The Top 3 ‘Can’t Miss’ Dining Spots in Sussex County
In our newest local series, we are focused on showcasing some of the other TOP businesses in the Sussex County area. In this publication, we are shining a light on some of the finest restaurant and dining spots we have at our fingertips – some that many of us may not have even patronized before! Particularly as Sussex County is such a ‘big’ small county!
Whether you’re from Georgetown, Lewes, or Milford and are looking for some new dining spots to try, or for a new ‘date-night’ spot, you won’t want to miss these spots!
What we are looking for in our reviews:
- tastiness of staple dishes
- overall review profiles
- menu offering
- quality of menu
- entree presentation
- price and value
- among other considerations
Ultimately, our goal here is to focus on LOCAL. Focusing on our small business community, bringing awareness and empowering other local Sussex County businesses. We want to encourage more Delawareans to shop local, “buy local”, dine local, so local small businesses can thrive and offer the personal touch you just won’t see from distant corporate/conglomerate operations for many more years to come!
#1 The Counting House
The Counting House is a well-known local spot in Georgetown, a historic restaurant, owned by Bill Clifton. Initially based in Rehoboth Beach, Clifton moved his restaurant back to Georgetown, closer to his early roots. The Counting House offers an incredible coastal cuisine, and doesn’t just use ‘lip service’ on the concept of ‘farm to table’. The Counting House has extremely close relationships with local farmers and fisherman, allowing them to provide delectable dishes all constructed with local-ingredients. You can feel good not only enjoying such a delicious meal, but knowing that you’re directly supporting local Delaware farmers and fisherman – supporting a multi-tier of local businesses by dining at The Counting House.
The Counting House has created a very unique ambiance that Clifton takes pride in. It is a relaxed atmosphere with not only delicious food, but with spacious room, it provides space for large private events and parties (a venue we strongly recommend you to consider). There are multiple dining rooms and spots, including outside, and on the rooftop. While traveling to the rooftop, and you might find live music entertainment playing.
Want to send your taste-buds on a journey with some incredible cuisine only to be had by a local spot? You’re doing your taste-buds a disservice if you don’t sample the bacon-wrapped bison wrap and cornbread. Again, with locally sourced meat. The Counting House has a unique approach in that they offer seasonal menus, so if you’re an adventurous foodie, you can always find something new! You’ll also want to check out their happy hour specials, or daily specials – such as the Friday special: $20 twin crab cake!
To see even more raving fanatics of The Counting House, you won’t have to look much further than their Facebook or Google reviews, with almost over 100 5-star reviews. For these reasons, The Counting House takes our #1 spot!
The Counting House can be found at 18 The Cir, Georgetown, DE 19947 or you can call (302) 856-1836
#2 Westside Restaurant
If supporting local is important to you, then you’d be remiss to not visit Westside Restaurant. With deep roots in our local community for over 20 years, Westside uses locally sourced ingredients from local Delaware vendors to create delicious homemade food. Westside is an old-school diner with delicious American cuisine.
In 2017, Madula Kalesis wanted to give the restaurant a face lift & breathe some fresh new air into the restaurant, transforming it with a more modern interior. While the restaurant may look different inside, it was important to Kalesis to keep the menu intact and unchanged; preserving all the local fan-favorite dishes that have kept regulars coming back for years!
Westside is our ‘can’t miss’ spot for American fare, as well as seafood and comfort food. There’s a few reasons why Westside comes into #2 on our list. The most important is of course the quality of the food. The pricing is extremely fair for the portions that are served, whether you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The waitstaff is extremely attentive and caring. As important as the food is, the customer service can make or break a dining-out experience. A lackadaisical or careless waitress provides a much different experience than an accommodating waitress responsive to your concerns and needs. With the owner intimately involved in the restaurant’s operation, you’ll feel like you’re not just a patron, but a family member.
Reviewing Westside Restaurant’s online reputation, and you’ll see all the justified fanfare that they receive! With over 190 recommendations on Facebook (yes, you need to try the bacon and cheese fries, you’ve earned it), close to 50 5-star reviews on Yelp and almost 600 5-Star reviews … you’ll be hard-pressed to find another local dining spot with those types of ratings.
Whether you live in Milford, or maybe passing through Sussex County on the way to Ocean City, make sure you do yourself a favor, and stop by this gem! This is a local ‘mom & pop’ restaurant that makes you feel good to support. It may not be in the heart of Wilmington or Baltimore or Philly where it would surely become a household name … but just because you may not have heard of Westside before, don’t let that fool you. It is a local fan-favorite!
You can find Westside Restaurant at 101 S Maple Ave, Milford, DE 19963 or call (302) 424-4888 for reservations
#3 Patty’s Deli
Do you enjoy GOOD deli? Looking for a new lunch spot for what some call “the best sandwich of their life”? Then you may want to head-on over to Patty’s in Georgetown for lunch. Believe us, it’s worth the trip!
Patty Jacobs wanted to open a restaurant where she could delight happy customer’s taste-buds with delicious sandwiches, cheeses and baked treats. Over the years, Patty’s reputation for incredible sandwiches has spread like wildfire to those in the know in Georgetown. But, across Sussex County, we think even more locals have to know about this carryout gem!
Patty’s is located right around the corner from the Delaware DMV, so you can turn a painful day at the DMV into a tasteful day by stopping at Patty’s. What should you order? Some of Patty’s most famous sandwiches are her chicken salad, shrimp salad, tuna, and turkey!
Patty’s not only offers delicious sandwiches and wraps, but but the pricing is very reasonable for the portions. The taste resembles a local chef pouring TLC into each hand-crafted sandwich that they sell – no mass production-tasting, run of the mill cold-cuts here!
Keep in mind that is more of a take-out spot. It may be a hidden local gem, but now that you’re in the loop, you’ll know where you too can grab one of the best artisan sandwiches in the area!
Patty’s Deli can be found at 517 S Bedford St, Georgetown, DE 19947 or you can call (302) 253-8692 for carry-out orders!