Patty’s (Georgetown)

/ Updated on December 20, 2016

Patty Jacobs has been in the restaurant business all her life. When she and her husband emigrated southward from New Jersey, she wanted to open a place where she could serve her tasty sandwiches, salads, cheeses and prepared goodies year ’round, but still be sort of “beachy.” Georgetown, the County Seat of Sussex, seemed like the perfect spot.

Word has spread about this place, and one of my cherished columnists right here on RehobothFoodie.com is a regular customer. It seems like no visit to the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (just down the street) or 16 mile Brewery (just up the street) is complete without at least grabbing something tasty from her tiny, perfectly located carryout. (Heck, why not nosh a chicken salad or shrimp salad sub while waiting in line for your vehicle inspection?) Paralegals and office managers throughout Georgetown (you can’t throw a rock in Georgetown without hitting a lawyer) count Patty’s as a closely guarded secret.

One of the undisputed stars of the show is the Chicken Noodle Soup. Lots of finely chopped dill joins forces with a hint of ginger, slow-roasted chicken and thin, flat noodles to make one of the most satisfying bowls of soup I have had in a long time. On one of our visits, the special was cauliflower soup. Despite the siren song of the chix noodle, we tried it. It was equally good.

Patty whomps up 2 (yup, count ’em, 2) kinds of chicken salad. Snow-white meat from slow-roasted chicken is cubed and lightly mixed with mayo, salt and pepper. Period. Simple and delicious. For the crunch lovers, there is Deb’s Chicken Salad, with tiny cubes of apple and sweetly soft currants. We’ll get to why she calls it “Deb’s” a little later. Her shrimp salad is just as straight-ahead: Plump, perfectly cooked shrimp take the spotlight with a bit of mayo, a dollop of sour cream and dill. Egg, tuna and pasta get pretty much the same light treatment.

Though Patty’s is not officially a breakfast place, and even less so now that they open at 10 a.m., she or one of her loyal assistants (if you’re lucky it will be the always-helpful Doug) will happily whomp up something special for you on your choice of a soft roll, a seeded baguette, rye/pump swirl or a wrap. Get the soft roll if you’re feeling breakfasty.

On our last visit, the Grain Salad du jour was a cool and delightfully vinegary melange of Red Quinoa, Grilled Eggplant, Red Onion, Tomato, Olive Oil and flavored vinegar. (Cous-cous or millet might stand-in for quinoa depending on the seasonal veggies available locally). Another contender for Best in Show is the lentil/carrot/veggie salad, a variation on the basic Bean Salad that also changes depending on what’s fresh out there. Word on the street is that any salad sprinkled with Patty’s Butter Toffee Pecans is an instant winner. Salads are made fresh daily and share a display case with some mouthwatering cheeses.

By the way, before Patty opened her carryout, she used to work closely with Deb Sutter, formerly of Nourish in Rehoboth Beach. Nourish is but a distant memory, and Deb has moved on to greener pastures (well, California…) but her memory lives on in Patty’s signature selection of cheeses and salads.

Being from New Jersey, Patty sees no humor in a substandard cheesesteak. The Top Round (featured on the “Patty’s Favorite”) is blackened, slathered with blue cheese and topped with a jaunty crown of fried onions and arugula. The more traditional Steaks and Cheesesteaks use the same slow-cooked beef, but of course they’re not blackened. All of them are available with sliced chicken breast in lieu of the beef. Pay particular attention to the Roast Beef Sandwich with Boursin Cheese, lettuce and tomato. It is perfectly medium rare and tender.

It’s hard to turn down all the big cookies that adorn the front counter. The Reese’s Peanut Butter are quite good, along with the Oatmeal Raisin, described by a trusted Foodette as “One of the best oatmeal cookies I’ve found commercially.” She also has samples of goodies available for your nibbling pleasure, none the least of which the goat cheese caramels.

Celebrate your next affair with her moderately priced party trays, and stock up on imported cheeses, olives, crackers, fruits, olive oils, coffees, nuts, preserves, mustard and desserts.

Patty’s is at 517 South Bedford St, on the point where S. Bedford splits to the right. Traveling west from the Circle in Georgetown, follow S. Bedford St. (leave the Circle in-between the County Administrative Services building and the bank). Pass 16 Mile Brewery and you’re at Patty’s. If you’re on 113 coming up from Millsboro or down from Bridgeville, turn east onto S. Bedford St. at the Motor Vehicle Administration and Social Services complex. Patty’s will be on your right as you merge with another smaller road from the right.

Click here to listen to Patty’s radio debut on Delaware 105.9’s Sip & Bite with the Rehoboth Foodie.

Patty just opened another store in downtown Lewes. Click here to read all about it.

Patty’s is open M-F 10-6 and Saturdays from 11-4. Always check in the off-season! (302) 253-8692. (L., D.) Price range: Inexpensive +.

Click here for a look at Patty’s sub & sandwich menu

Click here to see Patty’s gourmet house-made salads

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  1. Kathy Davison says:

    We love everything from Patty’s and she is an outstanding caterer too!

  2. Catherine says:

    You can taste the love in everything Patty makes. I can eat her Cotswald cheese every day. If I can make it a perfume, I would wear it every day. Love Doug too! We can’t wait for her phenomenal spread again at the Teller Wines Expo in March.

  3. Linda Owings says:

    What about the Roasted Beet Salad??? I am still dreaming about it! And cheeses!!! Really good cheeses! Patty’s is amazing!

  4. Rich Flanagan says:

    My family totally enjoyed their lunch this week. From the Cheese Steak to the Salads, it was great. 5 Star quality for sure.

  5. Leslie says:

    I for one want the “secret” about Patty’s to be out, because I want to ensure that it stays here in Georgetown for a long, long time – and dare I dream that they’ll someday expand to a sit-down restaurant? Today I had the quiche lorraine with a side salad, plus a small container of a delicious pungently-garliced chicken with spinach and bow-tie pasta. I’ve never had anything from here that has not been wonderful.

  6. Tom says:

    I have been to Patty’s twice now and I LOVE it! It is about time Georgetown had something like this. The Patty’s Favorite version of a cheesesteak is amazing. Of course, those peanut butter cup cookies are addictive. The fresh salads are awesome. So far I have had the quinoa Greek salad, the orzo with tomato, and the wild rice with vegetables. All good. The Deb’s chicken salad was a bit dry but very good. The soup and chili were tasty but not hot enough. (In all fairness, it was the end of the day and they had to be heated in the microwave.) Patty herself is very charming and welcoming. I can’t wait to go back.

  7. Tim & Marcia says:

    OK, the secret’s finally out. We love super-fresh sandwiches of shrimp or chicken or egg salad, and Patty’s is always simple and just made. And yes, the cookies.

  8. Beach Eater says:

    I had the Reese’s Peanut Butter cookie — primarily a peanut butter cookie with chocolate chunks, which is fine — and it’s actually the best I have ever eaten. It may be the best cookie I’ve ever eaten. Don’t miss this place if you’re driving through Georgetown. Everything seems quite good.

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