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"Hello everyone, my name is Matt Riley, and I am a Princeton Day School Senior writing a blog on my experiences at local Princeton restaurants as part of my Senior Project."

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Tico's Eatery & Juice Bar

Tico's Eatery & Juice Bar
Chicken Fajita Quesadilla

I went to Tico’s Eatery and Juice Bar for lunch today, and there were hardly any seats available. I’ve always liked to eat there, but I cannot recall ever having this problem before. The crowd was largely a mix of University students, high schoolers, and yogis.

Until recently, Tico’s was the only juice bar in town, making it a very popular destination for people trying to maintain healthy diets. At the juice bar you can choose any combination of organic, all-natural fruits and vegetables that you can come up with. Anything from pineapple and watermelon to kale and spinach is yours for the blending. My sister’s personal favorite is the carrot juice, which she finds tasty, healthy, and filling. All the pulp and unused produce is donated to local farms as feed for the animals. Tico’s has also joined the food truck community with the opening of the Tico’s Juice Truck.

At the deli counter, they serve paninis, quesadillas, salads, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, and burritos. Today, I had the Chicken Fajita Quesadilla: chicken, cheddar cheese, onions, and green peppers. Although Tico’s quesadillas are thick, the good structural integrity keeps it from falling apart in your hands. The fresh cheese and vegetables will leave you with a satisfaction you can’t find at a Qdoba or Chipotle. To go with my lunch, I order the Piña Colada Blast smoothie: coconut, pineapple, and banana. The coconut and pineapple complemented each other well, creating the piña colada taste. The smoothies are cool and thick, definitely a good addition to my meal.  

The owner of Tico’s is originally from Costa Rica, and one thing I distinctly remember from my trip to Costa Rica is the freshness and quality of the fruits and vegetables there. The produce used at Tico’s certainly reflects these characteristics.

Floor-to-ceiling windows line the side of the restaurant, bringing in natural light and making the place feel bigger than it really is. Also, the nice wood furniture sets Tico’s apart from many of the other cheap eats around town. There is bar seating along a window and a few tables to sit and eat at. Generally, the service is good, and the employees are friendly. Unfortunately, Tico’s doesn’t have great hours. The latest they’re open is four o’clock, so it is not an option for dinner.

If you are interested in a healthy juice bar or are just looking for a fresh, quick lunch, Tico’s is certainly a worthy choice.

Tico’s Eatery & Juice Bar
33 Witherspoon Street,‎
Princeton, NJ 08540
Mon-Fri:8 AM – 4 PM
Saturday:9 AM – 4 PM
Telephone:(609) 252-0300


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