If you go to Papa Grande's Coastal Taqueria in Fenwick Island expecting a typical Mexican restaurant, you will be surprised. But I don't think you will be disappointed. I love Tex-Mex burritos, chili, enchiladas and tacos as much as the next guy (especially with a frozen margarita), but Papa Grande's is not your typical TexMex joint. It's a step up. Matt Haley and Corporate Chef Doug Ruley spent a lot of time in the Southwest and Mexico looking for unusual recipes at street carts, food vendors and tiny carryouts with their own way of doing things. Then, working with chefs from the Texas Culinary Institute of America, they adapted these traditional dishes to the needs and volume of a busy restaurant.
That menu is divided into
Maryland fressers (of a certain age) might remember Hofberg’s Delicatessen in Silver Spring, Md. The place was truly Kosher, and I still remember the sign behind the counter that proudly proclaimed: “The only ham we serve at Hofberg’s is Hamm’s Beer!” It was open until 4am, and I spent many a late-night winding down from 4-5 hours on stage playing rock ‘n’ roll, enjoying one of their incredible open-faced reubens; slowly growing from a svelte teenage Foodlet to a full-fledged Foodie. In retrospect, “growing” is indeed the operative word.
Later generations still speak reverently of the long-gone Celebrity Deli on Nebel St. in Rockville, Md. (Ahh, Chuck Rossler’s matzoh ball soup and chunky, all white-meat chicken salad on pumpernickel!) Or EdMart on Reisterstown Road in Baltimore (the rainbow cake!) and Attman’s in downtown
In general, when a new restaurant takes over the space of an old one, the owner rushes to completely remodel the place. My congratulations go out to Tom Holmes, co-owner of The Pint in Millsboro (and of 1776 Steakhouse in Rehoboth Beach), for not doing that. The old Delaware Trust Bank building speaks for itself, and the physical changes made by the previous establishment (and the owners of the building) translate just as nicely to Tom's new restaurant. It is obvious, however, that he spent a lot of time on The Pint's menu, and I'm officially adding it to my short list of menus full of "stuff people like to eat."
For my first couple of visits, I was able to slip in unnoticed. One day for lunch I sat at the bar and
One of my favorite Foodies-at-Arms often expresses a hankerin' for "good red-sauce Italian." Surprisingly, there aren't a lot of places around here (only two come to mind) that successfully fulfill that need, so he's always on the lookout. Apparently the last time he was looking out, he was using powerful binoculars, because La Dolce Vita in Long Neck was suddenly the subject at hand. In fact, over the past several years I've received a number of emails suggesting that I check out La Dolce Vita. Most of your emails cited
Brothers Su-Kyun Shin and Jay Shin have been chopping, rolling, spritzing and steaming all sorts of goodies for over 50 years combined. In fact, Chef Jay was voted top sushi chef in Lancaster, PA, and between the two of them they've been doing their culinary thing throughout New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
After moving to Milford, they finally realized their dream of opening their very own sushi place at the beach, just south of Rt. 9/404 on the west side of Coastal Highway in the old Barista Cafe in Lewes. It's most certainly a family affair up there in Lewes, with
After multiple visits to a restaurant, but before I start to write, I usually surf the web a bit to see what others are saying. Not that I believe much of that unmonitored drivel, but it sort of gives me a place to start. In the case of the diminutive and semi-under-the-radar Sunrise Restaurant in Dewey Beach, I have never read so many positive comments about any place here at the beach. And, after 6 visits, I agree.
Sunrise Restaurant gives "no-frills" a whole new meaning. No band, no mirror ball, no bar, no flashing neon (except for the "open" sign), no ads in the
The first things you see when you step up to Kilwins window on the south side of the second block of Rehoboth Avenue are the two huge marble tables. More often than not, four rectangular stainless steel rods (they're called slab bars) will define the perimeter of a freshly poured and shiny lake of molten fudge. The marble and the steel cool the mixture evenly to promote proper molecular crystallization into the required fudgy consistency. You heard it here first, kids.
The Rehoboth Beach Kilwins is a locally owned (Gary and Claudia Simpson of Henlopen Holdings, LLC) franchise of Don & Katy Kilwin's Petoskey, Michigan candy store founded in 1947. Most of the chocolates, candies, taffy and ice cream are made on '40s and '50s vintage equipment at the central Michigan location that provides
Sue Ryan is pleased to announce the opening of her Good Earth Market behind Bin 66 wines on the forgotten mile in Rehoboth Beach. This is not her first rodeo, though: She's been pushin' the healthy stuff for the last nine years at her original Good Earth Market and farm in Clarkesville, De. (a few blocks west of Millville, which is a few blocks west of Ocean View which is a few blocks west of Bethany Beach on Rt. 26 ("The Road of Many Names"). When Sue’s parents retired and moved to the Bethany Beach area, she
George Carroll and Chuck Stanko's Dolce Bakery is quite possibly one of the sweetest experiences you can have in the northern hinterlands. Nestled on N. Walnut St. in downtown Milford, it is a local (and, in-fact, statewide) mecca for upscale goodies and -- get this: They are one of the few places you can buy Old World Breads, now owned by Root Gourmet in Rehoboth. Bread Whisperer Keith Irwin bakes former owner Steve Kogler's traditional recipes on and then
Jamil Ahmad and his partner, Jerusalem native Rafat Mardawi are pleased to announce the opening of their new Jerusalem International Grocery at 34396 Tenley Ct. on Coastal Highway (near the old Tijuana Taxi -- soon to be a Donut Connection sometime this century). The guys are involved in several local businesses and hail from Bethany Beach.
The store carries a full line of goodies, from
Former Agave kitchen boss Leisa Berlin (original owner of Second Street Popcorn and Candies (several years ago!), and mom of Agave owner Chris McKeown has opened Edie Bee's Confection Shop just in time for the sweet summer season with all manner of sweets, licorice, top-quality chocolates and vintage candies. Edie Bees is at
There's nothin' like a fresh, warm bagel. So many transplants tell me how they mourn the loss of their favorite bagel joint in their home towns. New Yorkers wax rhapsodic over H&H. Suburban Marylanders sob quietly over the loss of Bagel City in Rockville (oh, the twists!). Former Philadelphians bicker over who's the best: Four Worlds Bakery, Philadelphia Bagel Co. or South Street Bagels -- among others. But when the sobbing, bickering and waxing subsides, everybody agrees (at least so far) that Surf Bagel in Lewes satisfies their yeasty, crunchy cravings. And, as a former denizen of Rockville who stood in line many an hour to snag a bag of Bagel City's finest, I agree.
Former Maryland firefighter (and inveterate surfer) Dave Vitella created Surf Bagel to combine two of his most
Well, there's good news and not quite so good news. The good news is that the reincarnation of the Rose & Crown in Lewes' boutique Hotel Rodney is headed up by none other than James Beard nominated Chef Jay Caputo. The not-quite-so-good news for the young restaurant is that the reincarnation of the Rose & Crown in Lewes' boutique Hotel Rodney is headed up by none other than James Beard nominated Chef Jay Caputo. Why not-so-good? Simply because the new Rose & Crown must be held to a higher standard. And the emails I've received since they opened attest to
This is not owner Tia Sexton's first rodeo. This Del-Tech graduate and Bethany Beach-raised restaurateur has had a lot of practice coping with the ins and outs of restauranting, including working at Magnolia's in Ocean View for over 12 years. Most recently she made a name for herself in Lewes as bartender and GM at the insanely busy Agave Tequila Bar. When Chef Bruce Kingston decided to call it quits at his iconic Kingston Grill at 14 N. Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany, Tia stepped in to make it her own. (Bruce opened