Former Jimmy Lynn's customers Don and Lori Allan mourned the departure of Jimmy and Lynn Parks and their popular seafood market. The building was occupied for a VERY short time as Geyer's seafood, but closed as quickly as it opened. Paying homage to the Parks', Don and his wife Lori have had better luck, and when they first opened Don even feathered his nest wisely, bringing back none other than Jimmy and Lynn themselves to help out. But the Allans have been doing it on their own since then.
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Beaches is a lot more than just a seafood market. The indoor restaurant area seats 30, and the huge deck out front not only seats 42 but also offers a panoramic view of B&B Music next door. Lynn has brought back her crabby eggs and her legendary cream of crab soup, though many of the recipes are from friends and family. The fish cases are stocked daily, and crabs are shipped in regularly from Maryland. Don borders on obsessive when it comes to the preparation of the crabs at Beaches. It has taken them a while to get the front-of-house service up to speed, but we hope that those growing pains are in the past.
The menu offers 6 sections. The first is Steamers & Starters and is packed with stuff that looks pretty good. Goodies include steamed crabs, shrimp, littlenecks, oysters, snow crab, scallops and mussels, along with buffalo wings, potato skins and the like. I am tempted by the fried oyster sandwich and something called Bubba's Fish Nuggets. With a name like Bubba's, it's got to be good. Raw Bar is section #2 and offers market prices on clams and oysters. I have had the stuffed jalapenos (see the photo in the gallery) and they are quite good. None of this frozen portion control stuff – they make them in house.
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Entrees include 13 choices that include crab cakes, fried flounder, scallops and all the standard marine-going goodies. Landlubbers will like the hot dog (it's a foot long!) and the chicken sandwich. The Salad department is populated with 2 fresh salad selections (you can add chicken to them too) and 4 sides that include potato salad, macaroni salad, slaw and mac ‘n' cheese. So far was have had the fried flounder and the crab cakes. I'm pretty picky about crab cakes, and these are quite good. No mayo, and about 99% crabmeat.
Lynn Parks' Cream of Crab soup leads off the Soups list, but Don weighs in with his chili also. I've had it twice so far, and I like it very much. Spice wimps, beware: This chili has a spicy personality! Be warned. Hot weather has brought about a menu change: the chili is off temporarily, but has been replaced with a very good broccoli cheese soup. Quite good and very cheezy! Desserts and beverages round out the menu.
We've been back to Beaches several times, and each time, things are smoother. And they have added some new goodies to the menu, too. We like the cute stuffed nachos – lots of nacho flavor without the mess. Sort of a nacho empanada, if you will. Don and I share a love for the wings at Smitty McGee's in Fenwick, so he knew exactly what I meant when I said “crispy.” And crispy they were. I like how the wings are surrounded by hot sauce that you can use to dip – so they stay crispy down to the very last bite. Check out the fried oyster sandwich in the gallery. They shuck 'em and bread 'em right there. I top it with slaw and a polite douse of hot sauce.
Check out the new photos in the gallery.
Beaches Seafood Market and Restaurant is located at 18226 Coastal Highway in Lewes, slightly north of Matt's Fish Camp and next door to B&B Music. See more at their website. Or give 'em a call at 302-644-9329