With so many local mom-and-pop diners, cafes, pubs and restaurants in Delaware, you can probably eat at a new place every time you go out for years. All of the following restaurants are nondescript, unassuming little places that serve some of the best food in Delaware – from homemade donuts to gourmet lobster rolls. These are the places you’ve driven by a million times without much of a thought, but make it a point to visit and you will be stunned.
1. Grandpa Mac, Rehoboth Beach
Grandpa Mac is a new restaurant with two locations, but their Baltimore Ave location is my top choice. It's easy to drive right by without noticing, but once you visit, you'll never be able to pass it up. Their gourmet mac and cheese make this the most tempting hidden Delaware restaurant on the list, I think. Load up on cheeses and toppings and enjoy a gooey, delicious treat.
33 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
2. Laurel Coffee Shop, Laurel
Yes, a coffee shop makes my list of hidden Delaware restaurants because not many people who aren't Laurel natives know that this is the BEST place to get donuts in Delaware. Their homemade donuts are so good that it's worth driving here from any corner of the state. They also make wraps and sandwiches, so if you don't have the biggest sweet tooth, you'll still enjoy a bite to eat with some excellent coffee.
217 E Market St
Laurel, DE 19956
3. Goat Kitchen and Bar, Wilmington
I'm late to the party with recognizing Goat Kitchen and Bar, I'll admit it. This tiny spot with a plain sign and simple storefront finally piqued my curiosity, and would you believe it? Goat is one of the best restaurants I've tried in Delaware. From their unique appetizers like pork belly skewers to the Goat Cheese Toast, you'll find dishes you can't get anywhere else, cooked to absolute perfection.
Plaza III Center
1845 Marsh Rd
Wilmington, DE 19810
4. Striper Bites, Lewes
Okay, Striper Bites has the fanciest storefront of any Delaware restaurant on this list, but I had to include it because so many people pass it by. They serve the best shrimp and grits in the state, hands down, and every other little thing on their menu is fantastic. This is the place to go after a Lewes day trip!
107 Savannah Rd
Lewes, DE 19958
5. Modern Mixture, Rehoboth Beach
Delaware is home to a lot of great Mexican restaurants, but Modern Mixture is one I always come back to. The contemporary take on traditional classics means that you can try something new every time you visit. Their mussel and shrimp tacos are out of this world.
62 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
6. Libbys, Wilmington
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Libby's in Wilmington is a true hole-in-the-wall, and unless someone specifically takes you there or points it out, you probably wouldn't even notice the simple storefront. If you did pass this place up, you'd be missing out on one of the best breakfast spots in Delaware, with french toast that you'll swear is the best you've ever tasted.
227 W 8th St
Wilmington, DE 19801
7. El Dorado, Rehoboth Beach
El Dorado is off the beaten path in Rehoboth Beach, but it's worth visiting for their tacos and other Mexican staples. I was first drawn in to El Dorado by the near perfect online reviews, so I was thrilled when everything I tried stood up to its reputation. I always seem to get the chicken tacos here, but the fish tacos are incredible, too.
18766 John J Williams Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
8. The Dog House, New Castle
The Dog House is a classic spot for anyone who grew up in New Castle County, but those from other areas (or those new to the state!) might just pass up this incredible, unassuming Hot Dog stand. I'm including them on this list, though they are a little more well known than some other spots, because I think that The Dog House serves the best chili dogs in the world.
1200 N Dupont Hwy
New Castle, DE 19720
9. Seafood City, Felton
Seafood City is a small bar in Felton that serves All You Can Eat Crabs every night, when they're available. Load up on seafood and enjoy this place for what it is - a divey bar with some of the greatest fried seafood and seasoned crabs in slower lower.
9996 S Dupont Hwy 13
Felton, DE 19943
10. Harper's Sandwiches and Such, Middletown
There's no shortage of great sub shops in Delaware, but Harper's in Middletown gets an extra shout out because of how surprised I was when I first tasted an Italian hoagie I ordered. It was incredible! I had no idea this small sub shop existed, but now I stop by whenever I'm in town.
4390 Summit Bridge Rd
Middletown, DE 19709
11. The Georgia House, Millsboro
The Georgia House, much like the Goat Bar and Kitchen above, will absolutely knock your socks off. The gourmet food they serve is second to none, and completely unexpected if you were to judge based on the dated exterior and off-the-beaten-path location. Millsboro itself is a hidden gem in the state of Delaware, so finding this unbelievable restaurant on main street was a treat!
119 Main St
Millsboro, DE 19966
Well, now I’m starving! I think I’m going to take advantage of the amazing weather we’re getting this week and dine at some of these places – in fact, I might just have to go on another
Delaware Restaurant Road Trip and add some new locations to my map!