especially fond of the fireplace seats at the store on Newark’s Main Street. The decor of eco-conscious Notting Hill Coffee Roastery (124 Second St., Lewes, 645-0733), is ridiculously romantic, a quaint and cozy space where you might split a panini over some hot cups of Peruvian bird-friendly java. Or maybe go dutch on a cup of Mocha Frost at the contemporary Presto! (1206 N. Washington St., Wilmington, 777-3786), where you and your date can duel at chess or Connect Four while sharing delicious chocolate confections and baked treats. Flavored coffees are a specialty at The Perfect Cup Café (7460 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 239-9118), where breakfast creations and fresh-baked bâtards are perfecto.
Lovingly restored to its Colonial glory, warm, candlelit Dilworthtown Inn (1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, Pa., 610-399-1390) is the epitome of romantic dining in the region. French-inspired New American cuisine such as Châteaubriand steak for two carved tableside and sauced with béarnaise awaits romance seekers. Bentwood chairs, stone fireplaces, soft colors—romantic times 10.
The award-winning wine program and beautifully plated American cuisine only begin to explain the enchanting aura of Eden (23 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3330), a paradise of curtained private booths, mood lighting and brilliant food. If you really want to hide away, this is your place.
Nothing says caring like sharing, or something like that. That’s why Orillas Tapas Bar and Restaurant (413 N. Market St., Wilmington, 427-9700) is one of Wilmington’s hottest date places, together comfy and trendy with food and drinks that match the atmosphere. A low ceiling, brick walls and soft lighting set the mood. A few miles southwest is equally shareable Olé Tapas Lounge (1126 Capitol Trail, Newark, 224-9378), which is filled with freshly shaved jamón Serrano, grilled calamari and more.
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