Summer 2013 Beach Dining Guide: Ethnic and International Restaurants
Get your foodie kicks in at the beach with Brazilian, Greek, Italian and other specialties without leaving the coastline.
If all went as planned, Matt Haley in May opened Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria in a former oyster warehouse across from Catch 54 in Fenwick. “We’ll have 18 different kinds of tacos, ranging from lamb mole to lobster to fried clams to tongue,” Haley says. “Rice bowls” include a dish made with pork belly, pineapple and plantain. Expect an impressive list of rums and tequilas, as well as fresh juices for virgin cocktails. Haley could have torn down the barn-like warehouse for much less than it cost to restore it, but he appreciates the old wood building. (436-7272, papagrandes.com)
Would-be gauchos and hard core carnivores will be happy to hear about Sirlae’s Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse in Millville. Owner Christopher Lockhart didn’t look far for inspiration: His wife, Sirlae, is Brazilian. A flat fee of $42 gets you all the churrascaria-grilled meat you can eat carved tableside—lamb, chicken, Brazilian sausages and, of course, steak. At the help-yourself salad bar, you’ll find imported cheeses, cured meats and Brazilian specialties. Sides are served family-style. (616-1046, sirlaesbraziliansteakhouse.com)
If it sounds Greek, you’re likely dining at The Corner Grille in Rehoboth Beach. There is now more seating so more guests can savor the souvlaki and spanikopita. Diners who lean toward American dishes will no doubt find something to satisfy their appetite. (227-7653, facebook.com/pages/Corner-Grille/144682816430)
Speaking of tzatziki, you may have missed Semra’s Mediterranean Grill in Rehoboth last season. Tuck into hummus or sink your teeth into a gyro of lamb or beef. Then sweeten things up with flaky baklava that will leave a hint of honey on your fingertips. Time your visit for dinner and a show. The restaurant has featured belly dancers. (727-5964, semras.com)
In the mood for Italian? Brothers Lou and Frankie Bascio of Lou & Frankie’s Italian Specialties in Rehoboth left the rapidly expanding Touch of Italy last year. Their new store offers Italian cheeses, meats, sandwiches, dry goods and prepared dishes. Frequent visitors will get to know the owners. “We’re in the trenches every day,” Lou Bascio says. “We want to keep it small with a personal touch.” (227-5777) Meanwhile, Touch of Italy has opened a bakery in the Village of Five Points, a complement to its Lewes and Rehoboth locations. (touchofitaly.com)