Lewes: Dining on the outskirts
A few weeks ago I wrote about all the dining opportunities in downtown Lewes. It wasn't long before the villagers showed up at my cubicle with pitchforks and torches: "What about the Lewes restaurants that are not downtown!?" they shrieked. As a preemptive strike against itchy email trigger fingers (you know who you are!), this week I am pleased to spotlight Lewes restaurants that are not located downtown. Get your scissors ready: This is Part 2 of the collectible two-part series, so I trust that you will treasure it forever.
The Villages of Five Points is home to SoDel Concepts' Fish On. Happy hour with its special menu and prices is certainly the place to see and be seen up near Coastal Highway. Just around the corner is the always reliable Arena's Café – get the California Club Dude (it's a sandwich, ladies) and the nachos. The perpetually festive Greene Turtle combines bar grub with live entertainment and nightly specials. Don't trek downtown for Italian sweets; Touch of Italy Bakery has it all, and the bread (and hand-pulled mozzarella) couldn't be fresher.
Right next door to Delaware's own Kick n' Chicken is Mara dePace's Villa Sorrento. Foodie picks include the chopped antipasto salad, the veal marsala and the stuffed shells. Beware: Classically trained Mara bursts into song without warning. Diagonally across the street is The Langer Family's delightful (and very pink) Kaisy's Delights. Get the cold-brew coffee and a warm kaiserschmarrn (look it up!). A few blocks toward Lewes Beach is the under-new-ownership Honey's Farm Fresh. Petru Cornescu and Co. of Pete's Steak Shop have kicked up the breakfast/lunch quality there. Slightly west on Coastal Highway is the bustling Surf Bagel. Get the Taylor Ham, egg & cheese. A few pennies extra for two slices of pork roll make all the difference. Just a few steps to the southeast is Alex Kotanides' Pat's Pizza. If you like lots of cheese on a tall, yeasty crust, then the square Greek Pizza is for you. They still have the thinner, crispier and rounder version for the nonbelievers.
I got as far as the new Harvest Tide steakhouse in the last column, but continue toward the bay and you'll discover Lewes' landmark Dairy Queen and their perky neighbor, 2 Dips. A sunset stroll on Lewes Beach with a cone slowly melting over your hand will cure whatever ails ya'.
Kings Highway has become beer central with Crooked Hammock and Big Oyster breweries. Both have a full menu and consistently good brews. The wood-fired deliciousness of Mr. P's Pizzeria is bookended to the left by Hing Wang Chinese carryout and to the right (sort of...) by Leisa Berlin's eclectic Station on Kings. Is it a cute shabby chic retail? Is it a sandwich shop? A wine bar? Try it and decide for yourself.
If you're in Lewes, eat! It's good for ya'.