Spunky restaurant does it all right

RESTAURANT REVIEW

September 12, 1993|By Audrey Haar | Audrey Haar,Staff Writer

CHARLIE'S BAY SIDE

Where: Village of Fenwick, on Route 1, one block north of Route 54, Fenwick Island, Del., (302) 539-3526

Hours: Dinner served 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, to 11 p.m. weekends

D8 Credit cards: American Express, Master Card and Visa Charlie's Bay Side doesn't mind advertising its newness. A placard outside the restaurant openly proclaims: "Established in 1993." This confident admission is just one of many pleasant surprises for diners who try the spunky restaurant.

It's fun to go to someplace that doesn't take itself too seriously, and still manages to do everything right. For instance, "Too much grief & aggravation to the waiter" will cost $1, according to the menu. There's no charge for the relaxing atmosphere, however. We started our dinner with a wonderful order of Cajun popcorn shrimp ($4), that was breaded and fried and served with hot salsa.

Charlie's crab soup ($2.75) was tasty, too, with a moderate amount of crab in a beef-based broth loaded with carrots, potatoes, corn and peas.

My companion's entree, the bay side special ($17.75), turned out to be a mini seafood buffet with a crab cake, orange roughy,

shrimp and scallops that were cooked perfectly.

I had the Polynesian chicken ($13.50), which featured two large chicken fillets topped with a zesty citrus sauce and pineapple salsa. -- a nice blend of sweet and spicy flavors.

We treated ourselves to the brownie hot fudge sundae ($2.75) -- a rich, chewy brownie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and smothered in hot fudge.

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