No matter what your favorite type of cuisine, you’re bound to find a restaurant that tempts your taste buds in Frenchtown, NJ. The borough offers a variety of take-out, casual and upscale eateries in its walkable downtown business district. Here are just a few of the dining choices you’ll find in Frenchtown.
7 Bridge Street
The Frenchtown Inn is the perfect place to spend date night or celebrate a special event. Built in the 19th century as a respite for travelers making the trip between Philadelphia and New York City, it remains a popular choice today, due to an extensive renovation project in the 1980s. Summer corn crab chowder, hanger steak, flatbreads, pan-seared Chilean sea bass, and Long Island duck breast are a seasonal sampling of the types of choices offered at the Inn. Reservations are recommended.
The National Hotel
31 Race Street
The National Hotel has also been in business since the 19th century. Today, it offers hotel rooms and a restaurant that features a locally inspired menu. The tapas for two is a popular option as an appetizer, and they have several delicious meal choices as well. Some entrée selections include the one-pound Wagyu beef petite filet, chicken Korma, pork medallions, beef brisket, jambalaya, pasta du jour and black sea bass. It’s a good idea to make a reservation in advance if you plan to dine at the National Hotel.
62A Trenton Avenue
Located inside a converted warehouse, Lovin’ Oven offers farm-to-table meals. The breakfast and lunch weekend brunch menus feature traditional offerings, like paninis and flatbreads, in addition to gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan choices. The Lovin’ Oven’s breakfast sandwich, one of several breakfast choices, is stuffed with eggs, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, chipotle cream and pickled onions. When lunch rolls around, try the Avocado BLT or the Baja-style fish tacos.
The Bridge Café
8 Bridge Street
The Bridge Café occupies the building that once served as Frenchtown’s train station. The café serves breakfast, lunch, ice cream and baked goods and offers an excellent view of the Delaware River. Start the day with an avocado and BLT with fried egg breakfast sandwich, then come back for a burger, chicken sandwich, crab and shrimp bisque, or the spinach, tomato and feta quiche. The café’s menu varies by day and by season.
2 Race Street
Frenchtown Fresh is the place to go for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. Garbanzo bean, black bean and vitamin D mushroom burgers are popular lunch choices, as are the eatery’s vegan tuna sandwich, made with chickpeas instead of tuna, and cashew cheddar cheese macaroni. Healthy juices and gluten-free desserts are also available at Frenchtown Fresh.
Cocina Del Sol
10 Bridge Street, #2
Cocina Del Sol offers all of your favorite Mexican dishes, from tacos to fajitas to burritos and enchiladas. The restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus feature an array of inventive entrees, like Enchilada Santa Fe, a tasty combination of shredded chicken and creamy tomato sauce rolled in two flour tortillas, or Carne Asada, which combines Sonora-style skirt steak with salsa roja, onions and peppers. Kids have their own menu with burritos, tacos, flautas, and chicken tenders for less adventurous eaters.
51 Bridge Street
The chefs at Vagabond BBQ use flavors from around the world to create barbecue dishes you won’t soon forget. You’ll have a hard time deciding between Texas-style beef brisket, juicy St. Louis ribs, pulled pork or chicken, spicy Andouille sausage or pork and brisket chili. Combine one or more of these selections with one of Vagabond’s homemade side dishes (mac and cheese, cornbread, pickles or coleslaw) for a hearty meal.
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