With its eclectic menu of imported wines and tapas meant to be shared, it’s not a stretch to call Cafe Azafran a destination for those who enjoy socializing over dinner and drinks. Perhaps that’s why downstate readers of Delaware Today voted the spot best tapas restaurant and best Mediterranean restaurant in 2012, even though it’s located nowhere near the Mediterranean. The café boasts two locations: one in Lewes, and the other just a block away from the Rehoboth boardwalk. At both eateries, chefs prepare plates of calamari, grilled veal sausage with white beans, seafood bouillabaisse in shellfish broth, paella, and more; café drinks and imported wines, and other tapas that can be passed around tables. To boot, the Rehoboth location also serves substantial dinner plates such as grilled new york strip steaks with blue-cheese butter, as well as seafood bouillabaisse in shellfish broth.
During the day, the eatery’s baristas brew café drinks from a full espresso bar that includes hot coffee, spanish hot chocolate, organic yerba mate, and herbal teas from Xanadu. In the warmer months, outdoor patios host sunlit dining, where chef Rich Steele heads to sizzle scallops, chorizo, and other savory morsels in a 32-inch paella pan big enough to be the chrome rims on a clown car.
Under the watchful eye of owners Jose Perez and Yolanda Pineda, Mariachi Restaurant's culinary team builds homemade Mexican, Spanish, and Latin American cuisine from a catalogue of authentic and fusion-based recipes. The hearty dishes run the gamut from grilled chicken breast resting atop homemade durango sauce to charcoal-broiled pork marinated with imported Mayan spices that singe the true date of the apocalypse into the meat. Barkeeps man the restaurant's two watering holes, keeping fine wines and spirits flowing as feasts unfold in a dining room ornamented with white linens and paintings on the wall. Mariachis amble through semiprivate dining rooms to enliven soirees, and on the second-floor outdoor patio, guest sup alfresco overlooking the beach and boardwalk below.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers? exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location?s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
At Nage?s cozy dining room and wine bar, guests share small plates of truffle mac-n-cheese, mussels, and ricotta gnocchi paired with glasses of wine or specialty cocktails. The chefs use seasonal, local, and organic ingredients in their tapas and entr?es, such as sirloin steak frites and Chesapeake crab cakes, making popular modern dishes with a tip of the hat to tradition. Exposed brick walls, low-hanging lights, and a chalkboard specials menu set the scene. Nage features live acoustic music every Friday night, as well as weekly wine tastings and ladies? nights on Wednesdays.
We are a locally woman owned business. We pride ourselves in the fact that we use fresh local ingredients and make everything from scratch. Our secret motto is "World Domination Through Gelato" and we are realizing that dream one taste at a time!
At Surf Bagel, the storefront's brothers and surfing aficionados Dave and Tom Vitella boil, season, and bake their award-winning bagels daily in a beach-themed shop. The varieties of dough-circles range from classic salt, onion, and cinnamon raisin to egg, whole-wheat everything, and seasonal flavors. Let bagels ride atop a sweet wave of strawberry and raisin-apple-cinnamon cream cheese, or send savory wheat wheels on a slip-and-slide through garlic-and-herb cream cheese. The bagel boutique also brews Green Mountain coffee, blends fruit smoothies, teaches how to grow cheeses to harvest their steaks, and serves a variety of other goodies. Surf Bagel hosts surf camps and other fundraisers.