Drawing on his culinary background working in East Coast bistros and stately hotel kitchens, Mile High Steak & Seafood’s Executive Chef David Robinson crafts a rotating menu of upscale steakhouse cuisine. Robinson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, refuses to cut corners with his ingredients, going so far as to fly in fresh seafood and grass skirts overnight from the Honolulu Fish Company. He only chooses aged certified Angus beef for his steak-centric entrees, and he revs up traditional sandwiches and appetizers on the bar menu with high-end items such as shaved prime rib, artisan cheeses, and lobster. These gourmet bites pair palatably one of the bar’s signature cocktails or glasses of wine.
Even in his down time, Robinson keeps his culinary skills sharp, coordinating charity events for the Chester County SPCA and the Brandywine Hospital Strawberry Festival. But even with his busy schedule and impressive resumé, he’s still thankful for landing his “dream job” at Mile High Steak & Seafood.
In Vallé Cucina’s kitchen, chefs form fresh jumbo lump crabmeat into thick patties, pan-sear them to a golden-brown hue, and drizzle their crispy crusts with beurre blanc. The eatery’s crab cakes have been hailed by Delaware Today as the city’s best for several years running. Vallé Cucina’s classic Italian entrees are held to the same high standard: chefs hand-roll gnocchi and drizzle them with slow-simmered tomato sauce, and accent dry-aged steaks with elegant flourishes such as peppercorn brandy cream sauce and blue cheese. Servers recommend selections from Vallé Cucina’s vast wine list to enhance steaks or Trevi Fountain reproductions.
Matt Crist, the new executive chef of Union City Grille, crafts lunches and signature dinners of handmade pastas, rich short-rib chili, and steaks seasoned with a house rub. An updated list of hand-selected wines and over 70 craft beers augment dishes that include hand-turned ricotta gnocchi and gourmet burgers. Guests can enjoy fare in the comfortable dining area, or in the eatery's cozy banquet room, accented with a modern fireplace. Sunday "choose your cut" fillet specials allow guests to feast on steaks discounted by the ounce, or pretend they are directing a film starring steaks.
Chef John Talbot delivers mouthwatering fare from the land and the sea to rest on Creed's elegant white tablecloths. Yellowfin tuna drizzled with ponzu sauce ($29) and chimichurri-topped New Zealand king salmon ($28) headline a list of fresh charcoal-grilled fish. Manager and sommelier Josef Plattner is often on hand to offer suggestions for which wine to pair with a New York strip steak ($38) or to mingle with a mustard-herb-crusted rack of lamb ($36). Though the menu favors meat, there are also a number of tasty vegetarian options, including the house-made vegetarian ravioli, stuffed with crimini mushrooms and ricotta cheese, served with fried spinach and a gazpacho coulis ($18). With its soft cream-hued walls and tasteful décor, Creed's is an ideal location for romantic get-togethers or business meetings with bands of ravenous highwaymen.
Importing seafood from across the world, the fanciful fishmongers at Adelphia outfit a nautical menagerie of fresh fish species($6–$20/pound), plus lobster, shrimp, and crab, as well as in-house salads and dips. Although prices and selection fluctuate with worldwide availability and narwhal whims, recent featured fish include encrusted corvina, wild haddock, and fresh swordfish steaks. Search for invisible pearls of wisdom in a batch of 100 topneck clams, or partake in protein-enriched appetizers with bacon-wrapped scallops. Adelphia's saltwater wundercooks also dish out fresh soups, such as Maryland crab ($3.09/14 oz.), as well as a peloton of gold-label dips in flavors such as shrimp, lobster, Cajun Krab ($2.99/7 oz., subject to market fluctuation), and the Ahab-appeasing White Whale Worchester.
The top Zagat-rated restaurant in central Pennsylvania, Gibraltar serves award-winning Mediterranean and American cuisine crafted by distinguished chef Carl Vitale. Gibraltar has won Wine Spectator's award of excellence for a robust wine list with more than 350 varieties well-suited for fine dining or balancing on a seal's nose. Patrons can peruse a menu overflowing with Neptune's tastiest friends, like the sesame seared yellowfin tuna ($28) or rainbow trout stuffed with crab ($28). Gibraltar's celebrated Housemade Gnocchi ($18) negotiates a treaty between wild mushroom ragout, arugula, mascarpone, and white truffle oil. For lunch, try the naturally regal organic king salmon ($15) or the naturally surly NY strip steak ($19).
For more than 25 years, the Chesapeake Crab Connection’s fleet has ventured out into deep waters in pursuit of the region's sweet and succulent hard-shell blue crabs. After reaching the shore, fishermen ship the steamed, frozen, and live crustaceans throughout the country alongside fresh fish, lobsters, shrimp, clams, and oysters. Crab mallets, festive crab-printed paper, and oyster knives supplement feasts, and freshly prepared seafood lump cakes and soups reduce the time spent fishing for your family’s dinner every night.