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Forgotten Mile Ale House

/ Updated on November 11, 2016
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Opening jitters at Steve and Mike Lucey’s Forgotten Mile Ale House on Coastal Highway between Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches quickly turned to smooth service and pretty good food.

My last 6 visits – three for lunch, three for dinner – the most recent in late August 2016) have been quite successful. The brothers are the owners of Wilmington’s Ulysses Gastropub and Hockessen’s Six Paupers Pub, and have brought their upscale bar and comfort food concept to the old Captain’s Table restaurant location. They have completely remodeled the venerable space, and have repurposed much of the old wood paneling to construct the bar.

The ale house features 14 taps and a large selection of crafts. There is virtually unlimited parking and kids are warmly welcomed.

The menu is divided into several parts: Soups & Greens, Tidbits, Nibbles and Nosh; Flatbreads, Supper Plates, Sandwiches, Tacos and Sides. I admit it’s early on, but I highly recommend the Loaded Potato Soup. Deconstructed, for sure, and quite nice. The ultimate comfort food. The Classic Salad Sampler gives a generous taste of three of their salads, the wedge, the house and the grilled caesar. The wedge part is a particular standout, and this salad with the soup could be a meal.

We got the FMAH Wings, which are available in 6 different styles. Toasted Fall Cauliflower is served with crispy fried capers, a sprinkle of lemon and OO. I am not a lover of cauliflower, but others at the table gobbled it up. Interestingly enough, it appears they are gone from the menu as of early 2016. Was it something I said?

We very much liked the Country flatbread, served an a nice wooden plank with caramelized onions, seared mushrooms and a generous portion of goat cheese.

One of the stars of the show (and 100% on the comfort food scale) is the Chicken & Waffle-ish. A nice piece of chicken breast and a waffle meet. They hit it off, and this is the offspring: Spice-rubbed breast encased in sweet waffle batter with pan gravy. Want to warm up on a cool fall night? Get this one. It’s quite good.

Must-gets on the menu are the short rib grilled cheese with tomatoes (elevated to new heights by toasted sourdough and a nice maple chipotle ketchup), the shortrib and gruyere burger with sauteed mushrooms, the deconstructed potato soup (nothing short of amazing), and the salad-sampler trio (a little bit of all three salads on the menu). If they take this one off the menu, the villagers will surely appear with torches and pitchforks.

On our most recent visit, we ordered the Pork Belly On A Cedar Plank, but were met with disappointment – not with the pork; it was perfectly done and spiced, but with the fact that they drizzled mustard overtop of the pork lardons. I do love mustard, but the person who ordered the dish does not like mustard, so he didn’t get what hoped to get. The only silver lining was that I got to eat more of it. Hey guys: it’s an easy fix: Serve the mustard in a little ramekin on the side for dipping! Don’t fall into the all-too-prevalent “truffle oil” trap by assuming that everyone will like a sometimes controversial condiment added directly to the food. Burger King has a point: Have it Your Way.

Another tasty dish is the weinerschnitzel, served with lemon caper gravy, a mashed potato dumpling (VERY good!) and a sunny egg. This one is squarely in the comfort food tradition of the Lynch family’s Captain’s Table concept that kept that spot busy for so many years. The Lucey Boys made a smart move by keeping a similar approach, albeit modernized with the obligatory TVs, a fresh, more timely look and delightful hi-tops ( I love hi-tops so I can keep an eye on … whatever). Points for good presentation go to the brussels sprouts side in a cute iron skillet and that pork belly (hopefully sans mustard in the future) for the visually interesting cedar plank. Scroll through the gallery to see some of the other dishes. I don’t want to reveal everything, you know.

Our most recent server, Christian, was particularly delightful, tossing every little verbal barb I launched right back at me. He was efficient, polite and funny, even though I watched in horror as he was multiple-seated shortly after our arrival. If he was in the weeds, you would never have known it. Now that’s the way it’s supposed to be. The guy’s a pro.

By the way, as a longtime visitor (and now resident) of the Rehoboth area, it was nice to see the original cornerstone laid by Flem & Doris in 1979. It’s immediately to the left of the front door. (I think she would have loved that deconstructed potato soup.) Almost 80% full on a Tuesday night in December, I suspect that the Forgotten Mile Ale House is on its way to becoming a convenient watering hole and eatery for locals and visitors alike.

Forgotten mile Ale House is open from 11 ’til 1 a.m. 6 days (closed Tuesdays, at least in the off season). Call 302-212-2151 for more info. Follow FMAH on Facebook.

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  1. demattman says:

    5 of us had lunch at the Ale House. At 12:30, there were only 4 tables and 2 guests at the bar. Drinks and beers came out very slowly. When we had assumed that the food should have been brought to the table 20 minutes later, the server came to us and said that they ran out of turkey- the special of the day!
    Overall, not happy with the place and sad to say that we won’t be returning.

  2. LonnB says:

    We went here for the first time based on the Foodies review of 2016. I’m sad to say we had a much different experience. The place is beautiful but noisy and there weren’t a lot of people there, maybe a dozen customers. If they were full, the noise could be overwhelming. But we were there for food. We were so disappointed. My partner had stuffed mushrooms which were tasteless and soggy. My simple salad tasted like cardboard. For dinner we ordered the Seafood Paella and Chicken Parm. Both were just about inedible. The chicken was so tough we needed a steak knife and it tasted sour and there was very little sauce on the pasta. The seafood in the Paella worse. The muscles (the ones that were open) looked and dried out, the scallops and fish were tasteless and the rice was dry.
    And the service! Not once did the server come and ask how anything was. We never say him until the bill came. The martini was made with the wrong liquor. The server gave me the wrong beer bottle, I pointed out the mistake. He said and I almost quote: “we don’t have the one you ordered any more, just drink this one, you’ll like it. And you can keep the beer cozy.” I had ordered a Hefeweizen, he gave me some unknown Pilsner, which was not even listed on the beer menu so i have no idea where it come from.
    In fairness when i pointed out that he charged me for the original beer I ordered, and I asked him if both beers were priced the same, he took the beer charge off the bill.
    I won’t be going back until the place changes hands as I’ sure it will soon.

  3. Darren says:

    I have to say that my wife and I ventured into this place during the off-season for the first time a few weeks back and wow! This is some very high end food for a very reasonable price and the atmosphere compliments everything. We had the short rib burger and were amazed with everything including the presentation. I have tried most of the local haunts and find this place to be one of the best. If you haven’t tried it yet you are truly missing out and will definitely not be disappointed. Our only regret is not giving it a try sooner….

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