Locals know where all good grub is located. We’ve gathered a list of the best spots across the state for an authentic meal. Dig into everything from brunch favorites to fresh-off-the-boat seafood. These tried and true spots will give you a taste of Delaware’s local staples.
301 Plaza Restaurant, Middletown: Right off Rt. 301, this authentic diner has delicious home style cooking. Try the French toast.
Bellefonte Café, Bellefonte: North of Wilmington, this artistic spot is perfect for happy hour.
Caruso’s Bistro Cucina Italiana & Pizzeria, Middletown: Order pizza by the slice or dine-in for
delectable Italian. Definitely begin with the pizza rolls!
Claymont Steak Shop, Claymont: The cheesesteak spot of Delaware and a favorite of the Governor.
Deer Park Tavern, Newark: Legendary historic hotel has been a top Newark spot for nachos and happy hour for years.
Nora Lee’s, New Castle: Cajun/Creole surrounded by the historic charm of cobblestone streets.
Pizza by Elizbeths, Greenville: Be amazed at the unique décor and flavors. The pizza is divine but you must also try the tomato soup.
Taverna, Newark: Italian fare that draws rave reviews from Main Street strollers.
Woodside Creamery, Hockessin: Straight-from-the-farm ice cream in unique flavors.
Brick Works Brewing & Eats, Smyrna: “Made from scratch from plate to glass.” Artisanal brews made onsite and popular for their happy hour dining specials.
Helen’s Sausage House, Smyrna: It’s a rite of passage in Delaware to enjoy this delicious breakfast spot. Only open for limited hours, but the wait is worth it. Try chocolate milk with your sandwich to add a sweet twist.
House of Coffi, Dover: Cozy atmosphere warms this hometown coffee shop. Serving signature drinks and tasty treats.
La Baguette Bakery, Dover: House-baked bread, plus fresh sandwiches and to-go meals. Known for their delicious signature cruffins.
Maverick Texas BBQ, Smyrna: Finger-licking goodness at this “secret gem.” Only open Fridays – Sundays with limited hours. Be sure to try the brisket.
Sambo’s Tavern, Leipsic: The most popular seafood restaurant in Delaware with fresh-off-the-boat crabs and oysters.
Abbott’s on Broad Creek, Laurel: Innovative cuisine with small town charm.
Amity Coffee, Greenwood: A true hometown coffee shop, where they roast and brew onsite.
My Sister’s Fault, Milford: Open Friday – Saturday with delicious desserts. Just wait till you try the empanadas.
Notting Hill Coffee: Delightful pastries along iconic 2nd Street in downtown Lewes. The warm cinnamon sticky bun is a must-try.
Olive & Oats by Azafran, Lewes: Spanish and Mediterranean tastes are adored.
One Coastal, Fenwick: Meals made with heart and soul using fresh ingredients.
Po’Boys Creole Restaurant, Milton: Cajun and creole specialties on the way to the beach.
Striper Bites: Where local seafood lovers get their regular fix.