The Chapin Restaurant is a tiny hole-in-the-wall Guatemalan take-out joint on Witherspoon Street. Brownie tells me Chapin is some sort of beloved fictional character in Latin America. I guess it's like naming a restaurant Robin Hood, or something.
Anyway, the spot where Chapin is used to be a Mexican place that made its own hot tortillas, served menudo on Sundays, and always told me their tongue tacos were sold out even when I insisted.
We tried it out now in its Chapin Guatemalan makeover. Sadly no more menudo, no more tongue tacos, and prices have gone up! $2.75 for one taco! Tacos were good but I really liked the empanadas, freshly fried, the skins were crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. I also noticed sopes on the menu and gallina (hen) stew on the weekends, so I may go back to try them one day. But too bad the priced are more like sit-down prices rather than takeout!
Still I guess you take in Princeton, with its dearth of good Latin food...
146 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542