We went to Don Pepe II in Pine Brook on Friday, because we were in the mood for seafood. It was our first time at this 32 year old restaurant. This is not a place to go for ambience or service (which was very slow), but the food was fantastic. Rosie had written up Don Pepe Steakhouse in her Table Hopping column, and it sounded good. Don Pepe II is more of a seafood restaurant, but the menus are almost identical.
We shared a fantastic, non greasy crispy fried soft shell crab entree as an appetizer. It came with three perfectly fried (and meaty) soft shell crabs. We got their garlic sauce on the side.
For entrees we both had the amazing (and messy) twin whole lobsters stuffed with crab meat, shrimps, and scallops. They came with perfectly crispy (and non greasy) handmade potato chips. The stuffing was very good.
I think next time we will just order takeout, because the messy lobster is better to eat at home, than in front of company. Luckily they had lobster bibs and wash & dries. We had plenty of leftovers.