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Vegetarian choices in Monmouth Cty

rutgers2 Jun 17, 2008 01:30 PM

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. val ann c RE: rutgers2 Jun 17, 2008 02:15 PM

    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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      rutgers2 RE: val ann c Jun 17, 2008 02:34 PM

      Thank you so much, Val Ann!

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      Erin44 RE: rutgers2 Jun 17, 2008 02:18 PM

      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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        rutgers2 RE: Erin44 Jun 17, 2008 02:35 PM

        Thank you very much, Erin44.

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        missybean RE: rutgers2 Jun 17, 2008 04:20 PM

        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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          rutgers2 RE: missybean Jun 18, 2008 08:09 AM

          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.

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          JERSEYSHOR RE: rutgers2 Jun 17, 2008 05:12 PM

          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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            rutgers2 RE: JERSEYSHOR Jun 18, 2008 08:10 AM

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

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            missybean RE: rutgers2 Jun 18, 2008 12:58 PM


            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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              rutgers2 RE: missybean Jun 19, 2008 07:29 AM

              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! :)

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              BaconGuy RE: rutgers2 Jun 18, 2008 01:44 PM

              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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                HillJ RE: BaconGuy Jun 18, 2008 05:58 PM

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

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                  aklein RE: HillJ Jun 19, 2008 07:56 AM

                  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!...

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                    rutgers2 RE: aklein Jun 19, 2008 08:26 AM

                    The dumpling salad sounds awesome--thanks aklein!

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                    rutgers2 RE: HillJ Jun 19, 2008 08:26 AM

                    HillJ, that sounds great. Thank you for replying.

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                      HillJ RE: rutgers2 Jun 19, 2008 09:23 AM

                      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.

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                        rutgers2 RE: HillJ Jun 19, 2008 10:10 AM

                        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.

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                    rutgers2 RE: BaconGuy Jun 19, 2008 07:30 AM

                    Thanks! The choices you mention sound great.

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                    RGR RE: rutgers2 Jun 18, 2008 04:14 PM

                    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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                      rutgers2 RE: RGR Jun 19, 2008 07:30 AM

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

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                        RGR RE: rutgers2 Jun 19, 2008 08:12 AM

                        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.

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                          rutgers2 RE: RGR Jun 19, 2008 08:25 AM

                          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!!

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                            RGR RE: rutgers2 Jun 19, 2008 08:39 AM

                            Sounds like a plan! :-)

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