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(Covid Update Dec 2021 – in business) If you’re looking for a friendly diner to have a leisurely breakfast in downtown Trenton, look no further than Sunrise Luncheonette. This modest cafe has humble decor and decent food, but its chief selling point is the relaxed atmosphere. Step inside, and you’ll instantly feel like you’re a regular returning to a favorite joint, welcomed by the owner and greeted by your (new) friends.
Located on historic Warren Street, Sunrise Luncheonette has a way of looking perpetually closed. Sometimes they leave their security gate partially down, obscuring the yellow sign which is already behind an old-fashioned diner window with bars. But forge ahead, as cheap eats and hot cups of coffee await. Sunrise has a counter with a few stools, and maybe ten small tables. There’s nothing designed about this atmosphere–it’s pure simplicity. They offer a basic diner menu of breakfast and lunch standards. Eggs, french toast, pancakes, omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, and grits, as well as salads, sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, and a few hot platters (such as meat loaf or fried fish). The prices are truly Trenton prices–several dollars below what you’d pay in the suburbs. Burgers are $3, sandwiches and omelettes $3-$6, platters typically under $7. I was unable to find a menu item for over $7, and most are well below. There is an extra $.25 charge on to-go orders. Portions are reasonable, though not overwhelming. There are often specials and veggie options written on the boards by the counter.
The food is decent. You’re not going here for elegant eats, but it is certainly serviceable. I’ve found the breakfasts to be a good value for the price, and always well-cooked. They do eggs pretty well, though I’m not a huge fan of their potatoes. So far, I’ve not had a lunch there that inspired me, though for these prices my expectations are pretty low. The coffee is very good.
If you’re looking for a flavorful lunch and willing to pay one or two more dollars, I’d recommend nearby E. Front Cafe. But if you’re looking for somewhere to have a dirt-cheap breakfast, where you won’t feel rushed and you can enjoy the warm hospitality of the owners, Sunrise Luncheonette is the place for you.