Rehoboth Beach food memories
I love the tone of this guest post from Dave, one of the readers who responded to my request for beach memories or recommendations in honor of Beach Week. I like it because I think of Rehoboth as full of chic, trendy, very unbeachy restaurants. He remembers when it wasn't. Here's Dave. EL
I have fond memories of traveling the Rehoboth Beach for summer vacations. When I was young (single digits) we would rent a house with my aunt and uncle and stay a week. Food-wise, we ate in, but would get sticky buns for breakfast at a bakery on the shore side of the canal. ...
Of course, there was always Kohr’s Bros. Soft Serve (my aunt and uncle's preference) and Mack’s Ice Cream (my parents' preference), caramel popcorn from Dolle’s and Candy Kitchen Salt Water Taffy.
Eating out at the beach didn’t start until I was in double digits and we stopped renting houses for a week. We would stay at one of the motels in town. Breakfast was at a place I thought was called Best Breakfast in Town, but was actually the Squire's Pub. They had a passable breakfast, pictures of the great nor’easter and Bloody Marys which could be doctored with innumerable hot sauces (or so it seemed). Eventually we found the Sunrise Diner in Dewey after the Squire's Pub closed and we tired of McDonald's.
But who cares about breakfast? Lunch and dinner are more important meals. So much so that we always ate them late, lunch about 2 p.m., dinner around 8 p.m. This was done to beat the crowds.
The only time we would eat early is when we took my great aunt and great uncle to dinner. We would be early birds at Harbor Lights, located south of the Indian River inlet. My dinner of choice was crab imperial served in a scallop shell. Harbor Lights is now a bunch of condos. I never did know what happened to it.
Other favorites were Louie’s on Rehoboth Avenue for subs and pizza; Nicola Pizza on First Street between Rehoboth Avenue and Baltimore Street, for Nic-a-boli’s and salad; Jake’s at the corner of Baltimore Street and First Street back when it only took up one or two storefronts (now it takes up the whole building) for sandwiches.There were other places for sure, but I can’t remember them. Some only lasted a season or two, some longer.
(Kim Hairston/Sun photographer)