Eat It: I had a delightful lunch yesterday with my friend Carrie, at Coda Kitchen & Bar, down the street from the lovely-but-now-closed Laurel, and up the street from Lorena. Why is most of the great food in Essex County in Maplewood? Coda has a wide range of salads, plus Buffalo wings, sashimi, cauliflower with blue cheese and scallions and roasted cauliflower heart with sautéed escarole, Moroccan spiced meatballs, beet salad, tuna tartare, truffle fries, Korean short rib tacos, and blackened cod…. If you live in NY, food like this is a given, but out here in NJ, food like this is a miracle. Despite the range of options, we both ordered the Kitchen Cobb salad: Moist, grilled chicken, chunks of blue-cheese, sliced hard-boiled eggs, thick slices of avocado and field greens in white balsamic dressing. Carrie ordered her salad without bacon, I ordered mine with it. We were both happy as clams. Since it was Passover, we skipped the bread, and she placed a box of matzoh on the table. The other great thing about Coda is it is just a few doors away from Words Bookstore, where Carrie works, and where I wish I worked. Coda: In my fantasies, Carrie and I have lunch every week and someone prepares us a salad like this every day.
Coda Kitchen & Bar
177 Maplewood Avenue