donut connection

On the way back to Rehoboth after the Dogfish Dash last weekend, my friend and I spotted Donut Connection on the side of the road. Sure, it could be a typical place like Dunkin Donuts or one of those places that sell donuts bought from the price club, but it could also be a hidden gem, a place serving homemade donuts or something unique and special.

Not wanting to eat too much (since we had plans to stuff our faces again at the brewpub), we got one blueberry cake donut. Right before we paid, we noticed a strange item on the menu, the Delaware Donut. We immediately asked the woman behind the counter about it. She said, “You know pigs in a blanket……wrapped in a donut batter.” Our faces lit up as soon as we heard pigs in a blanket, we knew exactly what this was. It was a breakfast sausage wrapped in cheese and encased with donut batter. Of course, there was still speculation that this coulda been pretty awful. Thoughts of frozen breakfast sausage (ex. Brown & Serve, Jimmy Dean) and a stale donut outside filled our minds.

We were pleasantly surprised. It was quite fantastic. The donut outside was warm, fresh, and tasty. The sausage was great too. It’s casing gave a nice snap to it and was delicious.

The blueberry cake donut was standard. Nothing to write home about there. I did note a large production area that you could see through the window of the restaurant. There was a donut machine back there! Eat that Dunkin Donuts.

Have any of you ever had or heard of a Delaware Donut?

Upon further research, it turns out that Donut Connection is actually a chain with locations in several states on the East Coast and Midwest. It may not offer as much as Dunkin Donuts but that Delaware Donut was far better than any breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had at DD.

Donut Connection
26850 Lewes Georgetown Highway
Harbeson, DE 19951

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dogfish head brewings & eats

This past weekend I went down with a friend to run in Dogfish Head‘s annual Dogfish Dash 5K which is held at their brewery in Milton, Delaware.

Since we’ve never been down to Dogfish Head, we wanted to make a weekend out of it and hang out at their brewery and brewpub, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, in Rehoboth Beach all day/night. The race was on Sunday and we arrived early afternoon on Saturday. We didn’t realize we needed to make reservations for brewery tours, so we canceled that plan and just went to the brewpub.

120 min ipa & repoterroir

The wait was about a half hour, so we grabbed our first round at the bar, some 120 Minute IPA and Repoterroir. Repoterroir is a collaboration session lager between Dogfish Head, Allagash, Avery, Lost Abbey, and Sierra Nevada. It was a super earthy beer and very enjoyable. Unfortunately, it was kicked by lunchtime on Sunday. Glad I got to try some Saturday though!

The appetizer we got was the Woodgrilled Wings which were covered with a Palo Santo Marron BBQ sauce!

lawnmower & chicory stout

Next round of beer was a Lawnmower and Chicory Stout. The Lawnmower was very reminiscent of Festina Peche, minus the peachiness.

fish tacos

The main dishes we ordered were the Fish Tacos and The Indulgence Burger. The tacos consisted of buttermilk fried dogfish, apple slaw, chipotle aioli, and cilantro. They were served with rice and beans. Really enjoyed the dogfish. It was pretty meaty since a dogfish is actually a type of shark. Anyone know where I can get some? I’d like to try cooking with it!

the indulgence burger


The Indulgence Burger comes topped with a beer battered onion ring, house made bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy the burger. It was ordered medium rare but was a bit on the dry side. The fries were not a strong point either.

peanut butter vodka

During lunch a friend who’s visited Dogfish Head in the past texted me saying that I shouldn’t miss the peanut butter vodka if it’s available. So our next round? A shot of peanut butter vodka. This stuff was ridiculous (in the best way). The vodka had a cloudy color and smelled like fresh peanut butter. Upon smelling it, we decided we were going to sip and enjoy this instead of shooting it. You bet I savored every drop. I also left the brewpub with a full bottle purchase of this stuff. It’s that good.

The next half round was a shot of wasabi vodka split between us two. I wasn’t too keen on getting it but friend wanted to try so why not. This I did shoot, and it wasn’t that pleasant in my opinion.

The following round consisted of a flight of beers: Black & Red, Shelter Pale Ale, Tweason’ale, 75 Minute IPA (cask), and Chateau Jiahu.

crab & corn chowder

That concluded Saturday lunch and we picked up race packets before leaving. A much needed nap at the hotel happened before we attempted to come back to the brewpub for dinner. At that point though, the wait was three hours. Dinner at the brewpub did not happen Saturday night.

antelope sliders

Sunday morning after the Dogfish Dash at the brewery in Milton, we headed back for one last meal at the brewpub before heading home. The only round was their 75 Minute IPA on cask and Chicory Stout. The foods were the Crab & Corn Chowder, Antelope Sliders, and Fried Pickles. The standout dish here were the Antelope Sliders. They were slightly gamey but tasted great. The meat was cooked much better than the burger. It also came with grilled onions and a truffle aioli. That burger would have been incredible had they used antelope or cooked it the same way.

fried pickles

This weekend was such a great time. I’m totally coming back down and definitely signing up for the dash next year. I forgot to mention that I had a nice complimentary My Antonia post-race on Sunday!

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
320 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

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