Cape Gazette

Steppin' Up To The Plate

Downtown dining to fit every budget

By The Rehoboth Foodie | May 30, 2013
Photo by: Foodie Chef Gretchen marks special occasions with the famous Hobos' Apple.

Rehoboth Beach cherishes its fine-dining restaurants. Indeed, it is through their efforts that The Nation’s Summer Capital (that’s us) has become a respected culinary destination. Even the snooty James Beard Foundation has noticed our chefs and restaurateurs!

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But nightly visits to the Blue Moon, Back Porch Café, Victoria’s, Espuma, Red Square, Eden, Zebra or a(MUSE.) may be a bit prohibitive for the average family on vacation. So what about the mid-priced spots downtown that still put out good food? There’s got to be something in between yelling into a speaker out on the highway and the artfully crafted, yet understandably pricey creations from the likes of Cameron, Feeley, Gardner, McNitt and Caputo, just to name a few.

Norman and Eric’s Summer House and Salt Air dish up consistent quality and reasonable prices, while Doug and Lisa keep the affordable flags flying at Pig & Fish Restaurant Company. You never know what you’re going to see on the menu at punk band musician/chef Justine Zegna’s Planet X – but it will be a little quirky and real tasty. At Hobos, Chef Gretchen puts out the welcome mat for food allergies and offbeat dining proclivities.

Joe and Chris continue their tradition of quality seafood at their crazy crowded Henlopen City Oyster House, while across the street Confucius’ made-to-order dishes echo the cuisine of Hunan Province where Shawn and Danielle Xiong grew up. Bryan serves great shepherd’s pie at the very yellow and very green Stoney Lonen, and Arena’s can always be depended on for a good sandwich (and nachos!). Ditto for Purple Parrot – just add hilarious entertainment.

Mexican food is wallet-friendly, and downtown steps up to the plate with Yolanda Pineda’s Mariachi, Joe and Darryl’s Dos Locos, Gladys Fernandez’ Cilantro and Leo Cabrera’s newly liquor-licensed Modern Mixture. The ocean block is a gold mine of happy wallets, including Jeff and Mark’s JAM Bistro, Mike and Debra’s Debacle, Pete and Ginger’s MIXX, Tony’s Tuscan Grill and the Mediterranean flavored Semra’s and Café Azafrán (say hi to Holly Lane behind the bar). Around the third block you’ll find the very Irish Finbar’s, Sam and Mariah’s Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats, John & John’s Rigby’s, Matt Haley’s Lupo di Mare, Susan and Bob’s Cultured Pearl and Stingray (the sushi joint with the Latino accent).

So treat yourself to Rehoboth’s high-end treasures, but if your budget demands, our mid-priced eateries won’t disappoint.

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