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Places for Big Guys/Big Seafood eaters to eat - Rehoboth, will travel!

onealexis Jul 30, 2009 09:34 AM

Hi! My family and I are staying in Rehoboth 8/1-8/8... My family consists of my boyfriend and my three sons. My oldest son is a chef and my family is used to good food, but we're not fussy in the sense of wanting 'fancy' food. We want good food. We love truly local, less touristy places.

My guys are big, big eaters and big seafood lovers... I'd love for us to be able to go out to eat without breaking the bank every night... though, we're not afraid to spend a little for a great meal either...

Where do the locals eat? Where do the fishermen eat? That's what we'd like to know. :-)

We won't be afraid to hop in the car and drive a bit to get away from the tourist fare either...

I love these boards - thanks to all you foodies.

Looking forward to the replies. Thanks so much.

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  1. Lewes17266 RE: onealexis Jul 30, 2009 03:39 PM

    Hi onealexis,
    My family's favorite Rehoboth restaurant is The Cultured Pearl.
    Fin's is a very popular raw bar and is also good for seafood. We particularly enjoy their Happy Hour. Read this: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637929
    Big Fish is a great place for seafood also. We often order lunch from their market and eat outside if the weather is nice.
    Another of our favorites for seafood is Fish On in Lewes. The food, the service, the atmosphere is outstanding.
    For steamed blue crabs we go to Lazy Susan's on Highway One.
    Recently we have been twice to the new Bethany Blues in Lewes and have really enjoyed ourselves. Their bar is beautiful. There is a meat market under their roof so if you are in the mood for a steak that is where you should head, although I love their fried oysters.
    Dogfish Head Brewery is good for burgers and beer.
    Surf Bagel is so popular in Lewes and has just opened a store in Rehoboth.
    Be sure to pick up a Cape Gazette for information on weekly deals. Here is a thread you might like in reference to dining on a budget: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/630270
    We have recently discovered Ocean Point Grille in Lewes for amazing deals and large portions and delicious breakfasts.
    I think Second Street in Lewes is so special and worth the short drive. I really don't think there is a bad restaurant there but our favorites are Striper Bites, Cafe Azafran, Agave, and Half Full. The Bake Shop is wonderful for a muffin or sandwich.
    There are many very good recent Rehoboth/Lewes/Dewey discussions so I hope you will search this board for other opinions.

    I hope you enjoy your vacation here!

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      onealexis RE: Lewes17266 Jul 30, 2009 10:13 PM

      Wow! I've been watching your posts, but you really went above and beyond here with an expansive list! Last year I was in Rehoboth with two of my boys and went to Fin's after reading reviews on Chowhound and we felt all the acclaims were well deserved. We also found a fabulous little bakery on our way out... I don't remember the name of it, but it was great. We got a keylime pie to take to our friend in DC. It was awesome. I'll be sure to let you know and post how we made out and we'll be sure to check out your recommendations. Thank you!

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        Lewes17266 RE: onealexis Jul 31, 2009 07:24 AM

        I have seen a bakery (on a side road) but have never stopped.
        I am sure there are some other wonderful restaurants right there that I know nothing about. Usually there are several other Rehoboth commentors but it really doesn't matter because of so many recent discussions.
        I have big guys too!

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          Bob W RE: Lewes17266 Jul 31, 2009 11:50 AM

          Hey Lewes, what do you think of Oby Lee Coffee Roasters? We always pick up a pound of their coffee as soon as we get to town.

          I love their coffee (some of the best flavored coffees I've ever had) and put up with their strange/incompetent/aloof counter help to get it. The baked goods are often great too.

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            Lewes17266 RE: Bob W Jul 31, 2009 01:43 PM

            I have only walked in for a cold drink off the bike trail. It is a nice place inside and smells so good. I do love good coffee so I will pick up a bag soon. Thank you.

