Vegetarian choices in Monmouth Cty
Is Jesse's Cafe (West End) still open? Has anyone eaten there recently, especially lunch on the weekend? Also, has anyone eaten at Kaya's Kitchen in Belmar or Down to Earth (Red Bank--or are they closed as well). Thanks!
Absolutely no need to be nervous about going to Nicholas. If you're a little nervous about eating in the formal dining room, you can get your proverbial feet wet by dining in the bar room. The menu of small plates is a la carte; therefore, though it is not inexpensive, you will spend less than you would in the dining room (depending, of course, on what and how much you drink). You don't need a reservation; you can dress *very* casually, e.g., jeans; the bartenders are exceedingly friendly; and the overall feel is very relaxed.
My vote for Eurasian Eatery. Mrs Chan's tried and true recipes rock! My suggestions would be:
My number 1 gotta have it is the Szechuan Dumpling Salad. Buckwheat dumplings in a vinigary hot sauce with fresh jullienne veggies and soy nuts...Dont make a mistake and share it
Black Bean Mousaka
Pasta Toss with Vegetables
and for the carnivore...Chicken Cordon Bleu Dumplings
None of the people I went to Sister Sue's with are vegetarian tho we all seem to eat that way when we have a choice. There are a number of interesting non-veg items on the menu as well - oxtail, curry goat - so that a wide variety of tastes ought to be satisfied.
By the way - Are you a Rutgers alum? I am tho I was probably there long before you.
Jesse's is going strong. Go there on Thursdays. There is a wonderful farmers market in the back -- thursdays 12-6pm.
Sadly, Down to Earth is closed. The Eurasian Eatery has lots of vegetarian items. I've only been once. I liked it and keep meaning to go back.
In Ocean Twp off Rt 35, I like All Mixed Up. Not strictly vegetarian, but they make very good fresh salads with lots of good quality ingredients.
There's Twisted Tree Cafe in Asbury Park. I have not been there, but I've tried their take-out soups and other products. I think they are all vegan.
110 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701
All Mixed Up
809 W Park Ave, Ocean, NJ 07712
139 Brighton Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Twisted Tree Cafe
609 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