Established in 1994, the Iron Hill brewery at Wilmington was one of the first to open in the series of this award-winning brewery restaurant chain. Beer enthusiasts need no introduction to their stellar array of handcrafted beers that have stood against some of the best in the region. From Belgian Ales to Lagers, each of their brews has a distinct flavor that is bound to please most tastes. Though beer is admittedly in focus here, the food to go with your brews is surprisingly well thought-of. Iron Hill offers a diverse menu of modern American specialties, and has everything from soups and salads to burgers, pizzas and sandwiches; perfect grub to match the beers on offer. The kitchen caters to dietary restrictions with a gluten free menu and also has a full menu for kids. The level of cooking is head and heels above the the average pub grub and blurs the lines between the brewery and the restaurant. The beautiful waterside location and spacious interiors make it a good choice for large groups and private functions as well. Check website for more.
With mentions dating back to the 18th Century, the space housing the Columbus Inn has a rich history. And with it's restoration and reopening in 2010, the owners have succeeded at not only updating it to a modern establishment that holds relevance today, but also bringing some of its glory back. A lesson in history, however, is not a requisite to having a good time at the Columbus Inn. On offer is a superb selection of contemporary American fare that changes with the seasons and a drinks list that shuffles flawlessly between the old world and new. From ancient concoctions and classics to modern takes, there's a fair bit of variety here and it won't hurt to try a little from every era. The interiors feature plenty of old-style wooden touches and some great lighting choices for a warm atmosphere. The contemporary seating choices provide a nice contrast. There is a choice of private rooms if you're looking for group dining or private parties. Check website for more.
When it comes to great beer paired with excellent food, there's few who can come close to Iron Hill in the city. A recipient of numerous awards for its brews, Iron Hill does not rest on its drink laurels alone and sets the bar with a food menu comprising of an exceptional selection of American favorites. The diversity and the amount of choices available will prove to be a pleasant surprise for foodies who've always had a gripe about the attention given to food at proper places to drink. The full menu features great selection in everything from starters and entrees to pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and even desserts. There's a kids menu as well as a selection of healthy choices. It even caters to people with dietary restrictions with a gluten free menu. Iron Hill's award-winning beers form most of the drink selection with seasonal brews also making an appearance. An excellent place for a complete drinking and dining experience.
Located a little away from the Newark's city center, The Blue Crab Grill is a tempting affair for seafood lovers with a varied menu of specialties from the sea. Everything from mussels and oysters to lobsters and crabs of course is well represented on the menu. The little menu of seafood pastas is worth a try as are the seafood platters. To accompany your food is an excellent selection of wines chosen carefully to pair with the seafood flavors. For a little more diversity, head to the bar that has a superb selection of local beers, microbrews and wines. The interiors are done up in fairly muted colors, but feature great use of woods for a warm effect. Seafood artwork and memorabilia adorn the otherwise blank walls. An excellent bet for lovers of seafood.
The first of the two acclaimed McGlynns to open in Newark, the pub sits at the site of the historic Drummond Ale House and has seen the changing face of the city since its inception in 1983. Expectedly, it has a special place in the hearts of the locals who've made it their hangout of choice for everything from game days to simply chilling out with friends. On offer is a stunning array of beers (about 50) and other spirits to keep things flowing and an above average menu of American favorites that is hard to resist. The bar area is designed to encourage socialization and is great if you're on your own. Television screens strewn across the pub ensures that you get a glimpse of the game no matter where you're seated. The patio is a popular prospect on non-game days and is a great option to relax in an airier setting. The food at McGlynns has such a following that they also offer catering for occasions. Holding functions at site is also possible Check website for more.
A quintessential public house, McGlynns was first established in 1983 within the Polly Drummond shopping center. It's popularity has grown manifold since and has resulted in two more locations. McGlynns' second location stands within the Peoples Plaza and like the original location, boasts of a fairly large area. The stuff on offer essentially remains the same; an excellent beer selection and hearty American food to go with it. There's close to 50 varieties of beer on offer including the signature Taylors Grog brewed specially for this and a handful of more pubs. There's a good selection of wine and other spirits as well. The food menu is surprisingly diverse for a pub and features everything from the usual pub grub to hearty lunch specials and elaborate preparations. There's a small selection of kids specialties as well. An array of television screens throughout the pub ensures large crowds on game days. There are good facilities for holding private functions as well.
Chelsea Tavern is a restaurant and bar that is as vibrant and lively as its clientèle. Conveniently located at the center of a number of entertainment venues, this restaurant is a popular choice. Sophisticated and casual, Chelsea offers a varied menu that is perfectly suited for every occasion whether you are looking for a quick drink and bite at the bar or a relaxed meal with loved ones. Options like Short Rib Mac & Cheese, Applewood-Smoked Half Chicken, and the signature cheese burger are ever popular, each dish carefull created using locally sourced, fresh and seasonal produce. The bar features its own food menu, alongside a staggering selection of 31 craft beers, 160 bottled varieties and an impressive wine list. With the availability of catering, prix fixe menus, drink specials, a kids menu and decadent desserts, Chelsea Tavern has something to offer everyone.
Centrally located in Wilmington, Café Mezzanotte delights, if you're looking for some honest and authentic Italian fare in the city. The food menu spans the Mediterranean palate with classic Italian specialties getting the most representation. The wine list is quite extensive and won't disappoint most tastes. The bar has a fine selection of cocktails and martinis, and is a highlight of the place. The restaurant interiors are spacious and cozy, though with a typical standard layout of many other restaurants. The fantastic outdoor dining area however, compensates for this. The restaurant can accommodate large groups and is also available for private functions. Check website for more.
Constitution Yards is a dog friendly, seasonal space overlooking the the peacefully flowing Christina River. Spanning across 30,000 square feet (2787 square meter), this beer garden lets you enjoy delectable BBQ, an array of beers and potent cocktails under the warm glow of quaint string lights. A perfect spot to bring your friends or make new ones over a game of jenga or corn hole toss, Constitution Yards is one of the city's most sought-after destinations to unwind at.
Placed right in the center of Trolley Square, the Trolley Tap House is renowned for offering customers an extensive beer list. Over 15 taps, pouring brews that could cater to diverse preferences, in addition to a large bottled and canned beer selection are the propositions that beckon beer lovers to this establishment. Other than these unmissable highlights, the bar also has experts on site, who guide the visitors through their craft beer list.