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              Lewes17266 RE: Lewes17266 Aug 2, 2009 03:53 AM

              I felt compelled to come back because last night we ordered fried flounder sandwiches from Ocean Point Grill in Lewes and now I don't want to recommend that restaurant ever. These sandwiches were so bad. I wonder if our earlier good experiences there might have been chance.

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                Bob W RE: Lewes17266 Aug 2, 2009 07:30 PM

                I just realized that Oby Lee has a location in Lewes as well as Rehoboth. My comments about the help relate only to the Rehoboth location; the help in Lewes might be perfectly fine.

                Since it looks like we're staying in Lewes this year (first time outside Rehoboth/Dewey) I'll be checking out the Oby Lee location up there.

                Regardless of the service, the coffee is amazing. Any place that can pull off apricot flavored coffee has got it going on.

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                  Lewes17266 RE: Bob W Aug 3, 2009 03:14 AM

                  Well my goodness Bob W, i have never seen it!

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                    Lewes17266 RE: Lewes17266 Aug 3, 2009 03:27 AM

                    Oh, I bet The Bake Shop is also run by Oby Lee.

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                      Lewes17266 RE: Lewes17266 Aug 3, 2009 03:30 AM

                      That's funny because my husband complains the people working there are always rude to him! I love The Bake Shop though, especially the cranberry oatbran muffins.

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                        Bob W RE: Lewes17266 Aug 3, 2009 07:27 AM

                        Oby Lee apparently is at the Notting Hill Coffee Roastery, 124 2nd Street. Please don't tell me the people are rude there too!

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                          Lewes17266 RE: Bob W Aug 4, 2009 05:45 AM

                          That is one place on Second Street I go regularly. It can be so frenetic on weekends though and that is the only time my husband is ever there. It is a very small space with one register so you can imagine.
                          They are nice people, just busy.
                          I like their brocolli soup in the winter.

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                            Bob W RE: Lewes17266 Aug 4, 2009 08:55 AM

                            Thanks -- I'm looking forward to getting to know Lewes a little more this year. I always stop in to Oby Lee's for a pound of coffee as soon as we arrive so I'll just have to brave the crowds (and single register; good grief) at the Lewes location.

                            Oh, one question: We have enjoyed Fish On! in the past so are there any other places like that in Lewes (contemporary American, lots of seafood, etc).

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                              Lewes17266 RE: Bob W Aug 4, 2009 02:54 PM

                              I can't think of another Lewes restaurant that comes even close. I think Striper Bites is contemporary and excellent but still not in that league. The same goes for the new Bethany Blues. I haven't been to Kindle yet.
                              I wish other commentors from the area would chime in though.
                              You might enjoy taking the ferry over to Cape May while you're here. Your twins would probably really enjoy that 90 minute ride across the ocean.

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                                lifespan RE: Lewes17266 Aug 4, 2009 05:08 PM

                                Lewes is right on target with restaurant advice - which is probably why no one else chimes in...

                                Here are some of our favorites in the Rehoboth/Lewes area:
                                - We love the upstairs bar at Fins during happy hour. The wait to be seated for dinner is looong this time of year. Recently, we tired of waiting for a table and walked next door to Lupo di Mare (same ownership as Fish On - it's in the Hotel Rehoboth complex). We were impressed with the food and the atmosphere. It's a more formal environment than Fins...
                                - Big Fish is a good and reliable place to take the family for seafood...

                                In RB, we also like:
                                - chicken-salad sandwiches at Arena's, but we like Lori's chicken-salad even more. (She's open for b-fast and lunch only.)
                                - Louie's (just off the boardwalk on Rehoboth Ave.) for cheeseburger subs and, dare I admit it, fries (usually take-out, and we don't indulge often).

                                In Lewes:
                                Cafe Azafran for breakfast or lunch
                                Lazy Susan's for crabs (a great casual crab-house atmosphere)

                                Towards Bethany:
                                We like Bluecoast Seafood Grill (same ownership as Fish On).
                                And, Mickey's Family Crab House.

