Festive holiday places to dine, drink

5 festive holiday places to drink, dine

Pam George Culture, Headlines

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in these tasty Delaware spaces decorated for a festive holiday. Klondike Kate’s Sleigh Bar in Newark and Blitzen in Wilmington have returned to serve a cup of good cheer. To the south, Above the Dunes in Rehoboth is debuting a Miracle Pop-Up on Nov. 21. Schellville in Rehoboth has expanded its food and beer offerings, and Benvenuto in Milford has become a …

Summer House

Beach’s iconic Summer House sold to Nalu’s owner

Pam George Culture, Headlines

  When Regan Derrickson was 21, he left work at the SandCastle Motel and crossed Rehoboth Avenue for his doorman shift at the Summer House, where he checked patrons’ identification. It was a fast-paced job. The restaurant, which had opened in 1977, was a happening nightspot after 9 p.m. The establishment personified the beach vibe, and it was the inspiration …

Bellevue Diner (Ken Mammarella photo)

Bellevue Diner opening on Philadelphia Pike

Ken Mammarella Headlines, Food

  The family that owns the Sungate Diner is replicating the popular menu of the Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, landmark in Delaware. The Bellevue Diner opens Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 703 Philadelphia Pike, north of Wilmington and less than a mile south of the historic Bellevue Hall that gives it its name. The space once housed Jimmy’s Restaurant, and George Argiroudis …

Falafel is having a moment in Delaware

Falafels seem to be having a moment in Delaware

Pam George Food, Headlines

  For me, it started with the 1995 film “Party Girl.” Parker Posey’s funky character, Mary, regularly visited the same food cart to request a falafel with hot sauce, a side order of baba ghanoush and a seltzer. I was fascinated, having never had a falafel. So, what was this dish that seemed so cosmopolitan? Why did street food sound …

Delaware Burger Battle returns Aug. 27

Burger Battle returns Aug. 27 after pandemic hiatus

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  The Delaware Burger Battle, which spawned winners such as Maiale Deli’s Mexican Burger and Metro Grill’s Peach Burger, returns Saturday, Aug. 27. Ten entries will vie for the burger trophy, with three others going for the alternative burger title. A fundraiser for the Food Bank of Delaware and the Delaware ProStart Program, the battle will start at noon at …

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Bardea Steak’s ‘meat kingdom’ wows guests during soft opening

Pam George Food, Headlines

In any good story, the main characters face an obstacle or two. In this tale, restaurateur Scott Stein and chef Antimo DiMeo, founders of Bardea Food & Drink in Wilmington, encountered more than their share while opening another restaurant. Take, for instance, an unexpected pandemic, rising food costs and supply chain issues. These adversaries seemingly conspired to keep the partners …

Hammys

Oysters, burgers, brews among new Delaware beach eats

Pam George Food, Headlines

  Forget the ocean. Many visitors come to Delaware’s coast for the beach eats— and with good reason. The concepts cover the gamut, from smashed burgers to samosas. What’s more, the culinary action is no longer confined to the beach as development continues along Route 1 and toward the inland bays. If you’re headed to the beach this summer, here …

These spots will allow you to savor spring when dining out

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Thompson Island is one of many places in or near Delaware where diners can celebrate spring.   Restaurants are gearing up for a busy spring season — Easter, Mother’s Day and grads-and-dads events are on the horizon. Menus are now full of seasonal flavor — think ramps, asparagus, fiddlehead ferns — and as the calendar flips to April, dining outside …

Dine and sleep: 8 Delaware restaurants with rooms to rent

Pam George Culture, Headlines

  The dining room of Le Cavalier at the Hotel Du Pont. Photo by Jason Varney.   With the winter doldrums nearly behind us, it’s time to consider a road trip, and nothing complements an overnight stay like a satisfying meal. Fortunately, several local establishments offer tasty getaways for gourmands. Book before May, and you may snag a discount.   …

3 courses for $30: Newark Restaurant Week returns

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Newark dining spots start their annual winter Restaurant Week specials Friday, Jan. 20.     Development in downtown Newark has turned the college town into a dining destination, and you can witness that firsthand during the 2022 Newark Restaurant Week, which runs Jan. 20-26. Participating establishments will offer three-course dinners for $30. The event has been a much-loved winter promotion since …