30 Burgers has the unfortunate distinction of replacing failed small businesses, lasting no more than a year. Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices were no match for the artisanal ice cream mainstays in Princeton, so it was not unexpected that they closed their doors before they could properly decorate their baby blue walls. Yet, something about 30 Burgers looks promising, especially in a college town.
The draw was the junior combo: a burger, fries, and a drink for $5.99. It is actually just an adult version of the kids' meal, with the added shredded lettuce and tomatoes. Both junior and kids' meals come with 3 oz. patties, same portion of fries, and same size fountain drink. Between my husband, myself, and my daughter-- we weren't too adventurous, and just got our different versions of cheeseburgers. My husband substitute his American with bleu cheese.
As the name suggests, there are 30 different kinds of burgers. The 30th burger is a special-of-the-day offering. Different toppings range from bacon to fried egg. They have chicken burgers, turkey burgers, and veggie burgers, regular paninis, and salads, to round out their menu. Regular patties are 7 oz., and seems just the right size for an average patron. The fries are crispy, reminiscent of Burger King fries before they got healthy. Hence, beware of the amount of oil you will consume at this place.
I enjoyed my meal with the bustle of college kids coming in and out, and the view of the university from the front windows. It is decorated with the standard orange & black motif of the university, including vintage photos from the Princeton historical society. 30 Burgers seems invested in staying here a long time, much longer than its predecessors.