                                My 2 cents...hope it helps

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                                  Bob W RE: lifespan Aug 5, 2009 06:05 AM

                                  Thanks lifespan -- that is a help. Mrs. W has requested we go out for crabs one night (she's a Baltimorean). We've never done that at the beach and the only crab place I know of is Ed's in Dewey. How does Mickey's compare to Ed's? I'm hoping you'll say much better. LOL

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                                    lifespan RE: Bob W Aug 5, 2009 04:47 PM

                                    There's really no comparison! We've been disappointed with the quality of Ed's crabs. They're smallish and not properly seasoned (in our humble opinion). And Ed's is relatively expensive (per dozen) compared to Lazy Susan's or Mickey's. We've eaten at Mickey's twice this summer, and are convinced that theirs are among the best. We like Mickey's shrimp too. But, don't count out Lazy Susan's (on the Highway) near Lewes. We buy, by the bushel, for our extended family and have never been disappointed. The LS price per dozen ($36) is hard to beat; and, we think the quality is really good. The crabs are fresh, and cooked and seasoned properly. Don't forget the hush-puppies. ; )

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                                      Bob W RE: lifespan Aug 6, 2009 06:29 AM

                                      Thanks lifespan! Since we're staying in Lewes, Lazy Susan's sounds like a good option.

                                      I always figured Ed's catered to the drunken DB crowd anyway.

                                      Plus, we are bringing our puppy -- she's 13 but still very annoying 8<D -- so anything to get her to hush is always welcome.

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                                        lifespan RE: Bob W Aug 6, 2009 05:30 PM

                                        Hope you enjoy!
                                        By the way, that's what we think of Ed's too (!), but were too shy to say. In our family, we call it "Chicken Ed's" because they sell so much of that damn chicken... When my brother-in-law visits, he likes to go there, and so, we indulge him.

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                                          Bob W RE: lifespan Aug 6, 2009 07:27 PM

                                          LOL I think of it as Chicken Ed's too. Many years ago, when I started going to Dewey, I think they had one of those Foghorn Leghorn cartoon chicken signs. I was once, very briefly, part of that DB crowd, and I seem to recall eating ribs there too.

                                          Let me guess -- your brother in law is not married?

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                                            lifespan RE: Bob W Aug 6, 2009 07:33 PM

                                            Yep, that's right. Howdja guess?

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                                              Bob W RE: lifespan Aug 7, 2009 07:11 AM

                                              I suspected that the food is not the only reason he enjoys Ed's. 8>D

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                                                Lewes17266 RE: Bob W Aug 7, 2009 07:55 AM

                                                There is no shortage of cutie pies in Dewey!

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                                            Lewes17266 RE: lifespan Aug 7, 2009 07:54 AM

                                            Hi lifespan.
                                            Last night my two big guys and I drove into Rehoboth. I ached at the sight of the vacationers standing in the rain waiting in line for dinner. I hoped their dining experience would be well worth it. That is reason enough to share what you really think and not be shy about it! Think of it like you are communicating with good friends!
                                            We were at The Cultured Pearl. We did have a wait but didn't mind. I had the Sashimi Sara. One big guy had the Sushi Sara and the other had a spider roll and a spicy 'special' roll with lump crab. We began by sharing sockeye salmon and finished up with a shared fried banana. We love that place, oh me oh my!

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                                              lifespan RE: Lewes17266 Aug 7, 2009 03:36 PM

                                              Lewes, your dinner must have been wonderful! We haven't eaten at the Cultured Pearl since they moved to their new fancy digs. When we read how much the new construction cost...we were hesitant! We thought we'd have to take out a second mortgage, were we to develop the habit... Parenthetically, our first date was at the old Cultured Pearl!

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                                                Bob W RE: Lewes17266 Aug 7, 2009 05:27 PM

                                                Lewes, sounds great. We haven't been to the Cultured Pearl in years. I didn't even know they moved to fancy new digs. Since my in-laws are spending the week with us, I am hopeful that we'll be able to get over there for a nice grown-up meal.

