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Steppin' Up To The Plate

Lewes dining is alive and well (Part 1)

By The Rehoboth Foodie | Jun 13, 2013
Photo by: Foodie Touch of Italy at Second & Savannah is a reliable source for Italian wedding cookies.

I have been unjustly accused of eschewing Lewes eateries in favor of downtown Rehoboth. I take umbrage (and a side of fries) with that! If anything, the First Town in the First State is a bit smaller and just doesn’t have as many restaurants. But there are some great tastes, so fasten your seat belts:

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One should not leave the Rose & Crown in the elegantly austere Hotel Rodney without chowing down on the 16 Mile-infused short rib sliders (piled with homemade potato chips). Just up the block, try Tom & Rudy’s 16 Mile malt-infused flavors at King’s Ice Cream. Around the corner is Half Full, the Lilliputian pizza joint where rectangular pies are served on a plank. Fourteen steps to the right is the original Café Azafrán, famous for breakfast-friendly baked oatmeal.

Sarah McKeown’s Nectar Café is tucked behind Edie Bee’s Confections on Neils Alley.  Her smoothies are whipping Second St. into a froth. Kindle on Bank St. is a Wednesday tradition where mouthwatering burgers are on special. (Love the new rolls, Chef Ian!) The tiny Agave continues to attract way more people than it can possibly hold, providing the perfect excuse to sip an ad hoc marg (or to slip across the street for an ooey gooey at Notting Hill Roastery).

The fried oysters and fish ‘n’ chips are must-gets at Jerry’s Seafood, while next door The Buttery’s pub menu remains one of Lewes’ best-kept secrets. Across the street, elbow your way into Touch of Italy for a Rocky Marciano sandwich and Nino Mancari’s amazing braciole. Thursday nights belong to Striper Bites’ wiseacre barkeep Andrew Thomas. He’ll formulate the perfect sip to wash down your lobster roll.

If my email box is to be believed, Gilligan’s still whomps up some of the best crab cakes around. (They taste even better at the dock bar.) A block or two up Savannah is JD’s Filling Station where the Dos Locos boys have installed new décor, a new menu and a new chef. If size matters, then the Wharf and the long-time Irish Eyes (two of the best dockside spots around) provide flawless downtown views.

No, I didn’t forget the Highway or Five Points. But I’m out of ink! Next week: Lewes, Part 2.

The Rehoboth Foodie is the author of the popular iPhone and Android travel app, Rehoboth In My Pocket. Arrive as a Visitor, Live Like a Local! Contact at foodie@capegazette.com.

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