My family will be stayiing there for a week in early August. Suggestions for high and low dining would be happily received!
There are many good choices in and around Bethany Beach for food. Low Brow first: 5 Guys Burgers, on Garfield Parkway in town: terrific hamburgers (it's a branch of a DC restaurant), just remember that a regular is 2 patties, and a small is one. Bootsie's Bar B Q, take out only, in Ocean View, just a couple of miles from town on Rt 26. Ribs, chicken and now brisket, excellent potato salad and pulled pork. One typically calls in the afternoon and places an order then you pick up later - they have been known to run out of food.
Higher Brow: Bluecoast Seafood on Rt 1 in Bethany and it's companion restaurant, Northeast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View: terrific fresh sea food, very nice wine list, we've never been disappointed, but they don't take reservations.
Crabs: Take out: Crabby Bills Seafood, in Ocean View, Eat in: Mickey's Crab House on Route 1.
Fries: (yes, it's own food group at the beach!): DB Fries, at the corner of Atlantic and Garfield Parkway, 1 block from the beach in Bethany.
I live in Bethany half of the year.
Favorites without a doubt are Blue Coast on Rt. 1 and Northeast Seafood kitchen on Rt. 26 2-miles west of Bethany. They are both fine dining seafood, high end food mid to high end prices. BlueCoast also has a fish market and a to go market lunch
Sedona also a good high end, but very expensive! DiFebo's for classic italian high end.
Fenwick Crab House for crabs.
Mid priced and good are Bethany Blues (BBQ) and Cottage Cafe.
Also Grotto's pizza for classic pizza fare.
Great subs at Difebos, Al Casapulla's, Great Steak and Cheese at Surf's Up. Milk and Honey serves great subs but is a quirky place at first look.
Avoid: Mango's, The Train Restaurant, Fat Tuna.
Mango's is the kind of place that shouldn't have to have spectacular food to be a good place to go. That being said, on a number of occasions we've tried, feeling that there should be a reason beyond the view, to have a serviceable meal there. Each of the three times we've been the service has been pretty bad, but the food has been worse.
See the view outside, and eat elsewhere.
Or a new casual take-out joint is Dangerously Delicious Pies with 21 varieties of fruit & meat pies at 100 Garfield Pkwy.