REHOBOTH BEACH, Del., September 6, 2012— Café on the Back Porch in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is a delightful exception to the cliché that beach food is bad food.
A tiny flavor of Key West, the little turquoise and white restaurant with its white-trimmed, peaked roof is a breath of fresh air in the atmosphere of beach fries, caramel corn and soft water taffy.
We walked down a small and narrow walkway from the street to the back porch area. The walkway was lined with palm plants and other greenery and looked as inviting as a neighbor’s home. We opted for the dining room, which featured shiny hatch cover tables, a bud vase of alstroemaria, and cloth napkins.
To cool down from the summer heat, we started off with a Dark and Stormy made with house made ginger beer; the homemade ginger beer was not quite up to true Bermuda standards of Barritz ginger beer, but it certainly came close.
I had the sauteed pear and Saga blue cheese omelette, which was served with lightly sautéed, sliceed redskin potatoes. My husband, chose the pan seared fishcake with lemon rosemary asparagus and a light (think mesculun) salad. Save room for the blueberry basil bread pudding with orange crème Anglaise, or the Belgian dark chocolate marquise with brandied raspberries with fresh whipped cream.
The owner, Keith Fitzgerald, previously owned the Bagatelle in Key West, and the décor and look of the Café harkens to the Key West atmosphere. A very old mirrored back bar kept the waitresses busy delivering pleasant libations, and the wine list was full and varied.
Our server, a young woman who hailed from Belarus, allowed me to practice my two bits of Russian – spasibo (‘thank you’) and dosvedanya ( ‘nice to meet you’) and she replied that since they were words of politeness, they were perfect ones to use.
The Cafe on the Back Porch will make you rethink beach food’s bad rap. This menu is tempting enough to make anyone’s beach “bucket list.”
The Back Porch Café has been here for over 30 years, and is bound to stay here for another decade or two, or even three.
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