Here’s a Delaware mini-vacation that would make any foodie salivate -- a nonstop, six-restaurant, three-day journey down the Delaware Culinary Trail. Compiled by a longtime Delaware restaurant critic, this Culinary Trail itinerary is filled with some decidedly tasty destinations, accompanied by suggestions for places to visit and tips on where to stay while you’re grazing and traveling. Your journey starts in Northern Delaware, winding south toward Delaware’s sunny beaches.
Start with lunch at the iconic Claymont Steak Shop, home to some of Delaware’s best cheese-steak sandwiches. Spend the afternoon gazing at world-class antiques at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library before heading to the ultra-posh Green Room restaurant, conveniently located in your hotel for the night: the ornate Hotel DuPont in Wilmington.
The day begins with a long and leisurely Delaware crab feast at rustic Sambo’s Tavern along the river in Leipsic, a short drive from Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and its vistas of migrating seabirds. Head west to Dover for a supremely fresh seafood dinner at Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant before turning in for the night after some table-game action at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.
The trip wraps up with a swing south toward the beaches, starting in Milford with lunch at Abbott’s Grill before heading to Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, where you can sample the world-famous craft beer and tour the brewery. Then it’s on to Rehoboth Beach and Nage restaurant, long a trendsetter in a town known for high culinary ideals.
Finish your journey with a walk on the beach or boardwalk before settling in to your oceanfront room at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel.