Living on the Veg Opens Mainland Location, Expands Menu and Minds

Color PALETTE: As one particular returning workforce member explained, greens are taken care of with care and creativeness. ‘We’re really striving to make vibrant, loud food stuff rooted in traditional culinary strategies.’ The eatery is in the Manahawkin Shoppes. (Photographs by Ryan Morrill)
In 2005, Lauren and Rob Ramos opened Residing on the Veg in Very long Seashore Township, the Island’s initially completely vegan eatery. Now married, 16 many years later with two younger youngsters, a big following  (of vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike) and a superstorm later on, the two just opened their second locale at the Manahawkin Shoppes, aka the Manahawkin Flea Market, with a lot of support from their dedicated employees.
“Even back again then I understood that plant-primarily based diet programs would sometime grow to be more recognized. Currently it is not a fringe matter. I constantly knew it would capture on. The American diet was so meat-and-potato major, but that’s changed,” mentioned Ramos.
The new site opened May well 27, at 657 E. Bay Ave., Unit 3. That unit has a record of plant-based mostly food stuff setting up with the Schwee Tea Co. in 2013 and then Pleased Behaviors in 2018.
“The landlord achieved out to us to say that Happy Practices wasn’t renewing their lease,” claimed Ramos. “She believed we would be a ideal fit. We had preferred to grow, but due to the fact there’d been some form of vegetarian spot in Manahawkin, it didn’t make perception for us. The lease is acceptable so it’s a excellent prospect to grow.”
The new “Veg” serves the similar menu as the initial spot – a breakfast and lunch assortment of meatless sandwiches and wraps designed of fresh new greens, tempeh, soy and seitan as properly as breakfast bowls, salads, appetizers, smoothies and clean-pressed juices from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday by Saturday.

From 4 to 9 p.m. on those people times, they provide evening meal, a new menu of apps, soups, sandwiches, entrees, and a preference of 6 side dishes. Among the the favorites hence significantly are the XO Skewers (grilled tempeh in a Guangdong glaze with radish slaw), sweet potato gnocci (in a salsa rosa with broccoli rabe, tomato and almond) as perfectly as the Seitan Enchilada (a favored from the first location built with black bean puree, salsa verde, curtido, avocado and vegan queso).
The entrees are considerably elevated from the lunch fare, but the spot is even now everyday and inexpensive with even the primary training course dishes currently being less than $20. There is both of those indoor and out of doors seating. An additional addition has been that of a Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. That menu attributes conventional breakfast favorites without having eggs, like a French toast with peaches, almonds, brown butter and coconut buttermilk syrup and Vegan Jack tofu scramble.
Seitan Enchiladas- black bean puree, salsa verde, curtido, avocado, queso
A vital piece to the new location is the return of worker Brandon Berringer, who developed the supper menu with Ramos. Berringer, at first from Medford, began with Residing on the Veg when he was 16, working summers at the Seaside Haven Gardens spot. But he has expended the previous five several years in Philadelphia, doing the job at Vedge and V Road, owned by spouse and spouse staff Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby (V Street closed very last year due to the pandemic). There, he honed his culinary expertise.
Living on the Veg has experienced the identical labor worries as most of the area economy. Ramos claims most staff members are carrying out the function of three folks.
“I know we’ll get as a result of it. It is just rough for Rob and I to transfer on to the imaginative items we want to do when we have to bodily make sandwiches,” she defined.
The good news is, Berringer enlisted Mike Ogonowski, who had been via the culinary school at Sea Oaks, component of the Ocean County Vocational system. The two experienced earlier worked together at Living on the Veg and are now handling the responsibilities of the meal service.
“They’ve got a good artistic electricity,” bragged Ramos. “It difficulties them.”
Berringer feels the prospect is an honor.
“The complete workforce was really burning the candle at each ends to get this position open up,” explained Berringer. “It’s paid out off tenfold, having to see our guests pleased with new area and the choices we can now offer you with a more adaptable kitchen. A whole lot of staff members from yrs ago have arrive again to help get this put off the ground, so it is been a significant relatives reunion.”
He said a own intention of his is to have vegetable delicacies seemed at in the exact gentle as some of the  established dining establishments in the place, “treating our vegetables with the same treatment that comes with cooking a fine piece of meat. We’re seriously striving to make shiny, loud food rooted in traditional culinary procedures.”
The Veg is also leaning closely on Dylan Readel in the back again of the property and Ashley Conner in the front of the Island locale, as much of the workers has been pulled above to the mainland. The boyfriend/girlfriend couple begun in their freshman many years of superior university and are each now 22, possessing graduated college.
“They’re my babies. And they have been instrumental in holding us going even though we opened the new location,” mentioned Ramos.
Dwelling on the Veg-Manahawkin will be introducing some specials to modify issues up and there will be a full new menu for slide.
— Jon Coen

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