Coastal Cuisine Spotlight: Michy’s Relaxed Dining, Rehoboth Beach
When you walk into a restaurant that uses the word “relaxed” in the name, you can expect a certain vibe – easygoing, fun, cozy, welcoming. That’s exactly what you’ll feel when you walk into Michy’s Relaxed Dining - located right off Route 1 at 19287 Miller Road, #17 (nestled in between the Weis Market and GNC) in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Now entering their fifth year of operation, Michy’s has excelled in offering diners an easy going, chilled-out atmosphere with exceptional cuisine known for a South Floridan/Caribbean culinary flair.
When you first enter the space, you realize that you’re in for something unique and different from the status quo of corporate backed restaurants.
The main dining area features sky blue walls adorned with large, colorful abstract paintings, and a friendly staff that seems genuinely interested in helping you enjoy your dining experience.
To the left, the cozy bar area (Michy’s is known for their excellent happy hour) is inviting and welcoming. A unique feature is the large screen television behind smoky glass over the bar. While there’s nothing new about a television behind a bar by any means – when was the last time you saw one where the channel was permanently set to Turner Classic Movies on mute with closed captioning? Yep – no in your face breaking news or sport tournament with rowdy fans screaming at the screen here. This is a place to step back from the hectic daily grind and get your groove back in gear.
Co-owned by the husband and wife team of Richard and Michelle Davis (Michy is Michelle’s nickname), the pair keep things running smoothly – Michelle runs the front of the house and Richard the kitchen. They specialize in Caribbean-style seafood dishes and contemporary American fare influenced by their stay in South Florida several years ago.
In this episode of Coastal Cuisine, Host Michael Sprouse joins Chef Richard Davis on camera for a wide array of delicious appetizers and entrees as well as a tasty and trés distinctive cocktail – the Michy’s Violet Margarita complete with a curried salt/sugar rim.
Michy’s Firecracker Shrimp appetizer features a hefty pile of tempura-battered fresh shrimp coated in sriracha mayo, scallions, crushed peanuts, and lime. The Tuna Poke, another popular dish, features a mouth-watering combination of fresh diced raw tuna topped off with micro-greens, scallions and roasted macadamia nuts all served in a coconut shell. You can’t much more tropical than that.
But not all Michy’s fare is steeped in the taste of warmer climes, there are new specials featuring contemporary American fare that appear on the menu each day such as the incredibly delicious all natural, bone-in pork chop served with curried cauliflower, basmati rice and a pear, basil, bourbon chutney that will have you thinking you’ve just made your way to Nirvana with a fork.
Richard, who trained as a chef in his native U.K., is quick to mention that he honed his culinary skills in the “melting pot” of flavors that were prevalent in South Florida. When Richard and Michelle made the decision to move back to coastal Delaware (Michelle is a Delaware native and Richard served as the head chef of the now defunct La La Land more than 25 years ago), they knew that combining the best of both culinary influences was an important goal and the duo have succeeded beautifully since opening in May of 2014.
Host Michael Sprouse says that he has been a fan of Michy’s practically since they first opened their doors. “I say on camera at the end of the episode that Michy’s is one of my personal favorite restaurants on DelMarVa and I meant it. I’ve never had an unpleasant experience there and it’s a fantastic place to drink and dine whether for a special occasion or just when you want to chill with good friends or someone special,” he said.
For more on Michy’s Relaxed Dining including menus and hours of operation (reservations recommended) visit them online at www.michysrelaxeddining.com.
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