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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!

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  1. 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.

    Eurasian Eatery
    110 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

    All Mixed Up
    809 W Park Ave, Ocean, NJ 07712

    Jessie's Cafe
    139 Brighton Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

    Twisted Tree Cafe
    609 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ

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    1. Twisted Tree has excellent sandwiches and delicious vegan baked goods. Kaya's kitched is good as well, it is the former veggie works.

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      1. Sister Sue's, also in Asbury Park, is a Trinidadian/Caribbean restaurant with many vegan options. I've had the their vegan combo platter (shared with a friend) and was very impressed.

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        1. re: missybean

          That sounds great, thanks so much, missybean. I work in NYC so I am always looking for something unique when I am at home on the weekends.

        2. I like twisted tree on cookman.. in particular their tuna salad sandwich.. and their banana choc chip muffins. I know a lot of people like their chili. also...

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          1. re: JERSEYSHOR

            Thanks! My husband will love the muffins and chili. He's vegetarian so we'll give twisted tree a try.

          2. Rutgers2

            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.



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            1. re: missybean

              Hi Missybean, Yes, I am an RU alum (Rutgers College, 1994). That would be too funny if we both graduated at the same time. Thank you for the recommedations! I am really looking forward to Sister Sue's. Take care! :)

            2. 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
              Falafel Burgers

              and for the carnivore...Chicken Cordon Bleu Dumplings

              Bon Appetite!

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              1. re: BaconGuy

                add curry lasagna to the list, BaconGuy! Altho Mrs. Chan has sold to a lovely couple her recipes DO rock on!

                1. re: HillJ

                  I would add brassica dumplings and sunshine veg saute... florentine dumplings (the old BB for the old-timers) is excellent as well....

                  the szechuan dumpling salad may be one of the finest foods I've ever encountered... we usually order it by the gallon!...

                  1. re: aklein

                    The dumpling salad sounds awesome--thanks aklein!

                  2. re: HillJ

                    HillJ, that sounds great. Thank you for replying.

                    1. re: rutgers2

                      my pleasure rutg! I'm also a RU alum!
                      aklein makes some great recommendations as well.
                      Never disappointed at Eurasian Eatery. Be sure to order the fruit teas with your meal, they vary from time to time.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        HillJ--that is so cool! What a small world. I miss RU, miss the food (Evelyn's on a Friday night). I will definitely try Eurasian Eatery! Thanks so much.

                  3. re: BaconGuy

                    Thanks! The choices you mention sound great.

                  4. If you want to go upscale, you can't do better than Nicholas. There are vegetarian options on the dining room and bar menus + one of the tasting menus is vegetarian.


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                    1. re: RGR

                      Thank you. I have passed Nicholas many times but was nervous venturing in.

                      1. re: rutgers2

                        Hey, rutgers2,

                        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.

                        1. re: RGR

                          Thanks so much, RGR. My husband and I will probably scope out the bar room first and then break out the formal wear for a special occasion in the dining room. It is nice to hear that such a great place is in NJ, on Rt. 35 no less. Thanks again!!