If you’re looking to enjoy a lazy weekend brunch, Delaware has you covered – from upstate to downstate, from dress up to dress down (we’re talking wear your pajamas). Here is our list of a dozen delicious brunch spots. Plus, we’ve included suggestions about nearby activities once you’ve filled up on all that yummy goodness.
So many choices: Whether you’re in the mood for something more like breakfast or more like lunch, the wide-ranging brunch menu at the House of William & Merry in Hockessin has an option that will fit the bill. The menu changes with the season and features locally sourced ingredients.
After brunch: Head over to nearby Mt. Cuba Center, where you can stroll the beautiful botanical gardens and ponder where to go for brunch next Sunday.
Pajama game: Relax at Sunday brunch at Buckley’s Tavern in Centreville. Come dressed in your pajamas. The restaurant even encourages it. You’ll get 50 percent off brunch if you do. Try the Sticky Bun French Toast or the quiche or omelet of the week.
After brunch: You’re just a short drive from the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, where you can tour the former home of Henry Francis du Pont and enjoy the serenity of its 60 acres of gardens.
Deluxe surroundings: You’ll step back into the elegance of a bygone era at The Green Room at the Hotel Du Pont in downtown Wilmington where the plush surroundings will make you feel like you’re one of the du Ponts. The menu is just as lavish, featuring four varieties of Eggs Benedict.
After brunch: Keep the elegance going with a visit to the Delaware Art Museum and its spectacular collection of Pre-Raphelite and American art.
A walk in the park: With its multiple stations offering everything from seafood to omelets, the sumptuous Sunday brunch at Deerfield Golf Club on the grounds of White Clay Creek State Park in Newark is so big, the website boasts it’s “not just lunch…it’s an event.”
After brunch: Walk off those delicious calories with a hike along the Pomeroy Rail-Trail or one of the state park’s other nature trails.
Vegetarian friendly: The menu at Home Grown Café in downtown Newark has something for everyone whether vegan, vegetarian or carnivore. The Veggie Burger and Tofu Banh Mi are among the many meat-free options.
After brunch: Upgrade your wardrobe as you shop the trendy boutiques along Main Street.
The chicken and egg: Generations of locals have made Deer Park Tavern a favorite spot and the restaurant’s weekend brunch is one reason why. Housed in a historic building built in 1851, the Deer Park’s brunch features an astounding selection of egg dishes, including the Blue Hen Omelet.
After brunch: Go for a memorable train ride on the Wilmington & Western Railroad where a steam engine will take you through the Delaware countryside.
Old school: For more than 60 years, Smyrna Diner has been serving up classic diner food and small-town friendly service that keeps customers coming back. Locals know the breakfast buffet on weekends and holidays is a must. The restaurant moved to a new location in 2008 but photos from the old building cover the walls.
After brunch: Bring your camera to photograph the many varieties of birds and other wildlife that call Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge home.
History lesson: History surrounds you as you sit on the porch of Governor’s Café in Dover enjoying your Scrapple, Egg ‘n’ Cheese. The café is located in an historic house just steps from Woodburn, the governor’s official residence, which was built around 1798.
After brunch: Head to the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base where you can see the collection of more than 30 vintage military aircraft.
Good and good for you: Nectar Café & Juice Bar in Lewes serves up a variety of healthy juice combinations like the Root Juice or Lean Green Machine. Blueberry Pancakes or Avocado Toast will also get your day off to a good start.
After brunch: Discover Cape Henlopen State Park where you can watch the Atlantic Ocean waves or bike the park’s three-mile paved trail.
Egg-ceptional: As the name implies, eggs are the signature dish at the aptly named Egg in Rehoboth Beach. But don’t forget to check out the Sriracha Candy Bacon or the Lemon Curd Crepes.
After brunch: Curl your toes in the sand, stroll the boardwalk or ride the bumper cars at Funland.
Beer here: Seafood’s the thing at Chesapeake & Maine in Rehoboth Beach, which is owned by the folks at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
Try the Chesapeake Benedict, which comes with two jumbo lump crab cakes, or the Oyster Po’ Boy sandwich and pair either with a Dogfish Head beer.
After brunch: Swing over to Tanger Outlets for a tax-free shopping binge.
That’s Italian: If you’re in the mood for brunch with an Italian twist try DiFebo’s in Bethany Beach. The menu features Italian specialties as well as breakfast items like the Pepper & Egg Sandwich served on an Italian roll or the Waffle-Bacon-Ice Cream, a waffle topped with bacon and vanilla ice cream.
After brunch: Explore the water by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Coastal Kayak in Fenwick Island rents both.
For more dining suggestions, search through the online listings and reviews, or travel the Delaware Culinary Trail.