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Business & Real Estate Cape Gazette FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 37 G iven the long summer- time waits at breakfast and brunch places here at the beach, it seems that the first meal of the day is an in- dulgence reserved only for our seasonal visitors. But exhaus- tive studies have proven that one can actually live here and still have a great selection of places to enjoy breakfast, lunch or that magical combination of both. Studies, you ask? Take a look at how many restaurants open early to dish up off-season morning victuals:  One of the best Sunday brunch deals in town is the huge buffet at Bethany Blues in Lewes. Hankerin' for a breakfast rib? They've got it! Feeling more like a freshly baked waffle and a made-before-your-eyes omelet? They can do that too. They even have a close-to-the-ground kids' buffet for the little ones' convenience. Slightly south of there is the Saturday and Sunday brunch experience at Fork + Flask at Nage. They have extended their longtime Sunday event into Saturdays, and the recent addition of small plates makes it even better.  Two other popular buf- fets here in Rehoboth can be enjoyed at Indigo Indian Restaurant and Fins Ale House on Coastal Highway. Indigo fea- tures an all-you-can-eat Indian lunch buffet that even includes a cocktail. The dishes rotate from week to week so you can try all of Raghu Kumar's Tandoori handiwork. Out on the highway, Fins Ale house and Raw Bar dishes up an extensive brunch buffet with a few Fins specialty items thrown in for good measure. Indigo opens at 11 a.m., and the Fins festivities start at 10 a.m.  Just a few doors west of Indigo Indian Restaurant is the beautifully decorated Blackwall Hitch. GM Zach Diogo and Ex- ecutive Chef Chip Miller make sure that the buffet has some- thing for everyone, from crispy fried chicken to omelets to a wide array of fruit and salads. Of course, over on Baltimore Avenue, the Sunday brunch at the Blue Moon is a mainstay of downtown mornings, with de- lightful pastries and a whimsical menu that combines breakfast and lunch on one plate.  Though they militantly close in the winter, the Back Porch Café has one of the most popular Sunday brunches on The Avenue. Start with the blueberry scones. The wait until March will be worth it. Trust me on this.  Big Fish Grill on The High- way recently jumped onto the brunch buffet bandwagon, and this could very well be one of the biggest around. It starts at 11 a.m. Don't plan to eat for a week or so after you visit. Back out on Coastal Highway, join the hungry Chosen (and those who love them) at Rosenfeld's Jewish Deli every Sunday starting early. Another breakfast mainstay in the ocean block of Rehoboth Beach is the Steele family's Café Azafran. This breakfast go-to spot originated in Lewes, and recently reopened there as Olive & Oats. And yes, like the Rehoboth mothership, they have Richard Steele's famous baked oatmeal. The noshing starts at 8 a.m.  Chesapeake & Maine opens at 11 a.m. on Sundays with an Holiday breakfasts can make mornings merry and bright Bob Yesbek » THE BUSINESS OF EATING BOB YESBEK PHOTO IF YOU'VE BEEN MORE NICE than naughty, AND the stars are aligned just right, Blackwall Hitch's signature monkey bread might be on the Sunday brunch menu. Continued on page 38 By Ryan Mavity Lefty’s Alley’s and Eats, Dogfish Dash and Winter Won- derFest were big winners at Southern Delaware Tourism’s annual awards luncheon Dec. 6. Lefty’s, which opened in De- cember 2016, won for best new attraction, while the Dogfish Dash, Dogfish Head’s annual 8K race, won for best event. The Winter WonderFest, which premiered in November 2016 in Lewes, won for best new event. Rounding out the list of win- ners was Delaware Beach Book, which won for tourism partner of the year. Also honored at the awards ceremony at the Atlantic Sands Hotel, was Lewis “Jim” Black- well, the curator of the Seaford Museum, who was given a spe- cial recognition of his service by members of Delaware’s General Assembly. Winter WonderFest served 45,000 guests from 26 states in its inaugural year, award presenter Ben Gray said. The event raised $150,000 for 17 Sussex County nonprofits. Peter Bricotto, who accepted the award with business partner John Snow, said, “We really tried to start something new and it’s always difficult to take the leap of faith. We want to thank everyone for their support.” Accepting the award for Lefty’s were director of sales Stacy La- Motta and co-owner DJ Hill. Lefty’s is a full-service entertain- ment complex off Route 1, with a full restaurant and bar, bowling, a video arcade and laser tag. The venue attracted 140,000 over the past year. “The design and concept of Lefty’s was very challenging and very lengthy. But nothing has been as difficult as running it for the past year, so I’d really like to thank our management team. There’s a lot of fun to be had at Lefty’s,” Hill said. The Dogfish Dash has raised $644,000 over the last 10 years on behalf of the Delaware chapter of the Nature Conservancy. The event has gone from 200 to 3,500 runners in that time. Accepting the award with Andrew Greeley on behalf of Dogfish Head, Mark Carter said the race has become an event that people spend a year plan- ning for. He said the funds raised from the race have been used for nature projects around Sussex County. “Dogfish is really excited to receive this,” Carter said. “We’re really happy that all the funds that are raised stay here in Dela- ware.” Finally, Kevin Fleming and Marvin and Becky Carney ac- Tourism awards go to Lefty’s, Dogfish Dash and WonderFest Annual ceremony highlights Sussex attractions RYAN MAVITY PHOTOS THE DOGFISH DASH took home the award for Best Event. Accepting the award were (l-r) presenter Carol Everhart of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and Andrew Greeley, Mark Carter and Steve McClaine from Dogfish Head. Lefty’s Alley and Eats was honored as Best Attraction. Representing Lefty’s were (l-r) Stacy LaMotta, Tom Kramer, Jen Barto, DJ Hill, Pete Good and Southern Delaware Tourism Board Chair Janis Markopolous. Continued on page 49