When I was a Florida native visiting my Delaware boyfriend, we once went on a double date to Gilligan’s Restaurant in Lewes. I remember how it used to look – a little dated, but also that it sat in a beautiful location by the water. Fast forward a few years and that then-boyfriend of mine is now my husband. And Gilligan’s has had a few changes as well.
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Recently my hubby and I ventured back to that familiar spot. The establishments sits at 134 Market Street in Lewes, DE, right behind the historic Canon Ball Hotel. We had checked in a few times over the past 2 years, and Gilligan’s had been under construction. Much to our delight, this time we discovered that Gilligan’s had indeed rebuilt and reopened their doors to uncover a brand new building. We walked up wooden planked ramps, enclosed with railings similar to what you’d find on a dock. When we entered, everything looked light and airy.
(The view from my seat.)
The beach decor was clean and fresh. We opted to sit outside on the deck, just a few feet from glorious, tall sailboats perched in the water. While we waited on our food we felt the breeze lick past us and the sun settle on our backs. It could not have been more relaxing. Everything was new, but the food was the same quality that we remembered. My husband still claims that the crab cakes are the best he has ever had. We also ordered the crab dip with homemade chips and were not at all disappointed. (And that’s coming from a girl that doesn’t always like seafood.)
(Notice the gorgeous sky, water, sailboats and delicious crab dip!)
Gilligan’s is opened during lunchtime, but only with an abbreviated menu. If you want the big entrees, you have to wait until dinnertime to dine. For sandwiches, soups and appetizers, you can enter Gilligan’s as early as 12 noon. The restaurant filled up fast once their doors opened. It is clearly a popular and trusted spot. We will definitely be eating their again and bringing guests with us. It certainly has a WOW factor if you love being by the water and experiencing the coastal flair.
Shenae Andrus | DWG DE Lifestyle Blogger