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Cafe Moso: A Go-To in Montclair’s South End

by Olivia Rizzo
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Cafe Moso is a bistro-style restaurant with a goal to be a destination location for foodies and the community. It has quickly become one of Montclair’s favorite spots — and for good reason. The menu has a little bit of everything, from classic dishes like mac and cheese and burgers to the more exotic, like ceviche and grilled Spanish octopus. Its location in the South End of Montclair at 307 Orange Road was a deliberate choice by the owners, Michael and Zina Floyd, as they wanted to highlight the unique history of this neighborhood. Read on to learn more about Cafe Moso in Montclair.

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The Owners

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Zina Floyd and her husband Michael opened Cafe Moso in June of 2019 with the goal of it being a destination location in the South business district. Michael grew up in Montclair and Zina has lived in town for 25 years.

“Our goal was to make a destination for people who want really great quality food, maybe something off the beaten path of Bloomfield Avenue,” Zina Floyd said.

The Floyds live in the South End of Montclair and were interested in creating a destination location in that part of town based on its rich history.

Before Bloomfield Avenue became one of the most popular streets in Montclair, the south end was a thriving business district for African Americans in the early 1900s. As Bloomfield Avenue became more popular, more businesses left the area, but the community remained strong for many decades.

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“It’s really important for people to know that the south end business district exists and understand the history behind that,” Michael said. “I felt the best way to do that was to create something that people can do and want to go out to a restaurant, so that is how Cafe Moso came about.”

The Vibe


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Decorated in warm neutrals with natural wood touches around the bar, Cafe Moso creates a warm and cozy environment that is perfect for a date night out, a weekend brunch with friends, or celebrating a special occasion.

Zina said she has aimed to create a home away from home with her restaurant. She wants Cafe Moso to be a place where people know they can get quality food and enjoy a comfortable environment.

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In addition to the restaurant’s regular operations, it frequently plays host to special events on-site, including a recent wedding ceremony and reception, community charity events, and even a Congressional press conference. The restaurant is available for private parties and celebrations, customizable to the host’s specifications. Catering is also available.

The Food

Cafe Moso’s biggest draw is its eclectic menu. It features both comfort food like wings, brisket sliders, and a classic burger, alongside upscale options like the tuna tower, Spanish grilled octopus, and rosemary hanger steak.

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One of the most popular dishes is the dry-rubbed ribs, which are covered in a barbecue glaze and served with sweet street corn, greens, and cornbread.

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Michael also says that the house mac and cheese is one of the best in Montclair. A mix of Gruyere, Vermont Cheddar, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Asiago cheeses are used, and the dish is then baked to make it extra gooey. It is also customizable with the option to add in spinach, shrimp, bacon, or pico de gallo.

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Zina describes the menu as eclectic, a place where you can get everything from baby octopus and ceviche to catfish and crab cakes.

“We want you to come in because someone told you the food is great and you come in and experience it for yourself, and we build that bond,” Zina said.

To keep up with the latest from Cafe Moso, follow the restaurant on its Instagram page.

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