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Trenton Social Club

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TC Nelson

Trenton 365 Blog

July 2011

Trenton Social Club

Opening a little over 6 months ago, the Trenton Social Club has become a meeting place for several people who are in Trenton and especially the “365”. 

The space once housed The Urban Word and several other eateries over the past ~10 years.  Located just a pitching wedge from the Sun National Bank Arena, “Social” is open 7 days a week from lunch to dinner and offers a varied menu.  I have personally tried most of the offerings and find them to be better than most other national eateries in the area with the same price points.

On one of my recent visits I had the special of the day.  I started off with a shrimp, snap pea and pasta soup.  The chicken broth based starter included several shrimp pieces and snap peas with just the right amount of pasta, penne to be exact.  The main portion of my lunch came from a clam in red jalapeno sauce over penne.  The jalapeno added just the right amount of heat and complemented the clams perfectly.  I am not big on deserts, so you will have to try that on your own. 

What's left of the jalapeno pasta

What I can tell you is that you will have a warm reception from owner T.C. Nelson or any of his employees.  The food will be fresh, made to order, and be very reasonably priced.  On site parking for dozens of cars is located in the back.  An outside area with trumpet vines offers a nice setting to enjoy your time at Social al-fresco. 

The restaurant and bar area is clean, inviting and has better than average selections from the large rectangular granite bar.  Stay away from the Stoudt’s Fat Dog unless you can handle a 10%+.  Since I am sharing about the draft beer, you can expect to see different offerings as well, not just the Bud, Coors Light/Miller Lite, Corona and Sam Adams that PALES members (future blog) avoid like the plague.

Craig, the singer!

TC Nelson and sister Shannon
Make sure you facebook Trenton Social so you can stay up to date on all of the events.  My favorite is Sushi Night which happens the first Wednesday of the month.  July’s offering had my family plus one enjoying the latest offerings from Sumo of Pennington.  The tuna was fresh from HI and as usual delicious.  My group shared a hot pepper seared tuna app., ninja roll, spicy tuna roll, California roll and teriyaki salmon.

Social offers many different entertainment choices as well.  From the Salsa lessons on Sundays, Karaoke, live music and a nice mix of lounge music when nothing is live.  If it’s quiet ask bartender Craig to sing a few lines for you, he loves Marvin Gaye.  

The space also doubles as an Art Gallery with a mix of mediums and tastes.  A back room has the ability to serve as a private gathering space however; TC is all about business and offering what the client wants.  I say that so you can be creative and see what kind of options he has.  Keep in mind Social has a travelling show as well.  They have been seen on the road at the Trenton Cycling Revolution’s 15th annual Trenton Bike tour, Art All Night and even acted as a caterer for over a thousand at a recent large gathering at the State Capital building.

In closing I hope you are already a supporter of TC and the Trenton Social Club, however if you are not stop by I am sure you will not be disappointed.  As always keep the suggestions coming and bring someone new to Trenton!