With all of its advantages, the Internet also gives free rein to pretty much anybody who can operate a mouse and a fork at the same time. As I prepare these articles, I like to surf around to get a feel for what others have experienced. When I searched "Sirlae's," I was surprised to find a number of negative comments at such unmonitored cyber-free-for-alls as TwitAdvisor and Urban Swoon. Interestingly, the majority of these rants were posted within a week or two of the restaurant's
Brothers Su-Kyun Shin and Jay Shin have been chopping, rolling, spritzing and steaming all sorts of goodies for over 50 years combined. In fact, Chef Jay was voted top sushi chef in Lancaster, PA, and between the two of them they've been doing their culinary thing throughout New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
After moving to Milford, they finally realized their dream of opening their very own sushi place at the beach, just south of Rt. 9/404 on the west side of Coastal Highway in the old Barista Cafe in Lewes. It's most certainly a family affair up there in Lewes, with
After multiple visits to a restaurant, but before I start to write, I usually surf the web a bit to see what others are saying. Not that I believe much of that unmonitored drivel, but it sort of gives me a place to start. In the case of the diminutive and semi-under-the-radar Sunrise Restaurant in Dewey Beach, I have never read so many positive comments about any place here at the beach. And, after 6 visits, I agree.
Sunrise Restaurant gives "no-frills" a whole new meaning. No band, no mirror ball, no bar, no flashing neon (except for the "open" sign), no ads in the
The first things you see when you step up to Kilwins window on the south side of the second block of Rehoboth Avenue are the two huge marble tables. More often than not, four rectangular stainless steel rods (they're called slab bars) will define the perimeter of a freshly poured and shiny lake of molten fudge. The marble and the steel cool the mixture evenly to promote proper molecular crystallization into the required fudgy consistency. You heard it here first, kids.
The Rehoboth Beach Kilwins is a locally owned (Gary and Claudia Simpson of Henlopen Holdings, LLC) franchise of Don & Katy Kilwin's Petoskey, Michigan candy store founded in 1947. Most of the chocolates, candies, taffy and ice cream are made on '40s and '50s vintage equipment at the central Michigan location that provides
This is not owner Tia Sexton's first rodeo. This Del-Tech graduate and Bethany Beach-raised restaurateur has had a lot of practice coping with the ins and outs of restauranting, including working at Magnolia's in Ocean View for over 12 years. Most recently she made a name for herself in Lewes as bartender and GM at the insanely busy Agave Tequila Bar. When Chef Bruce Kingston decided to call it quits at his iconic Kingston Grill at 14 N. Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany, Tia stepped in to make it her own. (Bruce opened
So it's the age-old story: Two boys (this time from Buffalo; purported Wing Capital of the World) get hungry for hometown nosh. So they bring hometown nosh to (this time it's) Kent, OH. It was over 30 years ago that Jim Disbrow and Scott Lowery dropped the first Buffalo Wild Wing into the first
Kay's menu proudly touts, "Homemade Food Like Mom Used to Make." Though many places might say that, at Kay's on N. First St. in Rehoboth Beach, it's the truth. Rita Kilgore, her son Patrick and daughter Katie pay homage to Rita's mother there at the tiny carryout.
Breakfast sandwiches dominate the morning menu that features the iconic
Former Agave kitchen boss Leisa Berlin (original owner of Second Street Popcorn and Candies (several years ago!), and mom of Agave owner Chris McKeown has opened Edie Bee's Confection Shop just in time for the sweet summer season with all manner of sweets, licorice, top-quality chocolates and vintage candies. Edie Bees is at
There's nothin' like a fresh, warm bagel. So many transplants tell me how they mourn the loss of their favorite bagel joint in their home towns. New Yorkers wax rhapsodic over H&H. Suburban Marylanders sob quietly over the loss of Bagel City in Rockville (oh, the twists!). Former Philadelphians bicker over who's the best: Four Worlds Bakery, Philadelphia Bagel Co. or South Street Bagels -- among others. But when the sobbing, bickering and waxing subsides, everybody agrees (at least so far) that Surf Bagel in Lewes satisfies their yeasty, crunchy cravings. And, as a former denizen of Rockville who stood in line many an hour to snag a bag of Bagel City's finest, I agree.
Former Maryland firefighter (and inveterate surfer) Dave Vitella created Surf Bagel to combine two of his most
Well, there's good news and not quite so good news. The good news is that the reincarnation of the Rose & Crown in Lewes' boutique Hotel Rodney is headed up by none other than James Beard nominated Chef Jay Caputo. The not-quite-so-good news for the young restaurant is that the reincarnation of the Rose & Crown in Lewes' boutique Hotel Rodney is headed up by none other than James Beard nominated Chef Jay Caputo. Why not-so-good? Simply because the new Rose & Crown must be held to a higher standard. And the emails I've received since they opened attest to
My first visit to The Charcoal Grill was before they moved to their new location. It was kind of lonely in there, and nobody seemed interested in their one customer. But I went ahead and had a shredded pork sandwich and liked it. It was not smoked, but it was still good. They don't claim that it's smoked, and as a former BBQ restaurant owner myself, I am sensitive to these things. There are all sorts of ways to cook meat slowly, and the people at The Charcoal Grill are careful to point out that their kitchen is grill-centered. So all is well.
My recent visits to the new location (where Zorba's used to be in the Food Lion shopping center) were completely different. The place was bustling, upbeat, music was
Freshly graduated in the early '90s from Hyde Park, N.Y.'s Culinary Institute of America, Chef Steve Ellis landed a cook's dream job at the fabled Stars restaurant in San Francisco. There he was, with his foot in the door of leading-edge New World Cuisine. But he couldn't stop thinking about the tiny (and wildly popular) taquerias in the Mission District. In 1993, against the advice of pretty much everybody, he converted a former Dolly Madison ice cream store in Colorado into the very first Chipotle Mexican Grill. It was to be nothing more than a stepping-stone to his own
Regulars here at RehobothFoodie.com know that I wasn't all that impressed with the original incarnation of JAM Bistro there in the basement of the old Epworth Church on Baltimore Ave. in Rehoboth Beach. It's a known fact that diners tend to shy away from downstairs dining, though there are many notable exceptions, none the least of
It's no secret that the Rusty Rudder complex in Dewey Beach was more popular for its outside bar and deck, live entertainment and magnificant view of the Rehoboth Bay than it was for the buffet. The dark, cramped and walled-off restaurant interior seemed to go just fine with the hit-or-miss grub-food-fest that was the buffet.
It's hard to change old preconceptions, but when Highway One LP's John Snow and Executive Chef Pete McMahon converted Venus on the Half Shell into Ivy in early 2012, they simultaneously tackled a massive revamp of the venerable old Rudder. Floors were replaced and lightened in color, walls removed, interior windows created, paint applied, and