I’ve mentioned before that eating breakfast out at a restaurant can be challenging for vegans. In fact, I could probably count the restaurants in the Garden State that serve vegan breakfast options on my fingers. (No need to remove my socks to start counting on my toes, because the pickin’s are that slim.) So when I heard that Rutherford Pancake House owners Rick and Spiro were planning on opening a second restaurant, I was more than excited. I spent months checking Facebook for info and harassing Veggieguy for updates because he eats at RPH for lunch frequently. I’m pleased to announce that Maywood Pancake House is now open!
Walking into Maywood Pancake House reminded me of that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine becomes friends with bizarro versions of Jerry, George and Kramer and starts hanging out at a bizzaro version of Monk’s Diner. Maywood Pancake House is like the bizzaro version of Rutherford Pancake House, with a similar paint color on the walls, blown-up postcards of local landmarks decorating the space and even their signature Pancake House clock. Even the menu is the same, with the exception of the cover! Just as he did at RPH, chef Spiro keeps a plate of complimentary fresh-from-the-oven vegan scones at the counter. Because of a large wall of windows, the new pancake house is much brighter, airier and open, and I found it to be a much friendlier and inviting space.
This is not your typical New Jersey diner. Just as with their first restaurant, Rick and Spiro keep health consciousness in mind, and fresh ingredients are used wherever possible. French fries are cut from whole potatoes, not pulled out of bag from the freezer, and fluffy, warm bread is baked fresh daily.
The menu at Maywood Pancake House has the same vegan offerings breakfast offerings that vegans flock to RPH for: French Toast American – layers of French toast made with fresh, house-made challah bread, stuffed with vegan cream cheese and topped with sliced strawberries; 4 different varieties of tofu scramble, such as the Roman and the Popeye; and warm, fluffy pancakes topped with ripe, fresh fruit. There are also Belgian waffles, soy sausages, home fries and French toast.
Vegan lunch options abound at MPH, with dishes such as the Barbeque Seitan Sandwich, vegan pizza, vegetable quesadillas, veggie burgers, chili, and of course, salads. Spiro also makes a killer vegan nacho plate, as well as totally loaded Texas fries – French fries covered in Daiya cheese (which is made from tapioca) and vegetable chili.
Maywood Pancake House has a huge array of omnivorous options as well, so it’s the perfect place for the whole family to dine in harmony.
Maywood Pancake House
93 Pleasant Avenue, Maywood, NJ 07607
Type of Cuisine: American
Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sun: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Price Range: $ – $$
Phone: (201) 880-7842
Dianne Wenz, VLC, HHC, AADP is a Holistic Health Counselor, Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Plant-Based Nutrition Specialist. Dianne coaches people from across the country to help them improve their health and wellbeing, and she helps people make the dietary and lifestyle changes needed to go vegan.