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I've never eaten at a(muse) in Rehoboth, but my girlfriend sent me these photos. She loved it, and I'm looking forward to trying it at some point this summer.

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Lady Kibbee and I were bound for Henlopen City Oyster House last night, but the wait was a good hour. So we headed down the street to Planet X, and I'm glad we did. After a perfectly fine round of appetizers -- seared scallops and smoked wild salmon rolls, we had the absolute best crab cakes I've ever eaten. And I've eaten in Fenwick Island and Annapolis and Baltimore and everywhere else crab cakes have bragging rights, but beyond a doubt these were spectacular. Two nicely sized all Maryland lump crab with no apparent filler and just plain wonderful. I will return this week for those same crab cakes, and maybe more than once.

Two nights ago, we ate a pleasant sushi dinner at Cultured Pearl. There certainly is an interesting selection of sushi rolls at this place, and the live music adds another dimension of interest. The hamachi collar/cheek was a very nice way to start the meal, followed by three of the more interesting rolls.

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Dinner at Jake's Seafood tonight on Baltimore in Rehoboth. Great meal, but the place was packed and the service was slow. Nonetheless, the crab bisque was sinfully good, the crab cakes were on a par with most of the best I've had -- but Planet X still had better crab cakes -- and the Rockfish stuffed with Crab Imperial was really nice....but sat under the heat lamp a bit longer than it should have and was somewhat dried out. So, aside from the service and timing, this is a high-quality seafood restaurant with overall reasonable prices.

Let me re-emphasize -- the crab cakes at Planet X are the best I have ever had.

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On my final day at Rehoboth Beach, I visited the Fractured Prune for donuts. They were incredible. If DC has a better offering of donuts anywhere, I haven't found it. Hot, fresh and dipped to order....!

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mr food   

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Salt Air is probably the best restaurant in Rehoboth these days. this is based on consistenly good meals over several visits. We spend quite a bit of time here so have made the rounds and Salt Air is #1 in our book. Google Rehoboth Foodie for a pretty good run down on dining in this area.

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When you go to the beach with your kids the trip clearly cannot be all about food. Although we did not get to every place I wanted to try during a recent long weekend in Rehoboth, we did manage to squeeze in some pleasurable meals along the way.

Morning was the time for long walks before the kids awoke. The first stop was usually The Coffee Mill for some liquid fuel. It is in the Rehoboth Mews alley between Baltimore and Rehoboth Avenues. They stock a relatively large variety of coffee beans and teas, but all we had were cappuccinos and whatever drip coffee they were serving, which we enjoyed. The store looks more like a small shack, but the place appears to be a local institution. Curiously, their own website expresses confusion over whether the shop first opened in 1984 or 1992. I seem to recall the sign on the outside advertising that they have been open for 19 years; that would mean they opened in 1993 (unless the sign was one year old). Regardless of when it opened, the coffee was good and kept us going until our next stop, which was usually The Point Coffee House and Bake Shoppe.

The Point is so named because it is located at the point where Route 1 meets Route 1A. They may have the most bare-boned website I have seen. I can also recommend the cappuccinos and drip coffee here as well, although they do not have quite the selection of beans as the Coffee Mill. Although this place has some good looking baked goods and an interesting sandwich menu, we never actually ate anything here, so I cannot tell if looks were deceiving. I think this place is relatively new, because I found something called Oby Lee Coffee Roastery on the Internet at the same address. ARLnow.com reports that Oby Lee may be opening a new shop in Clarendon.

After more coffee at the Point, it would be time to head over to Pasqualini's Bakery. This place looks a little run-down and is almost hidden behind the equally shady looking Crystal Restaurant on Rehoboth Avenue near the drawbridge. (In fairness, we did not go in the Crystal Restaurant and I understand they serve a quite respectable breakfast). Pasqualini's has an assortment of pastries and dougnuts and some crumb cake that was voted best in Rehoboth by our kids. I think if I wanted a cake, I would give these folks a try. They had a number of interesting looking cakes in their cases.

Speaking of crumb cake, I favored the ones sold at Dinah Lingo's Grocery, which had a larger chrunchier topping. Lingo's grocery also had a large number of fresh pastries and breads out in the mornings and there was a sign in the Village By The Sea alley between Baltimore and Rehobeth Avenues that they would soon be opening a bakery in that location.

Our morning walks typically ended with spinach and feta crepes at Crepes by the Sea on 1st Street. This appears to be a new place. They served up some respectable crepes but never seemed very busy, so if you get a chance you may want to stop by. I wish them well.

