Wilmington Dining Guide
Local pre- or post-show eats | 2016-2017 season
 
Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley has a flourishing foodie scene and is home to several James Beard-nominated chefs. Offering everything from five-star fine dining to eclectic brew pubs, there are many great options to grab a pre- or post-show bite. Here, OD intern Katherine Boyce highlights a few local favorites near The Grand Opera House and the OperaDelaware Studio.
 
 
Dinner
Domaine Hudson: Boasting a great wine list, a fresh seasonal menu, and a 4.5 star rating on Yelp, Domaine Hudson is a winner. You can’t go wrong with the tasting menu, featuring four courses for $60. The charcuterie board and branzino are musts. Not really in walking distance to The Grand, but just a short drive away. (1314 N. Washington St., Wilmington, DE; 302.655.9463; domainehudson.com)

La Fia: A local foodie favorite. Standouts include the grilled octopus and hanger steak with little neck clams and pancetta. Bonus: since it just a few blocks south of The Grand, you can linger over a dessert and before walking to the show. Big news: La Fia will be open for brunch and dinner on Sundays during the festival! Chef Bryan Sikora is planning a special spring menu that we're sure would have delighted Maestro Rossini, a noted gourmand. Book early, as tables are expected to fill up fast!

Sample brunch menu (subject to change):
~Oysters on the half shell
~Everything spiced avocado toast
~Fried chicken and waffles with andouille gravy
~Crispy fried pork belly huevos rancheros with black beans, corn tortilla, red mole sauce, sunny side egg and dusted with fresh cut herbs
~Duck confit cassoulet -- confit duck leg with bacon, Toulouse sausage, stewed white beans and sunny side farm egg
~Farm house burger with Cabot cheddar, zesty mayo, lettuce, tomato, sunny side egg and soft burger roll
~Steak frites with house fries and chimichurri
~Mushroom ravioli with toasted walnuts and fresh herbed pesto and Parmesan
~Cheesy grits with Parmesan
~Fresh fruit salad with mint

(421 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE; 302-543-5574; lafiawilmington.com)

The House of William and Merry: Run by a married couple with a passion for fresh, local ingredients, this 5-star restaurant consistently tops local critics’ lists for best fine dining. Good for brunch and dinner, you can’t really pick a wrong dish here! Located in nearby Hockessin, plan for a 25-minute drive to/from The Grand. (1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE; 302.234.2255; williamandmerry.com)

The Green Room at the Hotel du Pont: A true Wilmington landmark. Decorated with an Old World grandeur hard to find in today’s modern world and known for impeccable service, The Green Room is perfect spot for an elegant pre-show experience. But don’t be fooled by its fancy pedigree -- they also do a mean burger. Just two blocks north of The Grand. (Hotel du Pont, 42 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE; 302.594.3154; hoteldupont.com)

Harry’s Seafood Grill: Located on the Riverfront, Harry’s is the local spot for fresh seafood. Their sashimi and calamari appetizers are standouts, and there’s also a special gluten-free menu. Bonus: Harry’s also has a beautiful outdoor patio for al fresco dining. It’s a 10-minute walk or a short drive to The Grand. (101 S. Market St, Wilmington, DE; 302. 777.1500; harryshospitalitygroup.com)

Sunday Brunch
Chelsea Tavern: Located right across the street from The Grand, brunch is served from 10 am to 2 pm at this downtown craft brew destination. Skip your usual Bloody Mary and order a Manmosa, made with Hoegaarden Ale, orange juice, and Stoli O vodka. Favorite brunch picks include the breakfast nachos and bacon gravy biscuits. (821 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE; 302.482.3333; chelseatavern.com)

Columbus Inn: If you’re up for a short drive (10-15 minutes from The Grand), this is worth the trip. Starting at 10 am on Sunday, they serve up a brunch-buffet lover’s dream featuring everything from oysters and dim sum, to old standbys like french toast and build-your-own omelets. A great deal at just $26 a person. Reservations strongly suggested. (2216 Pennsylvania Ave, Wilmington, DE; 302.571.1492; columbusinn.net)

Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House & Saloon: A Trolley Square hot spot popular with both families and twentysomethings, Kid Shelleen’s is just a short drive to The Grand. There’s something for everyone on their brunch menu from organic yogurt and granola to the gunslinger breakfast with pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and homefries. Bonus: the $5 Bloody Mary bar. (1801 W 14th St, Wilmington, DE; 302.658.4600; harryshospitalitygroup.com/kid-shelleens)

Piccolina Toscana: Another beloved Trolley Square institution, Toscana serves a brunch buffet with an Italian twist: smoked salmon, zuppa, linguine, tortellini, frittatas, and more. Brunch begins at 11 am and is $20 a person; also a short 10-minute drive from The Grand. (1412 N. Dupont St, Wilmington, DE; 302.654/8001; piccolinatoscana.com)
 
Other nearby favorites
Cocina Lolo
Merchant Bar
Ernest & Scott
Iron Hill Brewery (Wilmington)
Del Pez Mexican Gastropub (Wilmington)
Big Fish Grill Riverfront
Eclipse Bistro
Trolley Square Oyster House
More information
Looking for more options? Check out the helpful Restaurant finder at the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau website visitwilmingtonde.com. Or, feel free to call the OperaDelaware office (302-442-7807) and talk to our staff. We are happy to help!
 
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