GRAIN ON THE ROCKS at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal is open! The coffee shop section opens at 7am, serving Lewes Coffee drinks. OMG Hospitality has totally remodeled the space, with a beautiful bar that looks out over the bay, and lots of outdoor seating.
The food is a combination of gastropub fare with an emphasis on seafood, of course. The menu offers sandwiches (don't miss the French dip!), burgers, mains (large plates – you'll love the lobster mac & cheese), salads, wraps, soups wings and a long list of apps including their house-made fried pickles, cheesesteak eggrolls and cute little hog wings (pork shanks). One of the stars of the menu is the Shareables section that contains Grain's very own Crab Nachos. The kicker on this plate is the crispy wonton chips rather than corn tortillas. The cucumbers are a crunchy surprise. This one's a must-get.
One of Grain on the Rocks' features is their cocktail menu. It's made even better by the presence of longtime Lewes barkeep Andrew Drawdy (he was at the Lewes Gilligan's forever). It was really nice to see him pourin' again. Rehoboth Foodie pick hits (so far) include the Orange Crush, the Bad Monkey (think banana split with an attitude), the Rooftop Leminade (there's that cuke again!) and the Apple Mule. There are a lot more, but those are the ones we've tried so far.
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Those of you who remember the old On the Rocks will remember the little bar-style seating outside where everything was served. That is now just the bar and is still a popular hangout. But the new Grain on the Rocks has expanded the deck seating (up close & personal to the ferry's comings and goings) and it still includes the little park-like setting featuring Dogfish Head spirits and ice cream for the kids (served out of the truck they used to have at the brewery). A set of bi-fold windows behind the bar open up to connect the inside and the outside areas. And there's an additional bar area at those windows. If you sit inside, you can see outside. If you sit outside, you can see inside. It's a win-win, especially if 2nd Time Around band is playing!
Pleasenote that there are no ratings for this review as of yet. I never apply ratings until I have visited a restaurant at least 3 times. Think of this as a sneak peek so you'll know what to expect when you get there! I'll add ratings soon. In the meantime, take a look at the gallery for photos of the inside and outside. Additional food photos will be posted as we eat our way though the menu. Other Grain installations are Grain H2O at 3006 Summit Harbour Lane in Bear, downtown Newark at 270 E Main St, Kennett Square at 108 W. State St.
Grain on the rocks is located at 43 Cape Henlopen Dr. in the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal. Enter though the foot passenger entrance. You can call them at (302) 291-3900. Visit their website HERE for entertainment schedules and other info.
Brunch: Sat-Sun: 10am-2:30pm. Happy Hours: Mon-Fri: 3pm-6pm. Lunch-Dinner: Mon: 11:30am-11pm, Tues-Fri 11:30am-1am, Sat: 2:30pm-1am, Sun: 2:30pm-11pm
Make ONLINE reservations HERE.