Preshy’s is a difficult place to review. I’ve heard mixed opinions from many people (just look at the comments below!), so I dined there several times to be sure to provide you with the most accurate information. On my fifth visit I was joined by a party of ten, so I got a good look at (and taste of) a number of dishes, along with LOTS of bad attitude.
If you must eat there, stay with the basics. Fortunately that isn’t hard, because most of what they serve is limited to the basics. A restaurant should obviously concentrate on what they do best. The prices are quite low, and that can be good or bad depending on what you’re looking for. Sadly, you pay for that by putting up with a fair amount of rudeness from the owner, Roberto. Perhaps he is resentful that his prices are so low? Not sure, but don’t believe me; see the reader comments below.
The main courses come with soup or salad. Observation of other tables convinced me to try the soup, as the house salad was ridiculously small (in its defense, it’s only $2.95 a la carte, anyway). The soup du jour was lentil. It was simple, straightforward and obviously homemade with fresh ingredients. I would have preferred it a little more boldly spiced, but I guess that’s why they put salt and pepper on the table. I also had the Caprese salad. It was cool, crisp and actually pretty generous. The dressing was tasteless; I suspect it was nothing but oil.
The people at our table who visited there most often all ordered the Veal Marsala. I ordered the Chicken Parmesan. I regretted not ordering the veal. The chicken was thinly pounded, but I prefer a parm dish lightly breaded and a little crunchy. The red sauce was ordinary and not even as good as some bottled sauces, and there wasn’t a lot of cheese topping. And there was an undefinable taste (rare for me) that was not pleasant. Like chemicals of some kind. The Veal Marsala, on the other hand, was good. The brown sauce was savory and rich, and the veal, though a tad overdone, was still tender. Consider yourself warned.
Others at the table got the Penne Puttanesca (Puttanesca = a dish, usually pasta, topped with a spicy sauce containing capers, tomatoes, anchovies, garlic and sometimes olives). Sadly, it wasn’t nearly as spicy as this dish is supposed to be. The remaining diners had the spaghetti Bolognese (Bolognese = a sauce made with meat). It was a too salty to clearly identify the meats in the sauce (usually it’s beef, maybe some veal and perhaps some sausage or chopped and fried pancetta (Italian bacon). The salt hid it all. I wonder why?
I believe that one evaluates a restaurant on price and what they claim to do best. Preshy’s dishes up basic Italian at a surprisingly low price (most of their entrees are around $14). Roberto, the owner, was our waiter. If he doesn’t approve of some combination that you order, he will make that very clear to you. I, like many, originally found that amusing (though many find it annoying, especially when he does it to kids–see below). But it quickly becomes tiresome. Dealing with him during the ordering process was an ordeal to say the least. From an entertainment point of view, it was the high point of the night. But this place is not worth the trouble. I’ll happily give a few more bucks to another restaurant that actually tries to make dining a pleasant experience. Take that as you wish.
UPDATE: I continue to get comments and emails about Roberto’s attitude with diners who have the nerve to ask for unreasonable things like a different table, a napkin, or (God forbid) dressing on the side. We went back recently just to refresh. I won’t bore you with the details, but it all comes down to this: Preshy’s food is NOT good enough for him to behave in that manner. Frankly, and I have never said this about any local restaurant, I hope I don’t have to go back any time soon.
Again, I’ve had so many people tell me different things about Preshy’s. Have you been there? What did you think? I personally like somewhat larger portions, a greater variety, and a nicer presentation. But if it’s cheap food you want, Preshy’s fills the bill. (Remember – the cheaper it is on the menu, the less he paid for it. That might not be a good thing….) As a site visitor said below, you get what you pay for, and, if reader comments are to be believed, rudeness/offhanded comments and insults seem to be handed out liberally in exchange for cheap eats.
Preshy’s is apparently open for lunch during the week, and opens late afternoon on the weekends. The breakfast entrees are pretty standard breakfast stuff, but I am intrigued by the French toast with a creamy orange sauce and also the gorgonzola omelet. Lunches are similar to the dinner menu, and they add some “lunchy” sandwich offerings such as BLT, turkey club, etc. The lunch prices (and portions) are reduced to about half of that of dinner. Note that they only serve beer and wine. No hard stuff. The wine prices are quite low.
UPDATE: I decided to give in and try Preshy’s yet again. It is early summer 2016. We walked in – the place was empty. We stood obediently at the front door for a good 5 – 7 minutes. Nobody. Nothing. At one point a woman in the kitchen saw us and looked away. There are waaayyyy too many restaurants in this area who value their patrons, for us to stand in this rather dirty storefront begging for what will probably be mediocre food. Scroll down to see commentary after commentary that seem to point to one factor: Those who actually like Preshy’s are those who like it because it is so cheap. Of course, this information is gleaned only from the reader comments and my experiences there, but one reader made a good point with an old adage from author John Ruskin: “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man’s lawful prey.” I suspect there are enough people in this area who fall into that category to keep this restaurant afloat. Me? I think I’ll pay a bit more and be treated fairly and in a civil manner. It’s not worth it for a couple of bucks.
Preshy’s is at #14 Midway Shopping Center (to the right of the theaters), directly across from the Midway Outlets, just north of Rehoboth Beach proper. Check to make sure they’re open in the off-season. (302) 645-8300. Preshy’s has no online menu available, but click here to visit their Facebook page. The Facebook page won’t help you much – as of this late summer 2015 update, there hasn’t been a post on there since 2013. (L., D.) Price Range, Inexpensive -.