Imagine my surprise when I visited The Salted Rim in Ocean View and recognized owner Karen Fritz from her long-ago stint at Smitty McGee's (just west of Fenwick on Rt. 54). I have written many times that Smitty McGee's could very well have the best Buffalo wings in the state. Could there be a spot a bit closer to Rehoboth that could equal that reputation?
The Salted Rim came into being after the original occupant, the Royal Zephyr restaurant, closed its doors. The Zephyr was a train-themed eatery with ACTUAL TRAIN CARS AND A STEAM ENGINE – on tracks – set up for dining. Karen and her husband have capitalized on that railroad concept by continuing to seat customers in the train cars (in addition to their dining room/bar and extensive outdoor seating). They also hold regular events like Halloween haunted train dinners, Harry Potter-themed dinners, and their famous Polar Express-themed dinner that transports several thousand diners over several weeks into the magic of Christmas. See more about that HERE.
I was fortunate to share my first visit since the Zephyr days with Bethany Beach/Ocean View natives Mitch King from Cool as a Cucumber and hairdresser extraordinaire Kim Cullen of Trendz Hair Salon. They guided me through the huge menu (with a bit of input from our very patient server). Appetizers were highly recommended and we ordered waaayyy too many. But that's what we do. Don't miss the Southwest Eggrolls, A crunchy eggroll wrapper cradles cheese, chicken corn, surprisingly taste black beans, onions and other good stuff. See the pic in the gallery.
We also ordered their white queso (quite good, and not too liquidy like some). The Nachos Grande lived up to its name: It's about 7″ high and loaded with more of that nice creamy queso, pico, a nice corn salsa, jalapenos (yeah!) and of course sour cream. You can add taco meat or chicken if you wish. The wings, of course, were mandatory. We got the hot wings (not all that hot – quite tolerable, in fact) and the Garlic Parmesan. True to form, the wings remained nice and crispy in spite of the sauces added.
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Mitch strongly suggested the Fiery Burrito, and I obediently complied. Spiked with a moderately spicy sauce and Sriracha, it is hot – but not too hot. And the combination of sauteed onions, peppers and blackened steak made the burrito dish into a homage to very good fajitas. This one's a must-get. Again, take a look at it by scrolling through the gallery.
Kim treated herself to the broiled crabcake (looked like all crabmeat with very little binder) as our other dining companion (and Bethany Beach businessperson) had to try the fried fish sandwich. The menu touts it as a HUGE portion, and that's exactly what it is. Simple, straight-ahead and no frills on a soft roll with sauces on the side. Tiffany Patterson from Goodwin Recruiting joined us and ordered the chorizo fajitas. Fajita purists will cringe, but don't knock it 'til you've tried it. A carnivore's happy place for sure.
I want to take more photos of the food, so we WILL return very soon. I don't star-rate a restaurant until I visit at least 3 times, but if this first time is any indication, they will earn a great rating. Take a look at the current menu HERE.
The Salted Rim is located at 27 Atlantic Avenue after you pass over the canal going west, but before you get to West St. Call for reservations (ESPECIALLY ON WEEKENDS!) at (302) 537-7373.
Prices are quire reasonable. Current hours are 11-1 on weekends and 11-11 weekdays.