Next up on our lunch spot recommendation list is Saddle River Café, a more laid-back alternative to its acclaimed sister restaurant, the Saddle River Inn.
This newly opened American eatery in (where else?) Saddle River is already attracting some serious buzz for its small but scrappy menu of high-quality coffees, 3-day farm-fresh eggs, organic pressed juices, super-tasty smoothies, and (we’re sensing a trend here) healthy grain and salad bowls.
We ordered up one of the latter on a recent visit, the Grains A Plenty bowl ($14), which had a grain base topped with charred corn, asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, and chunks of watermelon tossed in a oregano vinaigrette. We weren’t entirely sure the whole thing would work, but our taste buds quickly assured us this one was a hit. Refreshingly light but filling, and every flavor worked perfectly together.