There are a lot of great neighborhood restaurants in Delaware, because we’re such a close knit community. These places are the best of the best – small-town restaurants, or big town restaurants with a small-town feel – and they serve food that is out of this world. You’ll love them all, and you’ll want to come back for more.
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1. Frederica Pizza and Pasta House
You've been here, right? I feel like almost everybody has, and almost everybody returns. Frederica Pizza and Pasta House is an oasis in an otherwise sparsley-restauranted area, and luckily for us, it serves absolutely amazing food. Stop by next time you're in the area and marvel at the gigantic portions and incredible homemade sauces.
1491 Frederica Rd
Frederica, DE 19946
2. Hall's Family Restaurant, Wyoming
Get yourself some homemade apple pie dumplings or try the special of the day at Hall's, right on Railroad Ave in Wyoming. Hall's has been a part of Wyoming for a long time, and it's one of the best places to get comfort food in the area.
108 N Railroad Ave, Wyoming, DE 19934
3. Southern Grill, Ellendale
The Southern Grill of Ellendale is one of the only places where you can still get - you guessed it - muskrat. It's a slower lower tradition that I don't quite understand, I'll be honest. However, the Southern Grill is packed on muskrat nights, so there's gotta be something to it. Why not try for yourself?
711 Main St, Ellendale, DE 19941
4. El Nopal, Dover
There's a reason that El Nopal makes so many of our lists... best hole in the wall, best for tacos, and now, best neighborhood restaurant. This unassuming restaurant is just that good. El Nopal has been a staple of Dover dining for years, and with food this good, it's here to stay.
627 W Division St
Dover, DE 19904
5. Charlie's Pizza, Claymont
Charlie's has been a Claymont landmark for over 30 years, so stop in and get some of the best pizza in Delaware.
2703 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont, DE 19703
6. 33 West Ale House, Dover
Right in the heart of Downtown Dover is a little ale house that feels like home whenever you walk in. The food is out of this world - amazing takes on homestyle favorites, and new dishes to mix up the offerings are added frequently. Trust me, you've never had crab and spaghetti like this anywhere else.
7. Captain Mac's Fish House, Selbyville
Freshly caught fish, a back porch overlooking the water, and um, more freshly caught fish are what makes Capitan Mac's a Selbyville legend. Stop in during the summer and feel like a real local.
37320 Lighthouse Rd
Selbyville, DE 19975
8. Northeast Seafood Kitchen, Ocean View
Seafood and Comfort Food are matched up perfectly at this Ocean View spot, where you can dine outside if the weather's nice. Clam mac and cheese, viegar tots, and of course mussels and oysters will make you feel like you're at an upscale neighborhood seafood bake. Yum!
29 Atlantic Ave, Ste Ocean
Ocean View, DE 19970
9. The Parkway, Bethany Beach
The Parkway is a tiny restaurant and you might just walk right past it, if you didn't know where to look. Despite it's quaint size, it serves some of the most incredible entrees in the state. The rack of lamb is a favorite, but you'll also find some amazing shrimp, chicken and veggie dishes here.
114 Garfield Pkwy
Bethany Beach, DE 19930-7705
10. Jimmy's, Bridgeville
Jimmy's is the place to go if you're looking for amazing slippery dumplings, for sure. They also have great crabcakes and fried comfort foods, so even if you're not into dumplings (what?!), you'll still find something delicious here. Be sure to try some of the homemade desserts.
18541 S Main St
Bridgeville, DE 19933
11. Po' Boys Creole, Milton
Fresh southern food is what you'll find at Po' Boys, which as been a staple of Milton dining for years. You won't find any better creole in Delaware, and the welcoming environment is a perfect complement to the incredible food.
900 Palmer St
Milton, DE 19968
12. Tony's Cafe, Newark
Tony's is your classic neighborhood Italian restaurant, so of course it made our list. I love ordering takeout and having leftovers for days, because the portions are huge.
366 Possum Park Rd
Newark, DE 19711
These neighborhood restaurants in Delaware are all local favorites, and one trip there will be all you need to understand why. If you’re still hungry, check out our list of the
Newest Restaurants in Delaware, and decide which one of these will be the next neighborhood star.