Ahhh, the music of wavelets lapping a bulkhead, the reflection of city lights on a still river, the sound of crickets in the night. Could there be anything better than dining en plein air? Herein, alfresco for foodies.
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Even when you’re inside at Northbeach, you’re outside. The space, overlooking Rehoboth Bay, is almost all open. On Sunday afternoons, dig your feet into the sand while you peel and eat shrimp on picnic-style tables and listen to the sounds of Jefe. 125 McKinley St., Dewey Beach, 226-8673
Nalu Hawaiian Surf Bar & Grill
Hurricane windows give Nalu its outdoor ambiance, and the thatched-roof bar, totem poles, palm trees and cold mai tais make diners feel like they’re kickin’ it on some island in our fine 50th state. The Spam BLT is a fun nod to a staple of the Hawaiian working man’s diet, but don’t miss the guava-glazed pork ribs. 1308 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 227-1449
Obie’s By the Sea
This 10-table boardwalk deck and bar is the ultimate no-shirt, no-shoes, no-problem spot for casual dining. Affordable appetizers, burgers, wraps, ribs and the house salad are one draw. The unobstructed view of the ocean is another. 1 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6261
Chef Jay Caputo’s second-floor Tree Top Lounge strives for canopy cool through chunky beams and dramatic lighting. The heavy bar of marine-grade mahogany was hand-carved by a shipwright in Annapolis. Folks clamor for fresh mojitos and Kobe beef hot dogs, while lunch service and happy hour drives business during summer. 210 Second St., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6494
When the garage doors are up, the cantina is in business. Mere feet from the Rehoboth Bay are tables under black Jose Cuervo umbrellas, a few wooden benches and a handful of private Adirondack chairs. Order a margarita and a skirt steak, then settle into a mesh recliner on the beach, where you can watch the high jinks from renters of personal watercraft next door. 124 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, 226-1820
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