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Bethany Beach

My family will be stayiing there for a week in early August. Suggestions for high and low dining would be happily received!

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  1. 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.

    Have fun!

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    1. 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.

      1. Avoid Mango's? Mango Mikes? Please tell me why. I was really looking forward to going to dinner there. Okay, mostly because of their photos and the wonderful view of the ocean! Will go to DiFebo's, but wanted to go to Mango Mike's as well. Please be specific. Is it really that bad??

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        1. re: shopgirl

          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.

        2. We were at the Sea Colony two summers and ADORED Warren's - great food, pricing and perfect for our gang of five adults and two kids. Out of six nights ate there three times.

          Avoid Dough Rollers - really awful.

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          1. re: bowildhax

            Three out of six nights is a very high compliment!


          2. Or a new casual take-out joint is Dangerously Delicious Pies with 21 varieties of fruit & meat pies at 100 Garfield Pkwy.

            1. Thanks, everyone, for your help!


              1. I am back from Bethany with a couple of comments:

                No doubt about the terrific pies at Dangerously Delicious Pies, Lewes.

                I am sorry, bowildhax, but we thought Warren's awful in the food division. Even the two children, ages 7 and 9, were disappointed. Even their touted turkey and mashed potatoes weren't up to par.
                The service was first rate and the ambience just right for a family. And they directed us across the road for beer, which was nice.
                BTW: Their mile high ice cream was a big hit with the little girls.

                Mangos was my 23 year old niece's favorite place to meet other 20 something people :-)

                We all pronounced Blue Coast on Rt. 1 and Northeast Seafood on Rt 26 keepers! Also, for crabs, Mickey's on Rt. 1.

                Thanks everyone for the help that made our vacation even more terrific.

                1. old thread- would love updated info on Bethany beach dining since we are headed there for a baseball tourney. looking for family friendly with TONS of space for 12 hungry 10-12 yr old boys... and booze for the exhausted parents! lol

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                  1. re: Aphioni

                    Bootsies BBQ is still PHE-NOMENAL. The brisket especially is other-worldly, and the mac-n-cheese is its own food group.

                    1. re: Aphioni

                      Hi Aphioni, You might like this article from Coastal Living about seafood dives. Just scroll down to Delaware. Also, in the Maryland category an Ocean City restaurant is mentioned that sounds like fun for adults and kids. It is called Sneaky Pete's.
                      Here is a Chowhound thread you might find helpful: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/536292
                      The first place that came to my mind was Bethany Blues though.
                      I think Bethany has a Five Guys now but they don't serve alcohol.

                      1. re: Aphioni

                        In my opinion there really aren't any family friendly, tons of space, booze-type places in Bethany except for Grottos. I prefer the one on Route 26. If you stick to basic pizza you will be okay, price wise. They have a decent menu for those that do not want pizza. It's a very large place and I think they have an arcade area. The only other suggestion would be to travel down Route 1 toward OC. Dough Roller is very good and very large and a new restaurant is opening soon called Old Mill Crab House. Bootsies is just a small shack with a walk up window and I personally am not fond of their bbq; not a place to sit and/or get drinks. I can't think of any other restaurant that would cater to lots of 10 - 12 year olds and parents. Good luck.

                        1. re: skfrank

                          Mickys on route #1 all you can eat crabs, shrimp, fried chicken
                          fried chicken is pretty good, crabs ok, shrimp overcooked (steamed)
                          beer is cold, with butcher paper cloths what else is there to say
                          Local hangout not great food but you will enjoy it