Delware Beaches full report
Just got back from a week of vacationing in Bethany Beach. Since we were a family of 11 - we did most of our eating in the vacation home cooking for ourselves!
We did eat a few dinners out. Here is the report:
Mango Mike's (Bethany Beach): I would describe this meal as mediocre at best. The swordfish that I had was doused in a sauce that made it impossible to taste the fish, which was dry. My fiance had the tuna - it was also dry and overdone - even though he asked for medium. The mashed potatoes were soupy and the veggies were very mushy and overcooked. We would not return there again.
Crabber's Cove (Dewey Beach-Ruddertowne): This is one of the restaurants in the area that serves all you can eat crab. Again - we were a large group looking for an Old Mill style meal. All you can eat with hush puppies, shrimp, fried chicken, corn on the cob. The shrimp was great - not buried in Old Bay seasoning. The hush puppies were just ok - they were covered in powdered sugar - not our preference. The crab - we had a combo of alaskan king and blue crab. The crab was just ok - some of it seemed overcooked. But I think that is part of not being able to keep up with the all-you-can eat concept. The atmosphere of the place was very open and there was a great view of the Bay from every seat in the place. They are able to accomodate large groups easily and were fast and friendly with the service. We had two little ones with us and the meal was enjoyable even with the kids. Even though the meal was just OK - we would probably go back again.
Mojo's (Dewey Beach): My fiance and I have a constant craving for Cuban style food so anyplace we see that looks like it carries Cuban fare - we are willing to try it. However - after the experience at this place - we would think twice again about trying little hole in the wall Cuban places! The mojito that I was served was clearly from a mix and had a pathetic wilted leaf of mint in it. The only beer options they had were Miller Lite and Corona. That should have been our first clue. We ordered paella to split and black beans and sweet plantains. Given that we were the only people in the place - the 20 minute wait seemed excessive. Then - when the waitress brought out the food - it was the wrong dish. She offered that one up for free and went to cook the paella. The rice was mushy, beans were cold, food was bland and we waited for the paella that tasted like the smell of fish going bad. Ick. We do not recommend this place!
Five Guys Burgers (Bethany): This was a fast and fun place with great burgers and great fries! Highly recommend it!
Dogfish Head Brewpub (Rehoboth): This was our best meal out the entire week. We started with 90 min ale and some "jin" and tonics - Dogfish not only brews beer, but rum and jin as well. Drinks were great! We had the appetizer of homemade hummus - it was wonderful and came with a plethora of fresh veggies and home made pita bread. Our meals were also wonderful. I had mahi mahi with a great fresh pineapple and mango salsa - with a hint of fresh mint leaves. Fish was cooked perfectly. We bought some beer and a bottle of "jin" to take home.
Mancini's (Fenwick): We usually get pizza on the first night we settle in to the beach house and I do recommend Mancini's Brick Oven. We are not fans of the popular Grotto pizza chain in the area and searched for a place with decent pizza. We love Mancini's.
Touch of Italy (Bethany - Millville) : For my birthday my family sought out an Italian bakery for cake and came home with a scrumptious lemon ricotta cheesecake from this bakery on Rt. 26 (head west from the beaches on 26 to find it)
Another person who loves Dogfish beers, but is consistently unimpressed with the food. For better pub grub and good beer I head to Rams Head (though the service can be spotty). Finbar, newly opend next door to Dogfish, also has good food, very good fish and chips and last time I was there had Victory HopDevil on tap.
"Go Fish" is good and about a half-block from the ocean at 24 Rehoboth Ave. About as authentic British Fish & Chips as you'll get down here partially because the owner, Alison, is indeed English. Another place for Fish & Chips is "Stoney Loman" although I haven't been by there yet this summer. And I'll challenge anyone to tell me the food at Dogfish is edible without first having several of their delicious beers.....
I've got to disagree. I just was there a week ago and the decadence burger is very, very good. Excellent beef topped with a crispy onion ring and bits of bacon diced up sitting within the onion ring. Genius. Also, the dogpile appetizer was different and tasty, crisp pizza dough topped w/cheesy goodness.
I'm a long time fan of their beers and, as always, it was good to get some fresh out of the tap (had the 90 minute IPA and the Nut Brown, I asked for one of their vintage bottles of another but it was out).
One small complaint was the live music. Just seemed sort of extraneous and too early in the night to begin (around 9:30). The upstairs was closed due to a private party and the wait was long, though they were up front about it.
Thanks for the comments - the biggest surprise is that you found the food at Dogfish palatable. Their libations have always been excellent but normally I need several before I can attempt the food. In 10 years I don't think I've ever had a decent meal there so good thing the beer is great or they'd been gone long ago. And as for Touch of Italy, IMHO its the best bakery in lower, slower Delaware and located at 535 Atlantic Ave (Route 26 – 3 miles west of Bethany) for those of you in search of incredible cookies, muffins, etc. And finally, several miles down the road in Frankford, Bennett Orchards is at its peak for pick your own peaches.