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Oct 26, 2008 10:14 AM

Ole Tapas in Wilmington

Has anyone been to Ole Tapas in Wilmington? I love Jose Garces's places in Philly and have been praying to a Tapas place here. Thanks.

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  1. Where is it? Have not heard of it.

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    1. re: travelmad478

      I think it's in Newark on Kirkwood Hwy. I'd be interested to see if it's any good too, but given how well other places in the First State compare (or don't) to their Philly counterparts, I will wait and see how the reviews are...

    2. I haven't been, but Eric Ruth gave it a very good review in the News Journal:

      Olé Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

      1126 Capitol Trail, Newark, between Possum Park and Red Mill roads. 224-9378.

      HOURS: Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon.- Fri. Dinner daily beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations recommended on the weekends.

      THE SCOOP: Sophisticated Spanish tapas dishes are so enlivening and carefully executed that they far outclass the entrées enough to make this the best restaurant in the greater Newark area.

      TASTEFUL FINDS: Escalibada (medley of roasted vegetables $7); plato de embutidos (cured meat platter, $7); croquetas de pollo (chicken croquettes, $5); setas con chorizo (wild mushrooms with chorizo, $6); higos con Cabrales y bacon (bacon-wrapped figs stuffed with Cabrales cheese, $5; tomate con cangrejo (crab-stuffed tomato, $7); piquillo relleno de bacalao (roasted piquillo peppers stuffed with salt cod, $6) , gambas ajillo (shrimp with garlic with Spanish olive oil, $7); mejillones (Mediterranean mussels steamed with lemon, $7); frito mixto Andaluz (sampler of fried seafood, $7); almejas con alubias asturianas (steamed clams with Asturian beans and roasted garlic, $6); queso jerezano (miti cana goat cheese with sherry reduction, $6).

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      1. re: Rumrita

        Thanks for the link. Just checked the menu, and it does seem to be many levels above the competition in terms of having interesting ingredients and preparations. That alone makes it worth a try. I really hope the execution in the kitchen is as good as the menu creation!

        1. re: travelmad478

          Just went last night! If you want to try a lot of tapas, definitely go to happy hour 1/2 price tapas! mon-fri 4:30-6:30. I had 7 different tapas and of the 7, I would get 4 again. Grilled pulpo was great! served over mashed potatoes, very spicy and tasty. Also grilled calamari, very garlicky and crispy grilled. The spanish anchovy with peppers was very fresh, seemed marinated rather than "cooked" with heat, if you know what I mean. Really nice atmosphere, and the restrooms are clean and candlelit as well! i will be back, mainly to try the grilled baby pig with crispy skin! It is one of their entress, rather than a tapas. Good stuff, comparale to Philly, I think, altho I've only been to one tapas place there...