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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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Opening of Grain in Trolley Square reminder of changes there

Pam George Food, Headlines

  The opening of Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen on Wednesday, May 11, is another feather in Trolley Square’s party hat. The stretch between N. DuPont Street and N. Scott Street is a hipster hive that can hold its own against most fun hubs in the state. But it wasn’t always that way. Here’s a look at what is and …

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Hamilton’s brings elegant fare to Newark’s Main Street

Pam George Culture, Headlines

  Hamilton’s on Main features this dining room on the front of the first floor.   For months, Newark residents and visitors impatiently waited for Hamilton’s on Main to open its doors. The anticipation grew when the restaurant hosted a private party last December, but an unexpected HVAC issue forced the hungry public to practice patience. The wait is finally over. Hamilton’s …

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Wine, dine with Italian count at Milford’s Benvenuto

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Conti Manfredo di San Bonifacio   It’s not every day that Milford-area diners get to dine with a count. But on Friday, March 18, Conti Manfredo di San Bonifacio will be showcasing his wines at Benvenuto, a Milford restaurant.  The count and the restaurant are a perfect pairing, said Diego Lascano, the restaurant’s wine and beverage director.  “We are a …