Sometimes I can’t fault people for not recognizing the Retro Roadmap worthy places that are right under their noses, because yes, my friends, it’s happened to me. How else could I explain the omission up to this point, of Gus & Gus a summer tradition on the Rehoboth Beach Delaware boardwalk since 1956? I mean we spend more time in Rehoboth than any other place except for home (since Retro Roadhusband grew up there, and still plays gigs there), so I have no excuse.
Better nate than lever as they say, so Retro Roadhusband and I went to Gus’s for breakfast the last time we were down the beach.But as you can see from the menu posted right on the boardwalk, they’ve got a lot more than breakfast! You can order at the takout window (there’s always a line) – or sit inside, amist the unchanged decor.
I bet you can guess what we did?
I’ve always been relieved when I have noticed that Gus & Gus hasn’t been Gussied Up while the other businesses on the boardwalk go upscale, or under. Owned and operated by Gus Svolis and his family since 1956, the boomerang formica on the tables is authentic, as are the (unfortunately not working) Seeburg 160 Wall-O-Matic tabletop jukeboxes. There’s even counter seating, so it’s about the closest thing to a diner that the town has, in that respect.
Gus & Gus’s Place is defintely a beach tradition for many folks who return year after year to order their beach fries, burgers and cheese steaks from the window – where you can see your food being grilled and prepped right in front of you. They also are famous for their fried chicken, which I’ll have to get the next time we’re down there.
When I went to the back to check out the bigger dining area I ran into Mrs. Gus, who was just as sweet as can be. We’d never met (and Mod Betty on assignment tends to go incognito ) but she chatted away with me as if we’d known each other forever. What a DEAR.
They’re open seasonally, but if the weather’s decent you’ll probably find Gus behind the grill, so stop by! You may just see us in line too
Gus & Gus Place
15 South Boardwalk
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Cash only but there’s an ATM on location
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