Tico’s Eatery and Juice Bar boasts healthy food and juices on Spring Street at the corner of Witherspoon. This is a no-frills cafe style lunch if you are craving a healthy juice ($3.99-$5.79) or opting for a simple, fresh panino or sandwich. Unlike other local sandwich shops in Princeton, Tico’s has a Latin American twist, serving Tacos, Burritos and Quesadillas so you have a good variety here.
Food: All the Latin American options are made to order. Burritos ($7.49) are jammed with rice, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar, sour cream and salsa. The burritos are a good size (big) for lunch and come served on a throw-away plate with some jarred salsa on the side. The burritos are mellow in flavor, (no heat) have fresh meat and veggie options and will hit the spot for your burrito craving. The Quesadillas range from $7.29-$7.75 and can be veggie or layered with the same meat options you see throughout the Latin menu: steak or chicken. The Panini are all served on fresh Focaccia ($7.49) and will be a pressed for you in a matter of minutes. The Napa Style Chicken panino came with a moist grilled chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, marinated portabella, tomato and onion. Although the Parmesan Peppercorn dressing did not taste house-made (always a bummer for us), it added a nice tang to the panino.
Atmosphere: Simple, and bustling. If you are eating solo there are a few bar-style seats facing Witherspoon and plenty of tables if you get there early. As the lunch hour picks up seats will fill up. Tico’s seems to be filled with the college crowd rather than the business professional giving it a slight reminder of eating in a cafeteria “back in the day”.
Service: Very friendly and fast. There is no plasticware anywhere so if you need it ask when you pay because you might wait a few minutes while the staff is prepping food for the next customer. For those on a lunch hour, Tico’s is a good option and you can be in and out in less than 20 minutes.
The Drinks: This is “the” place to go for juice and smoothies. The veggies and fruits are fresh and plentiful and looking around the room it seemed every other person was sipping a fresh juice which are 100% natural and made on the spot. Fresh Organic Wheatgrass sits on the counter and can be added as a shot to any juice for $1.50. Smoothies are also available for $4.29 and have a few modeling that Latin flavor like the Costa Rican (Mango, Pineapple and banana) or the Mango Madnewss (Mango, Passion Fruit, Guava and Banana).
The Last Bite: With ample parking in the Spring Street parking lot you can be in and out of Tico’s in 20 minutes or less making it a good spot for a quick lunch. Leave your clients at home, this is not a place to impress but simple laid back friendly eatery that covers the basics in sandwiches and panini and will give you a good twist with that latin loveliness.
Tico’s Eatery and Juice Bar
33 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540