Very Vegan & Veggie (Plus Kosher) Cedar Ridge Cafe Re-Opens in Maplewood

Vegan and vegetarian alert!

There’s a new option in New Jersey for vegans, vegetarians and those seeking kosher baked goods. Cedar Ridge Café & Bakery on Ridgewood Road in Maplewood has re-opened after a brief hiatus.

“Our new hours are Tuesday-Saturday 8am to 4pm, Sunday 9am to 2pm! The kitchen will be open all day, no more closing at 3pm! WE ARE OFFICIALLY A VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT with a TON OF VEGAN options,” the Café posted on social media. “We will be certified kosher by the end of September!”

Gluten free waffle options join vegan eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast on the breakfast menu

“We are so excited to reopen with our new menu and we hope you are too!”

The beloved eatery caused some howls from its carnivorous patrons when it announced the change earlier this summer. But after re-opening as non-meat on September 5, owner Paul Holtzman said that the response has been tremendous — with local customers giving full support and new customers coming in from Summit and points further.

As always, the reviews are rapturous:

Pistachio Chocolate Bundt

“Absolutely LOVE this place. Not only do they have #veganoptions and #glutenfree options, their food is #DELICIOUS and the staff is super helpful and sweet,” wrote one online reviewer. “The owner is especially awesome! I can’t wait to go back! Between the 3 of us, we had a salad, a wrap, a bagel with butter, donuts, muffins, snickerdoodles and chocolate chip cookies. #Everythingwasamazing”

Said another, “I cannot recommend Cedar Ridge enough… the baked goods are phenomenal. I was lucky enough to be able to try their scone with vegan bacon and it was so good that I’m sorry I bought them all. The diet will wait. The pizza rolls were also incredible. I bought all those ad well. The Shawarma was so good that I can’t stop thinking about it and I want to go back right now and order it again so take my advice and definitely order anything with the seitan… they make it in house. I’m incredibly picky about my seitan and this one gets an A-Plus.”

Parking note: Cedar Ridge is in a cozy little residential neighborhood. There is no parking lot; park on street but leave room for locals to get our of their driveways!

Cedar Ridge Café & Bakery

410 Ridgewood RoadMaplewood, NJ