John Tekmen is quick to point out that he’s merely an employee of his wife’s year-old Semra’s Mediterranean Grill in Rehoboth Beach. And what a place to work. A longtime hotel owner and developer, Tekmen keeps Semra’s humming smoothly while Semra herself prepares delicious meals made with spices and other ingredients sent to her by family in Turkey. Diners will find gyros and kabobs of sublimely seasoned lamb and chicken, eastern Mediterranean staples such as falafel, and traditional desserts such as homemade baklava and lokamades. “We do it the authentic way,” Tekmen says. “We make our own seasonings and salad dressings.” Even the yogurt in the tzatziki is homemade. Fans of the late Camel’s Hump—for years the only Mediterranean place in Southern Delaware—found Semra’s quickly. So have local vegetarians. New to Mediterranean? Start with the appetizer sampler. It’s the best of everything on one plate. (226-GYRO, semras.com)
Rehoboth Beach’s Semra’s Mediterranean Grill Celebrates First Year in Business
Semra and John Tekmen’s coastal eatery capitalizes on authentic fare with Greek, Turkish and other global influences.