Agave (vegetarian review)

/ Updated on May 30, 2014

Agave could easily be Aaaaaahhhhgave in my book, because their food is heaven on a plate. Their tagline is “Authentic Mexican Cuisine” which closely parallels La Tonalteca's “Simply Authentic,” yet the two feel worlds apart. Tonalteca feels like good, hearty comfort food while Agave offers fascinating blends of flavors and caters to a more sophisticated palate. While their basic tomato and onion guacamole is the best guac I've ever tasted in a restaurant, the Goat Cheese and Pine Nut version is equally exquisite. My non-veggie friends swear by the Shrimp and Garlic variety. I have yet to try the Gala Apples and Midnight Moon Cheese guacamole or the Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Aged Gouda guacs, but they sound delish.

Before I travel any further down the menu, let me note that this is also a Tequila Bar with over 70 varieties available. Their margaritas are fresh and tasty; no house tequila here! In fact, no artificial anything, just good tequila, a freshly squeezed lime every time (the bartender has some gorgeous arms on her!) then sweetened with natural agave syrup and served in gorgeous hand-painted glasses that are conveniently sold next door. Just like the guacamole, they have a lot of “out of the box” margarita drinks, so be adventurous!

The Roasted Corn Soup has chicken stock, but I have to confess, I indulge. It's divine, tastes amazing and I'm totally addicted. The Mango and Avocado salad is OK (order without bacon), but I prefer the Chopped Mexican with black beans, fresh corn, tomatoes, red and green peppers, and queso fresco served in a tortilla bowl with spicy, creamy chipotle dressing. This thing is huge and they are so generous with the cheese and avocado that it's a meal in itself. I often get a side of their Jalapeno Cheese Corn Bread that comes with Cilantro butter (yes, green butter). With the soup or salad, I can't eat anything more.

I'd say my least favorite thing is the Super Nachos. It's big and gorgeous coming out of the kitchen, but frankly, there's not enough stuff on the chips to really feel like I've gotten my $11 worth.

On the entree side, there's a Veggie Fajita for two with grilled fresh veggies and Mexican crema, served with rice and beans; the Farmers' Market Quesadilla with fresh vegetables and cheese (again, it's OK, but nowhere as fabulous as the soups and salads); a Veggie Burrito, and a Cheese Quesadilla.

They've recently expanded into the adjacent space, so there's 24 more seats and an amazing little store where I frequently take home the little “jar desserts,” the pico de gallo, chips, cornbread and more. The beautiful, hand-painted bar glasses, tee shirts, and some Mexican pottery are also for sale. Limeless in Lewes? Limes are just 25 cents.

I've not been upstairs, but they supposedly open it at peak times and offer soups, salads, apps and drinks in a small lounge area that is reached via an outside staircase behind the restaurant. They even have a little deck up there with a great view. Open daily at noon and Sundays at 3:00 pm in season. There's often a wait, but well worth it or just grab a seat at the bar like I do.

At 137 Second St. in Lewes, 302-645-1232

Deb Griffin

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has been a vegetarian for 45 years. "I have been very pleased to see restaurants offering more and more options for meatless dining. We've gone from one vegetarian item on most menus (the faithful grilled cheese) to restaurants whose entire menu is vegetarian. Together we'll explore all that the beaches have to offer." View all articles written by Deb Griffin

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