Nephew attends U of D. Anything near campus chow worthy?
I really enjoy the Stone Ballon Winehouse - especially anything made with the housemade bacon. For small plates i like the quail, beet salad and salmon salad. I must say that I prefer the small plates to a regular main course - the small plates seem to be prepared with more thought.
I agree with travelmad on the suggestions for you. I also like Sinclairs Cafe on Main Street for a good breakfast. They usually have specials too. Driving into Wilmington would be your best bet for a good dinner and isn't a hassle at all to do.
Sinclairs Cafe Ltd
177 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711
Newark is, if anything, an even harder place to find good chow than Wilmington, but there are a few options. There is a tapas place, Ole Tapas (http://www.oletapaslounge.com/). Home Grown Cafe is not bad (http://www.homegrowncafe.com/) but I wouldn't really go out of my way to eat there--it is a music venue, so that's the draw, more than the food. Stone Balloon Winehouse gets some mentions but I was not particularly blown away when I ate there. There are a couple of Vietnamese places (Saigon and Little Saigon) and a Korean place, Korean BBQ.
Newark is very much a college town, and it is pretty geared toward student-quality and student-priced food. If you are ready to drive 20-30 minutes, there are more good places to eat in Wilmington. Please do a search; there are many threads on this board about restaurants in the area. Fair Hill Inn, in nearby Elkton, is also worth a try.
2938 Ogletown Rd, Newark, DE 19713
Fair Hill Inn
3370 Singerly Rd, Elkton, MD 21921
Stone Balloon Winehouse
115 East Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
1126 Capitol Trl, Newark, DE 19711