The search for an Ivy League lunch

There is nothing to do in Ewing. We all know it, because we’ve all spent one too many nights sitting around wondering, “Is anything going on tonight?” Well, here’s a temporary solution: Check out Princeton. Yes, I know they’re our rivals and all of that, but when it comes to atmosphere, culture and food, you can’t beat them. So just join them.

Here are my tips on where to eat if you’re spending the afternoon in Princeton. First, get a semi-early start, and begin your day at PJ’s Pancake House, located at 154 Nassau St., in Princeton. If you’re going on a Saturday or Sunday, be prepared to wait in line, and bring lots of quarters for the meters. If you’re in the mood for a good old-fashioned breakfast just like mom used to make, you’re in the right place. I had the French-style crepes stuffed with bananas and topped with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. My date had the Belgian waffles topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and cinnamon – there was nothing left on his plate. If you’re in the mood for breakfast, definitely make a stop here – and leave your name on the walls for posterity.

For dinner, do yourself a favor and have a seat at J.B. Winberie. Winberie’s has the perfect tavern-like atmosphere, and it draws a huge college crowd in the evenings. The menu has something for all taste buds and budgets. My recommendations are the hickory burger or the cedar-planked salmon.

For dessert, you can skip around Palmer Square to the Bent Spoon or Halo Pub, where you’ll be able to find delightful day-ending desserts in the form of ice cream and other post-dinner delicacies.

The Bent Spoon features artisan ice creams and fantastic cupcakes, which is why there is almost always a line outside, giving rise to the so-called “great line” extending outside the business. Halo Pub has a more decadent atmosphere that works well with its extremely rich confections – the ice cream is made locally, which makes it that much better.

Here are some other wonderful dining choices in Princeton:

1. Hoagie Haven: 242 Nassau St. A student favorite, featuring the hot and cold subs we all know and love. You can even walk away sporting one of its signature orange T-shirts.

2. Triumph Brewing Co.: 138 Nassau St. Featuring fish-and- chips, burgers, fried calamari and a range of entrees, Triumph is most well-known for its beer-loving atmosphere and live music in the evenings.

3. Small World Coffee: 14 Witherspoon St. For those interested in fair trade, Small World is your place to go. From coffee to desserts to soup, Small World is sure to satisfy your inner caffeine addict.

4. Olives: 22 Witherspoon St. This is a great spot for takeout, featuring lots of Greek specialties, as well as salads, sandwiches and hot specials. There’s no place to sit down inside, so take your food and find a park bench.