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The Pond

/ Updated on June 3, 2016
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As of December 2015, owner Pete Borsari has brought talented chef Dave Sauers into the kitchen. This has made a major difference in the menu and the quality of the food at this noisy, fun-loving longtime Rehoboth Beach watering hole. So the review below is certainly outdated. I left it here for the time being, but a new review is on the way.

One of my favorite writers here in Rehoboth Beach opined that the The Pond (formerly the Frogg Pond), “…like a chameleon, changes with the times….” She was waxing philosophical, of course (nothin’ like a good waxing), but change can be good or bad, and over the years this bar/restaurant has certainly shuttled between good and bad when it comes to their menu. If the last couple of seasons are any indication, they are presently in “good” mode. One thing always remains the same, though: It’s a fun place to hang out, sip a cocktail or a beer right out of the bottle, enjoy live music and nosh on OK bar food. The Pond caters primarily (though by no means exclusively) to girls who like girls, and the general bent of the place (especially in the off-season) reflects that proclivity.

Friendly owner Pete Borsari keeps the place hoppin’ with an interesting lineup of bands, DJs and his famous team-trivia. The marquee changes weekly, of course, and on one of our visits we were fortunate to catch local crooner Viki Dee, complete with her expertly programmed computer sequences, great voice and beautiful smile. Viki has been through some hard times since this article was originally written, and she has bounced back with grace and aplomb. As a professional musician for over 30 years, I have to tell you that I really admire this lady.

We started with the Quesadilla and the Frogg Wings (the elusive Delaware Winged Frogg is indigenous to First St.). Flightless amphibians notwithstanding, the wings come with a choice of thirteen (count ’em- 13) sauces. As a wing purist, I had the “lethal.” It’s hot, alright, but The Foodie handles hot just fine. The not-so-pure ordered the Chesapeake (Old Bay) and Teriyaki. The key is delivering the wings while they’re still crispy, and The Pond succeeds at that. Regulars here at RF know that The Foodie treks all the way to Fenwick Island for his preferred wings, but The Pond’s wings have flown almost to the top of the list. The Quesadilla was OK, but the tortilla was flaccid and could have been cooked a little longer. The star of the show in the salad department is the Cobb Salad (with the required bacon, egg, bleu cheese, etc.). A polite dollop of guacamole played well with the grilled chicken.

The burgers and the cheesesteaks are the things to get at The Pond. One of my primary Foodettes had the Bacon Cheeseburger (generously portioned, juicy, and on a nice soft roll). On another visit two of my Foodies-in-Waiting had cheesesteaks: One beef (chopped “Philly” style), and one chicken. Both came out piping hot on a fresh roll with lots of darkly caramelized onions. Make the burgers and cheesesteaks your own with a choice of cheese and assorted toppings.

The star of the dinner menu, hands down, is the ribs. Who wooda thought, right there on S. First St.? They are nicely sauced, with the obligatory and very necessary crisp of crust across the top. Newly-added entrees will appear in the photo gallery very soon. As of this writing, at lunchtime (11am – 3pm) they tout “Lunch-O-Nomics”: $5 burgers, cheesesteaks, sandwiches or a 10-pack of wings.

This is particularly good bar food prepared by a talented chef. Along with beer neons, a pool table, a noisy crowd and loud music every evening, what could be more beachy!?! The Pond is at 3 S. First St., just off Rehoboth Ave. next to the Candy Kitchen and directly across from the side of First St. Station. Give ’em a call to find out what’s happening (302-227-2234). Click here to check out the burger menu.  (L., D., Bar) Price range (lunch & bar food): Moderate -.

Off-season Specials & Hours

Specials & Moods change quickly. Always call a restaurant first.

pp = per person.
BOGO = buy one, get one.
Bloody = bloody mary.
domestics = American-made beers (e.g., Bud).
imports = foreign beers (e.g., Heineken).
Rails = non call-brand alcohol.
Prix Fixe = one set price.
Mains = entrees.
Margs = margaritas.
Chix = chicken.
AYCE = all you can eat.
Lite = Miller Lite
drafts = draught beer.
Early Birds = arrive before a certain time.
Apps = Appetizers.
bottles = beer in a bottle.
à la carte = order off the menu (no prix fixe).
crafts = micro/artisanal brews (e.g., Old Leghumper Lager)

35 First St.
(302) 227-2234

Sunday
Open at 11

NFL Barbecue!

Blues Jam Session
Monday
Open at 11

$5 wings, burgers, cheesesteaks and sandwiches!

