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Restaurant highlights: Grotto’s game fare, spirited dinners

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Grotto Pizza is offering a Game Day menu and contest at its Rehoboth restaurants.

It’s football season, and that means Grotto Pizza has kicked off its “Game Day” menu, available at all the Rehoboth Beach-based chain’s sports bars.

Selections include loaded nachos (add chili or chicken for an extra charge), Buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips, a jumbo soft pretzel with honey mustard and an all-beef hotdog. (Chili and cheese are available.)

During games, the bar area will also feature specials. For instance, wings are $1 each on Mondays and Thursdays, starting at 7 p.m. (Guests must order at least four wings.)

Beer specials include $4.50 Miller Lite big beers daily and $4.50 Coors Light Big Beers on Saturdays and Sundays.

Blue Moon pints are $3.50 on Mondays, and Yuengling pints are $3.50 on Thursdays.

From Thursdays through Mondays, Vizzy Seltzers are $5.

Before you nosh, submit a Pigskin Pick’ Em form. No purchase is necessary, but you must be 21 to play.

Participating Grotto Pizza restaurants will award a $500 Visa gift card to the person scoring the most cumulative points at that location during the 18-week pro football season.

In addition, visitors to the sports bars during the 2023 season can enter to win an all-inclusive five-day trip for two to Jamaica.


Delaware Saengerbund’s Oktoberfest: The annual tradition starts Friday, Sept. 15.

Don’t miss culinary events

Delaware Saengerbund’s Oktoberfest: The annual tradition starts Friday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Sept. 17. (The parade is Friday at 7 p.m.)

German specialties include grilled bratwurst (pork sausage), weisswurst (veal sausage), barbecued chicken, potato pancakes, pretzels and “rollmops,” marinated herring served with rye bread.

Sides include house-made potato salad and sauerkraut.

Tickets are $10, which includes the amusement rides.

Small Wonder Big Bite Pam George“Lord of the Rings” at Sonora: You can’t say that Melissa Ferraro isn’t creative. On Thursday, Sept. 21, she’s serving dishes inspired by “Lord of the Rings” at her restaurant, Sonora Restaurant & Bar, in Newark.

All eight of the Hobbit-worthy courses will be paired with a cocktail.

For example, Eowyn’s fish soup will be paired with the Hobbit & Harfoot cocktail (bourbon, blackberry and basil.) Tickets are $99 each. Call 302-525-6010 for reservations.

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Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival: Sonora’s Ferraro will compete in the Chef Throwdown at the Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Nassau Valley Vineyard. There were still a few tickets remaining.

Bourbon Cocktail Dinner: On Sept. 27, the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana in Newark will host a five-course bourbon cocktail dinner at 6:30 p.m.

The courses aren’t shy.

Consider smoked coffee-rubbed brisket with applewood bacon-and bourbon barbecue sauce and grilled sweet-and-smoky tenderloin with dried fruit-pancetta quinoa and mint chimichurri.

The paired cocktails will feature spirits from the Jim Beam portfolio, including a Basil Hayden Dark Rye Manhattan.

Tickets are $110 per person. Call 302-631-1542.

‘Bean to Bar’ educator: On Sept. 28 at 5 p.m., Scout Café near Wilmington’s Triangle area will welcome Estelle Tracy, a chocolate educator espousing the “bean-to-bar” movement.

Tickets for chocolate lovers—or the choco-curious—are $30 each.

The Pondrestaurant

The Pond’s space was listed on a commercial real estate site this summer.

The Pond dries up

Coastal locals were shocked when The Pond Bar & Grill in Rehoboth Beach announced that it was closing Sept. 9.

The restaurant/music venue started in 1982 as The Frogg Pond Tavern in downtown Rehoboth Beach.

In 2021, it relocated to the former TGI Fridays on Route 1.

The move seemed a smart one given the plentiful parking and large bar. Indeed, patrons packed the bar area when bands like Sweet Leda and Hot Sauce took the stage.

Earlier this summer, the space was on commercial real estate pages. The listing has since been removed.

Sounds like something new is coming.


Revelation Craft Brewing’s Georgetown location opened on Sept. 7.

Brewery open in Georgetown

Revelation Craft Brewing’s Georgetown location opened on Sept. 7, giving the brewery four times the space of its intimate Rehoboth Beach location.

The spacious new digs are in 16 Mile Brewing Co.’s old space and needed significant renovations and brewery upgrades.

During the five years it took to get the Georgetown site up and running, Revelation opened a popup at Hudson Fields off Route 1.

All three locations will celebrate Oktoberfest on Friday, Sept. 29.

DaNizza, a wood-fired pizza truck, has supplied the Rehoboth tasting room with food and will also serve Georgetown.

Bardea SteakRestaurant

Bardea Steak was named one of the best restaurants in the South by Southern Living Magazine.

Bardea, Le Cav earn accolades

Southern Living has named Bardea Steak one of the best new restaurants in the South—even though the Wilmington restaurant is decidedly north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

“Admittedly, we were surprised to be included (Wilmington is considered the south ???),” the Bardea Restaurant Group’s announcement noted.

Evidently, when it comes to beef, the North and South agree.

Bardea Steak isn’t the only Wilmington receiving recognition.

USA Today named Le Cavalier at the Hotel du Pont one of the 10 best hotel restaurants.

A panel nominated the restaurants, and the public voted on their favorites. Chez Philippe in The Peabody Memphis took the top spot, and Le Cav came in at number eight.

Le Cav plans to bring back afternoon tea in autumn, and several holiday events are planned. Stay tuned.



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