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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.