Chef Robbie Jester Kitty Knight Deep Blue

Robbie Jester aims to infuse new life into Kitty Knight

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Robbie Jester has come home.  Sort of. Raised in Galena, Maryland, the chef is partnering with Jamestown Hospitality Group, owner of Deep Blue at Kitty Knight, an inn and restaurant in Galena, to infuse new life into the old establishment. “Ironically, my dad owned Kitty Knight in the 1980s, and I was conceived there,” said Jester, a Culinary Institute of …

BlueBird

Dan Butler’s BlueBird brings breakfast, lunch happiness

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Dan Butler is unafraid to take risks. In 1991, the Culinary Institute of America graduate opened Griglia Toscana in Trolley Square. At the time, most Italian restaurants served red “gravy” and meatballs. However, Butler offered artisanal pizza from a wood-burning oven, grilled veal and hard-to-find risotto. He wasn’t afraid to mess with success; he’s tweaked Toscana several times. It’s now Piccolina …

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 …

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 …

everything

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 …

Cheesesteak

Brandywine Hundred man rates Delaware cheesesteaks

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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 …

Tom’s Hand “Craft”ed Pizza Cones

Delaware food truck puts pizza in a cone

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Tom Craft doesn’t stray far from the kitchen. The co-founder of 2 Fat Guys American Grill in Hockessin is a full-time culinary arts instructor at Delcastle Technical High School. Consequently, he has summers off. Since partner Jeff Cook handles the restaurant’s on-site operations, Craft wanted a productive part-time gig, which, of course, involves food. Introducing  a surprising twist on the traditional slice. …

holiday pop-ups Klondike Kate's

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

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It’s holiday pop-up season, and celebrants can never get enough holly, bells and elves. But festive décor 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

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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 …