Striper Bites (vegetarian review)

/ Updated on May 30, 2014

It's hard not to like a restaurant where the owner comes by your table, asks you how everything was, and thanks you for coming. If you eat at Striper Bites as often as I do, it's bound to happen. Matt DiSabatino, who owns not only Striper Bites, but Kindle and part of Half Full, is a really nice guy who genuinely cares that you have a good experience in his restaurants. This is one of my favorite places for lunch and I come here a lot! The food is good and the waitstaff is charming and efficient. There's an outdoor patio and a newly enclosed porch, and I kid you not, the best ice tea in town. (Little things mean a lot in my book.)

The menu offers apps, salads and nine different sandwiches for lunch. There's only one vegetarian sandwich in the nine which is called (…go figure)— “The Vegetarian”— with a marinated portobello, roasted red peppers, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato and fresh mozzarella on a baguette with pesto spread. Nine times out of ten this is what I order. It's a great taste treat that comes with your choice of fries or side of the day. Go for the fries – they're terrific!

If I'm feeling decadent, I order the nachos as my meal. I'm not sure if it's the cheese combination, the brand of chips, the way they heat them or what, but if I had to pick my favorite nachos at the beach, this is the one I would choose. And trust me, this vegetarian has eaten her share of nachos in this town! These are mouthwateringly delicious. Your non-veggie friends can add chicken or crab as well.

Another awesome appetizer is the Lewes Beach Bruschetta described as a warm tower of grilled squash, tomatoes and asiago cheese on crisp sourdough bread topped with a basil pesto and balsamic reduction. Great to share or a meal in itself.

In the salad section, the Striper Bites House Salad is vegetarian, with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, kalamata olives, cucumbers, red onion tossed in Italian vinaigrette then topped with pine nuts and crumbled blue cheese. I only order this if I'm feeling guilty over my previous day's indulgences, otherwise I order the Vegetarian sandwich or one of the apps. There's also a Wedge Salad you could order without the bacon. They're very accommodating when you opt to customize their salads.

So the next time you want to enjoy lunch in downtown Lewes, stop by Striper Bites and sit for a while in the new 4-season front porch. Try the nachos with ice tea and say hi to Matt for me!

At 107 Savannah Road in downtown Lewes, across the street from Touch of Italy. See the dinner menu by clicking here. 302-645-4657

Deb Griffin

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has been a vegetarian for 45 years. "I have been very pleased to see restaurants offering more and more options for meatless dining. We've gone from one vegetarian item on most menus (the faithful grilled cheese) to restaurants whose entire menu is vegetarian. Together we'll explore all that the beaches have to offer." View all articles written by Deb Griffin

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  1. Avatar Deb Griffin says:

    Mike – Thanks for your comments. Nage is on my list to review… stay tuned! Deb

  2. Avatar Mike in Rehoboth says:

    Like your reviews, and enjoyed your suggestions at Striper. Surprised you have not reviewed Meatless Monday at Nage! Seems they are the only restaurant to feature a vegetarian special night. We await your review of Nage.

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