From the same team behind the lauded Henlopen City Oyster House, the Blue Hen earned a Best New Restaurant semi-finalist nomination from the James Beard Foundation shortly after it opened in 2017. Inside the eatery's farmhouse-chic digs, chef Julia Robinson whips up gourmet comfort fare, including deviled eggs with chicken cracklins and lobster pot pie.
The cocktail game is strong at the stylish bar, where communal tables keep the vibe festive. There's a firepit out front. The Blue Hen, named after the state bird of Delaware, sits inside Avenue Inn & Spa.