Praise be to Jester’s Cafe in Bordentown, where I had a very nice lunch with friends on Saturday. We started off to go somewhere else, but that place had closed for a long holiday weekend, which so many places seem to have done. (Finding a place for a friend’s birthday dinner on the Fourth was no mean feat either.)
So we tumbled into Jester’s just ahead of the heat of the day, and sat down in a cool, high-ceilinged room where fans stirred the air. Ahhhh.
Warm rolls – at lunch! – were quickly brought to our table. One friend ordered a chicken and Portabello panini, and my other friend and I ordered burgers with bleu cheese. They enjoyed tall draft beers while I enjoyed brewed, unsweetened iced tea. The burgers, only $7.50, surprisingly come with a choice of soup or sandwich, so we had that day’s cream of zucchini soup, and also split an order of waffle fries. All was good, and look at that cute ceramic cup of pasta salad on the side! It was made with a small soup pasta, like ditalini but with no hole, and roasted vegetables, and we all enjoyed that quite a bit, along with everything else.
After that we strolled down to The Artful Deposit gallery and got into a little trouble. This pleasant and friendly gallery offers both fine arts and crafts. I bought a nifty wind chime by Carole Debord made out of old flatware. She puts old ladles, forks, knives, spoons to creative use – perfect for a foodie like me. What a lovely afternoon! Bordentown makes for a well-rounded excursion, with its history, shops, and dining, and parking is easy and free.