The restaurant, inspired by founder Sam Calagione’s summers spent in Maine and Dogfish’s connection to the Chesapeake region, is located directly next door to its hit Rehoboth Beach-based brewpub. Catch Sam himself introducing his newest restaurant below.
Chesapeake & Maine will act as upscale big brother to the brewery’s casual brewpub, focusing exclusively on fresh fish sourced from the Maine and Chesapeake regions. Of course, guests will find many of Dogfish’s ales incorporated throughout the menu, in items like the Beernaise, a twist on classic béarnaise, and Namaste-steamed Ebenecooke Mussels, procured from the Dogfish Head peninsula in Maine and delivered fresh within 48 hours of ordering.
Grab a seat at the specially-built raw bar, where you’ll uncover an exclusive oyster collaboration planted on the menu, one with Hooper’s Island Oyster Farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Chesapeake Bay and Maine-imported lobsters and oysters also rock the raw bar menu, with fun additives like Golden Beet cocktail sauce, Midas Touch mignonette and Namaste Yuzu Granita bringing the Dogfish experience full circle.
Additional menu highlights include:
- Seacuterie, comprised of crab cake scotch eggs, lobster sausage, smoked bluefish rillettes, scallop chip and pickled sea beans
- Lobster Poutine, served with fries and cheese curds
- Cornmeal Crusted Bluenose Catfish, served with sweet creamed corn succotash, crispy hushpuppies and ancho chili remoulade
In addition to the Dogfish beer on tap, you’ll find attractive cocktail program making use of the Dogfish spirits, including the Whole Leaf Gin, Compelling Gin and Analog Vodka. (Fun fact: Bar Rescue‘s Mixology Expert and known celebrity bartender, Mia Mastroianni, curated the cocktail program.) Selling points of the list include a vodka-constructed Tarragon Lemonade, a gin-backed Bee’s Knees and a classic-inspired Negroni. They’re also putting extra care into their ice program, incorporating 1.25” – 2” ice cubes, flaked ice and flavored ice into their custom cocktails. As if you needed more to drink (of course you do), three keg-conditioned cocktails will be on tap at all times.
To start, the restaurant will solely be open for daily dinner service, 4–10 p.m. Locate Chesapeake & Maine at 316 Rehoboth Ave. in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
With the addition of a new restaurant, the Dogfish family now includes a production brewery (which includes a tasting room and a food truck), a distillery, a brewpub and a beer-centric inn. Dogfish Head currently sells beer in 31 states.
Photos: Peter Garritano