American classic is a coastal mainstay

By Pam George | Photographs by Scott Nathan

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On Mondays, it can be hard to snag a seat at the Summer House. But despite the restaurant’s location not far from the ocean in Rehoboth, the customers aren’t coming for the crab cakes, lobster rolls or seafood pasta. Monday is burger night, and for $6 you can have a half-pounder made with beef, turkey or vegetables.

At this resort hot spot, burgers regularly outsell crab cakes — the signature sandwich along the coast — on most days. “Everyone loves a great-tasting burger,” says Eric Sugrue, managing partner of the Big Fish Restaurant Group, which owns the restaurant.

 

 

When it comes to the frequency of everyday orders, burgers are right behind the barbecue items at Bethany Blues, which has locations in Bethany and the Lewes area. “It’s a very large part of our sales mix at both of our locations,” says Zach Warner, director of operations. “It’s becoming more prominent.”

And profitable. The Starboard in Dewey Beach sells twice as many hamburgers as crab cakes. “I believe burgers are a must at the beach,” says Keith Kirk, the general manager. “Not only is it the staple of any backyard BBQ, but it’s an American tradition!”

 

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