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Dinner in or near Ewing?

We will be meeting our road warrior daughter when she stops at the College of New Jersey (That's the old Trenton State, isn't it?). We lived in Lawrenceville 30 years ago, so I imagine things have changed a bit. Where is a place to get good food ( and maybe a glass of wine or beer).

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  1. The vast majority of worthwhile places in the area are BYOB, so if you must have a place with a liquor license then your options are limited. Settimo Cielo in Trenton (near Mill Hill) is one good possibility. Wildflowers on the Pennington Circle has middling pub food if that will suffice.

    As for BYOBs there are plenty:

    In Lawrence, Enzo's or Chambers Walk - both recommended.
    In Ewing, the old Chambersburg standby Sal DeForte's has recently relocated to Parkway, but I have not tried it yet.
    In Pennington, Sumo Sushi, Restaurant Za, or Piccolo Trattoria - all good but the last two a bit pricey.
    In Hopewell, Brothers Moon or Blue Bottle.

    Of these, the closest to the TCNJ campus are probably Enzo's and Piccolo Trattoria.

    There are many others. Hope other Hounds will pitch in.

    1. There are a number of good restaurants in the area near the College of New Jersey, which is known as West Trenton (borders Ewing Twp.). Some of the better ones are:

      Antonio’s Italian Restaurant – Excellent Italian, BYOB, Chicken Savoy that some say is better than the Belmont Tavern. 71 W. Upper Ferry Rd., Trenton, NJ 08628-2710 (609) 882-4105.

      Freddy’s Restaurant – Italian/American cuisine, full bar, noted for their prime rib. 12 Railroad Ave., West Trenton, NJ 08628, (609) 882-9845.

      Lieggi’s Ewing Manor Restaurant – Italian/Continental cuisine, full bar, pricey but good, 234 W. Upper Ferry Road, W. Trenton, (609) 882-1150.

      Revere Restaurant – Italian/Continental cuisine, full bar, 802 River Road, Ewing, (609) 882-6365.

      I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the above.

      The College of New Jersey also has a listing of local restaurants. See http://www.tcnj.edu/~ccr/about/restau...

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      1. re: TomDel

        Leiggi's is long gone and has been Paulie's Anna Rose for the past 6 years or so.

        1. re: BCjr

          I obviously haven’t been there in a while. They did have pretty good food.

      2. Malaga downtown Trenton (on lalor) Spanish/Portugese. Full service bar. garlic soup, white anchovies, goat stew. lobster.

        1. I haven't been there in a year, but Paulie's on Lower Ferry Road, a few minutes from the college, was always a good bet.

          1. Go to Wildflowers out at the Pennington Circle(in your day is was called The Wayside INN) right at Lawrenceville Border....DEB right down 31 from Trenton State(we will always call it that!!!!) I'm from Lawrenceville my whole life if you have any questions....

            1. Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm looking forward to seeing how things have changed. When we were first married, we lived in the Holiday Inn in Cranbury for 2 weeks and ate all our meals out. There were many bad ones - the Rusty Scupper was the best of a limited lot (and it was out of our budget to eat there too often). I've enjoyed researching your suggestions, and it appears things have improved tremendously!

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              1. re: wandasue

                The Rusty Scupper is long gone. Praise the Lord!

              2. Well, we didn't have time to have a proper dinner, so we grabbed a bite near her hotel on Rt 1. My big disappointment - I stopped by the Mercer Mall to get bagels at the place that used to be near the Chinese restaurant. It's gone! So is the hoagie place! Were they forced out when the chain stores moved in? Those bagels were good!

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                1. re: wandasue

                  That was Bagel Junction and sad to say, so many of the food stores make bagels now even the infamous Kramers has gone under. Deb