Judging from all the hustle and bustle going on at 181 Maplewood Avenue, ’s hit a home run with diners. When I phoned Maplewood’s latest entry to the eatery scene at about 5 p.m. yesterday, co-owner was already so busy cooking that she had to relay her very enthusiastic update about official opening day:
“We’re getting great reactions from people,” reports Melissa (via the friendly Dylan who answered the line). “We couldn’t have asked for a better response – we’re really excited and ready to go.”
I ordered take out later last night, and my husband – possessor of one of the world's most persnickety palates — was quite pleasantly surprised and surprisingly complimentary (he even tried to eat mine, too, so we'll have to order more next time). Yup, Wok Star’s gonna be answering some future ‘what’s for dinner’ whines in the Pacheco household. Or, as Charlie Sheen would put it: Winning!!!!
The place has obviously tapped in to Maplewood’s desire for new menu options in town and it looks like we have even more choices coming soon:
A chat with of confirmed that we’re got two more international cuisine offerings on the way: a Thai eatery (in the space that Luke’s Kitchen once occupied) and a Mexican spot will be popping up where New World once was on Highland Place.
Add the new options to the fact that we’ve got a in town, a new cafe coming (Kocafe at 1908 Springfield Avenue), an impending location, and (!) — in addition to other great places like , , , the , , , , , , , , , , , , , , the , and the newly energized (to name a few) and it’s no surprise that Maplewood’s becoming a destination location for fabulous food:
“We are thrilled that the food scene in Maplewood just keeps getting bigger and more diverse,” says Doran. “We always hear people asking for more food choices and now they'll be able to add Asian noodles, Mexican and Thai to the mix. No wonder more people from neighboring towns, and even New York City, are coming to Maplewood for dinner!”
Sounds scrumptious, but I can't but hope more parking spots will be on the menu, too…that and my dream falafel place...How about in the location?!
Seriously, though — we're one lucky town. We've really got a food scene to be beyond proud of going on — and we should show them all much love during the upcoming !