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                                                  Lewes17266 RE: Bob W Aug 8, 2009 04:48 AM

                                                  Lifespan makes a good point. A night out at The Cultured Pearl can be expensive. It was a big night for us.
                                                  We find that sitting at the sushi bar has its rewards. It is not unusual for the chefs to offer small gifts of food there. (They keep a large jar for tips up front.)

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                                        Sensuous RE: lifespan Sep 28, 2009 05:05 PM

                                        We picked up Arena's chicken salad sandwiches this weekend and enjoyed them on the beach. They were delicious and huge! The chicken salad has grapes in it.

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                                        Bob W RE: Lewes17266 Aug 5, 2009 06:09 AM

                                        Thanks Lewes -- we'll probably drive down to Rehoboth for most meals as usual. Final selections will depend on whether we can get my in-laws to come down for a couple of days to give us a break. In any event, Big Fish and Go Fish! are likely to make the final cut. I hope to try the happy hour at Fins so I can slurp some ersters (the twins are shrimp lovers so we could keep them happy).

                                        The ferry is a nice idea but the twins might not agree. They are having some transportation issues right now. 8<D

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                                    onealexis RE: Bob W Aug 6, 2009 08:16 AM

                                    This whole Oby Lee discussion really cracked me up! I walked up there our first morning here. (everything is gong great! Thanks to the awesome recommendations!)... anyway, the coffee there is phenomenal and I am a coffee nut and have the finest coffee roaster and brewer, I'm quite certain in the US in our home town (Binghamton), so I'm pretty sure I can be one to judge... at any rate, I actually thought the customers there were rude and aloof and the guy working at the counter was nice. The customer in front of me was completely obnoxious, so when I got up to the register I smiled at him and he warmed up immediately. I wondered if he was Oby Lee, because he was older than the staff and was annoyed with one of them forgetting to label a pot. At any rate, if you live here and you're not drinking and buying his coffee, you're definitely missing out. It's awesome. Oh, the other thing that's very funny is the amazing coffee roaster in Binghamton/Endicott - people say the exact same thing about him!

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                                      Bob W RE: onealexis Aug 6, 2009 09:08 AM

                                      Here's an Oby Lee insider tip I found out last year -- if you buy a cup of coffee, you can get refills for $1 (I think, it's lower than the regular large cup price) -- in the same cup. I kept my cup in my car until it fell apart. I don't think that's the intention but hey, it was within the letter of the law (if not the spirit).

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                                        lifespan RE: onealexis Aug 6, 2009 05:38 PM

                                        There's definitely a very weird energy in that place. We grind and brew our own coffee at the house, but twice tried Oby Lee for a casual breakfast. Their coffee is good, but the food is nothing to write home about - it's as odd as the energy in the room. Those sandwiches they make in that waffle-oven thingy are bland and uninspired. We do know early-morning bicyclers who stop there for coffee, but we and most other seasonal locals steer clear...

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                          onealexis RE: Lewes17266 Aug 6, 2009 09:14 AM

                          The bakery we found last year and we're actually just about a block from this time is Pasqualini's. You can't miss it - bright lavender place behind Crystal's. Their prices are not in the least bit painful as many of the other establishments in the area... They have an awesome honey whole wheat bread and a 3 seed bread that's great. We ordered a Keylime pie and it is going to be a Rehoboth tradition for us. They claim to have a website, but it doesn't seem operational. I'll mention it to them if I make it over there again before we leave.

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                            Bob W RE: onealexis Aug 6, 2009 10:08 AM

                            We found Pasqualini's last year too! We have stayed right near there for the past few years. Pasqualini's is a really good bakery, sort of old-school, which we like a lot. And yes, old-school does seem to translate into gentler prices.

                            They have lots of tempting treats (great for the kids, not so great for us LOL)

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                            onealexis RE: Lewes17266 Aug 9, 2009 06:46 PM

                            It was fun to read you have big guys - no wonder your recommendations ended up being so perfect! I'll post a summary of our trip eats...

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