Just got back from our annual two week vacation in Rehoboth. Had some great weather…most days were sunny and the humidity wasn’t bad at all. Only had one rainy day and a one night of a bad storm that left us on Rehoboth Ave with flooding roads. Had some nice nights out at some of the great places in Rehoboth for dinner.
Summerhouse- Went here on Wed. night for their BBQ night. Overall…it was very, very good. I got the pick 2 out of 3 BBQ special and got the BBQ ribs and BBQ pulled pork along with creamed spinach and fries. The ribs had little to no fat on them and the pulled pork had a nice taste with a great dipping sauce. The creamed spinach was outstanding. Grade: A+
Annabella’s- This is an Italian restaurant located in Lewes. When you first walk in you think it is fine dining but the prices are reasonable. Got the Chicken Parm and it was tasty and a nice size portion. I was surprised the meals didn’t come with a salad, although the bread they offered with the dip was something different and a nice change. But I definitely thought they should include a salad with the meal. Also, we weren’t happy with the waitress. The restaurant was only a quarter full but we had to wait a long time for her to come around to our table and then a long wait for something we had asked for. A gentleman who looked like he might have been the owner was running around at the end of our meal just trying to help her catch up with everything. With all of the great choices in the area, I don’t think we will try Annabella’s again.
La Dolce Vita- This is also an Italian restaurant located on Long Neck Rd. in Millsboro. We wanted to try this place because I heard it was once a great place called Villa Rosa and it had different owners but followed in Villa Rosa’s footsteps. Also saw in the Beachcomber they offered a special Sunday- Thursday from 3:30-6 for $10 meals which included bread, salad and entrée. We took advantage of the special, but the prices outside the $10 deals were reasonable. I had the Chicken Parm again and my wife had the Chicken Alfredo. My meal was good and her meal was outstanding. The salads were on the small side but the bread was fresh baked and had good dipping oil. I’m not sure if it is a locals place or if anyone knows about this place yet, as there was only one other couple in the place, but if you want a good Italian meal go to La Dolce Vita.
Big Fish Grill- Located on Route 1 in Rehoboth, very easy to get to. One thing I remember about this place is no matter how long the waiting line they still get you in as quickly as possible. I got the Big Shrimp Pasta…with very large shrimp in pasta with white wine sauce, artichoke tomatoes and different spices (asked for no pine nuts). It was a nice dish with different flavors. Unfortunately, I found two hairs in the food. I don’t like to cause problems and I hate to send food back because god knows what they do to the food before you get it back, and I didn’t find the food towards the end of the meal. But I did mention to the waitress about the hairs, jokingly saying one of their cooks might have a hair loss problem. Next thing I know the manager is at the table, apologizing and offering a complimentary dessert. You hear the stories on here about how a customer complains and the wait staff does nothing….not at Big Fish. I appreciate the manager coming to me directly and quelling the issue. Another issue I had was with my drink. I ordered an iced tea and was starting my meal when I needed a refill. I asked the waitress twice for a refill. The 2nd time she said they were brewing more. I didn’t have a drink my whole meal and I saw tea in the clear machine at one point.
Mariachi’s- Last time we were in Rehoboth we went to Dos Locos and, for the second time, was very unsatisfied with the food and service. We saw the reviews of Mariachi’s on TA and Yelp and decided to give them a try. We will never go to another Mexican restaurant in Lower Delaware. Mariachi’s is out of this world good. The salsa and chips were complimentary (as they should be) and the salsa looked and tasted like it was homemade. I got the Beef & Shrimp Fajitas and there was so much flavor and freshness. My wife got the enchiladas and said they were the best she ever had. She also got a Peach Margarita that was very, very good. We made reservations, but they weren’t needed as the restaurant at 6 pm (peak time) was only half full. Not sure why everyone isn’t lining up at the doors for this place. We sat on the 2nd floor, outside, overlooking Wilmington Ave. Our server was on the ball and was there whenever needed. I believe the owner’s wife was also going from table to table to make sure everything was ok. Mariachi’s is a must-go when we are in Rehoboth again.
Arena’s- We went to Arena’s breakfast at Route 1 (next to Big Fish Grill) on Sunday 2 times. They offer breakfast sandwiches, which looked big and tasty, but got the breakfast buffet. Not much on the buffet but I’ll take quality over quantity any day. They had sausage patties, bacon, eggs, cheesy eggs, potatoes, tater tots, biscuits, sausage gravy and mixed fruit. They also make omelettes as you wait and they were very good. The seating is tight inside but they do have outdoor seating. We also went to Arena’s in Lewes for lunch because dad heard they had been voted Best Nachos in the area. Their nachos were pretty good, not the best I ever had.
During our vacation, we also had a chance to try some other things. Lingo’s Market, just off Rehoboth Ave, is a very popular place in Rehoboth every morning with the locals. They have baked fresh goodies there every morning, from croissants to bagels and Danish’s to muffins. Their chocolate croissant, although I am sure very fattening, is unbelievable. Also got a chance to try Royal Treat twice for dessert. We got their “non-traditional” banana split, where you got to choose any 3 scoops of ice cream and any 3 toppings….and their 3 scoops is actually about 6 scoops. Just Hershey’s ice cream but you can’t beat a banana split with your own choices for just $6!! Not food related, but Funland is an outstanding bargain and a great family place. Bought the 90 tickets for $20 for my 2 year old son and we only went through half the tickets in the two weeks we were there. The little kids rides are 1 or 2 tickets and are the same rides I was on 25 years ago. He had a blast and I hope Funland is still there when my son has kids.