This season, the restaurant scene goes cosmo, offering more cuisines from around the world, but remembering local favorites, too.
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Beer is also big at the new Pickled Pig Pub (18756 Coastal Hwy., No. 3, Rehoboth Beach, 654-5444), with nine craft brews by makers such as Victory, Troegg’s and Dogfish Head on tap and a more extensive bottle list. Brought to you by the quartet that opened The Pig+Fish Restaurant Company in Rehoboth, The Pickled Pig is similar to a gastro-pub, “but so much more,” says owner Doug Frampton. Consider Brit fare such as the chip buddy sandwich of mashed peas and fries covered in curry sauce, as well as food with other influences, such as barbecue-spiced pork wings and sesame-chili sea bass. There’s a large list of great sandwiches and entrées, all priced $9 to $16.
Value is a buzzword around the beach towns these days. At Ocean Point Grille (16922 Savannah Road, Lewes, 644-8081) in the Village of Five Points, which opened in late 2008, dinner items run $8.95 to $15.95. Ocean Point, in the Savannah Café’s old digs, is Antonios Nomikos’ 20th restaurant and the younger sister to Ocean Point Grill (26089 Shops at Longneck, Millsboro, 945-3553). “At least 95 percent of our items are homemade,” Nomikos says. The soups are especially popular, as are the seafood dishes.
Barbecue has become as big as seafood. Bethany Blues in spring opened a second location, Bethany Blues of Lewes (18385 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, 644-2500). The new site seats 300, about 50 more than the original restaurant (6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 537-1500). The Lewes restaurant boasts similarly colorful murals and tables—but there is no waterfall. That makes Kevin P. Roberts, a partner in the venture, very happy. Although eye-catching, the two-story-high fall tends to flood.
Some things are different. Some are the same. “We’ll still do curbside carryout, and we have two private dining rooms that seat about 100,” Roberts says. “We’re also featuring Delaware’s first bourbon bar, with more than 70 different bourbons.” The menus are similar except for the addition of steaks from Hickman’s Meat Market in Rehoboth Beach. The new site has two smokers to handle the demand for tangy barbecue.
The old Blind Factory building in west Fenwick is jammin’ thanks to chef Jonathan Yanek, a 20-year veteran of the restaurant industry. Last summer, Yanek opened Jammin Jon’s Island BBQ (38015 Fenwick Shoals Blvd., Selbyville, 436-RIBS), which features traditional barbecued ribs and chicken. The menu also includes island-inspired dishes, including coconut conch chowder, which Yanek describes as “a party in your mouth.”
The exotic Crab Daddy Burger is a 6-ounce patty packed with jumbo lump crabmeat and topped with avocado-mango cream. The Smoked T-Rex Turkey Legs are hefty 2½-pound gams. Items range from $5 sandwiches to $15 platters.
Like barbecue, Asian food is becoming a seaside staple. Last fall, Mei Lan and her father, Zhzenbiao Lan, took ownership of Beijing Buffet (18908 Rehoboth Mall Blvd., No. 19, Rehoboth Beach, 644-7198), an all-you-can-eat spot. The restaurant ventures outside China’s boundaries, with such dishes as Korean kimchee, Japanese seaweed salad and sushi.
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