Steps away from the University of Delaware campus, 16 Mile Taphouse sources its frosty, barley-based nectars from the 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown. Gourmet tavern grub pairs with the popular local brews, such as the Old Court Ale, full of citrusy zing and hints of caramel, or limited-edition batches such as the English Heraldry Series, flavored with notes of foggy weather and a respect for monarchy.
Diners sip wine and ale under lofty ceilings in the tiered dining space, surrounded by rugged brick walls and antique maps. These nostalgic touches pay tribute to the restaurant site's 255-year history; formerly known as The Stone Balloon, this locale was once home to colonial bureaucrats, a world-class 19th-century hotel and restaurant, a dingy 20th-century flophouse, and a 1970s rock ‘n’ roll joint that drew the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Pat Benatar, and Metallica.
The 2010 Delaware Today Best of Delaware Critics Choice Award winner for Best Pub and Tavern Upstate, and the 2009 winner of the Best Late Night Food Award, James Street Tavern offers an affordable menu of cuisine. The spacious and inviting bistro's warm amber lighting, wood tables, and hints of rustic décor give it a friendly neighborhood vibe without the hassle of summoning Cheers cast apparitions. The eclectic menu ups the elegance with dishes like hoisin steak spring roll ($7), crab cake salad ($12), a bison burger ($10), and yellowfin tuna tacos ($8.50). Wash your gourmet grub down with its perfect pairing from the bar's vast selection of beer and wines while attempting to tell the bartender someone else’s life story.
Duffer’s Pub appeases appetites with delectable bites from an eclectic menu of hearty comfort-food favorites. A lengthy list of sandwiches occupy fingers with bread-bound meat novellas such as the pretzel sandwich loaded with thinly sliced ham and bacon ($7.99) or the chicken avocado, featuring cool salsa avocado and pepper-jack cheese ($8.99). Carnivores can sate cravings with one of five different burgers or a full-size entree of dry-rubbed barbecue ribs that dole out a dollop of plate-bound comfort akin to freshly roasted footie pajamas ($15.99). Starters tempt tastebuds with promises of the town’s meatiest hot wings ($7.99 for a full order) and shareable tapas such as breaded green beans served with a wasabi-infused ranch sauce for dipping ($6.99).