Food & Wellness’s Inside-Jersey Names Maplewood One of NJ’s ‘Best Destination Towns for Dining’

The hits keep on coming for Maplewood, home of New Jersey’s best downtown and one of its top diners — as well as two of the state’s top 25 restaurants.

Now,’s Inside-Jersey Magazine has featured Maplewood in its print and online editions as one of the “best destination towns for dining” in the state.

The listing cites Maplewood as a progressive town that “encourages residents to go solar, with tools to facilitate the process and a carbon footprint calculator,” where retailers like Salvage Style encourage recycling and where the town’s top festival — Maplewoodstock — is free and family-friendly.

It also notes that Maplewood’s restaurants are known to “feature clean, fresh, bright fare.”

Five local eateries get a shout-out: Lorena’s, Arturo’s, Abril Cocina, Able Baker and Coda. Not mentioned are other Village favorites like Palmer’s Sweetery, Cactus Charlie, Conscious Fork, Sprout, Village Trattoria, Maplewood Grille, Roman Gourmet, St. James’s Gate, and of course, the new Cassidy.

Sadly, Springfield Avenue and its great contingent of food — from Verjus to Cornbread to HLS to Bradford’s Barr to Woulibam to Park Wood Diner to Nargiz Deli and more — are overlooked, as is the beloved Cedar Ridge Cafe & Bakery on Ridgewood Road.

Here’s hoping that makes it back to Springfield Avenue (and Irvington Avenue and South Orange Avenue) in the near future!

Read about Maplewood Village’s dining scene in Inside-Jersey Magazine here.

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