The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s a perk when it comes to coastal dining. Along with a bevy of debuts, there are plenty of established restaurants, giving diners a range of choices. Here is the latest in the series: a few of the newbies, along with some grand dames of dining.
Bangkok Thai Cuisine is the sister restaurant of the one in Dover. The menu is similar, featuring pad Thai, curries, satays and dishes with a choice of chicken, tofu, pork, beef, seafood or vegetables. (17644 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, 644-2223)
Tried-and-true: Confucius has been satiating the craving for Chinese food since it opened in 2004. Owned by Shawn and Danielle Xiong, the restaurant is famous for Sunday buffets and a mix of Americanized dishes and house specialties. (57 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3848, www.confuciusrehobothbeach.com)
Lily Thai Cuisine is another safe bet, and it’s a favorite of many area vegetarians. (10 N. First St., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3348)
Lewes Diner, which opened in the old Annabella’s Italian Restaurant and Bakery, has ties to the Oak Orchard Diner. Expect all the favorites: club sandwiches, wraps, melts, Italian dishes, fried seafood and, of course, roast turkey with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. There’s a full bar and banquet room. (1201 Savannah Road, Lewes, 313-5475, www.lewesdiner.com)
Goolee’s Grille isn’t a diner per se, but, like a diner, it’s known for breakfast. The restaurant last fall moved from Ocean City to Corner Grille’s old spot. Creamed chipped beef over Texas toast, pancakes and stuffed French toast with a strawberry filling are specialties. (9 S. First St., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7653)
Tried-and-true: Open 24 hours, the Rehoboth Diner also packs its menu with all the favorites, from the breakfast combo (two eggs any style, two hot cakes or French toast, and two sausages or bacon strips) to Virginia baked ham with pineapple sauce. (19219 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-0908,