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May 8, 2012 09:31 AM

Lobster and vegan options North Jersey area

We are celebrating Mothers Day on Saturday night instead of Sunday. I would love to have real Maine lobster for Mothers Day. However, one daughter is vegan. We are willing to travel but do not want to go into the city. Any suggestions for a restaurant that has lobster, or other good seafood, and vegan options? We are near Paramus in Northern New Jersey.

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  1. I know friends who are vegan, hate the fact that often times all they are offered is a plate full of side dishes. With that being said, if Mom wants lobster, than maybe darling daughter should just take the high road, and make Mom feel extra special. Settle for the salad, and sorbet for dessert.

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    1. re: Herm

      Thanks Herm. Darling daughter would be willing to do that if necessary. But Mom wants everyone to be happy and enjoy their meals.

      1. re: oceans

        The only other thought I had is possibly an Asian restaurant. Many have live lobster tanks, and vegetarian menu items.

        1. re: Herm

          Thanks. Asian is a possibility.

          1. re: oceans

            It probably goes without saying, but vegetable dishes at Asian restaurants aren't necessarily vegan. Add the (possible) language barrier, and your vegan guest may not be very pleased.

            1. re: tommy

              While I agree with the strong possibility of chicken stock used for vegetables and stir frys.....many Chinese restaurants offer simple steamed vegetables and Tofu with sauce and rice on the side. The ingredients are prepared and served in Bamboo Steamers.

              1. re: fourunder

                This is a very good point and one to consider! Not very exciting vegan dishes though.

    2. McLoones Boathouse in West Orange. Its very nice and they have lobster, check the menu.

      Have you looked at places like Bonefish Grill, Legal Seafood, Charthouse in Weehawken, Caldwell Seafood is small but nice. Would you consider going to Newark to the Market St area? A lot of places in Newark like Sol Mar

      Don Pepe's ?

      Just throwing places out there for you.

      1. Meson Madrid in Palisades Park (on the border of Ft Lee & Cliffside) might be an option. you can have your lobster, and they've got veggie paella, several pastas, and a number of vegetable options for your daughter.

        1. Any interest in Legal Sea Foods or McCormick & Schmicks?

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          1. re: fourunder

            Thank you all for your suggestions. However, most of these restaurants do not have anything for our vegan. We would have to special order something which can be difficult on a Saturday night. But goodhealthgourmet, thank you, thank you, thank you. Meson Madrid looks perfect. I have never been there, but it looks like there is something for everyone. I just have to make sure they do not use butter in the vegetarian paella but I am going to guess that they do not.

            1. re: oceans

              i've had good experiences there in the past, but to be honest i haven't been there in quite some time so i hope i'm not steering you wrong. but the old-world Spanish decor is kinda cute & kitschy, and i figured the menu would accommodate everyone's preferences - i know how challenging it can be ;) have a great meal and a Happy Mother's Day!

          2. How about park and orchard. No lobster though.

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            1. re: jamesgelman

              Thanks. We all enjoy eating at Park and Orchard. However, I would really like lobster for Mothers Day.