Photo via RehobothFoodie.com
The beach area’s gastronomy is so well known that Southern Delaware Tourism, the area’s CVB, has copyrighted the term “Culinary Coast” to sing its praises. But in the past, the area’s restaurant week was limited to downtown Rehoboth. No longer. From Sunday, June 4 to Friday, June 9, diners can savor deals in all the resort towns during Coastal Delaware Restaurant Week.
“This is a big deal; we had about 60 restaurants signed up a week before the event with more coming on board,” says Bob Yesbek of RehobothFoodie.com, which along with Cape Gazette and Jack Lingo Realtor is an event sponsor.
Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe menus priced at $25, $35 or $45, depending on the establishment’s usual price point. The list spans a wide range of concepts, from casual to upscale and from Asian to Mexican to Italian.
The website, restaurantweekde.com, allows users to search by area to find a list of restaurants close to home, your vacation cottage or your hotel. The website also shows the prix fixe menu, if it’s available, for each location.
NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View, for instance, is offering a $25 prix fixe menu with a choice of two appetizers (spring spinach salad or fried Chesapeake blue catfish bits), two entrees (shrimp fra diavolo or steak frites) and two desserts (chocolate cake with warm chocolate sauce and whipped cream or berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream).
Eden in Rehoboth Beach’s three-course menu includes a choice of four entrees, ranging from local crab-stuffed fluke to a pan-seared New York strip steak. Some restaurants are doing lunch and dinner. The Back Porch will offer most of its usual menu during restaurant week as part of the $45 prix fixe.
Why has the promotion spilled over into towns outside of Rehoboth Beach? For one, Rehoboth Beach Main Street, which started restaurant week, is in transition now that the city no longer funds it.
For another, businesses outside the city limits wanted to take part in the popular campaign, which gives locals and visitors a chance to dine for less before the kids are out of school and the season hits its stride.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth.
For more information, visit restaurantweekde.com.