Gus & Gus Place, Rehoboth Beach

Rating: ★★★★☆

IMG_6461.JPGGus & Gus Place is an old-fashioned boardwalk diner located 15 South Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, DE. We were nearly scared off by the classic, but faded and drab interior that had a number of flies, but we’re glad we stuck around for the food. This place provides excellent value and classic, basic and delicious boardwalk fare. I ordered the fried clams, which while nowhere near as good as the ones from my favorite spot on Long Island (Bigelow’s Seafood), were a solid deal at $7.70. My friend’s shrimp platter was a similar price. Another friend really enjoyed his fried chicken, and the burgers, which range from $3 to $5.50, are a steal, if a little on the small side. The best looking item at our table was the soft shell crab sandwich, which was also a great deal at $9.75. Be aware, however, that it is cash only (they have an ATM, though) and they don’t do separate checks. That said, this is a very solid and cost-effective spot to grab delicious beach fare in an authentic, classic spot- it sure beats the concession stands that I grew up with at Jones Beach, NY.

Zogg’s Raw Bar and Grill, Rehoboth Beach

Rating: ★★★★★

IMG_6466Zogg’s Raw Bar and Grill is a restaurant and tiki bar located at 1 Wilmington Ave in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Rehoboth Beach is one of the most popular destinations for people from the DC area looking for a quick beach trip. It is a classic American beach town, featuring a boardwalk full of salt water taffy, funnel cake and Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard.  Given the town’s popularity in the summer months, places there could easily get away with being poor-quality tourist traps and some places undoubtedly do. But Zogg’s, tiki bar though it is, is actually an excellent spot to have drinks and/or a meal with a resorty, islands vibe and  friendly staff. We were well taken care of by our cheerful and exceptionally cute Irish waitress who was here to work for the summer. We were also treated to live music including the obligatory Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett and steel drums.

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Dogfish Head Brown Honey Rum, distilled right here in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

They have a great beachy drink selection, including mojitos and rum punches, but what really makes them stand out is their list of dozens of rums from around the world. Rum is often thought of as a mixer, but rum can be as complex as whisky and a good rum can be sipped like a scotch. While I had many countries of origin to choose from, I decided to go local and order a Dogfish Head Brown Honey Rum on the rocks. It is a little-known fact that the Deleware-based Dogfish Head, which is known for their craft beers, operates a tiny distillery in its Rehoboth Beach brewpub. The rum was light, smooth, slightly sweet, and very approachable. And at $7 for a generous serving of a local, award-winning rum on the rocks, Zogg’s didn’t charge me an arm and a leg for it.

 
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The food was totally delicious as well. I ordered the jumbo (think burrito-sized) Key West Grouper Taco, which was a delicious combination of fried grouper, shredded cabbage, radish, tomato, avocado, and key lime aoli with a side of delicious, creamy mac and cheese. Its location right off the boardwalk couldn’t have been better.