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Ensconced in a corner bar in one of Ironbound's dark side streets, McWhorter is a Portuguese churrasqueria, not to be confused with a Brazilian churrascaria. That means that, instead of guys running around in little gaucho pants flinging meat at you, you've got a chill back room where a meat wrangler turns of big hand-rotisserie over a charcoal pit, almost like Texas. From it he pulls luscious pork ribs, plump Portuguese sausages, tender perfectly done chickens, and dryish sirloin steaks. The accompanying rice and pickled veggies form the perfect accompaniments, and, besides an appetizer of garlic shrimp, the menu offers little else. Only a few blocks from the PATH train--bring a Google map.
When I spotted McWhorter Barbecue in Newark's Yellow Pages, I expected an African-American joint. But Google Maps placed it in the Portuguese Ironbound district, which runs along the banks of the Passaic River, where no one would ever think of... More »
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