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JAM Bistro by Eden

/ Updated on November 30, 2019

Mark Hunker and Jeff McCracken's JAM Bistro continues to please! RB regulars will remember that the bright, amply windowed building that was once home to the storied Camel's Hump restaurant. The soup du jour on a past visit was Seafood Bisque. The crab/shrimp base was buttery, creamy and chock full of crabmeat and what appeared to be mussels. It was softly comforting. Our most recent visit in the fall of 2019 resulted in two appetizers that both made the grade: The tasty nachos (wait 'til you taste the cheese) and the pork shanks, aka Pork Drummettes. Though not as big as some others, they were perfectly sauced and tender. There is also a ceviche du jour that plan to get next time. It looked good.

Two entrees are tied for the award of Star of the Show: (1) The Braised Beef Shortribs. It had been a while since we had been there, and we were hoping they would still be on the menu. They are! Darkly crusty on the outside and fallin'-off-the-bone, it reminded me of slow-cooked Texas beef brisket that had been spared the obligatory mopping of sauce. It sidled up to brightly colored mac & cheese (hold the truffle oil, please!) and a stack of bright green broccolini, lightly blanched and firm. A gastrique of acid/sweet red wine topped it all off. The second entree that impressed us was the prosciutto and mozzarella-stuffed chicken. Though it looked rather simple on the plate, it was loaded with flavor.

I have to tell you about one of JAM's “Variations on the French Fry”: The Crispy Smashed Fingerlings continue to be wonderful. I'll spare you the hyperbolic superlatives and gently suggest, as politely as I can, that you ORDER THEM! NOW! The potatoes were indeed smashed, but not enough to break the crackly crisp skin. They are not available as a separate side, but I suspect you can sub them on an entree plate. That is not a guarantee– but a hopeful thought.

They are also available with Smoked Bacon and a Vermont Cheddar whiz (admit it, you love it), but we ordered it to share, and the Kosher proclivities of one of our good friends precluded the bacon. We WILL go back to enjoy the trayfe.

Jam's Shrimp & Grits with andouille sausage, parmesan grits, sautéed spinach, shrimp butter are quite good, and I also suggest you try the Steak Frites with dry aged ribeye, hand cut fries, mixed green salad w/broccolini, carrots, asiago, candied walnuts in a white balsamic vinaigrette.

Another special (regrettably, because I'd order it every time) is the Fried Chicken & Waffles. It makes rare appearances on the menu, and I secretly pine away for that dish! It was delicious; the chicken crispy with a slightly syruped waffle. It includes two quarters (a half a chicken) that are perfectly fried. I am a fried chicken maniac, and I'm here to tell you that this version is very good. The waffles are darkly crisp, with a maple reduction drizzled thereon and atop the chicken. This one's a keeper!

A non-meat eater who joined us on our last visit ordered Jam’s Salmon & Salad with edamame guacamole, mixed greens, carrot, bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, orange mojo. She LOVED it. Not a carnivore, try this one. Speaking of meat, if you like hamburgers, DO GET THE ONE AT JAM. I use the burger as a barometer for how a restaurant does basic things, and I have to sat that this is one of the best around. Tender, cooked perfectly to temperature, with a ton of sides from which to choose. I got the blue cheese, bacon, jalapenos and fried onions.

I have replaced all the old photos (except for the chicken & waffles) with new ones from fall 2019. Most of the dishes mentioned here are in the gallery. Scroll. Enjoy. Again, the short ribs are the star of the show there on the ocean block of Baltimore Avenue. They continue to be delightful and are most certainly one of JAM's signature dishes.

New desserts include the Pecan Pie Bar nestled adjacent to vanilla ice cream with bourbon caramel and  house made bacon bits. We ordered the Oreo + Dark Chocolate Truffle Bites and Eden’s Key Lime Pie resting on a graham cracker/sunflower seed crust and drizzled with fresh berry sauce, fresh whipped cream7

Our experiences and reader feedback all suggest that Jam continues to be one of the better eateries in town. Not pretentious, with friendly servers and a fun bar. so far, JAM Bistro is at 20 Baltimore Avenue on the ocean block, immediately east of their sister restaurant, Eden. Sidewalk dining is a must when weather permits. Give them a call for check on their off-season hours

See the entire menu HERE. Follow them on Facebook. (D., Bar) Price range: Moderate +.

