As of December 2015, owner Pete Borsari has brought talented chef Dave Sauers into the kitchen. This has made a major difference in the menu and the quality of the food at this noisy, fun-loving longtime Rehoboth Beach watering hole. So the review below is certainly outdated. I left it here for the time being, but a new review is on the way.
One of my favorite writers here in Rehoboth Beach opined that the The Pond (formerly the Frogg Pond), “…like a chameleon, changes with the times….” She was waxing philosophical, of course (nothin’ like a good waxing), but change can be good or bad, and over the years this bar/restaurant has certainly shuttled between good and bad when it comes to their menu. If the last couple of seasons are any indication, they are presently in “good” mode. One thing always remains the same, though: It’s a fun place to hang out, sip a cocktail or a beer right out of the bottle, enjoy live music and nosh on OK bar food. The Pond caters primarily (though by no means exclusively) to girls who like girls, and the general bent of the place (especially in the off-season) reflects that proclivity.
Friendly owner Pete Borsari keeps the place hoppin’ with an interesting lineup of bands, DJs and his famous team-trivia. The marquee changes weekly, of course, and on one of our visits we were fortunate to catch local crooner Viki Dee, complete with her expertly programmed computer sequences, great voice and beautiful smile. Viki has been through some hard times since this article was originally written, and she has bounced back with grace and aplomb. As a professional musician for over 30 years, I have to tell you that I really admire this lady.
We started with the Quesadilla and the Frogg Wings (the elusive Delaware Winged Frogg is indigenous to First St.). Flightless amphibians notwithstanding, the wings come with a choice of thirteen (count ’em- 13) sauces. As a wing purist, I had the “lethal.” It’s hot, alright, but The Foodie handles hot just fine. The not-so-pure ordered the Chesapeake (Old Bay) and Teriyaki. The key is delivering the wings while they’re still crispy, and The Pond succeeds at that. Regulars here at RF know that The Foodie treks all the way to Fenwick Island for his preferred wings, but The Pond’s wings have flown almost to the top of the list. The Quesadilla was OK, but the tortilla was flaccid and could have been cooked a little longer. The star of the show in the salad department is the Cobb Salad (with the required bacon, egg, bleu cheese, etc.). A polite dollop of guacamole played well with the grilled chicken.
The burgers and the cheesesteaks are the things to get at The Pond. One of my primary Foodettes had the Bacon Cheeseburger (generously portioned, juicy, and on a nice soft roll). On another visit two of my Foodies-in-Waiting had cheesesteaks: One beef (chopped “Philly” style), and one chicken. Both came out piping hot on a fresh roll with lots of darkly caramelized onions. Make the burgers and cheesesteaks your own with a choice of cheese and assorted toppings.
The star of the dinner menu, hands down, is the ribs. Who wooda thought, right there on S. First St.? They are nicely sauced, with the obligatory and very necessary crisp of crust across the top. Newly-added entrees will appear in the photo gallery very soon. As of this writing, at lunchtime (11am – 3pm) they tout “Lunch-O-Nomics”: $5 burgers, cheesesteaks, sandwiches or a 10-pack of wings.
This is particularly good bar food prepared by a talented chef. Along with beer neons, a pool table, a noisy crowd and loud music every evening, what could be more beachy!?! The Pond is at 3 S. First St., just off Rehoboth Ave. next to the Candy Kitchen and directly across from the side of First St. Station. Give ’em a call to find out what’s happening (302-227-2234). Click here to check out the burger menu. (L., D., Bar) Price range (lunch & bar food): Moderate -.
Off-season Specials & HoursSpecials & Moods change quickly. Always call a restaurant first.
Blues Jam Session
$5 wings, burgers, cheesesteaks and sandwiches!
5 'til close
Taco Tuesdays, Speed Bingo, Karaoke
1/2 price sandwiches, 11am until midnight, 15 sandwiches from which to choose!
5-4-3-2 FUN HAPPY HOUR begins at 4pm and goes until 8pm.
$5 - you call it* - mixed drinks, martinis, wine by the glass $4 - all draught beer pints* $3 - baby Jager shooters, house wine, all domestic beer bottles $2 - Bud Light pints, Genesee Cream Ale, $2 - off top shelf AND, 1/2 priced Pond Favorites (except tacos)
(*certain top shelf items to be excluded, of course. We DO have rent to pay, y'know.)
$14 and under menu. Trivia! Karaoke
Specials on drinks and pub favorites
Special happy hour menu
Live music 6-close
6 to close