Just as birds flock to mudflats every fall and spring, folks in the Galena area flock to the Mudflats Bar and Grill to get a bite to eat.

Just as birds flock to mudflats every fall and spring, folks in the Galena area flock to the Mudflats Bar and Grill to get a bite to eat.

Mudflats Bar and Grill, 31 W. Columbus St., received a Clean Restaurant Award from the Delaware General Health District during the Galena Village Council meeting Monday, May 21.

Pat Blayney, Delaware General Health District board member, said food establishments are rated based on a number of criteria, including sanitation and registered complaints from customers.

Establishments must receive 95 points or more on their semiannual inspection to receive the award. Every establishment starts with 100 points, and points are deducted as the inspection is under way.

"It is a lot of work for restaurants to maintain this kind of quality," Blayney said. "They are receiving this award for being exemplary in the way they handled their restaurant."

Jennifer Strong, registered sanitarian for the Delaware General Health District, said restaurants such as Mudflats make her life "a breeze."

Strong said there are 130 establishments she inspects, and she has given out only about 25 Clean Restaurant Awards.

Jane and Jeff White opened Mudflats in 2006 and have been blessed with a full house almost every night, they said.

Mrs. White said the inspection was thorough and included checking the temperature in every refrigerator, making sure soup reached a certain temperature before being served, and lengthy talks with the executive chef about the way the kitchen operates.

She said when she and her husband decided to open a restaurant, they wanted to pick somewhere quaint that wasn't near a chain. They fell in love with Galena.

The restaurant, which is close to the Galena River Trail, attracts many outdoor enthusiasts who are coming through town. "We have golfers, bikers, cyclists and a lot of residents who are regulars," Mrs. White said.

The restaurant specializes in American and Cajun food, and is known for the blues bands that play live music every weekend.

Mrs. White credits the eatery's success to being detail-oriented and takes great pride in running the restaurant.

"We are a part of this community and we interact with our guests," she said. "It takes a lot of effort and we work very hard. It's great to be awarded for that."

She also said credit is due to the restaurant's talented chef, Ben Kanavel, who, in addition to making everything on the menu, comes up with daily specials that guests enjoy.

The restaurant also holds four to six specialty dinners a year. This summer will feature its annual crawfish boil, which already is sold out.

On July 28, Mudflats will hold a Columbus Clippers baseball outing, which includes a cookout and tickets to the game.

For information about the restaurant, visit themudflats.com.