A Different Kitchen OPEN

/ Updated on June 15, 2017

Early feedback about A Different Kitchen in Milton’s Paynter’s Mill neighborhood suggested that they had opened before they were ready. But this is not Mary Gaffney and Penny Reid’s first rodeo. They and entrepreneur Dierdre Smith wisely recognized the problems and closed for several days to get their act together. A smart move! They are now officially open, and feedback continues to be good. Apparently the growing pains are resolved, because the concept is potentially a winner.

A Different Kitchen at 16388 Paynter’s Mill Blvd. in Milton starts with an interesting tidbit: They had no idea that the former restaurant was called “The Kitchen” when they came up with the new name. “A Different Kitchen” is actually words excerpted from a 1978 song by the English punk band Buzzcocks, which I am sure Justine Zegna and Mary Gaffney can recite word for word (Hint: Remember the band Speed Queen?). The restaurant features a variety of dishes with an Asian flair.

Listen to Dierdre, Mary, Penny (and the Rehoboth Foodie) giggle their way through the Sip & Bite Show a few weeks ago on Delaware 105.9FM.

Some of you might recognize Penny from the front-of-house at Po’Boy’s Creole & Fresh Catch, and Mary from her time at Back Porch Cafe and Po’Boys too, for a while. Both these women are talented at what they do.

Restaurateur extraordinaire and good friend Justine Zegna (Venus  on the Half Shell Dewey, Planet X Rehoboth, and now Blacksmith in Berlin, Md.) is in the wings, quietly guiding them toward success.

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  1. Catherine says:

    The 4 of us went on Saturday for a late supper. Dierdre greeted us warmly at the door, seated us immediately and gave us a complimentary order of “shumai.” Our dinners were wonderfully homey and comforting. 3 of us ordered the “pho” and one ordered the tuna. Though the flavors were good, the dishes were way too salty. They could’ve used more cilantro, Thai basil, or something green and fresh. The shumai unfortunately had raw “skin.” Perhaps another 5 minutes in the steamer would’ve done the trick. And the little packets were enclosed, like a dumpling; whereas real Chinese shumai has Chinese mushrooms, bamboo shoots and is open at the top. Anyway, they are a wonderful Asian-inspired addition to our little town. Judging from the excellent service and management, I hope this little place makes it!

  2. Joe DeRanieri says:

    What a great place!!!! Wonderfully flavorful food, excellent spring rolls, everything was so fresh. Can’t forget how great Penny is always makes you feel special. I must try, we will be back.

  3. Connie Fazzio says:

    We were there on Friday 5/26 at 5pm for dinner as soon as they opened. They had resolved their problems with the POS and receipt system and were running smoothly. The food is yummy, prices are good, the staff are friendly and the atmosphere is pleasing.

    The place was packed with happy customers. Be sure to try a little of everything from the menu. We had an assortment of appetizers, entrees, and a wonderful rice pudding with mango dessert.

  4. George Robbins says:

    Went for lunch today (5/27/17). Called first. Recording said open at 11 AM. Was not open.

  5. Ron Bass says:

    Went for lunch today (5/27/17). Called first. Recording said open at 11 AM. Was not open.

  6. Kathy Davison says:

    We sincerely hope this is the winning combo for this space because we are looking to go North this summer to try restaurants as the crowds swell in downtown Rehoboth and Lewes!

    • The Rehoboth Foodie The Rehoboth Foodie says:

      Kathy…
      I suspect that this might indeed be the one. Some of the other restaurants that opened in that center had internal issues and problems that doomed them to failure no matter how many people ate there. Time will tell!

  7. Deirdre Smith says:

    Thanks, Bob, for your awesome shout-out! Yes, we are excited to get going — hoping to open in about a month. Looking forward to having everyone — particularly Paynters Mill & Milton folks — joining us for lunch and dinner. Stay tuned.

  8. Bruce Karp says:

    We really need a viable restaurant in Paynter’s Mill, and hope this is the one that succeeds. Our location is somewhat difficult because we’re off Rt. 1 (not far from Rt. 1, but not visible from Rt. 1), so many potential customers pass our complex, not even knowing of the existence of the restaurants. Plus, our residents are not all full-timers and those who are will not be eating out every single night. Thus, our previous food ventures in the community have had their ups and (mostly) downs. We wish this new venture luck, and please consider making a trip up to Paynter’s Mill to support this new venture and Dagwood’s Deli.

  9. Amy Feinberg says:

    That’s such great news! I wish them a lot of success, we tried to support the old Kitchen, and PilotTown Fish also, but they closed abruptly. We really need a well run, professional, moderately priced restaurant with a varied menu in Paynters Mill!!! if it’s anywhere near as good as Po Boys they will be VERY SUCCESSFUL!! GREAT NEWS!!! thank you.

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