Category Archives: Latino

The cuisines of Central and South America plus Mexico. In Trenton, this is predominantly the food of Guatemala. But it also includes Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Costa Rico, and Ecuador, among others. European Spanish and Portuguese food is categorized separately.

Mi Tierra

Earthy Guatemalan (Mi Tierra Restaurant)

Mi Tierra is another of the many outstanding Guatemalan restaurants in the City of Trenton, serving its burgeoning Hispanic population. Tierra stands apart because: 1) the food is well prepared, perhaps half a notch better than typical and 2) the decor is better than most. While not fancy by any means, it’s a pleasant place to eat, even if you do need to ignore the Mexican soap operas blaring from a TV set.

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The New Kid Grows Up (Guate Linda Restaurant)

Prices are incredibly reasonable. The food, including the tacos, tostadas, and several of the meat platters is very good. Note, this is a dive. Clean, friendly, but still a dive. English skills of your server are likely to not exist, so if you don’t speak Spanish (like me), be prepared to puzzle out the menu on your own, and order via sign language.

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mariachi grill

Tres Leches, Tres Leches, Tres Leches (Mariachi Grill)

Mariachi Grill (not to be confused with El Mariachi) serves Tres Leches, a fabulous dessert made from sponge cake and traditionally three different kinds of milk: whole, condensed, and evaporated (plus a whipped cream topping). It’s the best I’ve ever had. And I love Tres Leches. For me, there’s no more to be said.

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Goat Stew

Subtle Sazon-ing (El Sazon Restaurant)

El Sazon is a friendly, Dominican restaurant located in one of my favorite dining spaces in Trenton: the former “Filling Station” at 501 Division St. The food is other worldly. It’s run superbly by a single family: Gloria is the chef, while her 40-something daughter, Mildred, waits tables, and her kid-sister Lily works both the [Continue reading]

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carne enchilada

NE of the Border (Aurelio's Cocina Latina)

Aurelio’s serves the best Latino cuisine in Princeton. There are something like half a dozen restaurants in Trenton that are as good or better, and at least 2 in Hamilton. Still, operating an inexpensive restaurant with good food in Princeton is no small feat, and if you like Aurelio’s, you owe it to yourself to start exploring Trenton restaurants as well.

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Process Control (Pollo Campero)

Yes, it is (kind of) the Latino KFC. A “fast-food” chain that started in Guatemala, Pollo Campero operates one in Trenton. While originally focused on fried chicken, Campero now offers “Citrus Peruvian Grilled” Chicken as an alternative. And what an alternative! My order came PERFECTLY cooked: succulent and flavorful: without a doubt some of the best chicken I ever had anywhere. Normally we don’t like to review chain stores; but when they can deliver something this good, we make an exception.

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Carne Adobada Platter

Mountain out of a Mole de Pollo (Chencha y Chole Authentic Mexican Kitchen)

Chencha y Chole (“C y C”) opened in June of 2015 in a distinctive, triangular shaped storefront at the intersection of Cass and S. Broad. Over the last few months we’ve eaten there many times. It’s consistently good: and it’s become one of our favorite Latino restaurants in town. C y C is a Mexican [Continue reading]

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Stuffed Stuff (Mauceri's Pizzeria & Restaurant)

Mauceri’s is an “old line” Chambersburg pizza joint now under Latino management (as most are). In our limited sample, the pizza is pretty good… the ingredients taste fine but the crust is disappointing. But it’s not a place to make a special trip for. So why are we reviewing? In a word: pupusas! The chef is from El Salvador, the traditional home of these wonderful, stuffed tortillas, which may be the best in town.

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Out of Focus (Castillo's Pizzeria & Spanish Restaurant)

I’ve driven past Castillo’s for years.  It looks like a classic neighborhood pizza joint, a survivor of the Italian Chambersburg.  And at one level it is:  the take-out menu is a six-panel tri-fold.  Open it, and you think you’re reading every pizza parlor menu on the planet: pizza, stromboli, wings, salads, burgers, pasta. Open the [Continue reading]

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The New Economy (Fuente del Buen Gusto)

The new Trenton economy is on display at Fuente del Buen Gusto every day. Frankly, it’s not the best Guatemalan food in Trenton. Not that FdBG’s food is bad; it’s actually pretty good, but much of it is served off of a buffet, and it suffers a bit from sitting around. However, you won’t find many other places in town that are busier. The joint is usually packed with working men and women from the neighborhood. I suggest that anyone who wants to understand the new Trenton economy should show up here during the week just to check it out.

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Baby Steps (El Potrillo)

El Potrillo (Spanish for a foal, or newborn horse) is a pleasant Mexican restaurant in the heart of Chambersburg. The food at El Potrillo is authentic, home-made Mexican. It’s not gourmet or even particularly subtle, but most of it is pretty tasty, and the portions are huge. Prices are competitive with other Trenton Latino joints, and cheap compared to anywhere else in the greater Mercer County area.

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Mayan Sunshine (Tierra Maya)

Tierra Maya is a tiny Mexican (not Guatemalan) restaurant in the heart of the old ‘Burg, It offers a limited menu of utterly fresh, home-made Mexican specialties in an immaculately clean and friendly environment. At its best, it’s the best in town. However, it’s sometimes understaffed, and food quality can then fall to merely good.

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chicken stew

Cooking Central (Sabor Latino Bar & Restaurant)

Sabor Latino is a friendly Dominican dive located on the eastern fringes of the ‘Burg. I’m not at all familiar with Dominican food, but judging from the menu, it tends more towards stews and soups than the grilled items I associate with Guatemalan cooking; or the various, creative packaging (tacos, burritos, tostadas, etc.) that characterizes Mexican cuisine. That said, it’s all here: as its menu points out in Spanish, it “also serves the cuisine of Guatemala and Costa Rica” and Mexican items show up on the menu under the piquant heading of “International Dishes” .

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