Off-season Specials & Hours

Specials & Moods change quickly. Always call a restaurant first.

pp = per person.
BOGO = buy one, get one.
Bloody = bloody mary.
domestics = American-made beers (e.g., Bud).
imports = foreign beers (e.g., Heineken).
Rails = non call-brand alcohol.
Prix Fixe = one set price.
Mains = entrees.
Margs = margaritas.
Chix = chicken.
AYCE = all you can eat.
Lite = Miller Lite
drafts = draught beer.
Early Birds = arrive before a certain time.
Apps = Appetizers.
bottles = beer in a bottle.
à la carte = order off the menu (no prix fixe).
crafts = micro/artisanal brews (e.g., Old Leghumper Lager)

21 Baltimore Ave.
(302) 226-5266

Open 11 - 9
Open 4-9

Open 4-9
Open 12 - 10
Open 11 - 9:30
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  1. Avatar Lisa K says:

    Have been to Jam twice in the summer and both times, it was very hot inside. Seems like they need to invest in a capable AC unit. While the food was good, the temp inside definitely affected our time there. Will not be back.

  2. Avatar John Iaquinta says:

    Very lackluster dinner at Jam last night. My wife’s “21 day aged” MY strip was a very gristley ribeye. My Kobe chili burger was very overcooked and accompanied by fries that had definitely waited a while before hitting the table. Not awful, but very disappointing from one of our favorite spots at the beach.
    Deviled eggs with crab and candied bacon were a big bright spot.

  3. Avatar Bob says:

    Jam for lunch on Sunday was a great decision. Best fish tacos I have ever had. Grilled fish without a fried option was working with that resolution to look good on poodle by June. Beet salad, house made pickles and the option of a side salad instead of fries has me saying this place is going to have a fit in my routine and I am going to fit into that suit. Going to come back for the Sunday dinner specials after a long walk on the boards and before a short walk to Pam S. Life is good in RB!!!

  4. Avatar Jim Goldstein says:

    Went to Jam on Saturday night October 11. Went with friends. Had the scottish salmon and my wife had the fish special which was tile fish. We shared two appetizers, olives and calamari. Had a bottle of malbec which was quite reasonably priced and very solid. They have 40 bottles of wine under $40. We shared a side vegetable order which was fine for the four of us to share. We really enjoyed our dinner and our server was attentive and friendly. We will definitely return again. Jim

  5. Avatar Mary L says:

    Went to Jam for dinner last night for the first time and have to say was not disappointed. The food and service was fantastic. Shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage was rich and creamy. My wife had the flat iron steak and if it weren’t for the table next to us being occupied she would have licked the plate. Hot buttered rum drink was just the ticket for a cold winter night and the pecan pie bar with the caramel bourbon drizzle and bacon bits (yes…bacon bits) was delicious. Will most definitely return again.

  6. Avatar Edd ie K. says:

    Visited this establishment last night. As noted in the previous review, the air conditioning was almost non-exsistent. Actually, Eden was our first choice, but their air was only functioning on the second floor (no available seats, of course).
    Thw wait staff and young hostesses are professional and full of passion and fun. The wine was tasty. The bathroom was clean (and cool).
    The food was irregular. My oven fried chicken was way overcooked and part of it flew across the table as I attempted to cut it away from the bone. The other three entrees were fine, just not memorable.
    I want to love this restaurant so I will give it more chances…in the Fall when the heat will not be an issue.

  7. Avatar Food Lover says:

    I want to like this restaurant. Really, I do.I think the main problem is the dishes are just too fussy for a “bistro”. They need to simplify the dishes. The price point is fine, the location is great, the service is good, the interiors are ok, though a little boring, but the food is just too showy. If they can stop over dressing the dishes and focus on preparing great simple food, they can be a huge hit.

  8. Avatar Susan R says:

    We’ve enjoyed lunch and dinner at the new and improved Jam and especially loved the sidewalk dining and people watching. Service has been variable and some offerings were better than others. Noise is certainly an issue; we’re hopeful they can get some help in that department. We’re in total agreement with the Foodie on the baba ghannouj–we were so excited to think the Camel’s Hump favorite had reappeared but were totally disappointed. Please go back to the original and let it shine!!! With attention to a few details we think Jam will be a great addition to Rehoboth’s foodie scene!!

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