We got back from the beach a couple of weeks ago and I thought I'd jot down some impressions. We had two 15 yo boys with us (son and nephew). It had been three years since our last trip to Rehoboth. Sorry about the wine references, but this year I decided I was going to BYO it as much as possible since I have some nice wines and would like to pair them with good meals and don't want to spend the markup that most restaurants charge.
The Back Porch. We had an excellent meal. Service was very professional and friendly. We took a 99 Martinell PN RRV which the server had never tasted (I poured him half a glass) but the corkage was still $15. For dinner I had the roast duck with green olove picante and a warm wild rice tabouleh. My wife had the chipotle seared wild King salmon with smokey cream corn, applewood smoked bacon and an avocado black bean salsa. Excellent. The boys had rabbit and duck respectively. For dessert have them make the special back porch coffee, it is a show of flame and fun.
The Cultured Pearl was everything we remembered. I especially enjoyed the seared tuna, it was prepared perfectly as ordered. My son had the cold tomato soup, which was very good, but very expensive. My wife had the scallops and thought them to be excellent. The meal is a little (?) slow, but the menu warned us that it would take about 1/2 hour per course. They do not permit corkage which is too bad as many other restaurants in Rehoboth with better wine lists do. However, we were able to get a nice 2001 Adelsheim Pinot Noir at a fairly reasonable price.
Chez La Mer used to be one of our favorites, this time unfortunately we were disappointed. It may have just been an off night but the food was only ordinary, and the seating -- well, I just don't see why a restaurant of this level has those plastic porch chairs inside. The bouillebaise was ok, but the lobster claw had not been cracked and the broth lacked ooomph. The scallops were overcooked, and the escargot forgettable. Service was good, but did not make up for the disappointment after the anticipation of going to what used to be one of our favorites. Corkage fee was $15 which I guess is fair for the area.
The Eden Cafe. The Eden has moved, it is now at 19 Baltimore Ave. in a larger place. The food is still wonderful, especially the seafood. The Eden Mac and Cheese is rich and wonderful, made with goat cheese. A definite yes from my son who usually orders a steak. My nephew loved the crabcake. The beef filet was cooked perfectly, and the appetizers are inovative and very good. My wife had three of the appetizers instead of an entree. The best thing was that even thought they have a very good wine list, they permit corkage. I took a 93 Signorello Cab Reserve and since it was not on their list, they did not charge me any corkage fee. They provided nice stems too. Definitely still one of our favorites at the beach.