City of Rehoboth Beach Historical Marker

Rehoboth Beach – in the Beginning

As a slight bit of history we are presenting this photo of a “City of Rehoboth Beach” plaque and photo. The plaque is transcribed below the picture, which is being presented in an “ol’ timey” format.

City of Rehoboth Beach Marker
City of Rehoboth Beach Historical Marker


On January 27, 1873, the “Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist Church” was incorporated by the Delaware legislature for the purpose of establishing “a permanent camp meeting ground and Christian sea-side resort.” With the coming of the railroad in 1878, the growth of the community was accelerated. On March 19, 1891, as act was passed incorporating the municipality as Cape Henlopen City. The name was formally changed to Rehoboth in 1893. Since its founding the City of Rehoboth Beach has continued to be one of the most popular resorts on the Atlantcic Coast, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Surf’s Edge Deli & Pizzeria

Surf's Edge Deli“Energized Food for Serious Appetites”

When Brian Lesniewski opened Surf’s Edge Deli & Pizzeria in Fenwick Island, it quickly became a favorite for both locals and vacationers. Surf’s Edge is not your usual sub and pizza place at the beach. Brian created a menu filled with innovative sandwiches, subs, wraps, pizzas, salads and panini’s.

You can order a fresh garden salad, but why not tickle your taste buds with the Rip Curl Salad?   The Rip Curl is made with field of greens, thinly sliced apples, bleu cheese crumbles, bacon, sugared walnuts and homemade croutons.

If you are craving a grilled chicken sandwich, try the Undertow. The chicken breast is flavored with Montreal seasoning and topped with havarti dill cheese, sprouts, plum tomatoes and a wasabi cucumber dressing. Or maybe you would prefer your grilled chicken breast with BBQ sauce and bacon and smothered with smoked cheddar cheese. Getting hungry yet?!

The hot Italian cold cut, the X-Factor, has Italian meats, plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, oregano, olive oil and vinegar and is baked open-faced to a golden brown. One of my many favorites!

You can also create your own sandwich or wrap with your choice of bread, meats, cheeses and condiments.  Add a side of one of the homemade salads or choose a soup or appetizer.


You may not have room for dessert after enjoying a satisfying meal at Surf’s Edge, but be sure to take home some chocolate-dipped cookie dough

chocolate-dipped cookie dough balls
These are truly a yummy treat. If you’ve never has chocolate-dipped cookie dough balls before you should certainly give these a try.

balls or chocolate-covered strawberries.  Pure decadence!

I have been ordering from Surf’s Edge Deli for years as well as many of my friends, and we have never been disappointed. The ingredients are always fresh and the employees are friendly and efficient.

There are tables and counters for dining. Be sure to notice the colorful and cute beachy décor!

Dining area at Surf's Edge
Informal and very cute “eat in” tables at the Surf’s Edge.

Surf’s Edge has delivery and will also deliver directly to the beach in the surrounding area.

Surf’s Edge Deli & Pizzeria
100 Coastal Highway
Fenwick Center #4
Fenwick Island, Delaware


Open Year ‘Round.

Mancini’s Italian Restaurant and Brick Oven Pizzeria in Fenwick Island

Sign for Mancinis Brick Oven PizzaFine dining in Fenwick Island? You betcha! 🙂

The last time we visited Mancini’s (August, 2012) we had a party of six – and can call it a “party” because we were celebrating two birthdays (all week). One of the birthday girls sent the following email describing our dinner and why she likes dining at Mancini’s while visiting at the beach.

“Mancini’s Italian Restaurant and Brick Oven Pizzeria on Fenwick Island is that rare combination of old world charm, attentive service, and excellent cuisine, which makes it a true gem in this mid-Atlantic resort area. Our party sampled a variety of its offerings, and all were excellent. We began our journey with a number of appetizers, to include the roasted garlic bulb; bruschetta covered with either marinated tomatoes and flaked crabmeat, sun-dried tomato pesto and roasted pepper, or marinated tomatoes with mozzarella; and heirloom tomatoes topped with mozzarella. All were wonderful.

Mancini'c Seafood

Then we each selected a different entree: brick oven pizza; Linguini Con Scampi; Capellini Ai Frutti Di Mare; Capellini Con Pollo and Carciofi; and (Wayne’s pasta, not sure what it was*). Each was excellent. Salad and fresh baked bread were included with the meals, and the house wines were quite good. A wonderful meal in a delightful location.”

This writer agrees with the birthday girl’s observations and have always enjoyed dining at Mancini’s. We love the Italian Restaurant part of the name and really enjoy the Brick Oven Pizza part – and we seem to enjoy them in that order, hence we take liberty with their name. The actual name, as it appears on their website and on their sign, is Mancini’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Restaurant.

Mancini's Brick Oven Pizzeria adn Restaurant.
Mancini’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Restaurant is an upscale place to dine in Fenwick Island at 907 Coastal Highway (302-537-4224). That’s on the ocean side of the highway about nine blocks north of the MD-DE line.

*Wayne’s pasta dish was the Bolognese.

Bolognese at Mancini's Italian Restaurant on Fenwick Island

Sweet Tooth Corner – Route 54 and Coastal highway

Little did I know when I moved off of Route 54 in Fenwick Island, that my willpower would be subjected to incredible temptation every time I stop at the light on the corner of Rt 54 and Coastal Highway (Route 1).

Fishers Popcorn in Ocean City and Fenwick Island
The Fenwick Island location of Fisher’s Popcorn is at the intersection of Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) and Lighthouse Road (Rt. 54).

As I sit waiting for the light to turn green, I am assaulted with signs that speak directly to my stomach. And no, they are not signs that advertise fresh vegetables or health food stores. These signs engage my sweet tooth and ensure that my middle-age spread will continue to spread unless I move to a deserted island!

  • On the southeast corner is the Fisher’s Popcorn building. Even from across the street, I can smell the sweet caramel mixed with the saltiness of the popcorn. Have they no mercy? Isn’t it illegal to sell addicting substances?
  • My eyes stray to the northeast corner. There sits a big ice cream cone advertising Kohr Bros. I console myself with the fact that their creamy frozen custard is at least lower in fat than regular ice cream. And just a few steps away is Candy Kitchen. An entire store filled with candy and FUDGE! Let’s just not go there.
  • On the northwest corner, the little Fenwick Boardwalk is just one sweet treat after another. The Hershey Island Creamery with its milkshakes and sundaes, the Funnel Cake Factory (If I get fruit on top would it be considered a healthy meal?), The Boardwalk Popcorn Company and Dunkin’ Donuts. Guess I might as well pick up a dozen for breakfast while I’m here!
  • The southwest corner doesn’t look like a problem at first glance. But wait a minute, “Free ice cream when you play unlimited games of golf” at the Down Under Miniature Golf Course. Now this could work. I consider walking the golf course while swinging at the little balls a form of exercise. You are engaging the whole body, especially when you’re bending over trying to fish your ball out of the pond.
chocolate covered dough balls confection
The Chocolate Covered Dough Balls at the Surf’s Edge Deli are a real melt–in-your-mouth treat.

Even if I make it through the area without stopping, Surf’s Edge Deli right next to the corner sells chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate covered cookie dough balls and Smith Island cake pops. Just north of that is The Village of Fenwick, which contains a candy store called Sweets ‘n’ Treats, Ha Ha’s frozen yogurt and The Book End Café with home-baked scones, cinnamon rolls, and pastries.

But that’s another story for another day!

Yeah, I know…I have to move.