For many years, I've passed on dining at Eden on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. The restaurant's menu always has intrigued me, but the formal, pretentious atmosphere kept me away. However, in September 2012, I was delighted to find that Eden's owners have converted the formal "Camel's Hump" next door to a casual alternative to Eden.
Visiting during happy hour on a Thursday evening, I sat at the small but welcoming bar. Two large screen TVs behind the bar were broadcasting live professional sporting events. For happy hour, Jam offers $2 off any beer or wine (glass) on the menu and half-priced "snacks" (essentially, appetizers and small plates). Foregoing the deals on snacks, I ordered for dinner two other items that also seemed reasonably priced: a salad of mixed greens ($8.00) and a side of "truffled mac & cheese" ($5.00), accompanied by a nice California Cabernet Sauvignon.
Both food items proved winners. The generously sized salad consisted of fresh mixed greens and chopped vegetables garnished by a flavorful but not overpowering vinaigrette dressing. The side of truffled mac & cheese qualified as a comfort food in which I'd only indulge while vacationing. Nicely textured pasta resembling tortellini was smothered in a decadently rich cream sauce. It was so satisfying that I did not mind running a couple extra miles the next morning to compensate.
I came away from Jam having only two complaints: bread service and wine glasses. I asked my server/bartender for some bread on which to munch with my salad. He expressed regret that the restaurant does not complement meals with bread. So I ordered a side of corn bread ($3.00). It consisted of two round, reasonably sized pieces that arrived undercooked and slightly greasy.
Jam's one of those restaurants that annoyingly has decided to serve wine not in stemmed glasses but in tumblers meant to hold juice with breakfast. I suppose the tumblers create the illusion of a larger than actual pour and probably clean more easily than wine glasses. But the tumblers cheapened the experience of a bistro serving upscale cuisine.
The absence of complementary bread and the inappropriate wine glasses, however, represented manageable annoyances. I'd recommend Jam Bistro to anyone seeking upscale cuisine served in a deliberately casual setting.
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