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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Capers and Lemons
You can’t miss the deck as you head into Capers and Lemons—you’ll walk right over it. Both sections feature silver metal tables draped in white linen and lit by votive candles, all shaded by an awning. Because the restaurant is new, staffers are still experimenting with the menu, but alfresco diners tend to linger, usually ordering from an extensive wine list that favors Italy and California and choosing among several wood stone pizzas or hand-crafted pastas. 301 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington, 256-0524
Captain Pete’s Mediterranean Cove
European style dining is the order of the summer on Captain Pete’s front porch. “It’s a little bit of Greece,” says owner Helen Charuhas. Indeed, spanakopita, dolmades, grilled fish and lamb taste even more delicious when eaten outside. The vibe is relaxed, but the popular happy hour, featuring frozen drinks and margaritas, has been known to heat things up. The owners even like to push all the outdoor tables together and throw one big, fat Greek party. 700 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 537-5900
Catch 54 Fish House
The deck at Catch 54 is under the main restaurant, so the entire area is covered, and it’s as close to dining on water as you can get without falling in. On the Fenwick Ditch of the Little Assawoman Bay, the deck is part of a marina, and there’s a separate bar that starts jumping when the golfers and boaters arrive. Your view: The Del. 54 bridge to the south, expansive salt marsh to the north, and the whole town of Fenwick across the water. There is no finer place for crab cake sliders or a fried baby lobster tail. Del. 54, Fenwick Island, 539-0400
This awning-covered strip of sidewalk on the shady side of Delaware Avenue is one of the most popular places in Trolley Square. At lunch, enjoy traditional Irish fare in a relatively sedate space. Most patrons nibble on Rooney’s well-known appetizers such as Jameson wings, Katie’s hummus platter, and signature salads, but there are also great burgers and entrées. 1616 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 654-9700
We love lunching on Market Street best when it can be done alfresco, especially under the classic marquee at Cavanaugh’s, especially with a juicy char-broiled burger in hand. 703 N. Market St., Wilmington, 656-4067
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