"The Essence of Portugal in a Crisped Sardine"

“This is the way to do it,” said George Mendes, standing at a counter and sipping a beer on a Sunday afternoon at Seabra’s Marisqueira, a Portuguese restaurant in this city’s Ironbound neighborhood. On a plate lay a row of plain, fresh sardines, their flesh still hot, their salted skin crisped from the grill. Read more..…

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"New Flavors in a Newark Neighborhood"

The Ironbound district of Newark is not the sort of place that outsiders flock to. It has long been an insular community - a working-class Italian-American and Portuguese immigrant stronghold - bounded on three sides by railroad tracks and on another by the Passaic River. Its claims to fame have been as a Superfund cleanup site in the 1980s and as the home turf of Tony Soprano. Not exactly the stuff of tourism brochures. Read more..…

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"The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia"

Accused of pie theft, Baron Ambrosia faces banishment from the Bronx if he can't defeat Grandmaster Mele Mel in a duel... of pull-ups. He takes to the streets of Newark, NJ in search of Jersey Devil fajitas, said to bring super-human strength to anyone that consumes them. Along the way, he's distracted by Trinidadian sandwiches, Italian hot dogs and Portuguese dry soup. Read more..…

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" Rich Latin Dishes for Everyone"

Mi gente means "my people" in Spanish, and Manny Beovides, 48, the owner of the bustling little cafe of that name in downtown Newark, was born in Cuba. But the Cubano sandwich ($5) notwithstanding, Mr. Beovides describes the menu as broadly Latin, and he sees its appeal as universal. Read more..…

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"From Among the Ruins, a Bustling Centerpiece"

Mr. Scalera, who is also public affairs director for Verizon New Jersey, must have been feeling optimistic, because he bought the building. Later he joined two partners - David Anstatt, a builder, and Jose Rodriguez, a real estate developer - and now they own a good part of the block. It is becoming a Newark metaphor of another kind, an emblem of hope, and 27 Mix, the restaurant on the ground floor of No. 27 (the top two floors are still residential), is its centerpiece. The restaurant opened in July 2005, and like downtown Newark it has a way…

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