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Each month, HuffPost DC joins TastingTable.com's Washington, D.C. editor, Erin Hartigan, to highlight our five favorite finds from the District's amazing culinary scene.
Some of the Delaware Shore's best epicurean finds caught our eye in October:
Now that summer and its crowds are a distant memory, this is the perfect time to visit Delaware’s beaches. The roads are clear, the sun is still out, and the food is almost as big of a draw as the ocean.
Order a slew of snacks to start at months-old Rehoboth restaurant a(MUSE). The starters are bold and eclectic, and include smoked sweetbreads with heirloom peppers ($14), and a jar of silky, whiskey-spiked potted chicken with foie gras ($13). Continue with tomatillo-brightened rockfish ($26) or local scallops ($26). The décor also stands out from beachier neighbors': The walls are papered with vintage pages from Joy of Cooking, and the bar shelving holds unexpected surprises for keen eyes. 44 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 302-227-7107 or amuse-rehoboth.com
The Ice Cream Store
Step aside, vanilla. The Ice Cream Store plays with unexpected combinations, including Ben Franklin’s Tomato, which blends hot sauce and tomato juice to create a creamy, frozen Bloody Mary. The owner sources the hot sauces from his other shop, Peppers, to make flavors like Ghost Pepper ice cream, which incorporates two wince-inducing sauces. If you insist on a classic option, try Dolly Madison Strawberry, which uses the former First Lady’s original recipe ($4.50). 6 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 302-227-4609 or rehobothbeachicecream.com
Matt's Fish Camp
The fried Ipswich clams ($14) at Matt’s Fish Camp are an instant taste of summer. Plumped bellies barely contained in their crisp coating, the bites are perfect with little more than a spritz of lemon. The months-old restaurant has plenty of other bites, including bacon-crab dip ($12) and lobster-topped deviled eggs ($5), which are the ideal lead-in to the lightly dressed, buttery lobster roll ($21). 28635 Coastal Hwy., Bethany Beach; 302-539-2267 or mattsfishcamp.com
Before hitting the road, pick up pastries and light main courses from Root Gourmet, a new market packed with sundries, spreads and instant party foods. Guacamole ($6) and house-made chips ($8) are universally appealing, or you can make bean dip with jars of dried heirloom Scarlett Runners ($6). The bakery puts out assorted breads, muffins, pies and cakes, including a light, cinnamon-topped apple-almond combination. 19724 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach; 302-727-5664 or rootgourmet.com