After seeing the lines forming outside the Royal Treat for breakfast, we gave them a try one day. The Royal Treat serves standard breakfast fare and delivered well prepared food, but I am not sure I would stand in the line that forms at the front door of folks waiting for a table (we got there early). There is only so much you can do with eggs and pancakes. The only oddity here is that most egg dishes do not automatically come with home fries, which need to be ordered a la carte. If you visit, you should be warned that it is cash or traveler's checks only.

With all that walking and eating out of the way, it would be time to hit the beach. But, inevitably, hunger would soon return.

Sitting at the bar at Obie's by the Sea I mentioned to the bartender that i need to satisfy a request to find a place that served grilled cheese and french fries. He said he understood and gets the same request from his son at least once a week. He suggested we head over to Arenas in the Village By The Sea alley. That was good enough for me. The place is obviously popular and was mostly full during both of our visits. The food portions for some items are generous if bordering on preposterously large. Three of us could barely make a dent in the shrimp nachos appetizer we ordered. On another visit, the pulled pork special on the chalkboard was actually two sandwiches. All in all a decent lunch place, even if they did serve us frozen mozzarella sticks during one visit.

On another afternoon, I slipped out to the bar at Jakes for a couple of beers and a late lunch. I agree with the comment above about the seafood bisque. It was incredibly rich and jam packed with fresh seafood. Coupled with a half dozen blue points and a couple of pints of a Yards ale, it made for a satisfying lunch. We made it back for dinner that same evening and I particularly enjoyed Rose's Rockfish, which is a simple preparation broiled in a white wine sauce with chopped tomatoes, celery, and onion, It was almost a stew, with a nice rustic feel.

One night I tried to vector the group to Stingray, a self-described sushi bar and asian latino grill that was highly recommended by the bartender at Jakes, but we ended up at The Cultured Pearl instead. The kids have recently taken to sushi, but their tastes are still limited. Nevertheless, I did get at least one of them to try something that was not tuna or salmon. I also had a few tastes of the shrimp and vegetable tempura, which I thought was particularly well prepared.

On our final evening we ended up at Ristorante Zebra. It is in a pleasant location in a Victorian House on a quiet street directly across from Stingray. I found the interior decorations to be somewhat odd for an Italian restaurant, with paintings and murals with zebra and giraffe motifs. The first five photos on this page are pictures of the interior. The food was solid and traditional if unremarkable. I would definitely venture back. There were some families with children, but I was left with the overall impression that this is the type of place that you bring your parents to (or your grandparents). BTW, we found that the half portions of pasta were more than ample as mains, especially if you had appetizers, but I have a suspicion we may eat lighter than most.

I would like to give a final hat's off to Bin 66, the only liquor store in downtown Rehoboth. It does not have an extensive selection, but I was able to find some wines that I had previously purchased from Arrowine to enjoy back at the hotel in the evening.

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My long, well thought out post will forever remain lost due to some technical issue that I will never be able to explain. So, here is the short version.

Henlopen City Oyster House is the best restaurant in Rehoboth, killer choices at the bar, amazing food, overpriced wine list (for the beach) that at least has good selections.

Maureen's in Bethany is easily our favorite place to grab dessert, which generally consists of ice cream.

Surf's Up still makes great steak and cheese subs.

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I have a history of eating poorly in Rehoboth Beach - e.g., too much mediocre fried fish, and too many places attempting a hip nightclub vibe along with overpriced food.

Did better this weekend with a couple of places that were new to me.

Shorebreak Lodge (http://shorebreaklodge.tumblr.com) for dinner - don't mean to oversell it, but it was a nice place attempting a (sorry) "foodie" vibe, striving for simplicity and good preparation.

For breakfast, Greenman (http://www.greenmanjuicebar.com/ordereze/Content/2/Summary.aspx) - juice bar, quiches, waffles, etc. - a little cramped but a friendly place that makes you feel better than if you'd eaten too many greasy potatoes at the Crystal Diner.

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I've never eaten at a(muse) in Rehoboth, but my girlfriend sent me these photos. She loved it, and I'm looking forward to trying it at some point this summer.

11 course tasting for $111...at A(muse). Momofuku Ko's 10 course dinner is only $125 (and they have 2 Michelin stars). If the clientele is mostly from DC, maybe they won't realize how expensive this place is.

