Food and drink: Snuff Mill opens, Bardea steakhouse in the works, Brew Works-Hagley cider collaboration


Snuff Mill is now open. The restaurant in Independence Mall, off Concord Pike, is “all in” on locally sourced beef, pork, and poultry.

Officially known as Snuff Mill Butchery and Wine Bar, the restaurant’s opening has generated excitement in dining circles.

The restaurant has a well-known local chef, Robert Lhulier, who does catering and popular  “pop-up” dinners at home.

Snuff Mill is named after a scenic road that runs to the ruins of a tobacco mill in Yorklyn outside Hockessin. 

Offerings include steaks, chops, chicken, boards (charcuterie), and an $18 burger.

Click here for the Facebook page, which has a view of the menu.

Steakhouse is coming to downtown

Accompanying the recent announcement of a new boutique hotel on Market Street in Wilmington was a word that a steakhouse was in the works.

We now know who will be running the place. TownSquare Delaware and Delaware Online report that the owners of nearby Bardea will open the steakhouse in 2022.

Bardea has received regional and national coverage thanks in part to Joe and Jill Biden dining at the restaurant. The restaurant has also earned positive reviews.

With Biden’s nomination and eventual election to the highest office in the land, Bardea was frequently mentioned in Food and Wine and other food sites as a top dining destination in Wilmington.

Brewing up some history

Wilmington Brew Works teamed up with Hagley Museum and Library to mark a little-known part of the duPont family story.

It turns out that the duPonts had a 400-tree orchard on the property and made alcoholic beverages for family and close friends.

The museum has worked to re-establish an orchard. As a result, Wilmington Brew Works will now harvest fruit in creating a new line of cider known as the Fruits of Eleutherian Mills.

The first cherry offering on the dry side of ciders is now available in bottles and on tap. Plans call for brewing peach and apple ciders from Hagley.

Four SoDel restaurants Wine Spectator honor

For the fourth consecutive year, four SoDel Concepts restaurants received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. In all, seven Delaware restaurants received the designation.

SoDel Concepts’ award winners include Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar and Lupo Italian Kitchen in Rehoboth Beach; Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Bethany Beach; and Catch 54 in Fenwick Island.

According to Wine Spectator, the Award of Excellence is given to restaurants with “thoughtfully chosen selections appropriate for the cuisine and representative of a range of regions and styles.” These lists typically offer 90 or more options. This year 1,673 restaurants earned the Award of Excellence.

SoDel operates restaurants in Coastal Delaware. 

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