Like a hook-up during a bicycle tour of Siberia or the end of every episode of The Benny Hill Show, presidencies are remembered more fondly once they're over than as they're happening. Reminisce about the Taft administration's many elf raves over a brew and a burger with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of pub fare and drinks at Dead Presidents Pub & Restaurant.
Located in downtown Wilmington for more than 15 years, this laid-back pub was named one of the Best Bars in America by Esquire in 2007. Devote the first 100 bites of your administration to an appetizer of irish nachos ($8), which are actually french fries wearing a cunning disguise of chopped bacon, scallions, jalapeños, and shredded cheese. The entrees match the campaign paraphernalia and images of deceased commanders in chief that festoon the restaurant's walls. Teddy Roosevelt groupies can dirty their robust moustaches with the Bull Moose ($12)—a San Juan Hill of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, dried cranberries, and gravy piled high atop toasted sourdough bread. Otherwise, finish meals in disgrace with the criminally tasty chicken Nixon sandwich ($9)—a blackened chicken breast grilled with bourbon barbecue sauce and topped with bacon and melted cheddar. The presidential debates continue through Sunday brunch (11 a.m.–2 p.m.) with the LBJ french toast ($7.50) versus the Garfield omelette ($7.75).
Like a good presidential candidate, this pub is the kind of place that people of every background want to drink a beer with. The TVs might have a baseball game on or a hilariously dubbed kung fu movie. The dark wood gives it a populist neighborhood-tavern feel, yet every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the area's elite thinkers test their trivial minds at Quizzo with Geno and Dan. And, of course, Dead Presidents boasts a bipartisan bevy of beer.
- Dead Presidents Restaurant and Bar has a beer list that’s more Dublin than Little Italy, and the place is a relaxing neighborhood hangout in the coolest of ways. – Matt Amis, Delware Today
- Great decor, menu, and overall atmosphere. If you're lookjng for a bar with some character - this is the place. – Bobby B., Yelp, 9/1/10
618 N Union St.
Wilmington, Delaware 19805Get Directions