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Affordable lunch in Princeton for Saturday.

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Spaetzle75 Mar 2, 2011 11:58 AM

Going to Princeton for lunch on Saturday and looking for a great affordable lunch in town. Any ideas?

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    Dawnec3 Jan 26, 2014 01:50 PM

    Princeton Soup and Sandwich Co. (Palmer Square) has great soup- especially their lobster bisque. They also offer a decent selection of sandwiches and salads. Try the gazpacho salad.
    Also in Palmer Square is Olsen's- another hole in the wall with a fantastic selection of cheeses featured in a great sandwich selection- grilled and cold.
    Not to miss is the Bent Spoon artisanal and local ice cream shop a few doors down. Their ice creams are made from local ingredients and feature favors run the gamut from chocolate hazelnut to lavender marscapone on any given day. Portions are tiny but so rich you won't mind.
    Bon Apetit, in the Princeton Shopping Center on Harrison is a great, Silver Palate type shop with specialty ingredients, take out entrees and sides, a bakery, excellent cheese selection and great sandwiches. Their candy inventory is worth the trip in itself.
    If you like sushi, try Mo C Mo C. Don't miss their avocado salad- a meal in itself. For Mexican, Tortugas can't be beat. Conte's is the local fave for pizza- a great dive on Witherspoon with a liquor license.
    Enjoy!!

    1. menton1 Mar 6, 2011 08:01 AM

      Where did you wind up at, Spaetzle?

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        Spaetzle75 Mar 6, 2011 08:17 AM

        PJ's Pancake House, it was excellent.

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          menton1 Mar 6, 2011 08:20 AM

          Wow, could you give us a full report? I knew the pancakes and breakfasts were great, but always heard that lunch and dinner there were rather ordinary, of the order of Friendly's...

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            Spaetzle75 Mar 6, 2011 12:43 PM

            The table ordered mostly breakfast items. I had a 4 oz bacon cheese burger. There was a choice of 8 oz or 4 oz which was nice. Sometimes a 8 oz burger is too much meat. Asked for med rare closer to med well but they tried. Fries were not homemade but good.
            The atmosphere is great real "old school". The tables are all carved up with intials which I thought was fun. The dining room itself was contemporary with great old pictures of Princeton.
            Yes, the food is similar to a Friendly's in the way that they are similar types of service restaurants. That is the only similarity much more character and charisma than a chain restaurant.

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              menton1 Mar 6, 2011 01:10 PM

              Yes, for breakfast food this was a good choice. Lunch, well, probably lots of better places...

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                Spaetzle75 Mar 6, 2011 01:57 PM

                Depends what you are looking for.

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                glutton Mar 9, 2011 12:52 PM

                I'm not so complimentary of their food, breakfast or otherwise. I've been there three times and each time something lousy has been served -- undercooked pancakes, cold coffee, etc. I find the long lines on weekends for brunch to be entirely inexplicable.

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                  menton1 Mar 9, 2011 01:20 PM

                  Well, the thing that threw most of the responders here off is that the OP stated they wanted a lunch place, and wound up at a breakfast place. Most of the recs above would have proven a far superior lunch choice. No pancakes, though...

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                    Spaetzle75 Mar 9, 2011 02:39 PM

                    For the price, I was happy with I got. The keyword was affordable. Menton, if you want to buy me lunch at one of your superior lunch choices be my guest. Everyone knows what opinions are like and everyone has got one.

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          fletchphil Mar 3, 2011 05:53 PM

          Affordable and Princeton do not necessarily work well in the same sentence. I attribute 'worth it' to affordable... If you are looking for good cheap eats, hit up The original soup man on palmer square or hoagie haven (best sandwiches anywhere). If you are looking for something that might be a bit more than, say $10 a head, try Teresa's. If your idea of 'affordable' is like mine, I would go about 2 minutes north and visit elements. They do a wonderful job, but definately not in the affordable category. I have been consistently dissapointed at Witherspoon Grill with both service and food. The last visit was for brunch and at 11:30am, they were out of hash browns, really folks? Mediterra is pretty good, Triumph has gotten a lot better food wise if you can handle the overwhelming smell of a brewery. Sadly, Blue Point does not serve lunch, but if you can hold out till 4:30, I would go there for reasonable, consistent and delicious. Hard to believe that it is owned by the same guy as the Witherspoon Grill sometimes, the two places are polar opposites.

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          Mediterra
          29 Hulfish St, Princeton, NJ 08542

          Witherspoon Grill
          57 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

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            ambrose Mar 4, 2011 06:58 AM

            Fletchphil, I thought the soup man in Princeton had closed. Perhaps it was some other location.

            For the OP - there have been numerous threads about lunch in Princeton so you may want to do a search. Here's a reasonably recent discussion, also about lunch on a Saturday, that may be of interest:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695428

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            foodISlove Mar 2, 2011 04:36 PM

            Bluepoint Grill on Nassau Street has wonderful seafood. Triumph Brew Pub is also great; beers even better.

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              tom246 Mar 2, 2011 04:53 PM

              Bluepoint Grill does indeed have great seafood but they don't serve lunch.

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                glutton Mar 9, 2011 12:49 PM

                But the fish market next door does serve lunch. there's a counter in the back where you order soups, sandwiches, etc. Eveyrthing is very good -- I'm a fan of the shrimp po'boy. Once your food is ready, you can eat at the tables outside Bluepoint Grill or even walk inside the restaurant and use their tables. We do it all the time.

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                  tom246 Mar 9, 2011 06:31 PM

                  Your absolutely correct. I was only speaking about the actual Blue Point Grill restaurant.

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                madgreek99 Mar 2, 2011 05:00 PM

                Never had a good meal at Triumph. Been there a few times, because I really want to like it, but I just can't. Bad food. Bad service. Good beer.

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                madgreek99 Mar 2, 2011 04:25 PM

                Witherspoon Grill and Mediterra have decent lunches.

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                Mediterra
                29 Hulfish St, Princeton, NJ 08542

                Witherspoon Grill
                57 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

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                  arpad Mar 2, 2011 12:32 PM

                  Teresa's on Palmer Square .

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                    Foody4life Mar 2, 2011 01:33 PM

                    ^ then Bent Spoon for gelato (also on Palmer Square) and Small World Coffee on Witherspoon for the best local coffee experience. All within a few blocks of each other.

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                    The Bent Spoon
                    35 Palmer Sq W, Princeton, NJ 08542

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