My wife and I were dreading our long layover in Newark Airport. We wanted a sit down dinner after a long flight, so we decided to give Gallegher's a try. From past experiences I was not expecting an exceptional experience, but we were both pleasantly surprised.
We were seated promptly, and our waitress greated us and took our drink order. I was a bit dehydrated so a tall Sam Adams was in order ... oh, I also had a glass of water too! My wife had a glass of a red cab, and we explored the menu. For an airport restaurant I was really surprised with the offerings. The menu was not a cut down version with 2 or 3 offerings, but a real menu!
We started by sharing an appetizer of fried calamari. When it arrived I was stunned! It was a good thing we shared it because it probably was enough for up to 4 people. Delicate coating, not chewey, but they could have drained the oil a little better. My wife ordered the petit filet with mushrooms. 6 oz filet done to perfection and a generous amount of tasty, mixed mushrooms served family style. I had the "Jumbo" crab cakes. They were not kidding! They were huge! My wife, the gourmet cook, tasted them and gave them a big thumbs up! She said that they were some of the best crab cakes that she has ever tasted. Airport food? Hardly. I ordered Gallegher's potatoes for my side which was a baked potato that was cut in 4 pieces and deep fried. Huge potato, and interesting. Not sure I would order it again, but it was good. Needless to say we had no room for dessert. The gentleman across from us had the tenderloin salad which looked really good. Next time I will get that.
As others have pointed out it was a little expensive, but what place in an airport isn't.
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