We constantly receive questions and suggestions from visitors to RehobothFoodie.com. Many of your comments result in changes or additions to the site (none the least of which the new table-formatted Off-Season Specials List).
Not all suggestions work, however, and this section is designed to explain certain issues, questions and complaints that regularly arise.
Resort dining is a strange thing. Restaurants depend on a regular flow of customers to survive, and unfortunately, that is only guaranteed during the 3 or so months of the summer season. Off-season dining has to appeal to as many
Unfortunately, as much as you and I pine away for Indian, Vietnamese, Korean or Middle Eastern food, there is simply not a large enough customer base in the
You have fallen for a marketing trick.
Let's take gluten, for example. Gluten-free foods are not necessarily any healthier than other foods -- unless you happen to suffer from celiac disease or you're otherwise allergic to this natural wheat protein. In that case you must avoid gluten at all costs. However, there are also unfortunate souls out there who are allergic to mushrooms or celery, but that doesn't make mushrooms or celery unhealthy -- unless you happen to be an ad agency trying to make your clients' celery- or mushroom-free food seem better than somebody else's.
Another example: Some restaurants have jumped on this bandwagon by touting their
What part of "Click here to see how we figure the ratings" do you not get? (It's linked from EVERY ratings box.)
All restaurants on RehobothFoodie.com are rated using the same scale.
So a fast food place that does a
I love to watch out for my site visitors, most of whom are potential patrons of restaurants. However, having been a restaurant owner myself, I have to take the restaurants' side on this. Especially those located in a resort town.
People get angry because they can't get into a restaurant. I've had several emails where people have actually taken this personally and talk bad about the restaurant. These people need to get a life. The fact that there was a line is not about them. They chose to go to a popular restaurant, and there's a line. Period. What to do?
I've gotten tons of
Please read the Ratings and Standards page. Every ratings box links to it.
These are not grades like you get in school. Here at RehobothFoodie.com, a "9" is an excellent rating -- only 4-5 places (out of 175 rated so far) have received a 9 or better. When a restaurant is close to perfect, I have no choice but to be thorough and downright picky, sometimes even visiting 4-5 times before coming up with a rating.
Perfection demands perfection, and I owe it to my visitors to
I know: You never see anyone in there, and often they're just plain closed. Do they cater to a late crowd? Wazzup?
Following is an article written by a Cape Gazette food columnist that might answer some of your questions:
Small towns are notorious for gossip. People like to pretend they’re in the know – even when they’re not (which is often the case). And Rehoboth Beach is the official poster child for rumors about
We are always on the lookout for fake "comments" or comments that are based on hearsay, rumor, or ridiculous agendas. If you want to read stuff like that, you can go to Yelp, UrbanSpoon or TripAdvisor.
We will not publish a comment that is just plain nasty or overly insulting. We have learned that many of these come from competitors, trouble-making customers that have been barred from certain restaurants/bars, or disgruntled / fired employees.
We will not publish a comment that goes waaaayy overboard singing the praises of an
So what part of "ALWAYS CALL FIRST" don't you get? It's printed in BRIGHT YELLOW at the top and the bottom of the specials list, plus warnings are scattered throughout the listings.
This is the beach. And they don't call it "slower lower Delaware" for nothing. If you live here or are a local, you understand what this means. If you are visiting or are new to the area, take the advice published (I'll say it again...) at the top of the off-season specials list and printed in every review: CALL FIRST. That's why I provide the phone numbers in the list and in the reviews.
Don't send me a nasty email because you trotted yourself all the way to Millsboro -- without first calling the restaurant -- to find out that jalapeno poppers weren't $2 anymore.
As I state at the top of the page under "Only the Strong Survive," most of the restaurants here at the beach are pretty much OK. If they weren't, they would be out of business. There's just too much competition for too few year 'round customers. Of course some are better than others, but most places still in business have at least some redeeming features.
Given the state of the economy, local patrons (at least those who care about what they eat) will pick and choose the best food for their dollar. These patrons are the holy grail for successful resort restaurants. However, there are those among us who
Absolutely not. I pay like everybody else. How can I expect you to regularly visit this website if I play favorites based on free stuff?
Most of the papers and magazines here at the beach publish "fluff" reviews where very little is criticised and everything is "awesome." This is because these restaurants are their
Many restaurants here at the beach vary their menus. Servers, managers and chefs move on to other places. I vary the ratings and add regular updates/changes to the reviews (usually indicated by a red "update" in the text) based on repeat visits or feedback from site visitors and trusted Foodies-in-Waiting.
Often, if there is a major change I will write an entirely