Looking for somewhere to find information on what’s going on with the exciting revitalization of Wilmington, Delaware? Then checkout Live Work Play Wilmington’s blog for information about all the cool things happening in and around the city. From Harry’s Seafood Grill, to The Midatlantic Wine and Food Festival, to Lynn’s Cafe, to even Christiana Mall; this blog will keep you apprised of everything you need to indeed Live, Work and Play in (and around) the city of Wilmington.
Want to know what to expect? Then check out this post written especially for us here at The Dogs of Beer by frequent LWP contributor Iris McCarthy; freelance writer, author of “The Food Lover’s Guide to Philadelphia” and the culinary force behind The Palate Princess, a food blog with a focus on Philly, its suburbs and the surrounding area. I’d like to thank Julia Niedzialek of LWP for approaching me with the opportunity to share both Iris’ work, and LWP’s great blog. – Ed
Ernest & Scott: A Downtown Taproom with Uptown Flair
Wine lovers looking to enjoy a glass or two of vino in an elegant setting have their pick of restaurants, including Wilmington’s popular Domaine Hudson, from which to choose. But what about the discerning beer enthusiast who wishes for the same type of swank environs and upscale experience?
Enter Ernest & Scott—a gastropub named for celebrated American writers and bon vivantes Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald—located in the lobby of the former Delaware Trust Building in the Rodney Square area. With much of its architectural integrity preserved, the spacious interior boasts high ceilings, sweeping arches, comfy banquettes and exposed brick columns—a definite upgrade from the typical beer haunt. Two second-floor balconies provide a bit more privacy and are perfect for intimate dining while offering a bird’s-eye view of the main floor; outdoor seating in the warmer months provides unspoiled views of the city and offers a glimpse of the bustling activity of the downtown scene. Suds lovers looking to get up close and personal with their brews can sidle up to the main room’s centerpiece, a sprawling 50-seat marble bar, and find an impressive 18 craft beers on tap, 3 cask-conditioned ales, and 9 bottle-conditioned beers. (First Staters will be pleased to know that local favorite Dogfish Head’s 75-minute IPA makes the occasional appearance.)
Not content to rest on its laurels as one of the pioneers of Delaware’s new gastropub revolution, Ernest & Scott continues to innovate by offering unfiltered, unpasteurized brews known collectively as “real ales” because of the live, natural yeast they contain. The conditioned beers are served at room temperature and without the additional gases that can often times alter the taste of a bottled brew. Its innovation doesn’t stop there. By definition, a gastropub is a bar or restaurant that serves high-end beer and food and certainly Ernest & Scott’s extensive beer list and dining menu fit the bill. The food menu is as carefully-crafted as the beer list and is complemented, rather than overshadowed, by the extensive beer catalogue. From a casual offering of classic burgers and sandwiches like the smoked turkey Reuben to heartier mains like the seafood risotto, the menu rotates frequently and reflects the changing seasons.
With the gastropub’s unabashed nod to all things macho and its sophisticated flair for refinement, one gets the sense that the writers for which it is named would be overwhelmingly proud to have their names grace the door.
Bio: Iris McCarthy is a freelance food writer and blogger originally from Delaware who has a passion for writing and food culture. Iris now lives in the Philadelphia suburbs, but spends much of her time eating, working and playing in the city. When she’s not attending local food events, scoping out new ice cream spots to satiate her sweet tooth, or covering the Delaware and Philly food scenes, Iris can be found checking out the latest community theaters and museums. Follow Iris as she dines around Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs on her popular food blog The Palate Princess, with her contributions to the Live Work Play Wilmington Blog, and also via Twitter@PalatePrincess.