For those local to the Princeton, New Jersey area, PJ’s Pancake House is that iconic restaurant across the street from Princeton University whose pancakes, waffles, breakfast and lunch specialties leave you coming back for more years after your first dining foray. Long lines of students, young couples, families young and old are a common sight, sometimes waiting for a long time in the sun, wind and cold to grab a bite here.
This morning, with the temperatures hovering around the low 20’s and the wind howling like crazy, the thought of going into this familial place and tucking into some of the fluffiest, flavorful pancakes doused with butter and syrup got us going. After a short wait in the cold, we were seated at a large table for five. As we waited for our waiter, we entertained ourselves looking at the messages etched into the table. In fact, legions of diners have played tic tac toes, written love notes, expressed their emotions on tables across the restaurant.
Now to our meal. Our assorted stack of raisin, banana and blueberry pancakes was perfect. Fluffy, flavorful, melt in your mouth pancakes that made us joyful with every bite. The bruschetta and onion rings consumer sang accolades with every bite. The grilled cheese with tomato hit all the right notes on this cold afternoon. And the eggbeaters with whole wheat toast was the perfect light lunch.
As with every meal at PJ’s, we did not have one morsel of food left on our plates. We were stuffed and pushing ourselves out of our chairs required a bit of effort. Of course, our final question to the manager was when they were opening a location even closer to our home.
Come May PJ’s will be hosting us for more breakfasts, lunches and dinners as they open a new location five minutes from our home.
Don’t just take our word for it. If work or life ever brings you to the Princeton University area, don’t miss a meal here. To get tempted, take a look at their menu below.
PS. Soon, this iconic restaurant will be seen on the big screen in a scene shot by Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck for Runner Runner!