Veg curious? 9 places to sample plant-based food

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

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 …


Restaurants’ focus: Protecting experience, brand as costs rise

Peter OsborneBusiness, Headlines

Lee Mikles has a dizzying list of what he thinks about every day. The co-founder of OMG Hospitality restaurant group is focusing on the April launch of a new Grain menu that leans into comfort food that reminds guests of their childhood memories. He’s also trying to pay more attention to the costs of food and labor while preserving the …


Ulysses American Gastropub closed, killed by work from home

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

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 …


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

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

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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One Coastal’s Matt Kern is James Beard Award semifinalist

Pam GeorgeHeadlines, Culture

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 …


Brandywine Hundred man rates Delaware cheesesteaks

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

It is a regional debate that has lasted for generations—which restaurant has the best cheesesteak?  After meeting a date at Claymont Cheese Steak in Claymont, Jim Pappas took that question to heart.  She shared his love of Philadelphia’s—and therefore Delaware’s—iconic sandwich, and they decided to ask friends and family to reveal their favorite spots. An Uber driver, Pappas also began …

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322 BBQ/Hill Donut Co. finds fans in Brandywine Hundred

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

It’s not often that you see a restaurant sign promoting barbecue, steaks, donuts and pancakes. So, when 322 BBQ and Hill Donut Co. & Pancake House opened in Brandywine Hundred in October, many were confused. Would the combo succeed? It’s a reasonable question, given that Rosenfeld’s Deli/Big Fish Market did not last a year in the same Plaza III location. …

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Take a look at these 10 Delaware holiday pop-up bars

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

It’s holiday pop-up season, and celebrants can never get enough holly, bells and elves. But festive dĂ©cor is no longer limited to malls and retail stores.  Restaurants are also sprinkling holiday cheer in their communities. Jingle Bar at Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen  Last year, the holiday theme was limited to the Delaware Avenue restaurant’s rear patio, which has an …

Bardea Steak tasting menu

Take a peek at Bardea Steak’s new tasting menu

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

From now until New Year’s Day, many revelers will throw calories to the wind, and there’s no better place to indulge than Bardea Steak, which recently launched a chef’s tasting menu that is perfect for holiday dining—and Valentine’s Day. The downtown Wilmington restaurant, located next to the critically acclaimed Bardea Food & Drink, offers the multicourse menu for $150 per person. (Add …


Revisiting Heirloom in Lewes, just in time for holiday season

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

When Heirloom opened in 2015, some wondered if Lewes could support a fine-dining, farm-to-table concept.  The town rolls up the streets by 10 p.m., even in summer, and Rehoboth Beach had claimed culinary bragging rights. Not only did Heirloom prove them wrong, but Meghan Lee’s restaurant remains fresh and inventive. Clearly, customers haven’t suffered from a seven-year itch. Indeed, although …