Delaware beach vacationers will find traditional, regional, slower lower-style food and downstate atmosphere at the following businesses. Lines can be long. On summer weekends, it's always best to arrive early or call for availability.
AMERICAN LEGION POST 5: Henlopen Post 5 members open their private, pine-paneled clubhouse to the public every Saturday for beer-boiled shrimp ($10 per pound). A Heineken beer in a frosted glass is $1.50. Open: Saturdays 4 to 7 p.m. 300 King Charles Ave. , Rehoboth, Del.; call 302-227-8999.
BOZIE'S PRODUCE: Sammy and Jeany Argo sell local vegetables and fruits as well as garden annuals such as striped petunias. But Bozie's is best known for the house-made shrimp salad ($10.99 per pound), chicken salad ($5.99 per pound) and potato salad ($2.49 per pound). Open: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3302 Hwy. 1 (at William F. St.), Rehoboth; call 302-227-6370.
CAPTAIN'S TABLE: Locals know that on Wednesday the dinner special is chicken with slippery dumplings ($6.50, includes vegetable side dish). Co-owner Doris Lynch personally makes the much requested oyster stew ($10.95) and crab imperial ($19.95). Open: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays 4 to 9 p.m. 3206 Hwy. 1 (at James A. St.), Rehoboth; call 302-227-6203.
CRYSTAL RESTAURANT: Lunch and dinner are served, but Crystal is best for breakfast. A hefty omelet is $6.95. Try a side of scrapple ($2.25) and fried tomatoes ($2.75). Open: Daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 620 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth; call 302-227-1088.
LINGO'S MARKET: Established in 1898, this small grocery store is known for fresh-baked, crusty French bread and breakfast pastries. Reserve a rotisserie chicken in advance ($8.50 each). Open: Sunday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. First St. and Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth; call 302-227-7072.
HOLIDAY CHICKEN: Over the past 30 years, co-owner and cook Kenny Hall has acquired a large and loyal following for his fried chicken. Limited seating is available. But most customers order the four-piece chicken dinner ($6.25) in advance to go. Open: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Indian Mission Rd. (north of Longneck Rd.), Millsboro; call 302-945-2400. (From Hwy. 1 in Rehoboth, take Rt. 24 west to Indian Mission Rd., turn right. Holiday Chicken is on the left side of the road.)
ROYAL TREAT: At this breakfast restaurant and ice cream parlor, steps from the boardwalk, customers line up every morning for pancakes (3 for $3.75) and French toast (2 slices for $3.75). The most popular fountain drink is the chocolate soda made with vanilla ice cream ($4.25). Open for breakfast: Daily, 8 to 11:30 a.m. For ice cream: 1 to 11 p.m. 4 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth; call 302-227-6277.
VFW HALL POST 7447: The usually private Veterans of Foreign Wars clubhouse is open to the public once a week for spicy, beer-boiled shrimp ($10 per pound) and cold beer ($1 per pitcher with shrimp). Open: Fridays 5 to 9 p.m. State Rd. (at Rehoboth Ave.), Rehoboth; call 302-227-3469.
-- Walter Nicholls