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Had lots of seafood this weekend, starting with Henlopen City Oyster House in Rehoboth. I started with a sampler platter of oysters, 8 for $16, one of each kind they carry. I decided not to touch any of the condiments (mignonette, horseradish, and cocktail sauce) and just slurp them down. I'm actually surprised at how briny they all were, but they were fresh and tasty. Next I had some steamed middleneck clams with garlic, butter, and some red chili flakes - again, fresh and tasty. Next I had some fried oysters ($9) - why are fried oysters cheaper than freshly shucked oysters? Very nice oysters. Finally I had a heaping platter of fried clam strips that I could not possibly finish ($8). I'm pretty sure the clam strips were made in-house but it wasn't anything spectacular. For simple seafood preparation, Henlopen is very good. I did overhear that they will stop serving lunch at the end of March (during the high tourist season).

For dinner I went to a(Muse). Unfortunately I didn't find the seasonal menu all that exciting. My first dish is kale, which turned out to be a salad. I was thinking something braised because raw kale is not really edible in my book. I took a couple of bites and stopped eating. My server noticed that I didn't finish it and offered to replace it with something else. I must acknowledge that's a very hospital thing to do, although I didn't get anything else and paid for the kale because I ordered it. I also didn't think to ask her how the kale was prepared. I did ask about the fluke and the perch. Fluke was served "crudo style" but it was cooked - so I'm not sure why it's served crudo style. At first I thought it was cooked by heat but in retrospect, it could've been cooked by citrus juice (but it wasn't very citrusy tasting). The fluke wasn't bad, just not what I expected. The third dish was a whole perch - simply seasoned (salt) and grilled nicely - but ultimately boring. After 3 dishes, I added a potted chicken, which was pretty good and with some bread, filling.

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Even though my family has been coming to Bethany Beach on and off for 20+ years, we have never really gone to any "fine dining" establishments in town. Maybe we hit up Patsy's once or twice, but we usually head up to Rehoboth to get our fix. But, now that we have a one year old, and even the 20 minute drive each way can seem daunting, we searched for a local spot that would be on par with what Rehoboth has to offer.

After some quick research, we settled on 14 Global, right next to the post office off of Bethany's main drag. It is tiny and crammed, but the food was spot on, WAY better than we expected. Duck confit and shaved asparagus salad, venison sliders, corn pone bread, short rib and lobster tacos. All were pretty much home runs. Well made cocktails, solid wine list. Service was mostly good as well, although a bit scattered as the night went on (servers were leaving as the crowd dwindled). The only downside to the meal was dessert - peanut butter cheesecake with bananas and chocolate - and it was a BIG downside. It was almost as if it came from another restaurant, completely unappetizing. Whatever, I had eaten ice cream every day so far at the beach, don't need another dessert anyway. So, in the end, this is a huge plus for the Bethany Beach area.

Later that night we stopped by Beach Liquors - southern tip of Bethany proper, right off Route 1, next to the CVS - to get some red wine for sangria the next day. I figured we would find something serviceable, but was SHOCKED to find an awesome wine selection. They even had a temperature controlled room with a lock on it to keep the good stuff (and there was a lot of it). Prices were cheap, compared to many stores in Northern Virginia, and I am telling you that the variety was super impressive. I may stop back by to stock up on the way home.

Two unexpected gems in Bethany.

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With most restaurants jammed the night of July 3rd, we stopped by Cabo (in the old Porcini House location) for some Mexican food. It is almost impossible for me to believe that this place is owned by the same person/group as Espuma because Cabo, in a word (or maybe two), is downright awful.

We got there early (5:30 PM) because we had our one year old with us. Service was comical from the beginning, several servers running around like chickens with their heads cut off in a restaurant that was maybe 30-50% full the entire time we were there. It was crazy, they weren't just auctioning off plates at the tables, they would walk into a room (I would say that our room had eight tables, four of which were taken) and say, "Who ordered the burrito?" Are you freakin kidding me!? Do you know how many people in a room in a Mexican restaurant might order a burrito or a taco or an enchilada!?

Anyway, drink orders (a variety of margaritas) were placed within minutes of sitting down, but took a while to come out. They tasted awful. They weren't too sweet, which was good, but lacked any real flavor whatsoever. Our appetizer was a dip trio (guacamole, queso, salsa) seemingly straight out of a jar served with maybe 20 tortilla chips. It took us a while to get some more, but I'm not sure why we bothered when the dips were so bad. Dinner came a cool one hour and twenty minutes after we ordered it, awesome when you have a one year old with you. All the food was terrible.

