Maplewood Village Lunch with the Baristas

Maplewood Deli and Grille just marked its one-year anniversary. It’s hard to believe the place has only been open for a year – it felt like a village institution almost from day one. That might be because owner Sean Flood ran the legendary Campus Sub Shop in South Orange for many moons, before skipping over the border to Maplewood.

On a recent November afternoon, a handful of Baristas got together for lunch at the deli. Between work, kids and holiday errand-running, it was nice to take a little time to sit down and catch up.

We chatted about goings-on in lower Baristaville, while tucking into the chicken cheddar panini, the Tuscan sandwich, the southwestern chicken quesadilla, and the Maplewood Salad (those croutons are rightfully famous).

As an added bonus, Baristanet’s own Joy Yagid had her photographs on display inside the restaurant. In fact, Joy curates the deli’s rotating art exhibit.  Currently, artist Sandra Charlap is being featured.

Maybe next time we can meet for a drink at The Gate — all welcome. Who’s in?

Baristas shown above, from left to right: Carolyn Maynard-Parisi, Erika Bleiberg, Joy Yagid, Debbie Galant

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  1. Wife & I went to my hometown-of-only 40 years ++ Center (Maplewood) to see all that’s going on. WOW ! Horse pulled hay rides for kids, streetscape exhibits, Santa, live raindeers, a pepping zoo, Sant’s workshop, lots of thing for young children, a 8-foot high Chanukkah Menorah and a big Christmas tree, and free food samples on the sidwalks, and absolutely NO place to park !!
    It looked like a Minivan / SUV reunion !!! Had to be 100 of each. After circling around and around and around at 2 miles per hour, we lucked out and were divienly blessed with an end spot ! I felt like i won the lottery!!
    If you have not seen it, try & make it over next Saturday or Sunday.
    My wife adds; “DO NOT wear heels” !

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