Matt Kern, chef/owner of One Coastal.

Delaware’s Matt Kern of One Coastal is a James Beard Finalist

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When Matt Kern was growing up in the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, area, he often felt like he didn’t belong. That changed when he was 14 and started working in a restaurant kitchen. “I immediately felt comfortable,” recalled Kern, who couldn’t afford culinary school tuition. His sense of belonging has reached a new level. This morning, the James Beard Foundation released the Restaurant and …

Taste & Sea

Taste & Sea’s superb menu stresses seafood first, then steak

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Christina “Chrissy” Villare-Talbot and her husband, John, shared the dream of owning a restaurant together. Most would agree that John has the pedigree for it.  A graduate of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, he’d worked at Creed’s Seafood & Steaks in King of Prussia since 2000, when he was hired as a sous chef. He later became executive …

veg

Veg curious? 9 places to sample plant-based food

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Curiosity killed the cat—or so they say. But when it comes to today’s most popular diet trend, curiosity is a good thing. Integrating plant-based foods into your life can help reduce the risk of illnesses related to diets high in fat and red meat. Since spring produce will likely hit the shelves early, it’s an ideal time to turn over …

Ulysses

Ulysses American Gastropub closed, killed by work from home

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After 13 years, Ulysses American Gastropub in Brandywine Hundred has closed. The beer-friendly restaurant is in the Shoppes at Graylyn on Marsh Road. A notice posted today on the door reads:  “It is with great sadness that we write this letter. After much consideration we made the difficult decision to close Ulysses American Gastropub. We want to thank all of …

Wilmington Beer Week

2024 Wilmington Beer Week adds brews outside city

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Move over Philly. The craft brew scene in New Castle County, Delaware, is turning the area into a regional destination for beer lovers “It’s very important to remind everyone how good the craft beer scene is within our state borders and urge them to enjoy more beers made locally,” said Daniel Sheridan, owner of Stitch House Brewery in downtown Wilmington. “We really …

Kaisy's

Kaisy’s Delights offers European vibe in former Millsboro bank

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Ten years ago, people may have questioned Thierry Langer’s decision to open a European-flavored breakfast and lunch spot in Millsboro, where trucks carrying chickens rumble through the downtown district. But Langer didn’t hesitate when he saw the bank-turned-restaurant at the corner of Main and State streets. Kaisy’s Delights opened in January 2024 to an eager audience. “There was a perfect synchronicity,” …

Del Pez

Popular Del Pez gastropub crosses border into Glen Mills

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Javier Acuna took a risk in 2016 when he opened Del Pez Mexican Gastropub on the Wilmington Riverfront.  At the time, customers seeking Latin flavors wanted straightforward tacos, enchiladas and fajitas—the cuisine they ordered at Acuna’s Santa Fe Mexican Grill in Newark and Wilmington. But Del Pez is about creative flavors, artful plating and the interplay of ingredients, an approach …

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Need warming up? Dip into one of these flights of soup

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January was more like Janu-dreary, and if February follows suit, restaurants will need more soup options on the menu. That’s because few foods warm the body and soul like soup. Granted, multiple choices can create a challenge. Which one to pick? Happily, several Delaware eateries came up with a solution: a flight. If it seems like a strange idea, consider …

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Delaware chefs embrace everything bagel seasoning

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If it seems like everything bagel seasoning is, well, everywhere, that’s because it is. Avocado toast, pizza, pop tarts and arepas are among the food getting that deli treatment in Delaware, and they’re not alone. A National Restaurant Association poll of culinary professionals found that the addictive seasoning was named a top flavor for 2024. The mix typically includes dried garlic …

Matt Kern

One Coastal’s Matt Kern is James Beard Award semifinalist

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Matt Kern, chef and owner of One Coastal in Fenwick Island, is a semifinalist for a James Beard Award in the Best Chef Mid-Atlantic category. This is Kern’s third semifinalist nomination. He was a semifinalist in 2019 and 2020 while working at Heirloom in Lewes. “It’s way different,” this time, said Kern, who purchased One Coastal from Scott and Carlie Carey in 2022. “I have …