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Now, am I the only one with guts enough to admit I live in New Jersey, or is this really hell on earth and I'm the only vegan? I should have stayed in California!
Lol...."hell on earth"....I love it. Well, I live in hell, too. I see you live down the shore. Safe to assume you've been to Veggie Works & Down to Earth? I live farther north but make the trip once in a while.
 

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I live in Union County, not far from Newark airport. I went to Rutgers for one semester years ago...I wish I hadn't dropped out. I'm sure you won't miss Jersey after you leave. Luthienamandil: it's sure not quiet up here, but I'm sure it's quieter than alot of the shore towns. Did you know that Veggie Works is for sale? The owners want to sell it to someone who will keep it vegan. If it closes or changes, I will be so depressed
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I know....I just need to hit that lottery and I will buy it
. At least there's also Down to Earth but they're alot more expensive than VW and they don't have a salad bar. Plus VW's menu is much more extensive. I'm lucky being farther north since I'm not too far from NYC. Do you get to go there much? I don't go as often as I would like...it is a bit of a hassle getting in there. There's a place in the Village called Red Ramboo which is excellent. They've been there about a year I think.
 

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I really need to try more Indian food to see if I like it...I've tried a couple of frozen things which didn't thrill me. There's lots of Indian restaurants near where I work, so it would be helpful if I could learn to like their food. I tend to prefer "Americanized" vegetarian food....that's why I like Veggie Works so much. I love the dish they have called the Singing Cowboy....it's my favorite thing off of their menu.
 

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Yeah, Veggie Works is in Belmar. I can definitely see hating to commute to the city everyday, but at least you have a lot of veggie restaurants to choose from for lunch, assuming there's one near your work. Too bad they weren't more evenly distributed throughout the city, though....seems like most of them are in the Village. Have you been to Veggie Heaven in Teaneck or Parsippany?
 

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I don't know how long it would take from Northern Ohio, but it took me about 12 hours to drive to see my sister who lives near Cincinnati. As far as beaches go, I would also suggest Wildwood (it's about 40 miles south of Atlantic City). Their beach is huge, and it's free. I think their boardwalk is about a mile long. If you're vegetarian, you'll do okay for eating with pizza and stuff, but if you're vegan, good luck. Same with all the boardwalks in NJ....they all pretty much have the same kind of food (burgers, cheesesteaks, ice cream, etc.).
 

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Gianna's Grille

507 S. 6th Street

Philadelphia, Pa.

215-829-GG4U

www.giannasgrille.com

Singapore Vegetarian resteraunt

1006 Race St.

Philadelphia, Pa 19107

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Singapore Vegetarian resteraunt

Centrum Shoppes

219 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd (Rt 561)

Cherry Hill, NJ 19107
I absolutely LOVE the vegan pizza at Gianna's. I believe they make their own vegan cheese, and it is out of this world. Their vegan cheesesteaks & eggplant parms are good also. I heard that the Singapore in Cherry Hill is going to start serving meat
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I hadnt heard that yet and havent seen any signs or advertisements. Actually it doesnt make any sense since the resteraunt name has vegetarian in it. Unless of the owner is selling the Cherry Hill one to someone else.

Anyhow its still one of the greatest places Ive been too, over 150 vegetarian menu items and I have yet to be disappointed. Id still go there. Plus its only 10 minutes from where I live.
The last time a veggie place in NJ started serving meat they ended up closing down. So we'll see what happens in this case. You're lucky you have a place only 10 minutes from you....I hope what I heard about them isn't true.
 

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I went down to AC for the first time last summer. It is crappy! Don't bother. If casino glitz is what you want, just go to Las Vegas, which is much nicer and tons of stuff to do.
Definitely! AC is the pits IMO.....Vegas is the best. I'd rather take the 5 hour plane ride to go to Vegas than the 2 hour car ride for AC anyday (as if I have that kind of money anyway
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They probably were already on the way out if they resorted to serving meat.

What place was it?

There was a place called Evergreen that was also near me that lasted a few years, closed down and came back as "Asian Delights". They then served a regular Japanese/Asian menu with a small veg section on it. This incarnation lasted less than a year. Now its just a plain Sushi Bar. I expect it wont be around nearly as long.
I can't remember the name but it was a town near Parsippany. You might be right about them being on the way out beforehand because there was already a popular vegan chinese restaurant in Parsipanny when they opened, so I guess they were too close to each other to be able to sustain a big following. I was at Evergreen once, shortly before they closed. I hate when these places close since there's already too few veg places in NJ (considering there's more in NYC than in our whole state).
 

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I hadnt heard that yet and havent seen any signs or advertisements. Actually it doesnt make any sense since the resteraunt name has vegetarian in it. Unless of the owner is selling the Cherry Hill one to someone else.

Anyhow its still one of the greatest places Ive been too, over 150 vegetarian menu items and I have yet to be disappointed. Id still go there. Plus its only 10 minutes from where I live.
Sorry to keep going back and forth on this but from what I gather they have now decided to stay vegetarian. Hopefully permanently.
 

