Help for a business traveler seeking healthy dining in Trenton.
- RUNNERFEMME Sep 29, 2011 07:39 AM
I am traveling solo to Trenton on biz. I will be there for 4-5 nights and could really use some suggestions. I have just dropped some weight and am trying not to spoil my new-found figure with crummy food. Any suggestions would be appreciated for health food/organic food stores and healthy-minded restaurants. I will be staying at at the Marriott downtown on Lafayette. Thank you!!
That area is a food wasteland with virtually no choices that lean towards the healthy/organic. The only place that comes to mind that might fit the bill is Cafe Ole which is right around the corner from the Marriott. Its only open for breakfast and lunch and focuses on soups/salads/sandwiches. I've had several business lunches at the Marriott and while the service can be painfully slow, the food isn't bad for a hotel. If you're willing to splurge for some pizza and burgers, Trenton has some excellent choices.
By the way, unless you must be in downtown Trenton, you may want to reconsider your hotel choice. While the Marriott is fine, the surrounding area is a 8:30 - 4:30 town based on the hours kept by State employees. There's nothing to do in the area at night and the streets get pretty desolate after 5 pm. There are plenty of hotels on Route 1 in the West Windsor/Princeton area that may offer you more of what you're looking for.
Trenton Social at 449 South Broad Street is a bar/ restaurant that offers good sandwiches and salads, among other entrees. I'm sure you could find something relatively healthy on the menu or they could accommodate your request.
My deepest apologies that you have to spend that many nights in Trenton. That "city" sucks. I know because I live near it.
I suggest you get in your car and drive somewhere. Drive to Lambertville and go to Hamilton's Grill Room (french/continental) or Marhaba (lebanese). Drive to Hopewell and go to Brothers Moon. Drive to Princeton and go to Blue Point Grill or Winberies (get a salad, dressing on the side). Drive to Hamilton and go to Spigola (Italian). Drive up Route 1 and go to Whole Foods (not that the entire store is healthy, mind you).
And if you wanted to deviate in a small way from your diet -- and it's only healthy to do so -- then check out DeLorenzo's Tomato Pies in Trenton or Robbinsville. It's a local speciality and it's really good. As far as pizza goes, it's on the healthier side of things because it's not loaded up with cheese and toppings like most conventional pizzas are. It's thin crust, good tomato sauce, and good toppings.
7 W Broad St, Hopewell, NJ 08525
Hamilton's Grill Room
8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
US Highway 130 Klockner Rd N, Trenton, NJ 08610