Brewings and Eats implies a balance between the two. The food rises to make the balance with the superb beers that I already talked about on Tuesday. I never leave a Dogfish Head joint disappointed with what I eat or what I drink. Sharing that with visitors is a joy, and we began this journey with a table-center appetizer that I had only once before that fateful meal with visitors from distant Illinois.
The dogpile nachos are a sight for the hungry man. Chili, pickled jalapenos and onions, cheese, and (yes, and) spinach-artichoke dip dogpiling together on a bed of freshly fried tortilla chips makes for a very promising appetizer. It was made to sit at the center of the table for a group of ravenous youths, not that we are so youthful anymore.
We dug in together from the bottom up. Each chip we pulled out had elements from almost every layer. You had to work to really get the whole experience from pickled jalapeno to spin dip, but each element eaten separate of each other via tortilla chip vehicle remained pleasant and delicious. All four of us cleaned the plate without the help of the little man at the table. He was very interested in coloring at the time. Can you blame him?
My husband and I shared a favorite that briefly left the Brewings and Eats menu: The Old Man and the Sea. This pizza is the star of Rehoboth Beach to me. It has a soft, crunch on the outside pizza dough covered in crab dip, mozzarella, micro-celery, and pancetta bits. All of it was dusted finely with Old Bay. We have had a lot of interesting seafood related pizzas in Delaware, but this is king.
The crab dip is nearly indistinguishable from the thick layer of cheese. It all stretches apart from the pizza after you take your first bite, and the pancetta is a perfect little crispy bit on the top to introduce some porky fat. God, we love this pizza. We love it so much we highly recommended it to one of our guests who got his own: he took the rest home with him.
Chesapeake and Maine is right next door to Brewings and Eats, although they have added a souvenir/beer store in the once empty space that stood between the two icons of the beach. You can pick up all kinds of things here, namely the distilled spirits that can be hard to find if you leave the state of Delaware.
Once the tourist traffic clears up, I’m worried I’ll wind up down there grabbing a new case of beer every weekend. Thanks, Brewings and Eats, for a delicious meal as always.
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