Delaware on the Menu: Welcome to the Delaware Coast

By Bob Yesbek

Welcome to the Delaware coast! Affectionately known as the Nation’s Summer Capital, the Rehoboth Beach area receives multiple kudos from such luminaries as the James Beard Foundation, the Michelin Guide, Zagat, the National Restaurant Association and Wine Spectator Magazine, just to name a few.

I am fortunate to have the honor of describing, reviewing and photographing good food here in the Cape Region. Historic Lewes, Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany beaches are connected by U.S. Rt. 1, and multiple restaurants have sprung up along this busy thoroughfare. No matter what your budget, great eating is never more than a walk or short drive away.

Restaurants in Rehoboth Beach

In downtown Rehoboth Beach you’ll find everything from gourmet Chinese dishes to wood-fired pizzas; from genuine Italian to Indian and Turkish specialties. Lewes dishes up everything from short rib sliders to lobster rolls, from Belgian delights to top-notch steaks and fresh baked goods – all just steps from one another in the First Town in the First State.

The very first fine-dining restaurant in Rehoboth Beach celebrates its 46th season in 2020, and neighboring spots are not far behind. A few allow you to select your own tasting menu from a list of chef-driven creations. Rehoboth Avenue, Wilmington Avenue, Baltimore Avenue, Coastal Highway and Lewes are not without a classy touch.

Click here to read more about restaurants in Rehoboth Beach.

Do you crave a great breakfast at the beach? There are well over 25 breakfast and brunch spots in the immediate area, from casual storefronts to lavish buffets. Local brewers, distillers and wineries helped pave the way for in-restaurant breweries, and currently there are well over 10 local brewpubs!

As a guide for the EatingRehoboth.com restaurant tours, I have the singular pleasure of introducing visitors and locals to new restaurant experiences and upscale gourmet shops. These three-hour walks invariably end with guests telling me how they would never have tried this or that place without having experienced our tours. And now, armed with the information here in the Delaware Beaches Visitors Guide, you can embark on your own tour of everything food and drink here on the Culinary Coast. You’re at the beach: Enjoy! And bon appétit.

Bob Yesbek, aka The Rehoboth Foodie, publishes the restaurant news & reviews website RehobothFoodie.com. His columns appear regularly in the Cape Gazette, Beach Paper and Coastal Style Magazine. Sip & Bite with the Rehoboth Foodie can be heard every Saturday from 3-5 p.m. on Delaware 105.9 FM.

Fishing at Cape Henlopen State Park

Cast a Line at Cape Henlopen State Park

A trip to the Delaware Beaches offers plenty of opportunities for a fishing excursion. Anglers have their choice of fishing from a boat, in the surf or off a pier. When you want to fish in Rehoboth Beach or Lewes, head to Cape Henlopen State Park.

Fishing at Cape Henlopen State Park

Cape Henlopen State Park offers anglers both saltwater and surf fishing.

The quarter-mile-long pier provides access to the Delaware Bay. There’s even a bait and tackle shop off the pier where you can find all of your fishing necessities, as well as purchase licenses and snack foods, from April 1 through Oct. 31.

Surf fishing is popular year-round at Cape Henlopen State Park. The park is situated right along the Atlantic Ocean. There are dune crossovers that allow both vehicles and pedestrians to get to the beach’s designated fishing areas. A surf fishing vehicle license is permitted to drive on the beach.

A portion of the beachfront at the Beach Plum Island Nature Preserve also permits surf fishing, however much of the preserve is off limits to pedestrians.

Anglers have reeled in croaker, spot, weakfish, snapper, bluefish, porgies, pinfish, sand perch, dogfish, flounder and even small cobia when they fish at Cape Henlopen State Park.

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