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Birthday Dinner in Rehoboth

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Going to be down in February for a birthday celebration. Want to go somewhere fabulous--both the food and the ambiance is important. The only thing that's a non-starter is stuff like Foie Gras or sweetbreads. The four of us just aren't an offal bunch. Already been to both Cape Henlopen Oyster House and Salt Air so they're also a no-go.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. check out www.rehobothfoodie.com..............so many good eateries in RB; hard to choose just one

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      1. re: Bob W

        You're right. Great website. So many choices.

        Now leaning between Espuma and Lupo di Mare.

      1. We have had good dinners at both Nage and Striper Bites recently. I enjoyed A(muse)as well, but it is very offal-heavy, so I wouldn't consider that one without looking at the menu that day.

        So many wonderful places in that area - wish we had them up here in northern DE!

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        1. re: liddy

          Second A(muse). I don't find it heavy in the offal dept, but it is regularly featured. Lots of other good stuff, and its always interesting.

          Haven't been back to Nage since A(muse) opened, but it is a former favorite.

          I've been to Shorebreak Lodge a couple times and was impressed with the food, but the space isn't wonderful. Plenty of familiar items along with a couple more interesting choices.

          Eden is also wonderful.

          1. re: liddy

            Liddy, I'd sure like to have some of both Northern De & Rehoboth in Dover. It's the state capital for cryin out loud. The choices here stink.

          2. Thanks for the recs. I saw that Espuma has a paella. It's not inexpensive but willing to pay the cost if it's a good value--and tasty of course. Anyone try it?

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            1. re: Misha

              Had it a couple years ago. Billed a Nuevo Paella. Very good, but IMO nothing particularly Nuevo going on with it.

              We had a very good meal there overall.

            2. I don't think you can go wrong with Blue Moon for a special occasion like a birthday. I've had many a great meal there. Was there for New year's Eve, was just terrific. They will treat you right. I also love (a)Muse but another place no one's mentioned yet is Cafe Azafran, also quite good.

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              1. re: boltz2000

                Okay, stumped again. How do you think Cafe Azafran compares to Espuma. Still leaning toward having Paella though was considering Lupo di Mare because my friends are big on Italian. Of course, it is MY birthday :)

                1. re: Misha

                  Had dinner at Azafran in September. While it was good, it isn't in the same league as Espuma. Espuma's dining room is much more elegant, and the food is a little more thought out, composed and sophisticated. If that's not what your looking for Cafe Azafran puts out really solid food in more conventional presentations. (last go round the wife and I ordered multiple tapas, and then split a very serviceable steak). They also offer a breakfast/brunch (at least on weekends), that is one of the best in town IMO. I remember my last chorizo goat cheese omelette fondly and wistfully.

              2. I would steer clear of Hobos. We ate there a few weeks back and it was horrible. I barely have words to describe how bad it was. Too bad you don't want to go back to Salt Air or CHO, those are our favorites.

                1. Since this thread gave me all sorts of good ideas for my recent trip to Rehoboth and Lewes, I thought I'd chime in and share the places we enjoyed the most.

                  Taste of Italy - we went to the Lewes location for lunch and this northern NJ girl who is surrounded by Italian food HIGHLY recommends it. We had delicious salads and sandwiches that were so big I brought half of mine home! In my case, it was prosciutto w/fresh RICOTTA on wonderful semolina. The service was truly excellent both at the table and from behind the deli/bakery counter. I'm really sorry we couldn't get back there for another meal.

                  Another lunch at Hobo's in Rehoboth yielded some EXCELLENT soups and some very odd service, which we could overlook, but it. Was. ODD. Butternut squash curry and tomato basil soups were terrific, and our sandwiches were piled high with fresh ingredients.

                  Salt Air was our other very definite favorite...I had read about it here, looked at the website before we went, and I really liked the menus and the vibe I got based on the photos. Right all around! Terrific drinks (and generous, too) - we had the vodka/ginger beer/lime (Limon Fresca?), wonderful salads, and then he had crab cakes and I had shrimp/chorizo/grits. YUMMY.

                  Thanks again for the recs!

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                  1. re: Curlz

                    Now that the summer has come to a close, I recommend the folloowing if you're in the RB/Lewes area:


                    Salt Air
                    Henlopen Oyster House
                    Fin's Fish House


                    Fish On
                    The Pickled Pig

                    And while it's not big on atmosphere, I had a pretty good steak at Delaware Distilling Company.

                    1. re: Misha

                      Agave is a big favorite of mine. Excellent food and drinks, reasonable prices.and good service. Try the stuffed peppers or the fajitas for two.

                      137 2nd St

                      1. re: kennycandy

                        Spent a couple days in Rehoboth last week. Dinner at A(muse) was exceptional as usual. Cooking classes there this off season were also recently announced. Highly recommended. Chef Hari Cameron is a great guy and very enthusiastic about local cuisine. He was up for a James Beard award for up and coming somethingorother last go round. If you're at Rehoboth, get to A(muse).

                        Wednesday night we fought the urge to go back to Amuse and tried out Mixx, also on Baltimore. Wednesdays is gourmet burger night, we didn't realize that the only entree options would be burgers, but ended up fine with the choice. Apps were outstanding, lobster spring rolls that were perfectly fried. Crispy exteriors with interiors that were still tender and fresh. A nice show of restraint. Volcano roll was also a sushi-ish hit. Sort of a crab Rangoon, with the filling stuffed in squid. My angus burger with bacon, cheese and grilled peppers was on my top 5 of best friggin burger ever. The wifes short rib "burger" was also off the charts wonderful.

                        We intended to hit Touch of Italy on the way home but ended up at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...
                        Apparently they were involved in the original ToI, and have now gone their own way. We ended up with a big bag of grocerys to go. Proprietors couldn't have been more gracious. Hit us with samples of cheese, meats, cookies. Open pretty much year round.

                    2. re: Curlz

                      Curlz, Not sure if you remember us, but my husband and I sat by you at Daryl's Friends in Family opening. We live in West Orange. We are thinking of taking a trip down to Lewes in June. I went on Chowhound to do some restaurant research and low and behold, there you are!! So.... tell me what you recommend - either in Lewes or Rehoboth. I'd really appreciate any recommendations you can give me. Thanks so much! Hope all is well.

                    3. My birthday is coming up, and I've already told DH that I want to go back to Dos Locos in Rehoboth. They have a wonderful menu, including a lobster enchilada or taco, that is just loaded with lobster and so good. DH got lamb and it was huge and delicious(we shared tastes). It wasn't dirt cheep, but neither was the food. Everything was special, and the seasonings perfect.