Summer is here, finally! July 4 always feels like the official kick-off to the season. Locals are in our summer groove, visiting our favorite Farmer's Markets and just as excited as visitors to get back to our favorite restaurants.
Visitors to coastal Delaware return to nostalgic favorites that really make summer complete (think Grotto's, Nicola's, Louie's, Striper Bites, Irish Eyes...); the list is endless and we could never capture them all. But luckily for both locals and visitors, we have an expanding list of restaurants to add to our rotation.
Find your new favorite!
And feel free to tell us what we've missed! You can get a 'live' glimpse at a lot of these great venues on Coastal Cusine, of which The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is a sponsor.
You can't make a list like this without another restaurant opening the moment it's published!
Agave - Popular and busy Mexican restaurant on Second Street in Lewes has expanded!
Big Chill Beach Club at Indian River Inlet - Deserving of its own article, this epic new venue is ON the beach at Delaware Seashore State Park. Don't miss sunset.
Blue Coast - SoDel Concepts brings the popular Bethany Beach concept to Rehoboth Beach - adjacent to another new offering, Fresh Market - serving fresh, beautifully prepared seafood. Just opened!
Blue Hen - Brand new offering in-town Rehoboth on Wilmington Avenue from the Henlopen City Oyster House owners. Getting rave reviews!
Dogfish Head Brew Pub - (and its next-door neighbor Chesapeake & Maine) have transformed northern Rehoboth Avenue into a world-class dining and live music destination. Its founder, Sam, is now a prestigious James Beard Award Winner, too! Gorgeous design.
Egg - Enjoy fresh, delicious, homemade fare - even a burger for breakfast! Located on Rehoboth Avenue as you head into town (formerly McQuay's market).
Fork & Flask at Nage - Popular Nage is reinvented and refreshed in this on-trend venue with a focus on local ingredients, great food, even greater company, and signature cocktails.
Gilligan's - Beautiful, classic waterfront dining in Lewes has a fresh vibe and gorgeous renovation. Best seat in Lewes on the canal!
Heirloom - Fabulous house-made specialties, just celebrated one-year anniversary with a brand new patio!
Indigo - "Finally!" is the reaction of many locals to authentic Indian cuisine on Rehoboth Avenue (check out Coastal Cuisine's visit!)
Kaisey's Delights - Popular sweet treats, breakfast sandwiches and coffee from Rehoboth fame are now open at Wescoats Corner in Lewes - with a drive-thru!
Lefty's Alley & Eats - WOW. Brand new entertainment center delivers bowling, arcade, laser tag - and award-winning dining! Not your grandpa's bowling alley!
La Fable - Lovely French cafe newly opened on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth.
Olive & Oats - Azafran is back in Downtown Lewes! Taking over the space behind King's Ice Cream, the charming space is now home to coffees, baked oatmeal, lunch salads and other cafe fare.
Pig & Publican - Great new addition on Lewes Beach! They opened this winter with a fun bar and great food!
Rosenfeld's Jewish Deli - The popular OC deli go-to is now open in a brand new building on Route 1, across from a brand new Royal Farms, too! Authentic corned beef, knishes, salads, desserts, and more!
Starbucks DRIVE-THRU! (and at Acme now, too) - self-explanatory, especially if you have kids in the car and just need your coffee!
The Vineyard Wine Bar - Brand new offering on Wilmington Avenue (formerly Espuma). Owners opened one in Havre de Grace, MD and decided to bring one to their favorite vacation destination!
Twice Baked - Dewey bakery adds another location in former Route 1 Starbucks location, next to Grandpa Mac, and aptly names it "Twice Baked!"
Waves Car Wash in Lewes - Lewes got its own car wash, and the customer service is awesome. It's not a restaurant, but worth the mention!
And if you need to work off sampling all of these new dining options:
Built - now you can get even more 'built' with Joy's Spin classes at the Five Points location!
RISE - new location on Route 1, formerly in Lewes: RISE transformed the warehouse by the Rehoboth Fire Station into an indoor fitness paradise - complete with rock wall!
SeaCycle - Popular SeaBarre Fitness added a separate cycling studio to feel even more burn!
Stay tuned...Coming in the Fall:
- Fin's Big Oyster Brewery (across from Mr. P's)
- Station on Kings
- Iron Hill Brewery
- ... many more!