Dinner
&5 Burgers
$5 Wings
5 'til close

Live Music
Tuesday
Open at 11

Taco Tuesdays, Speed Bingo, Karaoke
Wednesday
Open at 11
1/2 price sandwiches, 11am until midnight, 15 sandwiches from which to choose!
5-4-3-2 FUN HAPPY HOUR begins at 4pm and goes until 8pm.
$5 - you call it* - mixed drinks, martinis, wine by the glass $4 - all draught beer pints* $3 - baby Jager shooters, house wine, all domestic beer bottles $2 - Bud Light pints, Genesee Cream Ale, $2 - off top shelf AND, 1/2 priced Pond Favorites (except tacos)
(*certain top shelf items to be excluded, of course. We DO have rent to pay, y'know.)
Thursday
Open at 11

$14 and under menu. Trivia! Karaoke
Friday
Open at 11
Happy Hour
4-7
Specials on drinks and pub favorites

Special happy hour menu

Live music 6-close
Saturday
Open at 11

Live Music
6 to close
The Rehoboth Foodie

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  1. Sandi says:

    Best wings ever. whenever I get a wing craving, it is the Frogg Pond only.

  2. Sandi S. says:

    Women’s Fest Weekend. Went to the Pond to see girls. The place began to get very busy, Pete decided to start telling people to get away from the bar, clear a path, let the diners come in. Momma’s Black Sheep were playing, we wanted to dance and drink and socialize. Pete acts like he does NOT want the women there. Guess what, you are getting your wish. Will never go there again.

  3. Bob says:

    On New Years Day I confirmed at just after noon that an unexpected word of mouth tradition was in fact true. The Pond was standing room only at that time. Other places open had no where near the crowd. The atmosphere was very fun with singing and socializing. The Pond had hours from 10a on New Years Day. I guess it was 5 o’clock somewhere!!

  4. patron says:

    Great eats and cold beer at a great price. This is our favorite, jump off the beach for a few beers and get lunch place. The staff has always been VERY nice and helpful. This place has the small beach town kind of feel to it. Not many places have that anymore! We really appreciate the reasonable prices. Makes going to the beach and having a good time possible!

  5. yummy bear says:

    A long time fan of the Frogg Pond, sorry, it will take me years to say just FROGG. No pretense here, but the kind of bar/eatery that the locals know will give them good times and nice grub. It might be agreed this is one of Reho’s bars one could label as a CHEERS style, friendly where they know you and you will know others coming in and out for good times.

    Last night while playing trivia, I ventured to order the fish and chips again and this time, they were outstanding.Last time I had them, it was a huge, clearly frozen,breaded, filet of mystery fish and sides. Serviceable for bar food but this new version is the real thing. Hand formed,lightly breaded and fried fish that was perfectly prepared and flaky hot inside. Fries were perfectly cooked and crisp(come on B. Sissies, get up to speed) and the blanched veggies a nice sub for the cole slaw.

    Still a great time,new name,new foods, looking good for a return soon.

  6. Missy Bell says:

    Agreed, the burgers, cheesesteaks and especially the wings are tops here! The veggie burger is my favorite veggie burger in town, and found out it is made fresh in house, which made me love it even more.

    I recently ventured to the Frogg Cobb, and it is my new favorite, along with the Sloppy Joe, which is only available as the “lunch special” on Thursdays. It is addicting, and you can find me there every Thursday for lunch just to get it.

  7. Tim Wisk says:

    Monday is my favorite–1/2 price burgers and wings, my fav burger is the patti melt, w. grilled onions and swiss n rye, the pati is seasoned differently than other burgers….then again the bordeaux burger w/ the mushrooms n onions sauteed in red wine is a tasty new comer..

    We’ve been there for dinner, rarely disappointed, nothing fancy but food even at REG price is a value, compared to others down the street…mon-Thurs, either 1/2 price on menu or a $10 pub menu exists, making a $25 dinner for 2 a possibility, great value in these recessionary times

  8. kathy the falcon says:

    Did you know Pete changed the menu ?
    Everything now on trivia nights (Thursday) is $10 or less and they have new additions on the menu. Five of us went Thursday and enjoyed the food (and of course the atmosphere and game.) I had sizzling chicken fajita with onions, green peppers, other stuff that goes with. Needs a little more hot sauce for me but I’m abnormal about hot sauce. I will order that again.
    Try it, Food.

  9. LVTfan says:

    Don’t miss their Reuben. Their corned beef is better than most, and the sandwich fabulous!

  10. Jessica says:

    I have been going to the frogg pond for about 14 years. I have to say I’m not a fan of the new decor. Part of the allure of the frogg pond was that it was a Local Lesbian hang-out place dark & naughty. In recent years not much as changed food wise and thats a plus it’s very consistant. I wish the newer owners would cater more to the crowd who originally made them successful and less to the macho straight men who go there to see chicks togethor and watch football. Also one more negative fact about the place is they have a few female staff who are very rude and slovenly looking.

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