What's new on the Delaware shore

  • Just Hooked restaurant in Fenwick Island opened last May, but has already won over many fans.
Just Hooked restaurant in Fenwick Island opened last May, but… (Amy Rice for Just Hooked )
May 22, 2012|By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Every year, new restaurants, stores and other attractions pop up on the Delaware shore. This year is no exception. The list below is a sampling of some of the more interesting places that have recently opened their doors, as wel as some beach standbys.

Rehoboth Beach

What's new

Little Egg Harbor Soap, 129 Rehoboth Ave., lehsoap.com. This is the third location and the first in Delaware for the New Jersey-based fancy-soap retailer, founded in 1997. The shop sells blocks of house-made soaps in attractive colors and scents, as well as sugar scrubs, lip balms and lotions, all made with all-natural, nonanimal ingredients.

Fusion Fitness Apparel, 149 Rehoboth Ave., fusionfitnessapparel.com. In March, Ellen and Jim Bradford opened this store selling fitness apparel and accessories for men and women, including items for running, cycling, golf, tennis and yoga.

Rehoboth Beach Power Yoga, 18977 Munchy Branch Road #5, rehobothbeachpoweryoga.com. Owner Jamie Woods says power yoga is a "great workout" that combines cardio, strength and flexibility benefits. His new Rehoboth Beach studio offers classes every day of the week and for all levels.

Joss II, 19470 Coastal Highway Unit 5. Looking for gifts, house decorations or just something cheerful? Follow the sign with the yellow sun to Joss II, opened in 2011 by employees of the original Joss store, which was at the corner of First Street and Baltimore Avenue until it closed in 2000.

Root Gourmet, 19724 Coastal Highway. The management team behind Nage Restaurant is opening a deli next door. Root Gourmet is using fresh, local ingredients for its soups, salads and sandwiches. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free snacks and meals are on the menu.

What's tried and true

Funland, funlandrehoboth.orbs.com, 302-227-1921. Owned by the Fasnacht family since 1962, this amusement park right on the boardwalk retains an old-fashioned charm. Funland has grown over the years, but not by much. In addition to arcade and midway games, it now has 18 rides, including a carousel, bumper cars, a haunted mansion and SuperFlip, installed in 2008, which is just as stomach-churning as it sounds.

Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave., 302-226-2739, dogfish.com. Local brewer Dogfish Head opened its first brewpub — and the first in Delaware — in Rehoboth Beach in 1995. With great food, excellent beers and spirits made on-site and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, this restaurant and bar is a must-visit even for people (if there are any out there) who are not fans of the brewery's excellent IPAs. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights adds to the appeal.

The Bandstand on Rehoboth Avenue, rehobothbandstand.com, 302-644-2288. This has been the site of free summertime entertainment since 1963. More than 50 bands perform each year, and if that's not enough, there are also movies and variety shows. Concerts start at 8 p.m.

Bethany Beach

What's new

Turquoise Restaurant & Bar, 116 Market Place. Greek and American fare made from scratch and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also offering entertainment at its new bar, including live music, belly-dancing and karaoke nights.

Thrasher's French Fries, Garfield Parkway, thrashersfrenchfries.com. The famous Ocean City french fries, greasily, saltily addictive since 1929, are now available on the Delaware shore.

What's tried and true

The Blue Crab, 210 Garfield Parkway, 302-537-4700. A local landmark since the mid-1990s, this restaurant serves steamed crabs and crab cakes, of course, but also entrees like fried shrimp and baby back ribs. Blue Crab is also known for its "all you care to eat" feasts with shrimp, blue crab or both.

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, http://www.bethany-fenwick.org. Held every year on the Saturday after Labor Day, this event brings more than 100 artists together for an outdoor festival on the Bethany boardwalk and surrounding streets. The artists, selected by jury, are both local and national, and work in a variety of mediums. The event is free and open to the public.

Dewey Beach

What's new

Whiskey Beach BBQ & Saloon, 1306 Coastal Highway, 302-227-3119. This restaurant serving down-home favorites like fried chicken and barbecued brisket opened in March. Warm up your pipes for karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights, and test your skills with Thursday night shuffleboard.

What's tried and true

The Starboard, 2009 Highway One, 302-227-4600, thestarboard.com. This is the go-to place in Dewey for a night of fun. Though specialty drinks are the focus, there is food, too: a filling breakfast for the next morning, a lunch menu of soups, salads, appetizers and specialty drinks, and a late-night menu of wings, nachos and the like.

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