Food and drink: Best Hotel restaurant, best new brewery & new beers in Chesapeake City


Le Cavalier at the Hotel DuPont was named a Best Hotel Restaurant winner in the 2023 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards.

Headed by Chef-Partner and Wilmington native! Tyler Akin is joined by nine other restaurants from California to New York City.

Le Cav, as it its sometimes called, finished eighth, with a restaurant at the legendary Peabody Hotel in Memphis finishing first. The Peabody is best known for its marching ducks.

The Hotel Du Pont is marking its 110th anniversary this year. During much of its existence, the hotel’s restaurant was known as The Green Room.

On December 3, the restaurant will host a five-course throwback dinner said to harken back to The Green Room’s early days.


A traditional afternoon tea will also come with the holiday season. Prix-fixe dinners for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve are also planned, along with New Year’s Day brunch.

First State top new brewery

Middletown’s First State Brewing Co. is also making the USA Today poll in the top 10 beer category.

First State ranked No. 1 in a ranking of best new breweries.

First State offers food and a wide variety of beer styles at the Middletown brewery and taproom.

The business has ramped up production with its brews available around the state.

Dog Pirate opens at Beach Time Distilling

Sussex County has a nationally known Dogfish Head. Now it has Dog Pirate Beer Co.

The brewery is a new venture from the owner of Beach Time Distilling in the Lewes area.

The start-up has brewed an IPA, with other styles to follow.

You can find out more by checking out this Cape Gazette piece.

Bayheads Brewing opens

Bayheads Brewing Co. has opened in Chesapeake City, joining a growing roster of sampling rooms in Cecil County.

The historic canal town draws crowds on the weekends and would seem to be a good location for a craft brewery.

At last count, the county west of Newark and Middletown has seven breweries. When adding in a quartet of locations in neighboring Middletown and a couple in Glasgow, you have enough taprooms for a two-state beer trail.

Bayheads will be open from Thursday through Sunday. No beer list has yet been posted.