Mmm…brunch. There is something about brunch that just makes me feel relaxed. I love it, especially around this time of year. The weather is warm, many places offer outdoor dining, the menus are incredible and it’s a great way to enjoy the spring season. Recently, I was lucky enough to get brunch in Princeton two weekends in a row and it got me thinking about all the awesome Princeton brunch spots there actually are. If I choose to eat out, it’s generally for dinner. I often forget or overlook the brunch spots altogether. But going out to eat for brunch is such a rewarding experience, especially if you get to do it in the Princeton area.
I was super excited when my childhood bestie called me to inform me she’d be in the Princeton area this past weekend. We grew up together in Bangkok and although she recently moved to New Jersey, she still doesn’t live all that close to me so we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like. So, I was excited for a number of reasons. One, because I’d get to see her, two, because I love Princeton, and three, because it was Sunday and that meant we could eat brunch. We wound up eating at Teresa Caffe but there are a number of other restaurants to get brunch at in Princeton.
Here’s a list of some of my personal favorite Princeton brunch spots:
Teresa Caffe – This is where we wound up on Sunday. They have a unique a la carte brunch menu that’s offered on both Saturday and Sunday, which is actually pretty rare. Most places in this area only offer brunch on Sundays. Teresa’s menu is interesting and different and offers items like breakfast pizzas and french toast coated in custard flavored with grand marnier and topped with fruit compote as well as fun cocktails and coffee with liquor.
Winberies – For $21 you can enjoy Winberies Sunday brunch buffet offered from 10am to 1:30pm. They offer plenty of breakfast items, like scrambled eggs and belgian waffles, and plenty of lunch items, like chicken marsala and pasta. The buffet price also includes one bloody mary or mimosa.
Yankee Doodle Tap Room – Although they have a nice indoor dining room, if the weather is nice, dining outside on the patio is the way to go here. You can enjoy the views of charming Palmer’s Square while you dine on delicious brunch items like lemon ricotta pancakes, crepes filled with ham and asparagus, or classic eggs benedict. The brunch menu is available from 10am to 2pm on Sundays.
Big Fish Seafood Bistro – It’s not located in downtown Princeton but Big Fish offers a fabulous Sunday brunch menu as well as outdoor dining. It’s located in the Market Fair complex, just minutes away from downtown Princeton. The menu offers items like Maryland crab benedict and a smoked salmon stack which comes piled high with potato pancakes, spinach and smoked salmon and is topped off with a poached egg and creamy bearnaise sauce.
Witherspoon Grill – Brunch is served 10am-3pm on Sundays. The menu is extensive and offers plenty of options. Choose one of their breakfast items, like their bread pudding french toast or farmer’s market omelet, or, go with one of their lunch dishes, like their grilled chicken ciabatta sandwich or their cabo crab salad.
Agricola – Agricola is a relatively new restaurant in downton Princeton located on Witherspoon Street. The restaurant prides itself on it’s farm to table philosophy, which carries through to all their menus, including their weekend brunch menu, which is available both Saturday and Sunday. Eating at Agricola is always a unique experience and brunch is no different. Start off with one of their signature cocktails, like their elderberry margarita, then choose from first courses like sunchoke leek soup, and second courses like red flannel hash, which comes with roasted beets, corned beef, potatoes and eggs.
Alchemist & Barrister – Although the Alchemist & Barrister is probably most famous for it’s late night eats, night life and bar menu, the restaurant also has a brunch menu on Sundays. It’s a large menu and includes items like breakfast empanadas as well as a variety of salads, sandwiches and burgers.
Eating out for lunch or dinner is great, but don’t forget about brunch on the weekends! If you’re ever in the Princeton area on the weekends, I hope you get the opportunity to take advantage of these awesome brunch menus. BUT If you don’t want to go out, you could always stay in and make my favorite brunch casserole. 🙂
*The delicious looking brunch item pictured at the top of this page is a picture of a frittata at Teresa’s Caffe. It includes toasted whole wheat spaghetti, vegetables, mushrooms and fontina cheese (my favorite).