One of our servers (we seemed to have about five, but no one was actually focused on anything) finally realized that it was a shit show and came over to apologize to us. She told us that there was only one chef in the kitchen, the rest of the staff called in sick. Maybe you should put a sign at your host(ess) stand that says, "Be forewarned that we only have one chef and a bunch of clueless servers tonight, your experience will suck, but we will still charge you the same amount for your food as if we actually had a clue what we are doing." When she gave us the check, she brought a random drink out to us (not one that we had ordered before) and said that it was "on her" because the night was so bad. Gee, thanks.

Third time in my life that I have not given a tip - the previous two were a Waffle House in Kansas City and The Crabhouse in Fair Lakes (before it became Joe's Crab Shack). Cabo was the worst of all those experiences.

PS: This is a serious question. If you kitchen staff is essentially MIA on a night, do you still open the restaurant, pretend that everything is OK, all the while knowing that your customers are going to be screwed?

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Decided to book a last-minute trip to Lewes for the July 4th weekend - did you know Dogfish Head has a hotel now??? I'm pretty excited, especially since pup gets to go, too.  We'll have to get up early and stay up late to get him some beach time, but it will be worth it to see his happy little Muppet-face.  :lol:

Other than the Dogfish Head brewpub, any thoughts on places to get some decent beer and food?  Outdoor/dog-friendly seating is an extra plus.

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Decided to book a last-minute trip to Lewes for the July 4th weekend - did you know Dogfish Head has a hotel now??? I'm pretty excited, especially since pup gets to go, too.  We'll have to get up early and stay up late to get him some beach time, but it will be worth it to see his happy little Muppet-face.  :lol:

Other than the Dogfish Head brewpub, any thoughts on places to get some decent beer and food?  Outdoor/dog-friendly seating is an extra plus.

I wonder if this is owned by the brewpub, or if they just lease out their name like they do with the DC-area restaurants.

I remember lambasting them for rip-off pricing on their growlers, but then they wrote me and said they have no managerial control over the restaurants; only a naming agreement.

And my empty growler still sits on my kitchen shelf.

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It is my understanding that the hotel is owned by the founder of Dogfish (so, Dogfish).  He said he was seeing all these people coming to his brewery from out of state, so he felt like there was a market for another hotel in the area.  Apparently they gutted an existing motel and really spent some time/effort on the design - I am looking forward to checking it out.

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Jake's Seafood (downtown location) was recommended to us as one of the best seafood places in Rehoboth. To be honest, we left rather disappointed. The meal started off promising, with a really tasty Seafood Bisque. It tended toward the thick side, but I'm not against that. It also had quite a bit of fish in it. The mains were where the problems lied. My fried flounder fish sandwich was basically tasteless. It was a battered and fried piece of flounder, but it didn't taste like anything. Moreover it was served on a terrible bun, that was a puffy piece of nothing. Even the tartar sauce was bland. The lack of taste was a common refrain around the table. Oy!


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Off The Hook. We had a great meal here. This is a small restaurant that seems to cater more to locals than tourists. It's a farm to table type restaurant, which I always interpret as good, fresh food, with small portions. Well, the portions at this place were enormous. I focused on the seafood, getting mussels as an app and a cioppino for my main. Both had ample mussels/fish, and a tasty broth for dipping. The cioppino itself had mussels, clams, salmon, monk fish (?), shrimp, and slices of chorizo. That's a lot of fish! The homemade rolls (toll house?) served in a touch of oil were a nice compliment. Prices were reasonable. Everyone left very satisfied.

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Seanchai   

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Had two very good and moderately priced meals in Rehoboth this past week.  Henlopen City Oyster House never fails to please as I had some delicious oysters as well as a pretty good clam po'boy.  We also went to Pig & Fish for the first time and really enjoyed it.  The fish and chips were awesome as was a refreshing cold Thai melon soup.  Both places also have excellent craft brew options that paired well with the food.

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Snuck away to the beach for a couple of days a week ago and had two pretty good meals in Rehoboth- Henlopen City Oyster House had delicious oysters( several varieties to choose from), excellent steamed soft shelled clams which are not easy to find down south here), and I asked for the soft shelled crabs to be sautéed and they were delicious .
Second meal was at a new restaurant out on the highway next to the Food Lion- Michys Relaxed Dining- free parking, they take reservations and have really good food- from burgers to pork chops to steak - warm bread and good desserts. Friendly service, owner /chef good informal atmosphere and worth the drive out of congested Rehoboth for a really good meal.

