Top 5 Meals of 2018
2018 was a good year for food. The amount of traveling that I did opened up my experiences in a way I had not experienced for most of my life, and this included trying new things and new restaurants that I would not have imagined possible before now. Delaware made a lot of things possible, namely experiencing food as it exists on the east coast. It isn’t all that different from the Midwest (not really. East Coasters will pretend to be superior), but the variety is extreme.
I am looking forward to continuing my food adventures in 2019 at new and better locations. Keep an eye for some restaurants that will be on my watch list for future visits to Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia.
Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats
It should come as no surprise that three of the locations I must enjoyed over the course of the year make their own beer and/or liquor on site. We absolutely love Dogfish Head in most of it’s iterations, but their Brewings and Eats location is at the top of our list. Not only is it the original location, but the bar food they deliver out there is far and above some of the best in the region.
We’ll never forget the ‘Old Man and the Sea’ pizza that’s made with a crab dip sauce, nor the Dogpile Nachos that it takes a table of four to finish. Whenever we have visitors, we make sure that they land in a booth at Brewings and Eats before we send them on their way.
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Great Lakes Brewing Company is a Cleveland icon, and it is a staple of our yearly Thanksgiving trips now that we’ve finally made the pilgrimage two years ago. The beers rotate pretty frequently, but you can always get the classics like the Edward Fitzgerald and Blackout beers. The food is all sourced from the West Side Market literally across the road, and everything you buy is supporting locals. That’s such an important part of the location.
Dave Chang opened up a City Center location in DC some years ago, and we made our way their during the NOVA Open because if I didn’t get to eat there, I would die. Once before, my husband and I had thought to make a visit, and we didn’t make it. I was so glad to finally sit down at one of those tables and partake in the food from a location I’ve been fascinated by since Dave Chang caught the eyes of Netflix producers.
That big freaking serving of seafood donabe that we shared around the table provided a great experience that I would recommend to any group looking to truly share a meal. I never got around to writing the review of my experience, but the fact remains, it was a memorable one.
Momocho Nachos/ Progressive Field
Don’t knock it. A single boat of nachos absolutely deserves to be on the list of my favorite meals I ate this year. Fresh fried tortilla chips, delicious queso, pickled jalapenos and black beans made for one of the best things I have ever ate. Pair that with a giant class of Great Lakes from the nearby stand, and I couldn’t find a fault. It helps that they come from the Momocho restaurant that has earned itself a lot of publicity and acclaim in the City of Cleveland. We plan to visit their parent location in 2019, come hell or high water.
EasySpeak Spirits opened up the same week Rob and I moved to Delaware, and we ate one of our first meals out on the town there. We went there for Valentine’s Day, and that Valentine’s Day dinner has earned itself a place as one of our favorite meals of the year. Like most distillery/brewery locations in the state of Delaware, they pride themselves on their pizzas. They had a brown butter and lobster pizza for Valentine’s Day that my husband will bring up in conversation to this day.
They also do a pretty bangin’ brunch with three dollar mimosas, chicken and waffles, and other such delights.
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