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Greetings from another NJ person -- I live in Morris County. I think the restaurant you're trying to remember was in Lake Hiawatha, but I'm not totally positive. I've been to Veggie Heaven in Parsippany, btw -- not bad but some of the dishes seem to be a little sweet. There's also a restaurant in Denville, Metro Cafe. Although it is not strictly a veg place, they had quite a number of vegetarian and vegan dishes the last time I was there (admittedly quite a while ago). Recently returned from a trip out to L.A., visiting my eldest son. Now there's a veg friendly town...

Shalom,

Gail
You're right, it was Lake Hiawatha. I like Veggie Heaven but there's only so much Chinese food I can deal with on a regular basis. I've heard L.A. is veg friendly. But thank god we have NYC nearby. Have you been to Red Bamboo in the Village? It's so good. A new vegan place opened in Brooklyn yesterday....I'm probably gonna check it out this weekend.
 

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I live in central NJ too.... Ive been to the

Golden Teapot A+ a little on expensive side though

Singapore in Cherry hill A

Ghinnis Grill in philly, pa A

Ghinnis i would think id really have a craving for more than both of the other two being its all meatless american food and not chinese type foods. My g/f ate the chicken parm steak sandwich and she thought it was ok but i guess she has to get used to the taste, i thought it was great. She liked both vegan cakes she tried. I had fake meat pizza slices and bbq fakechicken pizza which was awesome too. my buddy that is a meat eater only had pizza with fake pepperonis, i told him after i started eating my "mockchicken" that it wasnt real and he was suprised, he ate it anyway without complaint... said and done was over $20 for all the food lol
I don't know if you're vegan, but if you are keep in mind that Gianna's recently found out that the cheese they've been using on their pizza isn't vegan. They're switching to another non-vegan cheese. I haven't gotten to the Golden Teapot yet. Someday....it's quite a distance for me. Today I'm going to my new favorite place, Foodswings in Brooklyn (www.foodswings.net). It's vegan fast food, and it's out of this world (and cheap, too
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Yes, I totally agree with you about Chinese food. Thanks for the recommendation of Red Bamboo. I'll certainly give it a try when I'm in the city. Wish there were more places right here in NJ though. Of course, it sure is better for my budget to bring lunch when I go to work and with finances a bit tight we don't go out to dinner much any more.

BTW, your kitty is just adorable! I'm counting the days until I'll be able to adopt again. We used to have a couple of outdoor cats years ago, but when they passed away (at far too young of an age, IMHO) I decided not to get another unless I could keep her inside. This was something of a problem due to my son's allergy and my husband stubbornly insisting that the cat would be miserable indoors.

But I'm happy to say that son Thomas is nowhere near as sensitive as he once was - and will be leaving for college in the Fall anyway -- and spending time with our other son's indoor-only cat (a very sweet, happy and well-adjusted kitty) has convinced my husband that keeping a feline inside is O.K. I'm holding off going to the shelter until we've moved into our new place (currently trying to sell and might have to rent for a while), but I can't wait 'till I can bring home a dear new companion. :)

Shalom,

Gail
That's great that you'll be adopting a shelter kitty. I used to volunteer at a shelter (that's how I ended up with a full house
). If you go to Red Bamboo, try the Soul "Chicken" Sandwich, the buffalo wings, and the vegan chocolate-covered strawberry shortcake. Good stuff
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That sucks. Do they still have alot of veggie food? Not that I would ever go there again now that they decided to add dead animals to their menu, but I'm just curious.
 

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I was just at Down to Earth Saturday night. Veggie Works is my favorite off of your list. Did you know that they are moving to Red Bank? I'm not sure when, but before the end of the year I believe. As you know, parking in Red Bank sucks, so I hope they found a place that has a parking lot. I think it's going to be on Monmouth Street, which is where the Count Basie Theater is I believe. Have you been to Veggie Heaven in Parsippany and Teaneck? The Teaneck one has a bigger menu, a few non-Asian food specials (the meatloaf & meatball sandwich is good), and really good vegan cheesecake.
 

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I know how you feel. Hard-to-find parking should be worth it since it's about 12 miles closer than Belmar. I just hope they're not closed for any length of time in between moves. I also heard they won't have a salad bar at the new location, which sucks. I used to like to eat a lot of salad first so I wouldn't finish my entree so I have some to take home. And since you often have to wait so long for a table and their service is so slow it was nice to be able to eat something before the meal comes. Oh well, I won't complain, as long as they stay open I'll be happy, since there was rumors of them closing for good.
 

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There's another place in Red Bank, also on Monmouth Street, called The Eurasian Eatery. They serve dead animals, but they have a decent amount of vegan options. I went to Veggie Works tonight, and the waitress said they have to be out of their present location by the end of November. She doesn't have a set date as to when they'll open in the new one, and she doesn't know if they'll have a parking lot.
 

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Yet another Veggie Works update: Someone who works there bought the place from the current owner. They are staying in the same location in Belmar. They will be closing on Dec. 15 for a couple of weeks or so for renovations, and will reopen with the new name "Kaya's Kitchen". The menu will be smaller, but similar type of food I believe.
 
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