A Rehoboth Beach Institution

Back Porch cafe2

If I want to go somewhere really special for dinner, I will choose the Back Porch Café.

This elegant restaurant is located on the busy Rehoboth Avenue thoroughfare, just a stone’s through from the Boardwalk. Yet, once you get inside, you are in a magic and cozy establishment removed from the cacophony of voices and vehicles.

The Café has been located in that Victorian-era beach cottage for 40 years. Much of the seating is in the outside back garden – hence, I imagine, the name. I understand from reading a recent review, that this is the oldest fine-dining establishment in Rehoboth. That’s impressive, considering the stiff competition in this resort community. I can believe it, though. Every meal I have had there over the last 15 years has been outstanding.

The Café is cozy. When you walk in, most often the first person you see is Bee the bartender. He seems to always be surrounded by a local crowd of people who have chosen to eat at the bar rather than miss a chance to catch up on local news.

I enjoy sitting outside on the upstairs deck, especially when the evening is cool. I recently had the “gingered magret duck breast,” with bok choy, carrot, jasmine rice and a Thai green curry sauce. The slices of duck were so tender and cooked just right – medium rare. The sauce was delicate yet spicey. While we were eating, musician John Ewart was playing his saxophone in the courtyard below. The moon above and the saxophone and keyboard below created such as special atmosphere.

I hope to get to the Café again this summer. I am including a link here to a recent review on rehobothfoodie.com. http://rehobothfoodie.com/reviews/back-porch-cafe/

 

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