Bethany native, Indian River High School alumnus and new owner of One Coastal restaurant Carlie Roberts knows food — and food service. Not only has she worked in the industry both locally and beyond for 18 years, but she’s also studied the cuisine of other cultures in her various travels.
Last Friday, July 4, however, Roberts got the chance to bring some of those concepts back home with the grand re-opening of One Coastal — a dine-in or carry-out restaurant located just as the name suggests: at 1 Coastal Highway, just north of the Maryland and Delaware border in Fenwick Island.
Not only does the restaurant and bar serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full menu of fresh coastal cuisine, but it also offers homemade ice cream and fresh, made-to-order smoothies and juices.
“We see what’s fresh and see how we can use it,” Roberts said of the concept. “You can pick and choose what you want. We want everybody to see what we’re doing and to feel like they’re a part of it, they’re not just a spectator.”
Serving all three meals daily, Roberts has ensured that, no matter what the time of day, there is always a healthy option catered to those with certain dietary restrictions — whether it be gluten-free, lactose-free or vegetarian.
“A lot of people are dairy-free now. A lot of people are gluten-free. A lot of people have allergies. So we feel like we have something for everybody,” she explained. “If you don’t see it on the menu and we’re capable of making it, we absolutely will, and we’re able to do that because we’re keeping things simple.”
While gluten-intolerant diners may be delighted to see gluten-free crabcakes on the menu, gluten lovers will appreciate Roberts’ signature Banana Bread French Toast — made fresh in-house daily and topped with fresh fruit.
“Every morning I make homemade banana bread,” she described. “It’s literally the fresh banana bread that comes out of the oven that day, sliced, battered, cooked on a griddle, served with homemade whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and some real maple syrup.”
Other breakfast options include breakfast wraps and sandwiches, fresh fruit and yogurt, pancakes and homemade biscuits — all, of course, accompanied by the offerings from the juice and smoothie bar. For lunch, One Coastal offers fresh, authentic paninis available for either dine-in or carry-out, for patrons looking for a quick bite to bring back to the beach.
“We’re trying to be heavy into carry-out. Our ticket times are really quick,” Roberts said after noting the intended convenience for beachgoers. “We’ve got everything prepped and ready for ya — come in, order, grab a juice or a smoothie while you wait, hang out at the bar, and you’ll be back to the beach in 10, 15 minutes.”
Dinner starts at 5 p.m., with a full menu, full service and a full bar — again with healthy and fresh options for everyone. The bar also offers Happy Hour daily, with specials including $2 Natural Lights and $5 fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit crushes. And, for dessert, Roberts offers not only her homemade ice cream, but her various other homemade creations nightly.
Roberts knows, though, that just offering fresh, quality products won’t ensure success, so she has made sure to hire a friendly, local staff who know the meaning of customer service and are capable of demonstrating that to the community in which she grew up.
“Fenwick is definitely close to my heart,” she said, having noted her years as a Fenwick lifeguard and experience working at local restaurants. “I feel like there’s a good sense of community here — it’s a lot of fun to come to work, and I love bringing that kind of environment to all of the people who are coming in the door.”
One Coastal is located at 1 Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island. They serve a full menu from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., with light fare served from 9 to 10 p.m. Call in carry-out orders at (302) 537-4790 or check them out on Facebook and Instagram.