Catch 54 – Fine dining returns to Fenwick Island

Rebuilding the former structure that housed the original Catch 54 Seafood Restaurant took longer that we had hoped – but it was well worth the wait. Fenwick Island once again has “fine dining” – upscale without being pretentious. The new building is reminiscent of the place we had grown to love but with a more modern touch. There appears to be more windows and higher ceilings (and a robust sprinkler system) and every table has a view…a wonderful view – of the water, the marsh and of the Fenwick Island skyline.

Catch 54 Seafood Restaurant
Front entrance of Catch 54 Seafood Restaurant on Route 54 in (West) Fenwick Island, Delaware.

One of “our” favorite entrees from the former Catch 54 was the fried shrimp. These are still just about perfect and among the best we’ve had anywhere in the beach resort area. This writer is somewhat of a salmon “snob” and had to try one of the fresh catch items on the menu, the Norwegian Salmon. It was as good as it looks (photo coming soon). It rivals the once-in-a-while special bacon-wrapped salmon that we’ve had a couple of times at The Hawaiian Crab Bar & Grill, just about a half mile down the road. We don’t have to leave the Route 54 corridor for two examples of “top shelf” salmon – and that is great news for those of us living in lower, slower Delaware (where there is no sales tax on dinner).

More to come…

Mermaid Cove in the Williamsville Shopping Center

Note: Unfortunately, Mermaid Cove is no longer in business.

Five miles from the ocean, but close to our heart; for a “cute as a button” cafe and pub this is a wonderful place to visit. Breakfast, lunch and dinner – eat in or carry out – a pub with four flat screens cold draft beer – special Mermaid Martinis – and friendly people. This is a gem of place about which we should NOT be sharing. Why not? We just discovered the Mermaid Cove and dont want it to be slammed when we stop in.

Here’s a bar- grub sample – a jerked chicken “basket” with the requisite French fries and garnish.

BTW, the jerk seasoning and the fries are excellent.

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Adding some Culture to Your Fries – at the Freeman Stage

Cultured FRIES?
A summer evening under the stars!

Sometimes, during your visit to our fair resort you may find the need for a little cultured entertainment to be served up alongside those sandy fries and taffy…

Did you know that situated just a mile or so up the road from Ocean City Maryland is a top-rated, open-air performing arts venue? It’s called The Freeman Stage at Bayside and is located within the Bayside Community, just off Rt. 54 in Sussex County Delaware. This year The Freeman Stage celebrates its 5th Anniversary.

Freeman Stage at Bayside
The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Route 54, West Fenwick (Selbyville), DE 19975

From Memorial Day through September 15th, on many Thursdays, every Friday and Saturday and the occasional Sunday, visitors can enjoy named and famed music groups, a little Broadway, dance ensembles, storytelling and more.

The Stage lighted for a night performance.
The Stage lighted for a night performance.

Always geared for children and adults! There is even a Kid’s Camp sponsored by Salisbury University, held daytime on some Tuesdays and Thursday where many interesting topics are put forth to engage those little summer-muddled minds!

Actually, there are so many exciting and varied live performances scheduled for this season that a visit to the website – www.freemanstage.org/calendar/list is necessary. Take your pick…many of the offerings are FREE (kids are always free).

The venue is beautiful…there is a large, lush lawn for seating (bring your own blanket or lawn chairs); a well-appointed stage with professional sound and lighting equipment; a concession area offering tasty treats and CLEAN comfort stations.

Freeman Stage and the Clubhouse
The Freeman Stage and the Clubhouse (w The Cove Restaurant)

Too, parking is not a problem…it’s easy – you’ll see!

Jump over to the Freeman Stage calendar list now and choose your culture…to be enjoyed alongside your boardwalk fries this season.

Freeman Stage Live Bayside
Freeman Stage Live Bayside

New townhomes next to a swamp in West Fenwick?

Can you imagine building new homes next to a swamp just off of Route 54 in West Fenwick, Delaware? This writer can’t understand why someone would intentionally put new construction right at the edge of a wetland area.

New home in a swamp in West Fenwick
Is this really a swamp? Probably not – this was shot on a Saturday following a Thursday that had rain all day.

So…there must be more to this construction site than what meets the eye.

We can’t really tell if this is a swamp, but that large ditch has had water in it continually for the two-and-a-half years we’ve been using that road (to get back to slightly higher ground where our home was built).

We’ll have to stop in at the sales office to ask what plans there are to dry out the areas around the construction site. Meanwhile, we’ll just have to suppose that the swampy area will somehow be drained. Not saying that the summertime mosquitoes would be large enough to carry off small children or pets, but we would surely lay in a good supply of insect repellent. (Just kidding / just kidding.)

A view through the neighboring trees.