Last night, my partner and I went to Lupo di Mare (247 C Rehoboth Avenue, at the Rehoboth Hotel, Rehoboth Beach DE, lupodimarerehoboth.com) for their $19 prix fix. This is definately a bargain, since the entrees run $16-19 on their regular menu, plus there's the first course of "tastes" or salad, and a dessert. The only catch is that you have to be seated before six.
I started with the white bean and roasted garlic dip, seasoned with truffle oil and lemon zest and served with crostini, while Bruce had the shaved Brussels sprouts (again with truffle oil, plus pecorino). I enjoyed mine, and Bruce found the sprouts wonderfully crunchy and a surprise, although he would have liked something else added for a texture contrast. Moving to the second course, I had the Veal Picatta (lots of lemon, tons of capers, served on linguine with herb pesto, very delicious) and Bruce went for the eggplant rigatoni. The only disappointment were the desserts: he found the bread pudding lacked contrasts in flavor, and my tiramisu was creamy but bland. Still, the meal was a very good one, and the staff was attentive and friendly.
Another bargain, up on Highway One, are the Happy Hour specials at the Pickled Pig, a great way to kick back, enjoy a brew and an appetizer at the bar for a very low price. We went a week ago, after I got off work - I hadn't even changed out of my summer work-tee, and spent the time advertising the store where I work! He had the BBQ-sauced oysters, a real treat for him since I've never mastered cooking bivalves at home, and I had the fish tacos. The fish was nicely breaded, crunchy and tender, and served on a couple of soft tortillas with a slaw, some pickled red onions, and with sliced fresh jalapenos on the side to be added at the diner's discretion. The total bill, with tip, for the two apps and three brewskies (hey, I was thirsty!) came to just $21.
So, are there any other great bargains out there in the Rehoboth area?