Manhattans at big fish

Whether she’s making Manhattans at Big Fish or just pulling beers, to bartender Michele Smith, everyone is a regular. A small group of bartenders and servers were waiting around the bar at Big Fish in Rehoboth. Not really hanging out, more like checking in. The beach restaurant usually has a line outside prior to opening and, for as much anticipation as people have to come in there was a proportionate amount on the inside among the staff. The bartenders and servers were checking in with Michele Smith, who had the evening off but still carries the kind of quiet authority that comes with 17 years behind the bar. Colleagues peppered her with “hellos” and “what are you going heres” but mostly they wanted to know whether she thought Gary was bringing macadamia nut cookies. Some regulars bring her the occasional gift, but on Thursdays Gary could be counted upon toContinue Reading

Bethany Boathouse Sangria

Even though she grew up in Bethany Beach Melanie Petrie still gets surprised by how the resort has changed over the years. It’s not just because Bethany is lot less sleepy than it used to be, it also because it angles toward trendy in a way she hadn’t imagined even a little more than a decade ago. The Bethany Boathouse is a great example of why. She still sees the shadows of the old Bethany Beach during her regular shifts behind the bar at the Cottage Cafe. People love the place because it is predictable. They know what they’re going to get and, if they’ve been a regular for long enough, the odds are Petrie does as well. She calls people by name, and they return the familiarity even going so far as to do the occasional chop busting. “I can tell you what 75 percent of the people inContinue Reading