9 Things to Eat if you’re in Princeton

As a New Jersey native, I love everything that Maryland has to offer, especially with its delicious crab cakes and Old Bay. But there are times when I miss the food from my hometown, Princeton. Even though it is primarily known for Princeton University, the town of Princeton, New Jersey, boasts a number of amazing places to eat whether they are casual or fancy. Here are some of my personal go-to places for good grub.

  1. PJ’s Pancake House

A visit to Princeton isn’t complete without eating at this legendary establishment. PJ’s Pancake House offers a multitude of traditional breakfasts and, of course, pancakes! From savory potato served with applesauce to s’mores pancakes drowning in butter and syrup, your options are endless. What are you waiting for?

2. Say Cheez

Sometimes, we crave food that is wonderfully greasy and reminds us of home. Say Cheez is known for its customized grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade soups that can be ordered online. I would recommend the Smashed Meatball grilled cheese, and their fries are delicious too!

3.  Winberie’s

Looking for something a little more fancy? This small but comfy eatery serves delicious classics like chicken pot pie(would recommend) and bar fare like Irish Nachos and Beer Baked Pretzel Sticks! Winberie’s is great place to catch up with old friends and to enjoy historical remnants/paintings of Princeton hung up on the brick walls.

4. Hoagie Haven

It may look like your typical hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop, but don’t get it twisted. Students, locals, and basically any person who has come in contact with Hoagie Haven swear by their subs. Nothing can top The Sanchez, which is a sub filled with chicken cutlets, cheese, mozzarella sticks, fries, and the mysterious Sanchez sauce. Need I say more?

5. Witherspoon Grill

With its decorative lighting and patio, Witherspoon Grill provides a warm and inviting atmosphere for its guests. It’s great place to celebrate your birthday and to indulge in elegant dishes such as lobster risotto, steak tartare, filet mignon tips, and more!

6. Mamoun’s Falafel

If you love Middle Eastern food, then you’re in for a treat. This local chain serves falafel, shawarma, and kebabs along with great service! And its cheap prices can’t be beat.


Crispy and delicious falafel topped with tahini sauce!

7. Fruity Yogurt

Although it’s called Fruity Yogurt, this cute little joint is actually more known for its bubble tea. Bubble tea is a drink which has chewy tapioca pearls, or boba, mixed into milk or tea. They are quite refreshing, and Fruity Yogurt offers amazing flavors ranging from acai, rose-lychee, peppermint, and much more. My favorite is the mango-peach. 🙂

8. Jammin’ Crepes

Looking for the ultimate brunch destination? Say no more. Dishing out an endless selection of sweet and savory crepes, Jammin’ Crepes does not disappoint. Even Food Network superstar Guy Fieri visited this popular joint and proclaimed,  “You haven’t missed a beat in this,” after eating the Jammin’ Turkey Club.


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I indulged in the Chicken BLT Crepe. So good!

9. The Bent Spoon

This cozy ice creamery is not only the best in town, but also has many interesting flavors ranging from basil to sour cream. The ingredients used to make this delicious ice cream are organic, and can satisfy any sweet tooth!


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A double scoop of Mocha Chunk and Dark Chocolate ice cream really satisfied my sugar craving!


Princeton may be small, but it is mighty. Its unique culinary creations from Nassau Street to Witherspoon Street will leave one yearning for more. So go ahead, plan your visit to Princeton today!









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