So you wouldn’t think most people would be excited about taking a trip to Jersey, but I was! We had to leave for LAX at like 5am, and I didn’t sleep at all. Which made for a really MISERABLE plane ride, since for some reason I couldn’t sleep on the plane either. I was SO uncomfortable. (You do not want to be around me when I’m hot, hungry, or tired. Heaven help you if I’m any combination of the three…)
Anyway, we got into EWR around 16:30 (EST) and picked up the rental car and drove to the hotel. All of us were pretty hungry, since our flight left so early, and really it was like we’d missed breakfast and lunch (except I did have a Cinnabon in the airport). We had to rush through fast food, though since my sister was supposed to have an “arch” at 20:00 and it was already like 18:00.
Princeton is filled with this great old architecturally beautiful buildings that have these arches that provide excellent acoustics. The many a capella groups like to perform in them during the school year for this reason. Since this was the weekend before graduation, it was the last arch that the seniors in my sister’s group, the Wildcats, would perform. It was kind of emotional for them, but they did a great job! Note: If you click through the link my sister is the second from the right, and you can also order a copy of their cd. [/shameless plug]
Amanda was so happy to see us, and even though she’s not really squishy, she got a little emotional. We also got to meet her boyfriend, Roger.
Here’s my sister singing a solo with the group – she’s pretty cool:
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After the arch, we decided we were hungry. But Princeton is 1) in the middle of nowhere, and 2) kinda bourgie, so everything shuts down really early. We discovered this when we walked to a bar/pub type place and they told us their kitchen was already closed because they have to shut down at 10 or something like that. Yeah. What?
So my father (Princeton ’78) suggested that we head to the Princetonian Diner, which he was pretty sure was 24 hours when he was a lad (you know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and they had to do their homework during the day, because fire hadn’t been invented yet), and was probably open late if not still 24 hours. Lucky for us, that was a true statement! They are not open 24 hours but they are open rather late (when I asked the guy he said they were open until midnight).
So my pops, my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, my sister and her boyfriend, and I all piled into a big booth/table thing in the back and proceeded to peruse the menu. And like any good American diner, this place has a TON of different and varied items on the menu. We all ordered quite differently and it was all VERY good.
My auntie ordered chocolate cake…she also ordered a quesadilla of some sort, but I didn’t get a picture, since the cake was MUCH more interesting:
My grandma ordered a Napoleon. Mmmmm…
My sister ordered crab stuffed salmon – I know so random, but it was really good!!!
Amanda’s boyfriend ordered the Nomad Panhandle Dish. (Home Fries, Chunky Chicken, Mushrooms, Broccoli and Onions, Topped with Hollandaise Sauce)
I ordered the Challa french toast with eggs and bacon – SO good!
My uncle also ordered the FT, but he ordered it with sausage and really I just need you guys to check out how amazing these sausages were:
Now it’s quite possible my dad and grandfather ordered food too…I think? Maybe? Uh, well the truth is I stopped taking pictures when my food arrived and so I have no idea if they even ordered, let alone, what they ordered….#I’mAFatty
The food was great, and the service was also really good. We were going through so much water, the server just brought over several carafes for the table and even put some lemon and orange slices in! He was also very patient with us, since I’m not gonna lie, my family is annoying when we go out… (I say that with all the love in the world!)
So if you’re in the area, and you’re looking for late night eats, or breakfast, or really just food in general with a homey vibe, check out the Princetonian Diner!
3509 US Route 1
Princeton, NJ 08540