Rundown on Rehoboth

September was hard. The fall semester at a university doesn’t really leave much room for life, much less blogging. The good news is .. I have a lot to write about.

In early September we celebrated two family birthdays and headed to Rehoboth Beach, DE. This was my first time in town and I was not disappointed.

For sleeping:
Brighton Suites suited our group of three pretty well. It’s situated on Wilmington Avenue two blocks from the beach. We had two bedroom suite with a kitchenette that came in handy for brewing morning coffee and refrigerating bottled water. One of the best parts about the place was the beach gear. Guests have access to towels, beach chairs and umbrellas as part of their stay. Bikes were not available at the time of our stay (post-Labor Day). For more comments and a view of the place, check out my review on Hotel Confidential:

For eating:
Fin’s Fish House & Raw Bar – 243 Rehoboth Avenue – Great atmosphere and delicious dinners. I couldn’t pass up the shellfish pasta with shrimp, crab and scallops, spinach and sundried tomatoes. Can you blame me? Additional gold star for stellar fish and chips, a favorite of my dad’s.
Royal Treat Breakfast & Ice Cream – 4 Wilmington Avenue – One of the more famous locations to eat in Rehoboth, breakfast was delicious. Be prepared for beach prices, no matter what time of year.
Dave & Skippy’s – 1 Wilmington Avenue – This was our favorite for service, food and atmosphere. A small cafe with tables stamped with vintage postcards, the breakfast was outstanding. We all enjoyed the bagel sandwiches and the breakfast wraps get two thumbs up.
Arena’s Deli – 149 Rehoboth Avenue – On our last day in town it rained enough to drive us off of the beach and into town for outlet shopping. We avoided the chains and Googled around until we found Arena’s. What a good find! Maryland Crab Soup hit the spot and the salads and sandwiches were extremely generous. Great pub with outdoor seating.
Louie’s Pizza – 11 Rehoboth Avenue – We wandered into Louie’s with sandy feet and bathing suits, hungry from all that beach lounging. The chicken cheesesteak grinder was out of this world and the portions for every dish were gigantic.
Gus & Gus – 15 S Boardwalk – Expensively simple burgers that come from a grill you know has been greased up for decades. Maybe that’s why they taste so good?

I could do without Grotto Pizza (sorry, blasphemy) and Sammy’s Kitchen. Both were underwhelming and Sammy’s was wildly overpriced for diner fare. We also detoured to The Greene Turtle chain (many shops were closed between lunch and dinner and it was 3 p.m.), and sadly had a very poor showing from The Bake Shoppe up Rehoboth Avenue. If I don’t finish a pastry, you know something is wrong!

For snacking:
Kilwin’s – 140 Rehoboth Avenue – With a reputation for hand paddled fudge, Kilwin’s is a great spot for a snack or a souvenir to take home. If it gets that far, that is.
Thrasher’s Fries – 3 locations – A beach staple, these fries are the perfect snack on the beach. Lots of vinegar and salt and zero calories (!)
Kohr Brothers Custard – 3 locations – This chain is sprinkled up and down the East Coast (DE, MD, NJ, VA, FL) and rightfully so. Delicious soft serve.
The Ice Cream Store – Rehoboth Avenue & Boardwalk – see the photos below for an understanding of just how hard it is to make a decision on your ice cream at this storefront on the boardwalk.

All in all, Rehoboth Beach was exactly what we wanted and needed. A quiet, chill town with easy access to the ocean and plenty of boardwalk to walk. See you next year, Rehoboth!


4 thoughts on “Rundown on Rehoboth

  1. Chains are against my religion but when you’re stuck in that weird hour between lunch & dinner and it’s off season, the A/C pumping out of the Greene Turtle is hard to ignore.


  2. Guess you had eaten too much this trip to appreciate the Bake Shoppe. We had amazing pastries, a delicious birthday cake and finished our special weekend with a crowd pleasing red velvet wedding cake that our florist and wedding planner detailed with themed flowers. Better luck next time, we will never skip a visit back to the “shoppe”


    • I’m glad your experience was a good one! Our stale pastries were a bummer after such beautiful display cases. Will give them another go the next time we’re in town.


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