SoDel Concepts' CEO Scott Kammerer and his talented crew have opened their brand new Bluecoast Rehoboth in the Gateway Center near Fresh Market. Excitement has been high since he broke the news exclusively on the Sip & Bite Show during the Saturday, 10/22 broadcast with the Rehoboth Foodie. (Listen to it HERE.) Since then they have been working hard to live up to all the hype — and they certainly have. The huge facility features a massive outdoor dining deck with a stage for entertainment, along with a play area for kids of any age – cuddled up to an outdoor covered bar. The inside is beautifully designed all in white, with an entirely open kitchen where you can watch the action from a raw bar.
The second iteration of Bluecoast Bethany, the 2-hour-wait icon in Bethany Beach, sports 250 seats. Bluecoast Rehoboth brings the number of SoDel Concepts-owned eateries to 10.
The menu makes a few happy nods to some of the other SoDel Concepts restaurants, including Lupo Italian Kitchen, Matt's Fish Camp and Catch 54. Can you guess the dishes adopted by Bluecoast Rehoboth? Early Rehoboth Foodie pick hits include the pork ribs, the famous Bluecoast sea scallops, the wings, the lobster pasta and the steamed clams in a cream sauce. We also loved the gumbo appetizer and the lobster fried rice – with a special surprise on top! (See the photo gallery).
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This is our 4th visit so far, and I'm adding two more don't-miss items: The lobster grilled cheese and the cheezy jalapeno crab dip. Wait til you taste their house-made chips. Nicely seasoned and properly cooked so they don't clump together into a gooey mess. The dip is pictured in the gallery.
UPDATE: Visit #6 tonight. Got the softshell crab special, yet another dish of that jalapeno/cheese crab dip and the lobster fried rice side (jauntily crowned with a fried egg!). I keep looking for something to be wrong, and I have failed so far. We sat at the holy grail of seats, the raw bar, immediately facing “the window” (aka Ground Zero of the kitchen battleground). Lead Chef Jason Dietterick was expediting. It was a true pleasure to watch him work. He is a perfectionist. Matt Haley would have been so proud.
The menu has a wide variety of goodies, so try everything. They are open limited hours every day from 11:30 to close. Apparently lunch is in the offing after the dust settles.
Congratulations Scott and the entire SoDel Concepts family! Read more about Bluecoast Rehoboth in my Cape Gazette column from a few weeks ago.