Veggie Bistro & Cafe, located on the corner of West Englewood Avenue and Queen Anne Road is slated to open on Sunday, November 16. They will feature a menu full of natural foods that are minimally processed. Wherever possible, they will produce items in-house from fresh natural ingredients—from organic whole wheat pancakes, flour pie crusts to quiches and fresh made pasta. Their menu will include breakfasts, salads, paninis and wraps, fresh pasta and homemade pastries and desserts baked in a Tiffon brand open-window rotating French convection oven, so that customers can see and smell the oatmeal cookies and other pastries as they bake, and can order one warm from the oven as they finish their meal. They will also have gourmet speciality coffees and a full juice bar which will serve smoothies and fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices.
“Our philosophy is to serve whole, natural foods that are minimally processed,” said owner Yitz Alloul, a former caterer from Toronto who has lived in southern Teaneck for the past three years. “Wherever possible we will make scratch items–whole wheat pancakes, pie crusts for our quiches, fresh pastas, hormone-free milk and cheese.” Breads have been sourced that have whole grains, ancient grains, natural foods, and/or are minimally processed. “There are excellent products out there, and they’re kosher,” said Alloul. All fish will be naturally farmed without hormones, he added.
While the restaurant is not vegetarian, they will have items such as tofu and seitan. “It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But to make the food concept work, most families go out together, so, yes, we will have cheese and fish and eggs, but lighter options. The overall concept is eating fresh, better; all that you’re missing is the fat,” he said.
They will be open Sun-Thurs 7am-9pm. Fri 7am-2pm. Sat Open 1 hour after Shabbos until 1 am.
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