This past Sunday after Mass, my wife and I decided to take a drive down to Princeton, NJ. The weather was quite pleasant for an early November day; especially since there will not be too many “warm” and “pleasant” Sundays left before Winter makes a return.
After snagging a prime parking spot in front of the Bent Spoon Ice Cream Shop, we started to stroll through Palmer Square; and ended up on Witherspoon Street. We happened upon Agricola Community Eatery. We browsed over the brunch menu. We liked what we saw and decided to have a bite to eat.
Upon entering Agricola, we were greeted by a friendly hostess that seated us in one of their dining rooms. The restaurant is quite roomy. I really loved the decor of the place. It was farm rustic, yet chic and stylish.
Our waiter, who was friendly and attentive, introduced himself. He asked if we had any questions regarding the menu, which we didn’t. I ordered an Agricola Bloody Mary, which was made with organic vodka and housemade Bloody Mary mix. We also decided on starting our brunch with the “XL” Sticky Bun of the day, which was a pumpkin sticky bun. My wife ordered the Adirondack cheddar burger on a toasted onion bun with aioli, housemade pickles, and cole slaw. And I ordered the sunny side up farm eggs with housemade chorizo, tortilla, white beans, and Great Road Farm pickled peppers.
A Bloody Mary was the right choice to whet my appetite for brunch. It had a nice kick from the horseradish and hot sauce. You could tell just from the intense tomato flavor and pungent horseradish that this mix was definitely not store-bought.
I loved the presentation of “XL” Pumpkin Sticky Bun. It was served in a little cast iron pan, the same pan it was cooked in. The cinnamon sugar on the bottom of the bun was a real treat. The bun itself was really delicious. It had a subtle pumpkin flavor. The little jar of pear preserves was sweet perfection, though I just wished there was more of it to slather on the bun.
My wife’s cheddar burger was a prime example of what a brunch burger should be. I was a bit skeptical on first glance that the bun was too big for the burger, but on closer observation, i.e. taking a bite, my hypothesis was shattered. The bun was soft, pillowy, and fresh. And the meat was rich and seasoned expertly. The Adirondack cheddar was a nice touch, too.
My sunny side up farm eggs with housemade chorizo, tortilla, white beans, and pickled peppers reminded me of a play on a Mexican dish called migas, which is traditionally made with scrambled eggs. I love a perfectly cooked sunny side up egg. There are few breakfast that can compare, especially when the egg is farm fresh. I broke the yolk; and let it commingle with the pepper sauce. The white beans were a nice touch to the dish. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
We decided on skipping dessert since we started our brunch with the sticky bun, though I kick myself now for not trying the maple cheesecake that was on the dessert menu. There’s always next time. I must say that we had a really delicious dining experience at Agricola. Attention to detail is so important, especially in a restaurant. The staff at Agricola take what they do very seriously. If you’re in the Princeton area; and are looking for a place to eat, definitely check out Agricola. We had a great experience; and hope you will, too.
Pax et bonum,
Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia
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