Let’s take a quick tour of three restaurants in Sussex County, Delaware. The area includes the popular beach communities of Rehoboth, Lewes, Bethany, Fenwick, and Dewey.
The first two restaurants are in Rehoboth. We’ll begin at Chesapeake & Maine, located at 316 Rehoboth Ave. The name derives from the fact all the seafood offered is from those areas. It’s open seven days for lunch and dinner with a daily happy hour (4:00-6:00pm).
It is beach casual, open all year, and is owned by the Dogfish Head brewery folks. The restaurant does not take reservations. Signature items include the summer lobster risotto and the Maine dinner of lobster, clams, mussels, and crab.
Our next stop is the Fork + Flash, 19730 Coastal Highway. This restaurant is open seven days with dinner only Monday thru Friday. Saturday and Sunday a brunch is available 10:00am-1:00pm. Dinner service begins at 4:00pm.
The menu is divided into three categories: Cultivated (vegetarian), Caught (seafood, shellfish) and Raised (cattle and poultry). The menu will change weekly but when I was there the signature items were the classic Nage french onion soup, the classic Nage burger, hummus and the oysters asiago.
Fork + Flash takes reservations, has a bar, open kitchen, and entertainment Fridays. It opened in May and is owned by the Nage Restaurant, located next door.
Our last stop is the Crooked Hammock Brewery, 36707 Crooked Hammock Way, just off Route 1 in Lewes. Again beach casual and no reservations but the restaurant offers three TVs, an outdoor grill area with plenty of seating, live music nightly, and is open year round. It is open seven days for lunch and dinner. All beers are brewed on premise and you can watch the brew master at work. And yes, there are hammocks.