Andy's favorite beach eats
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.
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