Meet Delaware Today’s Best of Delaware Award Winners in 2024

Lewis “Drexel” Davison at Rehoboth Beach’s Bad Hair Day?, winner in multiple Best of (Downstate) categories. Meet Drexel in the DPP story here. Photo by Joe Del Tufo

From top restaurants to one-of-a-kind shops, these winners make the First State a wonderful place to call home.

July 1, 2024

By Ashley Breeding, Eileen Smith DallaBrida, Pam George and Maria Spano

The Best of Delaware votes are in — all 373,776 of them!

Below we share your preferred places to dine and imbibe, entertain the kids, relax and unwind, shop tax-free and more. There’s so much to enjoy within our small borders — we even reveal a few of our favorite gems, too.

Our annual Best of Delaware feature is here! Each year, Delaware Today reaches out to you, our readers, to hear which businesses, people and places you think are the best of the best in the region. After compiling the results of our readers’ ballot and elimination round voting, we are happy to present our stellar lineup of winners for 2024.

Tina Marabito at Poppycock Tattoo, Best Tattoo Artist/Shop (Upstate) in Wilmington. Photo by Becca Mathias

Maurice Catlett of Rehoboth Beach’s SoDel Concepts, Best Chef (Downstate). Meet Maurice in the DPP video here. Photo by Joe Del Tufo

A dish at Newark’s Home Grown Café, Best American Restaurant (Upstate). Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Since the First State is a hub for creativity and talent, it’s no surprise that our winners reflect this. In the guides that follow, you’ll find everything from the best places to eat and drink to the top spots to go shopping or kick back and relax. There are places designed with family fun in mind, as well as services to make life easier for the whole family. We even include places to get glam, get fit and get creative.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to discover the businesses, destinations and individuals who make our region such a wonderful place to call home.

View all of this year’s categories and winners here.

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