crab, corn and avocado salad at Yankee Doodle Tap Room

It’s that time of year where the trees begin to bloom, everything is green again, the weather is beautiful and temperatures tend to stay in the mid 70’s. After a long, exceptionally COLD winter, people just want to get outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun and the spring breezes, even those people that suffer from allergies, like myself. We brave the outdoors despite the itchy, watery eyes, constant sneezing and swollen throats. The warm weather and sunny skies are worth it.

Outdoor dining becomes all the rage in the spring and the Yankee Doodle Tap Room is the place to do just that. The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is part of the historic Nassau Inn and is located in the heart of Princeton, in the middle of picturesque and popular Palmer’s Square. The restaurant offers a variety of menus, including special gluten free, weekend late night, and Sunday brunch menus.

Last weekend we met my parents and grandparents for lunch at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room and dined outside on the patio. The outdoor patio exemplifies the feel and charm that Palmers Square in Princeton is all about.┬áIt was truly one of the most pleasant lunches I’ve had in a long time. The weather was perfect and the food did not disappoint either.

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t particularly enjoy ordering salads at restaurants. It’s boring and there are usually so many other tantalizing things to choose from. But in an effort to try to be healthy and continue to lose weight, I took a long, hard look at the salad section of the lunch menu and immediately the crab, corn and avocado salad (pictured above) jumped out at me. It sounded promising. It. was. incredible. Mixed greens came topped with a generous helping of gorgeous, lump crab meat, mashed avocado, plump, juicy tomatoes and crunchy corn and red onion. The entire thing was lightly dressed with a lemon basil vinaigrette. It was one of those rare lunches that was both filling but also light at the same time. When it comes to seafood, good quality lump crab meat is one of my favorite things. A salad that can incorporate that is a winner in my book.

lunch at Yankee Doodle Tap Room

It wasn’t just the salad either. Every dish we ordered was good. My grandma’s choice (pictured above) was my second favorite, after my salad, of course. She ordered a french cut chicken breast that was served atop a bed of grilled summer vegetables and angel hair pasta, delicately flavored with saffron. My dad, brother and grandfather all ordered the famous Princetonian burger. It’s a burger of epic proportions and the burger itself is made with four different types of meat including ground brisket, short rib, chuck and chorizo. The meat mixture is flavored with chipotle and the burger comes topped with mozzarella cheese, an onion marmalade and traditional lettuce, tomato and onion all served in between a sourdough roll. Um. YUM.

I could go for one right now.

If you are ever in the Princeton area and are lucky enough to grab lunch at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, you won’t be disappointed, especially if you get to sit outside. It’s a great place to enjoy the charm that downtown Princeton offers and the menu is full of delicious starters, salads, sandwiches and entrees to choose from.


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