Thursday, October 14, 2010
I'm all for lettuce wraps and manna bread during the summer. But when the temperature dips, I like it hot. Toasted. Pressed. Everybody loves press, no?
Marathon Grill added some fall items to their roster and they've been trending towards healthier bites, so I knew it was time to head back for a quick lunch with Mr. Vedge. We had our minds set on the Roasted Vegetable and Hummus "Press".
We were going to peek at some new furniture at a design studio in Center City, and right below the studio, there happens to be a Marathon Grill. However, I did not know this. So we ended up at the 16th and Sansom location.
The sandwich comes with feta, but we asked for it without. I noticed a section of Greens and Grains, which has several options that you can make a plate out of, at 3 for $9. This is my favorite kind of meal, a mixture of grains and veggies.
Hummus + Paprika + Flatbread
Beets + Goat Cheese + Fresh Herbs
Quinoa + Green Beans + Pumpkinseeds
Barley + Chickpeas + Roasted Peppers + Feta
Wheat Berry + Roasted Mushrooms + Braised Cabbage
You can order them without cheese, if you like. We decided to start with some barley. It was chewy with a subtle punch of spice and I'd order a larger bowl and call it lunch next time. Yum.
Then our "Presses" came, oozing with cool hummus from a warm grilled wrap, roasted peppers, grilled zucchini, onion, and portabello. The portabello was well marinated and zesty. I also enjoyed having so much hummus (usually there is never enough hummus for my preference). Hummus is the one major thing that has helped me give up cheese and dairy. It has replaced the "creamy" and "cheesy" textures that I was used to. (Dairy zapped my energy and aggravated my skin, so after cutting back for several months, I finally let it go).
You don't even miss the feta in this sandwich.
Up until this year, I had never considered Marathon Grill as a viable veggie lunch option. It always seemed like the place you went for a chicken caesar salad. But I have had more than a few lunches there this year, with pleasant experiences every time. It can be a little loud and it certainly does get crowded, but they do have a variety of grains, veggies, and sandwiches that are more finely crafted than something you would find at a regular cafe and there are a handful of locations, making it that much more convenient.