The first time I went to Crooked Hammock I fell in love. The decor is playful with lots of color, and you immediately get this feeling you’re going to have a good time. Kyle was our server and he was terrific! Fast, friendly and super-knowledgeable about the menu. I’ve been several times since and the service has always been great even when my carnivorous friends took me there for a wing contest (I drank – they ate). The place was packed with 300 wingnuts and we still had prompt and fabulous attention. Co-owner Rich Garrahan is frequently in the house and has stopped by our table on numerous occasions.
The Hammock has several vegetarian options and one of the best is the Veggie MOO Burger, mushroom + oat + onion burger with mozzarella. (Make sure you add the optional avocado – YUM!) Served on a brioche bun, the MOO Burger is homemade and very tasty with a nice smoked flavor. The texture is softer than a traditional veggie burger but I didn’t mind as it was quite delish! The house-made potato chips are excellent – ask for a serving of French onion dip to dunk them in. (One of Kyle’s many culinary-licious suggestions.)
Chopped Salad and cornbread1/5 Veggie Kabob2/5 Crooked Hammock (Vegetarian Review)3/5 Tall and frosty4/5 MOO burger5/5
I love, love, LOVE that you can Crowd Your Plate with 3 Sides for just $5.95. For that option, I chose the Corn and Black Bean Salad, the Mac n’ Cheese, and Matt’s Famous Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread. Let me say I would go back just for the cornbread – it was outstanding; moist with lots of flavor and actual pieces of cheddar inside. They serve it with this homemade honey butter that is so good it should be illegal. The Corn and Black Bean Salad was delightful, dressed nicely and the beans weren’t mushy or overcooked; they got it just right.
My beverage of choice is often the Big Frosty Mug of Root Beer which is deliciousness in a glass. Everything that A&W used to offer, but better. They also have a rotating selection of their own craft brews as well.
The Veggie Kabob features seitan, squash, red pepper and onion. I love seitan so I gave it a try. For those of you not familiar – it’s a food product made from gluten, the main protein of wheat. Chefs use it as a meat substitute and it’s like tofu in that if you don’t work with it frequently, it’s not going to taste that interesting. My kabob was ok, but not the best veggie choice on the menu. Best place for seitan in the state? Home Grown Cafe in Newark, Delaware. I don’t know what they do to it, but it is outstanding. When Rich asked for feedback I said the kabob was my only regret. He said that it was an item the kitchen was continuing to tweak which was good to hear.
Other veggie selections include the Nacho Muchachos, Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, the Chopped Salad with corn, black beans, homemade corn bread croutons, and the Grilled Vegetable Salad with lemon ricotta cheese which sounds amazing.
Crooked Hammock will be open every day, year-round, from 11a 'til 1a. Crooked Hammock Brewpub is located at 16989 Kings Highway, Lewes, just past Parsell's Funeral Home as you enter Kings Highway from Coastal Highway in Lewes. They can be reached at 302-644-7837.
I’m looking forward to my next visit. If it’s warm enough you may find me out back in a hammock, frosty root beer in hand. See you there!