Delaware Today magazine Savor dining review: A review by dining critic Matt Amis of upscale restaurants at the Christiana Mall near Newark, including Brio Tuscan Grille, JB Dawson’s and Nordstrom Sixth & Pine
Going Uptown: The Christiana Mall is transformed into an upscale dining destination.
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At a Glance
Brio Tuscan Grille
305 Christiana Mall Road, Newark, 368-1448, brioitalian.com
Recommended dishes: bruschetta, sweet potato risotto
JB Dawson’s Restaurant & Bar
315 Christiana Mall, Newark, 369-4000, jbdawsons.com
Recommended dishes: slow-cooked ribs
Nordstrom Sixth & Pine Restaurant
100 Christiana Mall, Newark, 613-6000, shopchristianamall.com/dining-entertainment/nordstrom-sixth-pine-restaurant
Recommended dishes: lime-cilantro skirt steak
The Christiana Mall looked, to me, otherworldly.
Stepping through an entrance and looking around for the first time since its $125 million-dollar overhaul made my melon swivel like a tourist in Times Square. The crowds, the lights, the stores—even—all spell instant sensory overload to my poor, sheltered brain.
But with the holiday shopping crunch upon us, spending extended periods of time at the mall this month seems unavoidable. At some point during the endless, frenzied shopping, you’ll need to eat.
The food court is back and refurbished, with its endless supply of fried nuggets and syrupy moo shu, and standards like Auntie Anne’s, Orange Julius and Cinnabon remain in force as go-to guilty pleasures. There are also new, slightly fancier digs, including California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory and locally owned Pacuigo Gelato.
But in this new mall, where upscale is king and Anthropologie and Michael Kors are the standards, only the best will do. So in an effort to supplement its destination shopping with destination dining, property bosses General Growth Properties lured a handful of buzzy, boutique chain restaurants into the roster.
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