"Dogs drag their owners up the ramp," says clerk Deborah Moore, laughing. "It's a lot of fun."
Around Lewes and Rehoboth, there are a number of casual eateries with patios or outdoor space where people can eat with their dogs in tow. You can hit a crab shack like the Lazy Susan in Lewes, grab a sandwich at Arena's, which has a Lewes and a Rehoboth location, enjoy something from the grill at Rehoboth's Cafe Sole.
It's a little harder to bring along the pooch if you want to go upscale. If a more ambitious cuisine is your thing, you'll want to seek out FishOn!, the rare restaurant with a wine list and a foodie-pleasing menu where people and dogs can dine together.
The hostess will escort you and your furry date to a table on the patio. While the server quenches your thirst with a glass of ice water, le chien will be served a bowl of water, too, as well as some crunchy doggie biscuits to whet the appetite.
While you consider the menu -- maybe the grilled salmon with shaved apple and fennel slaw, maybe the pan seared scallops with sweet corn, soybean and cherry tomato succotash -- the dog gets his own menu to look over. Will it be the barkers dozen of mini chicken treats? Or, maybe a cup of the Yoghund ice cream?
Manager Frederick Mazzeo opened his upscale eatery to dogs in March. The owner of Puck, 130 pounds of what Mazzeo calls "half-Lab, half-shepherd and half-wolf," he knows how important dogs are to people.
In fact, most of the people who work at FishOn! have dogs, including the chef, who has a golden retriever named Babbo, after Mario Batali's famed New York City restaurant.
As word has spread about the service, people with dogs -- both locals and tourists -- have crowded the patio, Mazzeo says.
"They don't want to leave their dogs at home," Mazzeo says. "They want to take their dog to dinner."
If you go
Lodging Lazy L Bed & Breakfast, 1601 Willow Creek, Lewes. 302-644-7220. A B&B where your dogs are more-than-welcome. Rooms $175 to $215 in season, plus a cottage on the dog run that starts at $190 a night.
Dining FishOn!, Village of Five Points, Lewes. 302-645-9790. An upscale eatery that also has a menu for dogs. Entrees $10 to $23.
Lazy Susan's Seafood Deli, 1420 Highway One, Lewes. 302-645-5115. A no-frills crab house. Call for prices.
Arena's Deli & Bar, 4113 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, 302-226-CAFE. A comfortable spot for lunch or dinner with a large selection of sandwiches and salads. Almost everything is under $10.
Dog attractions Critter Beach, 156 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach. 302-226-2690.
Yuppy Puppy, 123 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach. 302-537-0171.
Dog beaches Broadkill Beach, Lewes: Dogs allowed all the time, everywhere.
Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes: Dogs allowed in non-swimming beaches.
Delaware Seashore Park, south of Dewey Beach: Dogs allowed in non-swimming beaches.
Dewey Beach: Dogs allowed if they are leashed and have a city license before 9:30 a.m. and after 5:30 p.m.
Lewes Beach: Dogs allowed before 8 a.m. and after 6:30 p.m. between May 1 and Sept. 30.
Rehoboth Beach: Dogs not allowed on beach or boardwalk between April 1 and Oct. 31.