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 …

Lewes Oyster House

New Lewes Oyster House offers seaside tavern vibes

Pam George Culture, Headlines

  The Lewes Oyster House proves that good things come to all who wait. After months of construction delays, the downtown Lewes restaurant at 108 Second St. opened to the public this week. Last week, however, the Second Street eatery gave the staff a trial run with friends and family, and one reporter talked her way into a seat at the oyster …

Rosenfeld's Big Fish

Rosenfeld’s Big Fish closes in Brandywine Hundred

Pam George Culture, Headlines

North Wilmington residents craving matzoh ball soup, fresh mahi or a Reuben sandwich were disappointed today. Rosenfeld’s Big Fish on Marsh Road has closed. A sign on the restaurant door in the Plaza III shopping center noted that the closing was effective as of Oct. 24, after only being open six months. Neither Warren Rosenfeld, who founded the Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli concept …

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 …

Drift white dressed stones oysters

Catch the Drift: Beach restaurant relaxed, refined

Pam George Food, Headlines

    In the late 19th century, Methodists traveled to Rehoboth Beach to renew their spirit beside the sea. These “campers” stayed in rudimentary wood houses known as tents. However, they spent most of their time listening to the Rev. Robert W. Todd’s sermons in the tabernacle. Things have changed. Zealous foodies have replaced the faithful, and the modern getaway to …

Barbecue BBQ Bethany Blues

Summer & barbecue: Try these finger-lickin’ spots

Pam George Headlines, Food

  Recent culinary headlines in Delaware have titillated coastal diners’ taste buds. The team behind Bethany Blues plans to put a barbecue joint in the heart of Rehoboth Beach. Downtown Blues — a departure from the name of the Lewes and Bethany Beach locations — will move into the original Nicola Pizza site on North First Street. (Nicola is moving …

Ciro restaurant's tasting menu

Ciro’s tasting menu highlights hidden jewel’s offering

Pam George Food, Headlines

In Delaware, status is bestowed to those with low-digit license plates, an address in the 19807 zip code and beachfront property. But in culinary circles, you can display your cultural or financial wealth by posting your tasting menu on Facebook. At Snuff Mill Restaurant, Butchery & Wine Bar, the “Off the Chain” six-course menu runs $200 per person sans wine. The …

Bardea Steak

What it’s like to eat at Bardea Steak

Pam George Food, Headlines

  We fully intended to get a steak. After all, that’s what carnivores normally do when visiting a steakhouse. But once we entered Bardea Steak’s sleek space, we succumbed to the allure of the unexpected. And there’s much that’s surprising about the new Market Street restaurant in the heart of downtown Wilmington. The steakhouse quietly opened this week with nary a phone …

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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 …

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Rosenfeld’s Big Fish opens in Brandywine Hundred

Pam George Culture, Headlines

  Warren Rosenfeld is asking Brandywine Hundred residents for a bit of patience. The new Rosenfeld’s Big Fish in North Wilmington is not the Washington, D.C.-area native’s first restaurant. Still, it has faced modern obstacles, namely staffing shortages, supply chain issues and backups in permits and licenses. The combination restaurant, deli and market on Marsh Road had a soft opening May 12, …