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Spent a few days with the family (kids 8-14 years old) in Rehoboth Beach. Here's a rundown of where we ate:

Go Fish: lunch at the fish and chips place near the beach. Excellent fried fish, but the chips were ordinary.

Bona Pizza & Lazy Susan's: dinner in the hotel room, so I brought something for everyone.

Bona Pizza is on Route 1 in a shopping plaza near a staples and supermarket (around the area of Midway theaters). Great pizza, but what's really unique is that they also have a Greek menu. Got the mixed platter: tabbouleh, grape leaves, hummus, falafel, etc. -- very very good.

Lazy Susan's is a crab joint also on Route 1 north of town. Bought for takeout a dozen hardshell crabs for $30. They just dump them in a brown paper supermarket bag. Old Bay style seasoning. They were huge, incredibly sweet. First rate.

Thrashers: classic beach french fries. Made from from freshly cut potatoes. I would guess they are not double fried, but still crisp and delicious. They really had potato flavor.

Grotto Pizza: While I've spent my life having NY style pizza (and preferring it), Grotto makes a pretty good pie. The crust is not the classically chewy, bialy style bread that I'm used to. I'd say it had oil in the dough, so it is more foccacia style, albeit thin. But the sauce and cheese are very tasty.

Big Fish Grill: ate here twice. Everything was great, which explains why it was packed on a Tuesday night. I had as appetizer Seafood Chowder. Bay scallops, fish, shrimp, clams in a light cream base -- more brothy than most New England chowders, which was a plus. Also had grouper fingers the other night. For entree, had blackened "rare" tuna with Mashed potatoes one night. Excellent. Blackened outside (but not a salty seasoning, so not overpowering), raw inside, and the mashers were fantastic. Second night, I had jambalaya. Also very good, though I missed the mashers. Dessert was the best apple crisp I've ever had (including my own). Everything about it was perfect -- the apples, the amount of cinnamon, the pecan streusel.

Curley's BBQ: North of the commercial strip on Route 1 north of town. Had lunch there. Excellent pulled pork, nice vinegar based sauce on the side. The side of "potato casserole", which I expected to be sweet potato pie, was actually potatoes au gratin, with a sharp cheddar giving it very good flavor. The brisket my son had was OK -- not quite smoky enough, and a bit dry.

Taste: On Rehoboth Avenue, near the beach. Avoid, Avoid, Avoid. Poor food, indifferent and rude service, expensive. The first sign of trouble: we were seated beneath an air conditioner vent that was dripping water on our table. When we told the waiter, his first response was that it wasn't dripping much. We asked to move (the restaurant was pretty empty), so he moved us two spots over under another a/c vent, that also had water drops on it (but wasn't actively pouring it out). After we were seated, he came over with a mop and instructed us to "cover our drinks" while he wiped off the water.

We have one son who doesn't eat much, and there wasn't much on the menu we could work with. They did have nachos -- two kinds of "loaded" versions. We asked if they could make him just a plate of chips and melted cheese -- none of the guacamole, chicken, beans, etc. The waiter said he'd have to check, then came back and told us the chef wouldn't compromise the integrity of the dish! Please! (As we later found out, he wasn't much of a chef anyway). I've eaten at some of the finest restaurants in the country, and any decent chef will accomodate a reasonable request. We were very close to walking out.

Anyway, we asked if he could just have a plate of chips. Again, back to the chef. This was OK, apparently. The kicker is that they billed us $5.00 for the little basket of chips (at a place that didn't set out bread or chips when we were seated).

My wife and I had fish tacos -- very bland rockfish with coleslaw, a limp and waxy over the hill slice of avocado, some tomato salsa and stale blue corn tortillas. Had to use an inordinate amount of salt to get any flavor out of it. My two other kids had linguini "alfredo" with chicken and andouille. Wouldn't have been my choice, but that's OK. It came out covered with about 6 ounces of shredded parmesan STYLE cheese. You know, the kind that is so perfectly grated and with some sort of "anti-caking" agent on it so you can tell it came out of a plastic bag. The sausage had no heat, the chicken was rubbery and had that look of pre-packaged meat. Horrible. Avoid "Taste"

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  1. Next time try Louie's Pizza. Superior to Grotto

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