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June 19, 2009

Andy's favorite beach eats

LAssets.jpgI've felt bad about not having more hard and fast information for you for Beach Week. That's why I particularly appreciated this e-mail from Andy, who seems to know what he's talking about. EL

I've got a place in Bethany so I go down often but mostly eat around there.  I've got three recommendations for you that are "nice beach eats" -- they are not nostalgic like JR's Ribs, Dumser's Ice Cream, Thrasher's Fries; but they are really good restaurants no matter where you put them (i.e., they'd all succeed in Baltimore or any other city). ...

My favorite is Bluecoast.  It is directly on Route 1, just a half mile north of the Bethany Beach Totem Pole.  A great lobster grilled cheese (which unfortunately wasn't on the menu two weeks ago).  Truffled tater tots are a fun side dish.  My girl friend loves the baked crab cakes, which seem to always be a "daily special" -- usually served in a sweet corn bisque with mashed potatoes.  The Company SoDel Concepts also owns some other places which I hear good things about.  I've only been to Northeast, which is fine; but if you can only pick one, go to Bluecoast.
Another good spot is Nantuckets. The bar is more fun to sit in and order dinner than the boring older dining room.  It is in Fenwick Island and also directly on Route 1. They are known for their Rhode Island clam chowder that they ship nationally.
Finally, my only Maryland recommendation is Liquid Assets. Think the Wine Market (from Fed Hill/Locust Point).  It is on Route 1 and 94th Street in a strip center.  Really good small plates to snack on while grabbing drinks.  Their entrees are also very good.  The crowd is a little bit older (40s through 60s -- sorry!) but very lively at the bar. If the bar gets too crowded or noisy, they have a separate dining room off to the side in another room.

(Karl Merton Ferron/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 2:58 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Beach Eats


I almost took offense at the "older crowd -- 40s through 60s" comment, but saw that you were just warning those dull 20 or 30-somethings that we might be too crazy for 'em. Sounds like a fun place to try.

Hey Old Phil, I don't know how things were back in your day but when you put text in quotes it's supposed to be literally what the author wrote not a rewrite. Now get off my lawn,

About 30 years ago, apparently before Andy was born, we used to vacation in Bethany Beach. The folks we rented from steered us to a restaurant outside of town, possibly in Ocean View. All I remember about the location was driving west from the Bethany stop light/main intersection through dark roads and turning north somewhere. How's that for exact?

The restaurant was cavernously large, multi-level and open, and had lots of wood. More importantly, though, they served the best fried eggplant I've ever had. We used to eat there everytime we were "downy ocean," but it's been so long that I can't remember the name of the place to find out if it's still there. I'd love to share it with our daughter for her trips to OC.

Does anyone else remember this restaurant? Anyone?

So fire me, Mr. Editor

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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