Vegetarian Restaurants in Short Hills

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Though the idea of shared plates most often conjures up images of dainty Spanish tapas, the communal meals at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant are hardly suitable for passing. Instead, everyone sits around and digs right into a giant platter called a beyainatu, which translates to “a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.” Diners tear off pieces of flat, spongy bread known as injera and scoop up dollops of rich stews. Ethiopia’s signature dish, doro wat, is a mouth-warming union of chicken, traditional berbere spices, and hard-boiled egg. Each entree comes paired with two vegan sides, such as the curried vegetables of tikil gomen or the slow-cooked chickpeas and herbs of shiro. The chefs work particularly well with lamb and seafood, which best show off delicate hints of sautéed herbs and chilis.

261 Irvington Ave
South Orange,
NJ
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Tortilla Sunrise’s gastro gurus imbue succulent meats and fresh vegetables with authentic south-of-the-border flair to create a menu of Mexican favorites. Feasting duos and foursomes can race to solve Pythagorean’s theorem with a basket of right-angled, homemade tortilla chips dunked in fresh red salsa and delivered straight to their door. Succulent cuts of beef, chicken, or lamb mix with a garden of fajita peppers and onions to allay stomach abandonment issues, and a cheesy plate of three enchiladas arrives stuffed with beef, chicken, pork, chorizo, or vegetables, and doused in the chef’s signature sauce. In addition to delivery, patrons can also place an order and carry out their fare on the way back from work or a peace-treaty signing that ran late.

18 Grove Ave
Verona,
NJ
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Juice Bar serving created fresh juice combination and awesome natural smoothies. Sure to satisfy your hunger.

127 Valley Rd
Montclair,
NJ
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Maoz is most famous for its expansive salad bar, but its falafel ($4.95)—a home-baked pita bread filled with crispy, handmade balls of vitamin-rich chickpeas, fresh spices, and vegetables—lends itself better to a leisurely lunchtime eat-and-amble through the nearest park. You can build off the falafel's delicious base with a splash of hummus, eggplant, baba ganoush, avocado, and more ($0.50–$1/add). Pair it with Belgian fries and sauce, side salad, sweet potato fries, or seasonal soup ($3–$4), and wash it all down with fresh-squeezed orange juice.

315 Washington St
Hoboken,
NJ
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Chef Kris Wojciuk brought more than 30 years of cooking experience—and a handful of his grandmother’s European recipes—when he took the reins behind the counter at Z Deli & Catering. Today, he and his team craft kosher-style deli sandwiches, hot-pressed baguette wraps, and soups using housemade ingredients. Guests can mix and match gourmet salads to create their own platter and smear bagels with an array of sweet and savory cream cheeses. In addition to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in house, Z Deli & Catering provides full-service catering for events both large and small. The crew prepares an array of daily specials and fresh baked goods and assembles meat and seafood dinners to go.

779 Mountain Ave
Springfield,
NJ
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Michael Sobon appreciates nostalgia for good ol’ Americana—and a tasty old-fashioned burger. That’s why he created Pudsters, a family-friendly restaurant named in honor of his beloved English bulldog, Puddy. Old-fashioned burgers (made of 100% fresh, never-frozen angus beef) and frankfurters—known as Pudsters Puppies—rule the menu. Paired with shoestring fries, crispy onion rings, and hand-spun milkshakes, these burgers and frankfurter meals recall the 1950s and preview the 2050s, when all food will taste like a milkshake. The team takes into account considerations of 2013 citizens, too, accommodating vegetarians with portobello mushroom burger—a fresh one that illustrates the eatery's aversion to processed ingredients—or grilled cheese. Technically, the grilled cheese is part of the kid’s menu, but Pudster’s friendly staff won’t raise an eyebrow.

632 Bloomfield Avenue
West Caldwell,
NJ
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