Lewes is a few miles north of Rehoboth Beach. Bear to your right onto Kings Highway (just after you pass Bethany Blues) and follow the signs, or continue north on Coastal Highway up to Rt. 9 and turn right. The first area you will pass on the left is Five Points. If you continue on Rt. 9 (it will become Savannah Road) you will end up in downtown Lewes.

shuckers1CROPJD Shuckers is under new ownership! Former partner Jamie Davis has teamed up with former bartender Strohm Edwards. Interestingly enough, their plans include more fresh seafood--one of The Foodie's gripes about the place before it was sold.

The entertainment will continue, with a DJ on Thursdays and live music on Saturdays. The Foodie is planning a return trip after they settle in, and a new food review will be posted here.

Call (302) 945-8850 to double-check the specials, especially in the off-season. They open at 4 during the week and serve dinner 'til 9 Mon. thru Fri., and 'til 10 on Sat. and Sun. Lunch on Sat. and Sun. goes from 11:30am 'til 4pm.

JD Shuckers is at 11 Peddler's Village at the corner of Rt. 24 and Camp Arrowhead Road (Rd. 279), about 5 or so minutes west of Rt. 1. There's lots of parking. (L. (Sat.&Sun. only), D., Bar). Price range: Moderate +.

Ratings110 Half Full2Half-Full is the most recent (and smallest at 500 sq. ft.) brain-child of Matt and Ali DiSabatino, Ian Crandall and Joanna Goode. They also own (in various combinations) Kindle and Striper Bites restaurants in downtown Lewes.

You go to Half Full for the pizza--which works out just fine, since that's all they serve. You're on your own when it comes to starting a tab and ordering: Just belly-up to the counter, give 'em your

Click for how we figure the ratingsIt's all about the pizza at Mr. P's. Not that everything else isn't alright, but the pies definitely stand out as what to get. I go back and forth between the San Giorgio (Italian sausage and pepperoni) and the Alla Puttanesca with Goat Cheese (artichokes, capers, black olives, garlic and chevre).

On my first visit under the new ownership, Mr. P's pizza reminded me of

Ratings110 Striper Bites3Striper Bites is one of the DiSabatino family's trinity of popular Lewes eateries (along with Kindle and Half-Full), and it's as much a bar as it is a restaurant. The menu entreats you to "Please Your Palate...Raise Your Spirits," and you can do both quite well at Striper Bites. Entering the restaurant is like walking onto a

Ratings110 Villa Sorrento2Owner Mara DePace's childhood memories of Sunday Italian dinners with family and friends inspired her to go into the restaurant business over 25 years ago. Her latest venture, Villa Sorrento in Lewes, is a friendly, crowded little spot that is testament to her

Click for how we figure the ratingsUPDATE! It's been a while since my original review (still posted below for your perusal) was written, and it's no secret that The Buttery went through some hard times (kitchen-wise) during that time. Attempts to make things a bit more "trendy" and "edgy" fell flat, as local regulars (the mainstays of off-season business!) expressed disappointment that the traditional menu seemed to be slowly disappearing. Well, as of late fall 2013, executive chef Aaron Berg has taken over the kitchen and appears to be returning The Buttery to its former glory -- at least if our last 4 visits are any indication.

My first re-visit several months ago (before Chef Aaron took the reins) was to the Pub. I love their happy

Ratings110 Bethany Blues2Bethany Blues first location in Bethany Beach was a smart move. The bar quickly became a "Cheers"-like watering hole for visitors and locals alike. The food was consistent, though there were some hits and misses. As a Pitmaster and former BBQ restaurant owner myself, I can't help but

Ratings110 Kindle3Kindle is part of the di Sabatino's trinity of Lewes eateries (joining Striper Bites and Half Full, all within waddling distance of one another). Joining them at Kindle are Ian Crandall and Joanna Goode. Though I was a "regular" at the old and more spacious Paynter's Mill location, I dined at the Lewes installation several times before writing this--just to

Click for how we figure the ratingsPicture the upscale setting of a petite bistro in Manhattan or in a sparkling casino in Las Vegas. But Agave Restaurant isn’t in the Big Apple or Sin City—it’s right on Second Street in downtown Lewes. And the real surprise is that the moderately priced cuisine is creative and unquestionably Mexican.

Most of the drinks involve Agave’s huge selection of

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