The coastal state of Delaware has a rich and diverse culinary history, blending influences from the Northeast and the South and tapping into the bounty of the water. The newly introduced Delaware Culinary Trail is your passport to the First State’s most iconic dining experiences, from haute cuisine and sublime seafood to classic pizza joints, cheesesteaks and cheesecakes. No hiking boots needed – just a healthy appetite.
Check in at the oceanfront Atlantic Sands Hotel, a picturesque beachfront getaway on Rehoboth’s sandy shore. Unwind at the beachside pool, outdoor café, and day spa. Visiting groups will also appreciate the onsite restaurant and bus parking!
Hit the trail running at Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth Beach, a wildly popular seafood spot that’s just minutes from the sand. Founded by brothers Norman and Eric Sugrue, Big Fish exudes fresh coastal dining, as the countless mounted fish on the walls attest. Feast on some of the house favorites, which include broiled crab cakes and parmesan crusted rockfish.
Save room for dessert as you take a stroll down Rehoboth Avenue and Historic Boardwalk! Feel the ocean breeze and take your pick from an assortment of candy shops, ice cream parlors, and favorite beachtime treats at places like the infamous Dolle’s, Candy Kitchen, and Cold Stone Creamery! Shop in unique tax-free specialty shops and art galleries.
Jumpstart your day with a hearty breakfast at the Atlantic Sands’ full service restaurant and bar. Then, get ready for designer shopping and bargain hunting at Rehoboth’s expansive Tanger Outlets, which spans three shopping centers. Find everything from famous brands like Banana Republic, Michael Kors, Coach and Nike to independently owned boutiques like Tiger Lili.
Head back out on the Culinary Trail, pointing your compass toward Milford and a true Delaware tradition: Grotto Pizza. For lunch, don’t pass up a few slices of “the legendary taste,” unique pizza made from swirls of sweet, zesty sauce and robust cheese blends. Grotto was Delaware’s very first pizzeria, opening its flagship restaurant in Rehoboth Beach in 1960.
In nearby Dover, visit the Air Mobility Command Museum for a glance into Delaware’s aviation history. Fascinating exhibits range from bombers to crop dusters to fighter jets. Take a tour of the Delaware’s Capital City of Dover. Visit First State Heritage Park, a stop along Delaware’s History Trail, and learn about the state that started the nation.
For dinner, make your way to Wilmington and Harry’s Savoy Grill, a landmark eatery that combines classic steakhouse brawn with modern fine dining flash. The signature dish is the slow-roasted prime rib, but prime steaks, fresh seafood and martinis make Harry’s menu sparkle.
Stay overnight at the stately Christiana Hilton Hotel near Newark. Set among the picturesque Brandywine River Valley, Christiana Hilton combines comfort with luxury with its handsomely appointed rooms and deep walnut furniture. Enjoy your evening in the romantic patio setting while gazing at the swans on the pond. The Hilton is mere minutes from the Christiana Mall, Delaware’s largest and most upscale mall featuring stores such as Michael Kors, H&M, and Nordstrom.
Take pleasure in the comfort and convenience of a group breakfast at the Hilton! Spend the morning exploring Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, the beautiful grounds present a legacy of opulence and art. The property comprises a fantastic 60-acre garden of national renown, as well as the former home of Mr. du Pont himself, furnished with his priceless collection of antiques and artwork.
Venture over to the Delaware Art Museum to observe American art and illustration masterpieces from the 19th century to the present and the British Pre-Raphaelite movement of the mid-19th century. Select from a host of guided themed tours such as “Love, Lies & Oil Paint,” as expert docents reveal the intriguing stories of romance, treachery and deceit that run through the stunning museum paintings. Groups may want to indulge in a chocolate and cheese fondue!
After so much refinement, there’s only one way to wrap up the tour: a juicy cheesesteak from Claymont Steak Shop in Claymont. A favorite among locals and Vice President Joe Biden alike, Claymont competes with even Philly’s finest, thanks to the luscious shaved rib-eye steak that goes into every sandwich.
Come back to enjoy more delectable stops along the Delaware Culinary Trail! Visit five restaurants in each region to claim your limited-edition Delaware cookbook, First State Places: Iconic Delaware Restaurants and Recipes. To begin your First State culinary journey, download your passport from visitdelaware.com/culinary and view the selection of savory trail sites!
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