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10 Extraordinary Brunches to Try at the Beach

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There’s something about the beach that stimulates the taste buds more than usual on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Perhaps that’s because so many places offer brunch. But why settle for plain old bacon and eggs when you can enjoy a dish that’s decidedly left of center? Here are some places that will probably surprise you.

 

1. Surf Bagel

You’ll find the usual plain, wheat and blueberry flavors at Surf Bagel, which has a newer Midway Shopping Center location in addition to the original site near Five Points. Go rogue with the “beggy,” an egg bagel baked with flecks of bacon. Add an egg and Taylor ham (baby boomers know it as Taylor pork roll) for an extra-indulgent way to start the day. 

 

2. Arena’s Deli

Carnivores crave the “Porker,” made with eggs, bacon, sausage, American cheese and tater tots, all bundled in a wrap. There are also locations in Milford, Lewes and Rehoboth.

 

3. Crust & Craft

The restaurant, located in the Midway area on Route 1, holds a Brunch Club on the last Sunday of every month, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each event features a brewery, a DJ (typically DJ Zip) and a bevy of owner Brenton Wallace’s buck-the-norm dishes. A recent menu featured a sticky bun “croque madame” with house-made brioche, maple sausage, braised “Brenton’s bacon,” Mornay sauce and a sunny-side-up duck egg.

 

4. Jimmy’s Grille

This eatery offers the staples, but when it comes to sticky buns and cinnamon rolls, the difference is in the size. Get a big tray of homemade sticky buns or one of the jumbo cinnamon rolls.

 

5. Egg

Sriracha bacon candy will perk up your palate at Egg, the charming restaurant near the circle in Rehoboth Beach. (The bacon is also a garnish on the Bloody Mary.) Follow that up with “Uncle Charlie,” scrambled eggs topped with sautéed chicken livers, bacon and shallots.

 

6. Café Azafran

This Rehoboth Beach restaurant has a Mediterranean flair that’s evident on its breakfast menu, where the meats include chorizo and the cheeses include Manchego. Try the breakfast burrito, made with beef short rib, white beans, saffron rice, a blend of cheeses, eggs, salsa and sour cream.

 

7. Victoria’s

Located in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel right on the beach, Victoria’s is known for its breakfast, including Sunday brunch. Although dressed in Victoriana, the menu has an exotic streak. Consider a ranchero frittata with chorizo, bell peppers, salsa and queso fresco—or the Asian breakfast burrito with Asian sausage, green onions, eggs, potatoes and a miso-chile drizzle.

 

8. The Starboard

If you want to throw your diet to the wind, this is the place to do it. Consider an omelet made with bacon, ham, sausage, Swiss and American cheeses, chopped onions and green peppers—all smothered in hollandaise sauce.

 

9. Sunshine Crepes

Go sweet or savory at this Bethany Beach restaurant, where you can fill your crepe with strawberry, bananas and Nutella—or egg, bacon, tomato, fresh basil and mozzarella.

 

10. DiFebo’s

In Bethany Beach, the original location offers an Italian-style breakfast with such dishes as two eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce, onion and red pepper sauce with Italian bread.

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