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.
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. OleTapasLounge.com
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).
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...