The 10 Best Brunch Spots in Delaware!

It’s not all about the first meal of the day. On the weekends, it’s about brunch—that perfect time between breakfast and lunch. Eat all of your favorites from charcuterie boards to breakfast sandwiches to fresh salads. Maybe sip on a mimosa while you’re at it. Here are the 10 best brunch places in Delaware.  

1. Caffè Gelato Restaurant, Newark, DE

We tend to think of brunch as an English or American term, but Caffe Gelato will change all of that. This Italian-American restaurant offers starter like charcuterie with prosciutto di parma, manchego, Spanish and Kalamata olives, caper berries, crostini, port wine and fig jam, soppressata, and chorizo. And we did not even mention lobster gnocchi, lobster with eggs, or eggs mignon yet.

2. Homegrown Cafe, Newark, DE

Featuring made-from-scratch food and weekend brunch, this colorful eatery with vegetarian-friendly meals has been dishing up the good stuff for 17 years. Their brunch menu features such delectable dishes as crab fondue and a shrimp po’boy as well as pastries and a biscuit sandwich with country fried chicken, sausage gravy, smoked cheddar, over easy egg, and home fries.

3. Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon, Wilmington, DE

There is not much better than brunch—unless it is brunch served at a charcoal house and saloon. This lively, polished hangout features new American fare, an oval bar, a patio, and regular acoustic music. And the brunch menu features mouthwatering dishes like New Orleans barbecue shrimp and grits, Texas smoked brisket and eggs, and a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar.

4. Bethany Blues BBQ, Bethany Beach and Lewes, DE

This big, family-friendly barbecue joint offers a blend of traditional, slow-smoked flavors with beach cuisine, and, as it turns out, seafood and barbecue make for a winning combo. For brunch choose from award-winning brisket, crab benedict, breakfast skillets, and an omelet bar with just under 20 ingredients to choose from. And don’t forget about the cornbread pancakes or the Texas toast.

5. Trolley Square Oyster House, Wilmington, DE

Featuring a crab melt, omelets, a scrapple sandwich, French toast, and something called a Brunch Bowl, Trolley Square throws a weekend brunch event like you wouldn't believe. Oh, and did we mention the Bloody Mary Bar and the Mimosa Bar? Featuring house-infused spirits starting at just six bucks, it very well may be the best deal in town.

6. Chelsea Tavern, Wilmington, DE

Chelsea’s is a gastropub with a very modern look and feel. With 31 craft beers on tap and a menu that is based on locally sourced food, the tavern promises “you'll find a new flavor to love every time you visit.” As for the brunch menu, you could not ask for more variety, and, from mixed-berry crepes to pork belly Eggs Benedict and homemade pastrami hash, they know how to put on a show.

7. Cantwell’s Tavern, Odessa, DE

With a history that dates back to 1822, Cantwell’s offers elevated American fare in a restored 19th-century tavern. They also offer a raw bar, which is available for brunch, as well as one heck of a weekend brunch banquet. We are talking fresh pastries, French toast, pancakes, biscuits and sausage gravy, eggs benedict, omelets, and more. 

8. Dead Presidents Pub and Restaurant, Wilmington, DE

At this dead president and historic event themed restaurant you will find American cuisine & daily happy-hour specials. Plus, they put on a pretty epic brunch. Their menu sports colorfully named dishes like the “Garfield Omelette” and the “LBJ French Toast.” But you can get waffles, pancakes, and, our favorite, a Monte Cristo that will blow your socks off.

9. The House of William and Merry, Hockessin, DE

This remodeled century-old farmhouse boasts an open kitchen and “upscale New American food.” Run by a husband and wife team, brunch here is elegant and sophisticated without being pretentious. The pecan pie French toast, the blueberry cream cheese stuffed French toast, or the smoked duck sandwiches today.

10. Deer Park Tavern, Newark, DE

With roots that date back to1851, Deer Park has supposedly seen such notables as Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon pass through its doors.  With a historic weekend brunch, featuring five different variations on eggs benedict and nine different omelets, this place has learned a thing or two about good eats over the years. Plus, find pancakes, waffles, French toast, burgers, and more.

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