The new: Let the good times roll at Cypress Bar & Grill (37 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 260-9156), a slice of New Orleans, which opened this summer in a space old-timers remember as Yum-Yum. The property still sports the largest outdoor courtyard in town, where sandy feet and sandy paws are welcome. (Owner Ken Heaps is also spearheading Mallory Square Fish House, planned for the old La La Land space.)
The tried-and-true: While living in Destin, Fla., Amy and Lee Stewart became enamored of Creole and Cajun cuisine. “It’s fun,” Amy says. So they brought a little fun to Milton, where they now live. Po’ Boys Creole & Fresh Catch (900 Palmer St., 684-8090, poboyscreole.com) has all the faves: étouffée, red beans and rice, jambalaya and, of course, po’ boys, typically meat or seafood—usually fried—served on a baguette. “It’s very, very traditional,” Stewart says. “We’ve had customers tell us that it’s even better than in New Orleans.”
Patsy Rankin, owner of Patsy’s (121 Campbell Place, Bethany Beach, 537-2433, patsysgourmet.com) describes her eatery as “a seafood restaurant with Southern flair and Key West-inspired cuisine.” Her fried chicken, available only on Sundays during summer, is inspired by her mother’s recipe.