Every state has its iconic food, its classic dishes – cheesecake in New York City, barbecue in Texas. In Delaware, a long agricultural history and a proximity to the sea help make the classic dishes stand out. And many of the most delectable Delaware treats are not only tasty – frequently, they are associated with (or even made by) one of the state’s top destinations: Saltwater taffy and crab cakes are forever associated with summer days at the beach. Dogfish Head’s food is best enjoyed during a trip to the fabulous-and-funky Milton brewery itself.
Here are a few Delaware delicacies to get you started – all of them are available online, but we of course encourage you to enjoy them up-close-and-personal during a trip to Delaware (both Dogfish Head and Harvest Ridge are part of the always fun Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail).
Incredible edibles from Dogfish Head:
Delaware’s top craft brewery is becoming increasingly well-known for its lineup of food, all perfectly suited to a cold glass of an award-winning Dogfish IPA. The brewery’s Hard Tack Chowder is based on a recipe from Herman Melville’s classic American novel "Moby Dick,” which described the dish as being "made of small juicy clams, scarcely bigger than hazelnuts, mixed with pounded ship biscuit, and salted pork cut up into little flakes; the whole enriched with butter, and plentifully seasoned with pepper and salt” (and in this case, also infused with 60 Minute IPA). The brewery’s Brooklyn Brine Pickles is also fortified with Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, along with caramelized onions and Cascade hops, and is packaged by hand in Brooklyn Brine's small artisanal kitchen.
Wine from Harvest Ridge Winery:
A visit to Harvest Ridge Winery will have you feeling like you have stepped back in time – to an era when life was less frantic, more relaxed, and soothingly simple. Nestled in the scenic countryside of Western Kent County, Harvest Ridge is far enough away from civilization to allow the country charm to blossom, but close enough to shopping and historic sites to be perfect for a day trip. Recently, the winery started making two of its most-beloved wines available online: the 2013 Chardonnay and the Reserve Merlot.
Crab cakes from Fenwick Crabhouse:
There’s really no substitute for a day on the Delaware beaches, but if any one thing could come close, it’s probably a sweet Delaware crab cake. Hand-made right at the beach in Fenwick Island, Fenwick Crabhouse has built quite a family business handcrafting Delaware-style crab cakes and selling them online.
Dolle’s Salt Water Taffy:
For generations of Delawareans, the Dolle’s sign at the intersection of Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach means two things – vacations at the beach and sweet saltwater taffy.
Treats from Fisher’s Popcorn:
You simply haven’t experienced Delaware’s unforgettable beaches until you have done three things: Had a slice of Grotto Pizza, had a tub of vinegar-soaked French fries, and devoured a few handfuls of Fisher’s popcorn or caramel corn while strolling Delaware’s boardwalks. While they haven’t yet found a way to ship the boardwalk and salt air to your home, you can at least get some of the treat that has a boardwalk memory in every bite.