Manolo’s is a famous local spot found in the Elizabethport section of E-town, near the start of Elizabeth Avenue.
Open for 30 years, Manolo’s has served as the meeting place of many business lunches, political functions, and catered events. Their menu reflects that of Spanish, Portuguese and Mediterranean influence.
Street parking is free in this part of town, but no need to worry as Manolo’s has their own private parking lot.
Upon entering you pass through the bar area to the narrow, but spacious dining room. The restaurant is well decorated and has a very a rustic interior and style. The restaurant was even seen in the first episode of The Sopranos.
Manolo’s changes their menu seasonally and are open for both lunch and dinner.
Their bread is fresh, served warm with a bruschetta (tomato, garlic, mixed vegetables) that is to die for.
Their garlic shrimp appetizer is very rich, with a mild spice to it and of great portion.
Manolo’s excels the most in their sauces that they cook with, and that many plates come with.
Off their seasonal lunch menu I ordered their chicken breast, stuffed with goat cheese, with roasted corn and peppers on the side. It was served in a parisienne-esque brown sauce that was exquisite.
I skipped dessert, but they have several great options and I’ve heard that their lemon cake is amazing.