It's no secret that the Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats on Rehoboth Avenue is all about bar food. And recently acquired chef Brenton Wallace is the first to tell you that. But the chef has also brought his fine-dining chops (honed in part at Nage) along with him, and he gets the chance to flex these muscles at DFH's occasional Farm to Table Beer Dinners. Sam Calagione (off-centered beer empire boss) feels that there's no reason why beer, not unlike wine in its many varieties, cannot be
Good things come to those who wait. And yes, we waited ... and waited ... through the summer of 2013 as Joe and Megan Churchman meticulously restored the old South Pacific flower shop on Rehoboth Avenue, adding a huge professional kitchen to serve their fine-dining venue, Bramble & Brine. (Click here to make reservations through Open Table!) It was a massive undertaking, but it's done, and fortunate early adopters (none the least of which myself) are already reaping the rewards. Whippin' up vittles is not new to Joe Churchman. Joe cooked not only at Eden, JAM Bistro, Planet X and Venus on the Half Shell, but he also honed much of his Abruzzese culinary style at none other than Le Virtù in Philadelphia. He was also the opening chef at the now long-gone Luca in Millsboro.
Megan is the proprietor of the tiny but elegant
I have to admit that I was concerned when spice maven and entrepreneur Joy Quinn opened her third Spice & Tea Exchange store just steps from the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk (the others are in Annapolis, Md. and Alexandria, Va.). After all, that is the high-rent district, and I wondered whether the taffy/cheesesteak/fries/corndog crowd would embrace a sort of upscale foodie specialty shop.
Boy was I wrong! As one of the esteemed tour guides for EatingRehoboth.com food tours, I get to roam the streets of Rehoboth Beach even more than I usually do. And every time I lead a crowd of Eating Rehoboth guests into Spice and Tea Exchange, the place is
Years ago when I haunted the southern hinterlands (well, Bethany Beach), I used to enjoy chatting-up the energetic busboy at a long-gone Bethany restaurant across from Sea Colony. He always knew what was going on, and usually had more information about the eatery and the menu than the servers (and the owners, for sure). It wasn't until a few of years ago that I recognized that young whippersnapper at Port Dewey. He wasn't 17 -- or bussing tables -- any more. He was one of the owners, along with his uncle Mitch King. Of course, being an owner doesn't mean that you don't bus tables (ask any owner).
If there's such thing as a savant in the
If you go to Papa Grande's Coastal Taqueria in Fenwick Island expecting a typical Mexican restaurant, you will be surprised. But I don't think you will be disappointed. I love Tex-Mex burritos, chili, enchiladas and tacos as much as the next guy (especially with a frozen margarita), but Papa Grande's is not your typical TexMex joint. It's a step up. Matt Haley and Corporate Chef Doug Ruley spent a lot of time in the Southwest and Mexico looking for unusual recipes at street carts, food vendors and tiny carryouts with their own way of doing things. Then, working with chefs from the Texas Culinary Institute of America, they adapted these traditional dishes to the needs and volume of a busy restaurant.
That menu is divided into
Maryland fressers (of a certain age) might remember Hofberg’s Delicatessen in Silver Spring, Md. The place was truly Kosher, and I still remember the sign behind the counter that proudly proclaimed: “The only ham we serve at Hofberg’s is Hamm’s Beer!” It was open until 4am, and I spent many a late-night winding down from 4-5 hours on stage playing rock ‘n’ roll, enjoying one of their incredible open-faced reubens; slowly growing from a svelte teenage Foodlet to a full-fledged Foodie. In retrospect, “growing” is indeed the operative word.
In general, when a new restaurant takes over the space of an old one, the owner rushes to completely remodel the place. My congratulations go out to Tom Holmes, co-owner of The Pint in Millsboro (and of 1776 Steakhouse in Rehoboth Beach), for not doing that. The old Delaware Trust Bank building speaks for itself, and the physical changes made by the previous establishment (and the owners of the building) translate just as nicely to Tom's new restaurant. It is obvious, however, that he spent a lot of time on The Pint's menu, and I'm officially adding it to my short list of menus full of "stuff people like to eat."
For my first couple of visits, I was able to slip in unnoticed. One day for lunch I sat at the bar and
RehobothFoodie.com is in its 4th year (!), and the Foodie is working and chewing to keep reviews and articles up-to-date. We have also removed reader comments that are more than a couple of years old. So post your new comments regarding your recent visits!
