Pete’s Is Not Just for Cheese Steaks
Since this reporter is hesitant to dine indoors during this pandemic, I’ve got some cool curbside pick-up and delivery options for readers. Just because we’re home doesn’t mean we cannot savor a part of the restaurant experience.
I admit, I am late to the party at Pete’s Steak Shop on Route One. It’s where Weis is located. Anybody remember the old days when it was a Food Lion? I lived just behind there in what I called Food Lion Estates. And where Pete’s is now, used to be a Blockbuster Video Store. Ah, memories.
Pete’s has an extensive menu, with its signature (and really good) steak and cheese subs and pizza, but it offers so much more.
Their salads are enormous and fresh. I’ve sampled the antipasto, loaded (not me, the salad) with ham, genoa salami, capicola, provolone, and the works. It’s wonderful. The Greek Salad is brimming with greens, tomatoes, cukes, Kalamata olives, feta, and pita on the side, plus you can add grilled chicken or gyro meat to it. For the gyro salad, the tzatziki sauce is great. Want a salad with rib eye on top? Add it to the Blue Iceberg Salad or the Blue Walnut Prosciutto Salad.
The wings really are jumbo (seriously big chickens) and the zucchini sticks are delicious. They have big burgers, gyros (really delicious), pasta with garlic bread, and so much more. And here’s the kicker. They deliver nearby. The food is excellent and they even bring it to your door. What more do you want in the age of COVID???
Bangkok Thai for Red Curry
I have to admit, I was a huge fan on the now-disappeared Lily Thai on First Street in Rehoboth. That’s the site slated to become Square One, operated by the Diego’s guys in 2021. (Who remembers another Square One in town? Wilmington Avenue? Old enough to remember?)
But now, to indulge my passion for Thai food I have to drive up past the bus station on Route One to Bangkok Thai.
The ambiance there is somewhat lacking, but for carry-out it’s a great choice. The Pork Red Curry, simmered with red curry paste, coconut milk, and bamboo shoots is quite delicious, as is the Chicken Massaman Curry with potato, onion, and peanuts.
The menu also offers quite a few interesting salmon choices, soft-shell crab dishes, and many fried rice selections. I really enjoyed the Crabmeat Fried Rice. The menu is extensive, carry-out is prepared quickly, and it’s an excellent and reasonably priced quick dinner choice.
Bethany Blues Has the Ribs
Between the ribs and the pulled pork or chicken, Bethany Blues is the place for meat. They have an amazingly efficient curbside carry-out system, it doesn’t take long from ordering to presentation, and you can count on a terrific meal.
Try the Hickory Smoked Wings, the Lime Avocado Deviled Eggs, and the Rib Sampler—you get both the St. Louis Ribs with the Brown Sugar Rub and the Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs with the smokehouse seasoning.
And while you’re at it, maybe needing comfort food right now, give up the calorie counting and just go for the Smokehouse Baked Beans, the Cheesy Creamed Corn, or the Deluxe Mac and Cheese. Be a glutton, for punishment later.
And of course, the Signature BBQ sandwich with pulled pork, or Carolina chopped pork, or pulled chicken, or the awesome beef brisket cannot be beat. If you are carnivorous, Bethany Blues has your lunch or dinner.
Fins Has the Heat Lamps
Yes, it is still possible to get a great meal outdoors. Sidle up to the Fins Alehouse and Raw Bar on Route One and check out the patio with the glowing heat lamps. Yes, my feet got chilled a bit, but our dinnertime was mostly warm and wonderful.
I had the rockfish entrée, perfectly cooked and a real treat. The red crab soup is terrific, and I have to go back because I didn’t have the Fried Avocado—described as halved, tempura battered, lightly fried, stuffed with Fins’ Shrimp Salad. Maybe lunch today!
So eat, drink, and try to make yourself merry. Cheers, until next time. Carry-out or dine in and stay safe.##