801: When it comes to summery adult beverages, you can trust 801: Its sister restaurants include Dewey Beach’s Starboard and Bethany Beach’s Mango’s. Orange Crushes are on the menu at the recently reopened Shaw restaurant this weekend, along with pouches of the bright-pink Frozen Frosty Flamingo; the $30 Beach Bucket combo for two includes popcorn shrimp or chicken and a choice of drinks. 801 Florida Ave. NW. 801dc.com. Open Thursday through Sunday for takeout.
Coconut Club: Coconut Club conjures Hawaii with its beachy color scheme and menu that features Spam and poke. But Chef Adam Greenberg recalls the Connecticut beaches of his youth, most recently with a build-your-own lobster roll kit for two ($65). Whichever ocean you wish you were on, pair dinner with a quart of pina coladas (big enough for a group) or a prickly pear margarita. 540 Penn St. NE. hellococonutclub.com. Open Thursday through Saturday for takeout and delivery.
Dogfish Head Alehouses: Beer lovers visiting Rehoboth can’t pass up a chance to drop into Dogfish Head’s downtown brewpub. Three D.C. area franchises, in Gaithersburg, Falls Church and Fairfax, offer similar menus, including wood-fired pizzas named after Ernest Hemingway stories. More importantly, they’re filling crowlers — 32-ounce cans — with Dogfish Head beer for curbside pickup. Check the restaurants’ Instagram feeds to see what’s on tap. Various locations. dogfishalehouse.com. Open daily for takeout and delivery.
Grotto Pizza: This year marks the 60th anniversary for Grotto Pizza, which has grown from a single takeout shop in Rehoboth Beach to a chain with locations up and down Delaware, and two just over the border in Ocean City. Grotto’s sweet sauce, swirled over the cheese, divides opinion, but for many, a pie is a crispy bite of summer nostalgia. The lone outpost on this side of the Bay is in Columbia, which remains open for takeout and delivery. 7075 Minstrel Way, Columbia. grottopizza.com. Open daily for takeout and delivery.
Hank’s Oyster Bar: Local seafood fans were cheered when chef Jamie Leeds reopened her first restaurant for carryout and delivery on May 13. The limited menu is focused on the classics: lobster rolls, fried oysters, and the popular mix of popcorn shrimp and calamari, with Old Bay fries and gooey mac and cheese on the side. For more ambitious cooks, Leeds offers Current Catch seafood boxes that contain oysters, fish fillets or lobster tails, packaged with sauces. 1624 Q St. NW. hanksoysterbar.com. Open Tuesday through Saturday for takeout and delivery.
Pop’s SeaBar: Pop’s is a marriage of the Jersey and Eastern shores, which is why you’ll find slices of Taylor Pork Roll on burgers and sandwiches alongside Old Bay-coated fries and crab cakes. These are snacks you eat with your hands — fried shrimp, fried smelts, peel-and-eat shrimp by the half-pound — washed down with orange and grapefruit crushes. 1817 Columbia Rd. NW. popsseabar.com. Open daily for takeout and delivery.
Service Bar: The section of the menu titled “Pretending I am on Vacation” tells you that it’s exactly where you should start. The cocktails, batched big enough for four drinks, include a margarita with smoky grilled al pastor pineapple, the bar’s spicy Paloma, and the Griselda Blanco, a mix of mezcal and reposado tequila that gets a tropical boost from coconut, grapefruit and lime. 928 U St. NW. servicebardc.com. Open Wednesday through Sunday for takeout and delivery.
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