Last weekend we went down to Rehoboth Beach for a few days. That is a great restaurant town so we had high hopes. Unfortunately, the results were ehhhhh.
Things started on a high note on the way down with lunch at Jimmy's Grille in Bridgeville. I hate to plug anything in that hellish speed trap, but this place is the real deal, and a parking lot full of cars at any hour is the result.
Jimmy's is known for big portions of good home-cooked food. They did not let us down. We both got the pan-fried chicken (entrees come with two veggies; additional sides are $1). For $6.65 you get FOUR pieces of delectable, greasy, peppery chicken (breast, leg, thigh, and wing), very good yeasty rolls, and two very generous sides. I got limas 'n' dumplings and Delaware corn pudding; Mrs. W. got the limas 'n' dumplings and fresh string beans. We also shared a bowl of cream of crab soup, which was excellent, and a side of mac&cheese.
This was way too much food. Other entrees looked just as big. We recommend sharing one entree and getting a couple extra sides. Some other choices included peas 'n' dumplings, broccoli casserole, etc. That way, you MIGHT have room for Jimmy's renowned desserts, like strawberry pie.
Our next meal out was at Grotto Pizza. Good news for Grotto lovers: It's the same as it ever was. Thin crust, good balance of cheese and sauce.
Things started downhill the next night. (We stay at Barry's Gull Cottage B&B, which serves gargantuan breakfasts; there is no need to eat lunch ever). We went to Eden Garden Cafe on Rehoboth Ave., a place I have enjoyed in the past. The mussels appetizer was very good, as was my pasta. Mrs. W's "Chesapeake Filet" was a disaster. This dish "featured" a filet topped with "crab imperial." The fact that everything on her plate was cold was bad enough, but the crab imperial sucked. According to Mrs. W, it tasted like "someone cooked steamed crab meat in milk." In short, it had no taste, and neither did the filet, the string beans, or the mashed taters.
Bad food is one thing, but how about this. The list of bottled beers on the menu included something called Dogfish Head Midas Touch. Now, I have enjoyed Dogfish Head beers in the past, so I asked the server about this one. She explained that it was created from a recipe that archaeologists recovered from what might be King Midas's tomb, using biological analysis, etc (this is a true story). That sounded interesting so I said I would try a bottle.
She brings out the bottle. It's the size of a wine bottle! 25.6 ounces. Nine percent alcohol! It's a freaking bottle of wine! Just for me! Maybe she could have told us how big it was? Or maybe that it cost FIFTEEN FREAKING DOLLARS?
The bad service that night was not even limited to our table. We heard people at the next table tell their server they were ready to order and his reply was (swear to god), "Oh you're way down on my list of people to take orders from."
Eden Garden Cafe, YOU ARE DEAD TO US.
The next night we -- based on the advice of our innkeeper, who has a very good track record -- we tried Justin Thyme on Rte. 1.
I should have known based on the very nice earlybird specials that this place might cater more to an older crowd. And indeed it does. The food is decent; and with the 5 dollars off the price of an entree while the earlybird specials are in force they are a good deal. But the salads were not a good value. Also, the menu is large and varied, but it's not especially cutting edge like those found in many other Rehoboth eateries.
In short, it's an OK restaurant; nothing we'd rush back to.
We should have gone to Big Fish Grill, on the other side of Rte. 1. Has anyone been there?
Hope these comments help beachgoing hounds!