A good place to grab lunch when you're not sure what you want. The Grilled Vegetable with Grain Salad with Salmon is one of my favorite salads on the menu.
Best meatloaf I've ever had!.
OK, I'm basing my review on 1 meal from my first (but definitely not last!) visit to the Marathon Grill on 16h and Samson. Also, I was hungry. But still, I'm sure that was the best meatloaf I've ever eaten -- quality meat, great consistency, very flavorful by itself, and then covered with a spicy/sweet ketchupy BBQ sauce that was just delicious. The wilted spinach tasted very fresh and was mixed with sliced garlic gloves, and the mashed potatoes were light and creamy (though they had nothing on the meatloaf). And this was after schlepping my food 8 blocks in a to-go container back to my hotel. So, I can't really speak to the service or the rest of the menu, but I can't recommend the meatloaf highly enough.
I may have to go back again tomorrow night.
A brunch full of surprises..... We had an interesting experience at a recent brunch at Marathon Grill. My husband ordered the eggs benedict, I ordered the bacon egg and cheese sandwich on english muffin. He got a dish without any hollandaise sauce, I got a lump of scrambled eggs, no bacon, on a stale roll with a brown piece of avocado and barbecue sauce on top (yuck!) . Because it was so crowded and our food took a while to come, we decided to just suck it up and eat our brunches....but there were more surprises to come. Hubby takes a big bite of his eggs, and all of a sudden spits something out - I thought it would be a shell, but it turned out to be a lemon pit! And I go in to take a bite of mine, and on my fork I see a hair (not mine) with a piece of gray fuzz attached to it! After this experience, I don't think we will be returning to Marathon for a while.
Good food but horrible service!!. I just went to this place today after researching it on Citysearch last night. It had a good menu and received some good reviews as a good brunch place so I thought I would take my family and try it out. I am now sorta regretting that decision. We arrived there about 11am and 2 of my family members went in ahead of my mom and I while we went to park the car. That took about 10-15 mins so we urged them to order while they waited for us. My mom and I ordered about 10 mins after my other family members and they still waited about 30 mins after we got there for their meals and we waited about 45 mins. And even after all of the waiting, my meal wasn't even prepared correctly and I was still missing a side dish. We complained to the waitress about the wait because everyone else around us, even those that came in after us, were receiving their food. She explained that there was not much that she could do about it because she had placed the order and it was now out of her hands but eventually she did get the manager to take care of things. In the end our entire meal was comped and that made up for some of the inconvenience but I would have never chosen to eat at this place had I known that it would have taken 45 mins to get the food. That was ridiculous! I would probably be willing to try another Marathon Grill location because the food was good, but I would never go back to this one or recommend it!
breakfast all day!. its better than a diner! if you want lots of options for different meals any time of day, a fun atmosphere AND reasonable prices then you should go here. the pancakes are so good!!
Total Disappointment and Waste of Time. From the moment I walked into Marathon Grill, the disgruntled attitude of the hostess should have convinced me to walk right back out. As this was my first time there, I decided to give it a shot anyway. After waiting 20 min's for a table, I was finally seated in a table that was not only incredibly small and awkward even for 2, but it was also clearly in the path of incoming diners and wait staff. My waiter wasn't exactly rude, but he clearly either despises his job or simply doesn't care. It took approximately 10 min's to place my order. My coffee was brought out about 5 minutes later missing the sugar I had asked for and with no napkins or utensils available. After asking for a spoon, I was finally brought a napkin and fork, but no spoon. My boyfriend and I both ordered omelets and a stack of pancakes to share. I could have easily gotten the same quality omelet at Denny's for half the price. The waiter helped to overcrowd the table even more by bringing two plates with 1 1/2 pancakes each (we had asked to share them--he took it as we needed it literally split in half). My side of turkey sausage was barely edible, even after sawing at it to cut it into pieces. I could have spent $1 at the grocery store and gotten better turkey sausage. The quality of bacon at Burger King far exceeds the quality of the bacon at Marathon Grill. When I finally caught the waiters attention to ask for a coffee refill, he proceeded to take my half full cup, took it away for about 5 min's and finally brought it back having simply added a little additional coffee with his hands around the rim of the mug. (who does that??) In summary, rude hostess + inattentive and unintelligent wait staff + below average food = Worst Brunch I've ever had at almost $50 for 2. I hightly recommend skipping Marathon Grill and heading right over to Famous 4th St Deli where the food is perfectly priced and always exceeds expectations.
The order is TYPED, but they can't get it RIGHT!. I am writing regarding this restaurant located at 16th and Sansome. My company has been ordering lunch every Friday, since September 2007, which are faxed in by 10:30 a.m. (until their fax machine stopped working). A fax document was created, so that the orders are typed to eliminate confusion, however, there were plenty of times that the salad dressings were missing or were put on the salads, when I request (in bold letters) that all salad dressings must be "on the side". We also have Vegans, but one order had the chicken in the salad, instead of being on the side. Another sandwich was ordered without the turkey, only to contain bacon that was not listed as an ingredient on the menu. One time a hamburger order was missed, along with sauteed spinach from another order. The last few months, the fax machine wasn't working, so I called in the orders. I kind of dread this with the mistakes on the other orders that were faxed in, & again, there were mistakes. One order had six items, two consisting only of a soup & a chili order. Three were off the regular menu, with the remaining item being one of the platter specials. I requested an 11:45 a.m. to 12 noon delivery as usual. At 12:05 p.m., I called & was told that the order was going out the door. This company is located a block away. The order did not arrive until 12:30 p.m. There were only two salad dressings ordered, but both were missing. I don't know what else to do to get these orders delivered correctly, & I have walked the order down the block just to avoid mistakes by the order takers, but this time, with the rain, I called in an order. The salmon bagel platter was missing the BAGEL. The Red Bliss side order became a Tuna-Bean Pasta side. Hot items were cold, cold items were warm. So, this is the last time our company will be ordering from this restaurant. By the way, they have a customer service email site to contact them for complaints, etc., but my email was returned with an error message.
Upscale Diner, Good brunch. Went here for brunch on a saturday morning, 11am. 15 minute wait. upscale, but casual atmosphere. great omelettes. Great service. Nice compromise between good diner food and nice atmosphere. $10 brunch dishes.
Better than Denny's. Grand homemade fried potatoes. Cheeses are chosen specially for each dish. Serving size is ample. Atmosphere is that of an upscale diner. Pretty busy at brunch, so food was a little slow.
"Sorry, we're out of that.". went there twice only to find a long list of items that were no longer in stock. how can a restaurant be out of steaks, tuna, salmon, bananas, calamari, hamburgers, etc... all in one night? very disappointing even though service was good. also, hostess lies to your face about what's in stock and what's not, according to her "yeah, we have everything."
Quick, Cheap, and Tasty!. We went in and were seated quickly, on a Friday night. The food was very good and was also served very quickly. The waitress was very friendly and professional. I would certainly recommend this place.
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