Below is a linked list of the most recent updates to existing reviews, many with brand new photos. Pass the Alka-Seltzer, please!
Abbott's Grill Milford, Salt Air, Semra's Mediterranean Grill, Edie Bee's, Kindle, Half Full, Cultured Pearl, Back Porch Cafe, Victoria's Restaurant, Saketumi, Bramble & Brine, Striper Bites, Touch of Italy II (Lewes), Whiskey Beach BBQ in Dewey, Hooked Seafood & Martini Bar, The Point Coffee Shoppe, Ivy, Shorebreak Lodge, Nage, Pelican Grill, The Buttery in Lewes, Liquid Assets in OC, PrimoHoagies, Pig & Fish Restaurant Company, Villa Sorrento, 1776 Steakhouse, Mariachi, The Brick Hotel, a(MUSE.), Mixx, Rose & Crown, Stingray Sushi Bar & Asian Latino Grill, Patty's in Georgetown, Lily Thai, Pickled Pig Pub, JAM Bistro, Summer House.
More on the way.
Several establishments to the south have been crying out for attention, and now that the seasonal dust has settled I promise to visit all of them. Remember that I go three times before I write about places, so it takes me a while. One eatery about which I have received several emails is the Penguin Diner in Bethany Beach, and last night I completed my last visit.
Things don't get much beachier than the Penguin Diner. Situated in downtown Bethany on the north side of the Ocean Block of Garfield Parkway, it naturally shows the wear and tear inflicted by the summer parade of families, children, teenagers and pretty much everybody else filing in and out for beach eats. But that's part of its personality, and the whole penguin theme is festive and cute. (The menu offers Pengwiches -- served with
I’ve been waiting until Andy Meddick finished his “big kids’” grilled cheese bar before posting an article, and goodness knows it took him long enough. But the wait was worth it, and Rehoboth's very first fromagerie, Morgan & Gower Cheesemongers, is now complete, up and running. Turophiles of central Sussex can now rejoice, as the former Good For You Foods grocer’s black-and-white striped gourmet specialty shop on the ocean block of Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach is the place to go for quality artisanal cheeses (mostly domestic, as the Welshman is proud of saying). In fact, before Andy purchases a
Installation #3 (the bakery at Five Points actually makes it 4) of the popular Touch of Italy Italian deli/restaurant group opened with great pomp & circumstance in mid-July 2013 in Shore Plaza, directly across from Tanger Seaside Outlets. It's been a wild ride for everybody involved with Touch of Italy, from the drama surrounding the opening of their first location on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth, to the sad conflict between former friend/investor/mentor Bob Ciprietti and original Millville Touch of Italy owners Frank & Louie Bascio, to the largely unfounded rumors and scuttlebutt flying all over the place about everyone involved. As of this writing, the former paisanos and business partners are still not speaking to one another, and the whole thing is probably going to
Sue Ryan is pleased to announce the opening of her Good Earth Market behind Bin 66 wines on the forgotten mile in Rehoboth Beach. This is not her first rodeo, though: She's been pushin' the healthy stuff for the last nine years at her original Good Earth Market and farm in Clarkesville, De. (a few blocks west of Millville, which is a few blocks west of Ocean View which is a few blocks west of Bethany Beach on Rt. 26 ("The Road of Many Names"). When Sue’s parents retired and moved to the Bethany Beach area, she
George Carroll and Chuck Stanko's Dolce Bakery is quite possibly one of the sweetest experiences you can have in the northern hinterlands. Nestled on N. Walnut St. in downtown Milford, it is a local (and, in-fact, statewide) mecca for upscale goodies and -- get this: They are the exclusive local outlet for Steve Kogler's Old World Breads! The former owner of Teller Wines bakes his family's traditional recipes on his farm in Ellendale and then
Jamil Ahmad and his partner, Jerusalem native Rafat Mardawi are pleased to announce the opening of their new Jerusalem International Grocery at 34396 Tenley Ct. on Coastal Highway (near the old Tijuana Taxi -- soon to be a Donut Connection sometime this century). The guys are involved in several local businesses and hail from Bethany Beach.
The store carries a full line of goodies, from