Baltimore, Md.'s Maria D'Ambrogi opened her very own taco/Mexican joint, Sirveza, in Dewey at 1904 Coastal Highway. She is right next door to Woody's, Jimmy O'Conor's popular emporium of crabcakes. Because of a bit of trademark unpleasantness, she has since renamed the spot SIRvida.
Like Woody's, SIRvida is very informal. Pretty much everything in Dewey Beach is terminally informal. It's that Dewey Way of Life that you hear about. A close look at the decor will reveal her dedication to her father (the “sir” in sirvida) with lots of personal tchotchkes, photos, etc. And the menu is as generous as it is informal. For example, if you order the nachos, make sure you bring your posse. The huge portion is quite good and contains lots of crispy veggies, etc. Scroll through the photo gallery – had to use a wide-angle lens to photograph those nachos!
We kicked off the night with Maria's answer to the Moscow Mule: The Dewey Donkey. The SIRvida version of the mule is a tribute to Maria's Mexican theme, and I will not reveal the magic ingredients. You'll have to try one yourself. Start with the photo in the gallery. Another cocktail that we were apparently not leaving before trying is “The Maria.” And when it arrived, we could see why. It is a combination of jalapenos and watermelon, mulled together with several tasty elixirs. It is as powerful as it is tasty. We had 2. At least I think we did….
When I first check out a Tex-Mex joint, my go-to dishes are generally the enchiladas and quesadillas. If they can't pull those off, then they can't pull anything off. Both dishes speak for themselves in the gallery. The enchiladas were stuffed with slow-cooked brisket (QUITE good!) and covered in a mixture of cheeses, including cojita, which made for a nice topping, since it doesn't melt as readily as some other varieties. The quesadillas would almost qualify as sandwiches. We had the shrimp variety and and the toasted tortillas worked perfectly with the cheesy filling. Both dishes were accompanied by a side of black beans and arroz. Only one other local place comes to mind that takes that kind of pride in their black beans. They are addictive.
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Of course, this is just a sneak peek, and I am going back to get more photos and to tell you more about the place. The little merchandise area in the back is quite cute and you'll love the Xmas-light donkey hanging around the side entrance.
You can call SIRvida at 302-567-5978, or check their hours and specials at www.RehobothFoodie.com/cheap-eats.