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Best Spanish or Portuguese-style garlic shrimp in Newark area?

freshfigs Aug 26, 2010 07:51 AM

I know garlic shrimp is offered at numerous Portuguese and Spanish restaurants in Newark's Ironbound neighborhood and elsewhere, but I was wondering which places offer the best version of this dish in the Newark area (Newark-Kearny-Harrison-Belleville).

I have been to the Iberian restaurants of the Newark area many times in the past but I honestly can't recall which places, if any, prepare a really superior version of this dish. I mean, garlic shrimp is pretty ubiquitous, but does anyone have a really standout version?

I'm asking because a friend has requested to meet for lunch or dinner in the Newark area this weekend and specifically wants to have this dish.

Thanks in advance.

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    freshfigs RE: freshfigs Aug 26, 2010 08:00 AM

    BTW, I've heard good things about Katekero in Newark and Valencia in Elizabeth (both Portuguese). Can anyone verify these recommendations and whether their garlic shrimp is top-notch?

    Katekero Cafe & Restaurant
    77 Jefferson St, Newark, NJ 07105

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      Tapas52 RE: freshfigs Aug 26, 2010 08:42 AM

      We like Don Pepe's...the garlic Shrimp was really good there as was everything else we ordered....and the Spanish Brandy also :)


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      coldbeer RE: freshfigs Aug 26, 2010 10:27 AM

      The answer is...........the Adega Grill on Ferry Street.

      Adega Grill
      130 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105

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        Curlz RE: coldbeer Aug 26, 2010 05:31 PM

        Hey! That's what I was gonna say! :-) Make that 2 for Adega Grill. VERY garlicky! Yum.

        Adega Grill
        130 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105

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        rakh RE: freshfigs Aug 28, 2010 08:05 AM

        If you include Elizabeth (really almost Roselle Park), there is Europa on Westfield Avenue. Very good garlic shrimp and chicken.

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