Get to The Point!
Anytime I go to Rehoboth, I HAVE to stop at the Point Coffee Shop and Bakery! How can you pass by a place that says on the back of the building (visible heading north on coastal highway/rt1) “world famous sticky buns” and “fresh Belgian waffles all day.”? It is located at the ‘point’ where Rt 1 meets 1A, so there’s no way to miss it! (and trust me, you wouldn’t want to)
I first recognized the greatness which is The Point when I was competing in the Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival last March. Their showpiece was different from any that I had ever seen and they ended up Grand Prize Winners, so I knew I had to check the place out.
As you enter the Point, you are greeted with this…
A super amazing staff, both warm and welcoming. They are also knowlegable and willing to go above and beyond their normal job duties for YOU.
Tom is the General Manager and could’ve sold me cow dung if he wanted to. Every time I go in the store, (unfortunately, I am not a regular since I live in Salisbury, but I do try to stop by every few months or so) Tom remembers me, and my family. He is always upbeat and friendly. I wish I could get that kind of customer service everywhere else, or anywhere for that matter. A lot of times I go to places, you can tell that they employees don’t want to be there, nor do they care about you. Thus, it is refreshing to hear someone answer “How are you?” with “amazing!” or “fabulous!” and ask you the same question, genuinely to boot. Tom knows what he’s doing and thinks of his customers as more than just customers, but as guests and friends. That to me is soooooo important as it is hard to find good customer service these days! Also in the above pic are managers/owners and the Pastry Chef John DelVecchio. DelVecchio knows his stuff! He’s had his own bakery in Lewes, DE and has been baking for years. At the Point, he gets to show a wide range of his skills by offering a variety of tasty treats. At the Point, he also does the desserts for the restaurant, Victoria’s, located on the boardwalk in Rehoboth.
Just take a look at all the pastries….
Tom may have grabbed my attention, but so did all the beautiful pastries in the case, as did the smell of the seasoned waffle irons. The Point is open til 3pm daily, til 5 on certain days (weekends and in season) and they have something for everyone for any point throughout the day.
Let’s start with breakfast…Coffee is a given. Lattes, cappuccinos, frappes, teas and smoothies are also available in a variety of flavors. I’ve had an iced mocha latte and it was delicious. I love me some Starbucks, but if I can help a little guy out and have just a good of product, and better service, I’m going to choose the little guy.
The smell of freshly brewed coffee is enough to make you want something to dip in it…well, you can choose from various breakfast pastries such as Danishes, croissants, donuts (they had banana and dulce de leche when I was there last mmm), cinnamon buns, muffins, bagels, and of course their famed sticky buns! They make everything in house except for the bagels. I make it a point every time I am in Rehoboth to get my sticky bun with walnuts. I walk the boardwalk to work it off, and it is entirely worth it.
Let me tell you, as a pastry professional, I know what a good sticky bun is supposed to be. Also, as a total foodie, I have tried various ones and can tell you that the one at the Point is my favorite (if the students at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, my Alma Mater, could be consistent, the sticky buns there would make a close second.) The perfect sticky bun should have nuts and/or raisins (I prefer BOTH, but some people are weird about raisins and some people are allergic to nuts) and a nice golden caramelized top (not burnt nor raw). The bun itself should be tender and flakey, not dry, and LOADED with a cinnamon brown sugar filling. It needs nothing more to it. Simply fantastic!
The Point also has savory croissants as well as a quiche of the day which is perfect for breakfast or lunch, as are the fresh Belgian waffles which are baked to order. For lunch, choose from a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and paninis offered daily and made to order. I haven’t had lunch there yet as I am totally satisfied with my sticky bun, but will make it a point to stop in for lunch sometime.
Ready for dessert? At the point you can get full cakes and pies to bring home for a dessert for a family or for a gathering to celebrate a special event. You can also get individual pastries such as cannolis, cheesecakes, brownies, cookies, mousse cakes, tarts and so on. My mom LOVES the GIGANTIC cream puffs. The staff at the Point also takes great care to listen to their guests’ feedback. I found a comment from months ago saying that they should fill they cannolis to order (which you should since you don’t want the filling to make the shell soggy) and they took the appropriate measures at the Point and started filling their cannolis to order.
The Point is like they place I always wanted to open myself…offering freshly baked breads, breakfast pastries, coffee, various desserts and specialty cakes for any occasion in a comfortable and accessible location. Don’t forget, it is close to the beach! (attracting all sorts of people, all year round) So it may not be my bakery, but it is great to see they type of place I’ve always wanted to bring to the shore actually here. My goal to bring an establishment such as this to the shore motivated me to go to pastry school in the first place. Salisbury, MD still has a need for a place such as this.
Ok, so I will get to the point. I love the Point. Outstanding atmosphere, products and service. You should get to the Point too!
You will thank me and yourself! 🙂
- 722 Rehoboth Avenue
- Rehoboth Beach DE 19971 US