Hari Cameron's acclaimed a(MUSE) restaurant space is now Theo's Steakhouse, Sides & Spirits. Owner Chris Agharabi also owns and operates the Theo's restaurants and and Ava's Pizzeria and Wine Bars in Cambridge, Md. and St. Michael's Md. Get to know Chris on his most recent appearance on The Rehoboth Foodie's radio show that aired in early June, 2020. Click HERE for that podcast.
Though the main focus at Theo's is steaks, the appetizer section of the menu should not be missed. And one of the stars of that show is the crispy green beans. These lightly seasoned, tempura-battered delights are up there with some of the best appetizers here at the beach (see the pic in the gallery). Chris has managed to elevate the humble edamame to new heights by adding lemon and pepper. They are addictive!
Note that there are no ratings for this review as of yet. I never apply ratings until I've visited a restaurant at least 3 times. Think of this as a sneak peek so you'll know what to expect when you get there! I'll add ratings after a couple more visits.
As a result of the ridiculously draconian lockdowns earlier this year, Theo's menu can be read directly from your phone. Each table has a QR Code image that you simply center in your phone camera screen and tap the QR code prompt that will appear. I have to admit it was sort of fun. Be sure to download it so you can refer to it without having to re-scan. Want to try it? scroll through the gallery. When you get to the QR image, center it on your camera screen. It's FUN!
We were there for the media/friends/family party. This was their first night of service and things were understandably even more informal than usual. But everything that came out of the kitchen was quite good. Our 6-top ordered the New York Strip steak and the Filet, both of which came out perfectly to temperature. Let me tell you, one of the don't-miss sides at Theo's is those mashed potatoes! Generally, mashed potatoes do not fare well being “held” in the kitchen – most restaurant offerings are rubbery and pasty. It's just the nature of the beast. But not at Theo's: they were creamy, buttery and just like mom used to make (and, in fact, just like I make).
Their great frites, with Jeff and Tiff!1/17 Theo's Steaks, Sides & Spirits2/17 Theo's crab cake3/17 Theo's Steaks, Sides & Spirits4/17 Fish & Chips5/17 The filet6/17 Theo's Steaks, Sides & Spirits7/17 Theo's Steaks, Sides & Spirits8/17 Barkeep Lisa!9/17 The NY strip10/17 Theo's Steaks, Sides & Spirits11/17 Try it!12/17 Thanksgiving Platter13/17 Ahi14/17 2 kinds of wings. Both quite good.15/17 Steak frites16/17 Special breads including lavasch and pretzel sticks!17/17
We also enjoyed the Ahi tuna and the crab cake. The image in the gallery is of a lone crab cake accompanied by Chris Agharabi's very own succotash. He just put this together at the table, but both are available on the menu separately. I have never liked succotash. This was different. It was surprisingly creamy, delicately spiced and reminded me of a delicate pot pie filling. If that's a side when you go, get it!
The Steak Frites are also quite good, and while we are on the subject, their frites (french fries) in general are very good. Sometimes fries are just a second thought in many restaurants, these could be a main course. In fact, for the polite price of only $135 you can get a bucket of those delicious fries accompanied by a bottle of Veuve champagne. The perfect goodie for a special occasion!
Another one-of-a-kind entree at Theo's Steaks, Sides & Spirits is the Thanksgiving Dinner “365″. Yup, roast turkey breast, with all the dressings & fixin's. And interestingly enough, Chris tells me they sell more of those in the summer than in the colder months! I had it on our first night. It was perfect – including those mashers and moist turkey dressing just like mom used to make.
Current hours are 4:30 to 9:30 Wed. Thru Sunday. Looking to work at a good restaurant? Theo's is looking for quality, reliable help. Apply there!
Chris ALSO appeared on 105.9FM's Sip & Bite Show on Saturday, 2/8. Hear that podcast by clicking HERE.
Theo's Steaks, Sides & Spirits is located at 44 Baltimore Avenue in downtown Rehoboth Beach. There is outdoor dining on the east side of the building. You can call them at (302) 227-7107.