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Jul 20, 2009 08:20 AM

Rehoboth Beach raw bar

What's the best raw bar in/around Rehoboth Beach. Mainly interested in clams. Thanks.

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        1. I second fins. Was there last night and the food was outstanding, per usual.

          We had raw oysters and fried clams. The oysters were spectacular, and the fried clams were also fantastic. They weren't the pre-frozen type that are clumpy and overbreaded. These were freshly shucked guys, battered, spiced, and gently fried to a turn. I was very impressed.

          You can get the clams raw, too.

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          1. re: venera

            How are the prices? The web site is mouthwatering. Now that we know our kids love shrimp (or as they say in Baltimore, srimps), places like this are in play -- yay!

            1. re: Bob W

              A little on the high end for the raw bar, to be honest. The dozen we got were $20. A soft shell crab dinner was $30, and the sides my hubby got weren't all that hot so he felt like he paid $15/crab. All of the fresh fish entrees are in the $25-30, which is about average for this area. If the sides were better, it may be worth it. But the ones he got (cole slaw and wild rice medley) were "meh." Others included steamed broccoli, garlic mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, shoestring fries, and a few others I'm forgetting.

              They do have kids meals, served on a plate that fits inside a frisbee that the kids get to keep. They were a big hit at the table full of kids next to us.

              Yeah, the ersters were pricey, but they were big, plump, full of brine, and all-around fantastic for slurping. Worth the spend, IMHO. More fun to slurp 'em at the bar and watch 'em shuck, but that's hard to do when the kiddies are in tow. :)

              1. re: venera

                Is there a good raw bar in the area that doesn't charge an arm and a leg? I'm not cheap but I don't enjoy a meal when I believe I'm being taken for a ride.

                1. re: johnbycz

                  good seafood is never cheap especially at a resort in tourist season.

                  1. re: johnbycz

                    Fins has a very nice happy hour that won't make you feel robbed.

                    1. re: Lewes17266

                      Just got back from the happy hour -- a chowhound dream. Raw clams were $3 for a half dozen, oysters $5.75 a half dozen. Shrimp $4.50 for a half pound, and they were big. Yeunglings were $2. The clams were cherrystones, very good. We had (forgive me if I get the name wrong) Hog Island oysters from nearby Virginia, freshest oysters they had, the shucker said, and they were very good also. I think I might be back every day this week. The happy hour is 4 till 6, Monday through Friday.

                      1. re: johnbycz

                        Sounds like you sat at the bar and enjoyed the view and chatting with the shucker. Best seat in the house! Thanks for the report back. I'll go out of my way to hit the HH now.

                        1. re: johnbycz

                          OMG, sounds like I'll make a trip to Rehobeth very soon.

                    2. re: venera

                      That's not just brine over the summer months. From the Wikipedia page:

                      "Bay oysters are usually prepared to spawn by the end of June. An increase in water temperature prompts a few initial oysters to spawn. This triggers a spawning 'chain reaction', which clouds the water with millions of eggs and sperm."

                      That's the reason why the old adage about months with "R" holds--not because of food safety.

                      1. re: venera

                        With a selection like that so close to the action 20 dollars per dozen doesn't sound so bad.
                        Hell, McCormicks and Legal sell them at around 2 dollars per oyster.
                        Good safe fresh oysters are becoming a delicacy now, and most places even fish markets are charging a lot per oyster.

                        1. re: keithlb1

                          FIns has a few paragraphs on sustainability and oyster facts about the Chesapeake Bay on the last page of their oyster menu. They attempt to source locally and sustainably, according to their blurb. FYI.

                          1. re: venera

                            Just got back from week in Rehoboth and hit the Fins Happy Hour is truly awesome. Six men.......4 dozen oysters (plump and really cold) 2 lbs of steamed shrimp, a few raw clams, and LOT'S of cold Yuenglings (like 20some?).....our bill was under $90 before tip!! The wait staff is great....but, it is very crowded. I wish I had this in Baltimore!

                            1. re: jck

                              Ok confused here. Looked up Fins and their address is 234 Rehoboth Ave. Same as Cloud 9. Did Cloud 9 close?

                              1. re: ms. chow

                                the two restaurants are very close to one another

                                1. re: Lewes17266

                                  Thanks. It was just strange that both places listed the exact same street address. Can't wait to be there again. Hopefully sunny all next week.

                                  1. re: ms. chow

                                    You are welcome and i hope you have a wonderful time here.