We are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but some New Jersey towns are more Irish than others. (more…)
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
- Cost: $$$
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Parking: Street
- Take Out: Yes
August 18, 2010
Not far from Newark airport (the neon Budweiser brewery sign glows like a harvest moon above the treetops) in a residential section of Elizabeth, Valenca is a hearty Portuguese steakhouse with big portions, great food, and plenty of neighborhood charm. The appetizers were enough for a full meal – stuffed scallops, clams on the half shell, calamari and the stand-out Portuguese Chourico – a delicious sausage served flaming at your table. The many meat and seafood entrees are all large enough to feed more than one. Valenca’s signature dish – Filet Mignon on a Stone – means the dining room fills with a buttery steam cloud from patrons grilling hunks of raw beef on individual trays with a sizzling stone, garlic butter and a lemon wedge. You can also order Tuna on a Stone. The paella and seafood Cataplana are excellent.
Valenca fills up with local families and couples; reservations recommended. The dining rooms are attached to a full bar with some banquet/catering rooms upstairs. Service is efficient, but a little slow when crowded. Headed here with family to celebrate my wife’s birthday last week (looking younger every day), and enjoyed a wonderful meal.