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Melissa’s Dinner & Lounge


Bethany Beach

$$$$Perfect For:Date NightDinner with the Parents
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Melissa’s does a great seasonal menu of things like a local strawberry salad, Delaware oysters, and housemade pastas laced with the day’s seafood catch. It’s a restaurant so tiny that you’ll probably miss it while driving on Atlantic Avenue, but it’s definitely worth flipping an illegal U-turn to make a stop for a leisurely dinner. The dining room has about 15 tables, so it’s intimate enough for a date and quiet enough for your parents to hear you go on about your pipe dream of moving out of the city to settle in a beach town. Start with an order of pillowy snowflake rolls and finish with their brick chicken, which has skin that crunches like a potato chip.

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