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I was too busy catching up with friends to take many pictures at this place, a decent grill just outside of Princeton New Jersey. Old quaint and with quite a little bit of history the ambiance was very comfortable. With no alcohol in sight the conversation flowed which just goes to show that good company and old friends is all that you need sometimes. I was pretty well behaved with the starter going for a coconut prawn offering, but then I blew two days weightwatchers with a bowl of carbonara. My excuse? well all my fellow diners went for the veggie option so I used their points to supplement mine.  

 

This was more than just a stop on the extended hunt, and next time a venison steak and a beer would be more in order.

Am I recommending this place? Hell I don’t even know where it was, the only loose reference to a rail track was that the Princeton ‘Dinky’ ran past it to Princeton Junction. To be honest that is one of the reasons I had to mention it! Traintastic, but in the end as I said it was all about reunions.

website: http://www.metronorthprinceton.com/ location (apparantly) 378 Alexander Rd, Princeton

 

There is something special about taking a friend to a place you know that they will love for the first time and no trip to Princeton would be complete without a visit to the Triumph Brewery.  That was my pleasure last week, I had sold Triumph on the basis that it was a brew pub with the best beer in the area. There was some mild attempts at suggesting that we would just be having one beer, but I knew that once my friend got their first taste, just like all the friends I had brought here before, and even myself on my first visit, that there would be several more beers disapearing.

I went for the Honey Blonde which was just as I remembered, light and tasty, very easy to drink, somewhat too easy. Described by Triumph as ” Clean malt flavour subtly accented by local wildflower honey”  My friend went for the Scottish Ale which was a darker affair and clearly tasty as it seemed to disapear pretty quickly. that was described as “heavy on malt and light on hops with a touch of roastiness”

Of course Triumph is not just about the beer (mostly but not all). It also has some pretty decent food too. Excellent fish and chips are a highlight, and their sandwiches and burgers are pretty damn good too. I once had a cowboy steak which made me feel like Desperate Dan as it filled the whole plate. Sadly that was not on the menu this time.

I went for the Epic Burger which was topped with pork belly, caramelized onion, a fried egg, truffle aioli, it came with mornay sauce, a pickle and fries for $16

 

My friend went for the Triumph burger, Pineland farms grass-fed beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, with pickle and fries.

It did look pretty good, but could not compete in my mind with the Epic Burger. The sunny side up egg was the star, biting into the bun the egg yolk oozed out as a creamy unctious mess that just melted into my brain overpowering the taste are and rendering me in a brief moment of temporary taste insanity. Luckily the Honey Blonde Ale distracted me and dragged me back into the present.

So, ‘Triumph’ go for the beer, eat to soak it up, and remember to leave before the beer takes over your mind and you forget how good this place is. 

Website: http://www.triumphbrewing.com/princeton/ located at 138 Nassau St in Princeton.

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OK I admit that this post is a total indulgence. When I lived and worked in New Jersey this was my best lunch and breakfast option, whether it was a breakfast sandwich, a club sandwich at lunch or a salad when I was on Atkins, Bagel Nosh supplied them all. I doubt any readers will make it there, but trust me, if you and I were driving this way I would drag you on a detour just because it has to be done.

 

Now those of you who know that I have a total antipathy to bagels will be pleased to know that they keep them in a cage at Bagel Nosh so there is no chance of them catching you unawares or sneaking up on you pretending that they are less dense than they really are.

But as always when I get to come here I select one of  their totally amazing club sandwiches, on this occasion the egg salad club sandwich which for a good reason to mess with the vegetarian mind I am happy to say that they slide in a couple of slices of crispy bacon.

It is really that good a sandwich that you should make the effort to divert here, if by some chance you are in the neighbourhood. 

Also I have to say nothing I have had in either Chicago or New York gets close to this in my totally biased opinion.

Located at 2025 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor NJ (it really is worth a visit)

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