Delaware is full of gourmet restaurants and tiny holes-in-the-wall, but these iconic Delaware restaurants are what often comes to mind when one thinks of dining in the First State. Do any of these places remind you of home?
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Jessop's Tavern, New Castle
Jessop's is an iconic Delaware restaurant that serves up colonial food in a colonial atmosphere. Walking through the doors feels like you're walking back in time.
Check out this delicious tavern the next time you're exploring old New Castle.
114 Delaware St
New Castle, Delaware 19720
2. DiFebo's, Bethany or Rehoboth Beach
DiFebo's location in Bethany Beach is a classy beach spot where they serve up fresh takes on American and Italian dishes. You won't be disappointed by anything on the menu - there's a reason nearly everyone recognizes the DiFebo name.
789 Garfield Pkwy, Bethany Beach, DE 19930
3. Mrs. Robino's Restaurant, Wilmington
Mrs. Robino's italian restaurant has been serving up fresh, homemade pasta and Italian food for generations, and it's nearly always packed. The nostalgic atmosphere and hearty dishes will remind you of going to your grandma's house for Sunday supper.
520 N Union St, Wilmington, DE 19805
4. Russell's Quality Foods, Wilmington
Russell's serves up the freshest, most delicious BBQ in the state. You'll never be disappointed, or leave hungry, any time you stop by. It doesn't matter what you order - it's all perfect.
1204 Centerville Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
5. The Green Room, Hotel DuPont, Wilmington
This elegant DuPont restaurant is the one spot in Delaware to really indulge in a truly gourmet meal. The internationally renowned chefs will blow you away with their French and American cuisine. Don't forget to save room for the famous DuPont macaroons.
42 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE 19801
6. Blue Moon, Rehoboth Beach
Blue Moon is the restaurant that defines Rehoboth Beach. From the best fried green tomatoes you'll ever have, to unique squid ink pasta, to the towering moon pie, there's nothing that a meal here will leave you wanting. Oh, and it's also a drag bar, and they put on the best shows in the state.
35 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
7. Boondocks, Smyrna
Boondocks is in the middle of nowhere, but still somehow always has fresh crabs ready for picking.
Enjoy the tables covered in paper, the cafeteria-style seating, and the best drink in the state - Swamp Water. This is the ultimate Delaware crab-picking experience.
825 Lighthouse Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977
8. Woodys, Dewey Beach
Woody's serves the best crabcakes in the world, hands down. That's all you really need to know about this Dewey Beach bar.
1904 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
9. Sambos Tavern, Leipsic
For another great crab picking experience with a water view, you can't miss the lively Sambo's Tavern.
It's 21+ and it's a great bar to celebrate any occasion that involves drinking and stuffing your face with fresh Delaware crabs, brought in from the very dock you'll be seeing from the big windows.
283 Front St, Leipsic, DE 19901
10. Striper Bites, Lewes
Lunch or dinner at Striper Bites is a big tradition for many people who come down to visit Lewes in the summer. Their shrimp and grits is a big favorite, but anything you order here will make you happy.
107 Savannah Rd, Lewes, DE 19958
11. Charcoal Pit, Wilmington
If you want a gourmet meal, look elsewhere. If you want an old-fashioned soda fountain that serves up gigantic ice cream sundaes and the greasiest, most delicious burgers around, you've found your spot! The Charcoal Pit has been a Wilmington landmark for generations.
2600 Concord Pike
Wilmington, Delaware 19803
12. Jimmy's Grill, Bridgeville
Please note, Jimmy's Grill in Bridgeville has permanently closed.
Jimmy's Grill in Bridgeville is known for their classic comfort food, diner style, and unforgettable homemade pies. Delawareans have been flocking to this slower lower spot for generations when the craving for the best pie in the state hits. 18541 S Main St
Bridgeville, DE 19933