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I'll second the recommendation for 14Global. The cocktails were very good and occasionally original. I enjoyed The Dragon, which was essentially a rocks margarita with habenero-infused tequila, and it lasted me the entire meal. Others in my group got different cocktails and were mostly impressed. If I were to knock the cocktail service, I'd say the fact that each drink came out about 2-3 minutes after the previous one seemed off-putting. Do you wait to taste yours until everyone gets theirs? Do you drink yours while everyone stares at you wishing they had a drink, too?

We ordered a couple of apps to share. The crab dip was enjoyed by all, but to be honest it doesn't stand out in my memory (from 4 days ago, admittedly). I have to comment on the "Corn Pone Bread- Aged white cheddar & bacon infused pone, with agave & cinnamon lime butter." Now, maybe I don't know what corn pone is, but when I grew up in SC it essentially meant "cornbread." 14Global's corn pone is a rectangle of fried, thick corn mush which is soaked in sweet butter. I ate it and I liked it, but it was really more of a dessert. I expected cornbread with a side of sweet compound butter. Not so much.

The gluten-free eater in the group was very happy with the number of options she had and enjoyed the scallops she ordered. I had the "Pan Seared Halibut- Alaskan halibut, served with a sweet peach and spicy habanero compote, with a puree of celery root and Yukon potato accompanied by pan roasted purple cauliflower". I don't say this often, but the fish was oversalted! I love salt, but this was too much. The "compote" had a nice bite to it, but it was very, very sweet and when combined with the very salty fish, the components didn't complement each other well at all. Mrs DrX had the "Black Garlic Crab Ravioli- Black Garlic infused pasta filled with lump crab, shallot, ricotta, and mascarpone cheese, with asparagus & lemon-dill cream sauce" which she didn't stop raving about until the next day. The flavors were terrific and the pasta was cooked perfectly.

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Two weeks ago, we went for  a long weekend. I have nothing new to add to the many laudatory posts on the Henlopen City Oyster House. It continues to be very good. I was impressed by their raw oyster service and discovered a new favorite: Stadish Shore from Duxbury, MA (http://www.standishshoreoysters.com/).

The entrees we had at The Pig and Fish were every bit as good as those at Henlopen City Oyster House. We focused on the fresh catch section of the dinner specials menu. They offer about a half dozen different fish and shell fish with two preparations from which to choose. We enjoyed halibut with polenta cake and pesto. The fillet was a generous portion, and well prepared, justifying the $28 price of entry. The polenta  cake was also good and too large for me to finish. We sat in the front room where the bar is. It can get loud when crowded (all hard surfaces). There is a back room that is probably quieter. 

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We're heading out to Bethany Beach for a week this Saturday.  Any recommendations on low to mid range places in Bethany, Rehoboth, Fenwick Island?  Yes, we're travelling with two teenage boys and my MIL so high end places are out.      Thanks.

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We're heading out to Bethany Beach for a week this Saturday.  Any recommendations on low to mid range places in Bethany, Rehoboth, Fenwick Island?  Yes, we're travelling with two teenage boys and my MIL so high end places are out.      Thanks.

in Betheny-Betheny Blues BBQ. Good food and perfect for families. Keep in mind most places at the beach don't take reservations. Rehoboth-Big Fish Grill, Salt Air, Lupos Italian Kitchen, Fins for oysters, food is mixed however.Henlopen Oyster House. EDIT: I guess I was too late but good for next trip.

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in Betheny-Betheny Blues BBQ. Good food and perfect for families. Keep in mind most places at the beach don't take reservations. Rehoboth-Big Fish Grill, Salt Air, Lupos Italian Kitchen, Fins for oysters, food is mixed however.Henlopen Oyster House. EDIT: I guess I was too late but good for next trip.

Thanks for the suggestions.  We did fit FINS which we liked a lot, including the oysters.

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for Bethany, add Blue Coast. Fun bar scene but it gets crowded and no reservations.  For Rehoboth, add Papa Grandes-street Mexican.  Upstairs deck and inside bar with Chris behind it, Try the margaritas,

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Our family is about to take our annual beach trip to Bethany beach.  I'm wondering if anyone has a go-to suggestion for a fish market? Anywhere along the beach in Maryland or DE is fine (I'm willing to drive a bit for great quality fish). 

I should add that I live around the corner from Black Salt in the Palisades and grew up along the coast in Florida, so I'm pretty spoiled when it comes to fresh seafood.  I just feel like I've never been able to find a consistently good fish market close to Bethany.... I'm really just looking for a spot that gets daily fish delivered from local fishermen.

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