Friday, June 11, 2010

Hobos Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Usually when I come home to the beach, I trek to the pizza joints of my youth and am happy to have a cheese-less pizza and some beach fries. My facebook friends already saw the chips, salsa, guac, and margarita shot from Tijuana Taxi on Monday. Those are generally my type of options.

Now enter Hobos, a restaurant that is actually interested in catering to vegans and welcomes the challenge of a dietary restriction. The menu is a bit changing, but there are tons of apps and entrees that are normally vegan and even more than can be made vegan with a little tweak. They've got Daiya cheese and the chef makes her own cashew cream. Woo-hoo!

It was restaurant week (uh, yeah, freakin' restaurant week in Rehoboth!), so we were looking over the extensive options and I asked if there were any vegan desserts (because what's the point of getting the prix-fixe if there isn't a dessert.) The server had me at vegan cupcake, but there were several other vegan dessert options as well. Once he determined that I was indeed vegan, next thing I knew the chef came out to chat and let me know the what's what of the menu. You know how I'm a sucker for Daiya, so I got both the appetizer and entree with the Daiya. I was so tempted by the seitan, but I'll have to go again for it.
The Tamale was INSANE! SO good. The chef even came back out to assure me it was vegan sour cream. Mom had the artichoke soup. I tried a bite (with a fork) and it was chilled, refreshing, and quite substantial. The Ninja had the eggplant artichoke dip which was super delicious. I should know because I ate about half of it myself. Chile Rellenos is one of my favorite dishes that I miss dearly. This version includes Daiya with butternut squash (and I think sweet potato, but I can't remember.) The chef had mentioned that she thought the Daiya was overkill, but I could definitely taste it and I think it made it even better. Vegan chocolate cupcake. It was warm and gooey. I was totally full by the time I got to this, but I devoured it anyway.

So glad mom suggested Hobos and I will definitely be back again. Hobos is on the second block (from the beach) of Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.


T said...

Wow, cool! I've been to Rehobeth dozens of times and always thought it was pretty much devoid of vegan food. I will have to hit this spot up! The tamales look especially awesome.

mirbrewer said...

So this is totally weird. I've been reading your blog regularly for a while now, but I had no idea you were from Delaware. And the same age as me. How bizarro!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

As good as cheeseless pizzas can be, your eating this trip is wildly improved! Everything looks so good!

beingpeggy said...

everything looks so yummy. eggplant artichoke dip sounds ridiculous. did you determine many off the ingredients for a possible re-creation?

Chef Gretchen said...

Thanks Jenn for your super sweet words. It was great having you all for dinner and I hope it turns into a regular spot...doing vegan food isn't a stretch since being vegan myself I need somewhere to eat... ;)the eggplant artichoke dip is roasted 2 eggplant (whole) roasted 1 cup art hearts 1 cup roasted onions 1/2 cup vegannaise herbal sea salt and white pepper to taste - blend everything in cuisinart - all done!

peggy said...

thanks for the recipe. i attempted to make my own version, it was good, but not quite right. i'm going to try your version next :)