Well, I originally reported that this was going to happen back in April 2016 (YES, 2016!), and lo and behold, Cooter Brown’s Twisted Southern Kitchen has finally opened in the old Hooter’s spot on the second level of First Street Station at First and The Avenue. They promise “Southern Cookin’ with a Twist,” and some of the pics on their FB page seem to bear that out. Initial feedback is that the outside is very inviting. This installation is part of the Crabby Dick’s group, and includes 2 Crabbys (the other one is in Delaware City), Buster Nutts and Cooter Brown’s.
Legend (and Wikipedia) suggest that Cooter Brown is a name used in metaphors and similes for drunkenness, mostly in the Southern United States. Cooter Brown supposedly lived on the line which divided the North and South during the American Civil War, making him eligible for military draft by either side. He had family on both sides of the line, so he did not want to fight in the war. He decided to get drunk and stay drunk for the duration of the war so that he would be seen as useless for military purposes and would not be drafted. Ever since, colloquial and proverbial ratings of drunkenness have been benchmarked against the legendary drinker: “as drunk as Cooter Brown” or “drunker than Cooter Brown”
Partner Dale Slotter adapted the legend into a menu that not only pay homage to Southern bites but also a bit of Asian and Eastern European. The results of all this are manifested in crab cakes and a catfish po’boy, a chili crunch burger (see it in the gallery), a french dip constructed with a whisky jus and a pulled pig Cuban sandwich. This IS Delaware, after all, so there is the obligatory scrapple burger. Cooter Brown’s has jumped on the bourbon bandwagon with over twenty kinds of bourbon – to start. They have a long way to go to catch up with Bethany Blues, but it sounds like they’re trying.
Dale Slotter and partner John Buchheit also own Crabby Dick’s at Rt. 24 and Coastal Highway and Lewinsky’s on Clinton in Delaware City. One of the big draws at this second-floor eatery will be their 50-seat outdoor patio.
Cooter Brown’s Twisted Southern Kitchen is located on the upper level of First Street Station at 70 Rehoboth Ave. They are open M – F at 4 and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 567-2132, go to cooterbrownstwisted.com or on Facebook at cooterbrownstwisted.
It will take excellent management, great food and even better service to pull it off – that location is challenging. The Foodie will, as always, keep you posted.