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View The Fresh Gourmet menu

Restaurant: The Fresh Gourmet

Where: 2004 Huntington Dr., San Marino

Phone: (626) 308-1720

Reservations: Dinner only

Cocktails: No

Service: Tableside wait service

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: Yes

Credit Cards: MC, Visa, American Express, Discover, Debit w/logo

Kid’s Menu: Yes

Senior Discount: No

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: Yes

Price Range: $7.29 – $8.99, Dinner specials a little more

Interior shot of the counter area

One thing I overlooked in the review, but should not have, was some delicious garlic bread

Chicken Barley Soup

Napa Salad

Chicken Club Sandwich

Chicken Tequila Fettucine

Turkey Avocado Wrap, sans avocado

Meat Loaf Special dinner

Fresh Raspberry Chocolate Grenache

Fresh Blueberry Tart

Also available for dessert, Fresh Fruit Tart, Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

 

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com

                                    

The Fresh Gourmet in San Marino a Great Stop for Lunch or Dinner

 

By Bill Coburn

 

One of the places I’ve been meaning to get to, but haven’t for one reason or another, is The Fresh Gourmet down in San Marino.  It’s a small family-owned and operated restaurant with some outside seating area that opened back in 1996.  Original owner Norma Olivas had started out with a sandwich/salad delivery service, taking meals to office buildings and the like, and was doing well enough that she decided to expand with a storefront of her own.  With now co-owner daughter Nicole, she has built up The Fresh Gourmet, and not long ago they expanded and began staying open for dinner, though be warned, they do close early, 7:30pm on weeknights, 4pm on Saturday.  They are closed on Sundays.  We finally got down there last night for dinner, and I can assure you we’ll be back, and we won’t wait so long for a return trip.

 

I ordered a cup of the Chicken Barley soup (the other option was vegetable barley) and it was quite good, lots of white meat chicken, carrots, onion and loads of barley.  I’ve only had beef barley soup in the past, and really enjoyed my first try of chicken barley.

 

The Fresh Gourmet menu features 16 different salads, (including Cranberry Delight, Italian Chopped Chicken, Parisienne, Texas Grill, Mandarin Chicken, Asparagus and Baby Greens, and many more) half a dozen “Classic” Sandwiches, eleven “Specialty” sandwiches (including a Los Robles Melt, California Melt, Montecito Chicken, Manhattan Steak and others), four baguette sandwiches, half a dozen pastas, 5 “Wraps” and seven “Southwestern Specialties.”  In addition, the night we dropped in there were another half dozen dinner specials, including Salmon, Rib-eye, and Meat Loaf, among others.

 

I ordered the Meat Loaf Special, and the Chicken Club Sandwich, Katie ordered the Chicken Tequila Fettucine and Keelan ordered the Turkey Avocado Wrap, no avocado.  Katie also started her meal with a smaller portion serving of the Napa Salad.  Yes, we ordered a lot of food, but we wanted to discss a representative portion of the menu in the review.  We’re givers.  We did it for you…

 

The Napa Salad has poached chicken breast, gourmet baby greens, dried apricots, red onions, candied pecans and feta cheese tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.  I didn’t really expect to like it, but it was a nice mix of tastes, and I wouldn’t hesitate to order it as a meal on its own next time we visit.  The Chicken Club, featuring lots of grilled chicken breast, cheese, bacon, sprouts, lettuce and mayo on multi-grain bread (I ordered it sans tomato) was also quite good.  I brought half of it home, and just had it for lunch.  I especially enjoyed the multi-grain bread, which is not something I would usually order, but it rounded out the sandwich nicely.

 

Keelan hasn’t been feeling well, and his appetite wasn’t up to snuff, but I finished his turkey wrap and it was good, filled with a bunch of turkey, and surrounded by a spicy tortilla wrap.  Not overly spicy but enough that you knew it was there.  The Meat Loaf was a good size portion served over fluffy mashed potatoes with sauteed vegetables.  No filler in this meat loaf, just plenty of tasty beef.  Katie’s Chicken Tequila Fettucine included sauteed chicken, bell pepper, cilantro and red onion in a tequila lime cream sauce.  I just re-heated it for lunch, and even though (as is to be expected) the sauce broke down in the microwave, it was still delicious.  But I recommend you stop in and try it hot, fresh from the kitchen.

 

We finished our meal with some tasty desserts, a fresh raspberry and chocolate grenache, and a fresh blueberry tart, both of which were on flaky crusts, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  We enjoyed everything we tried, and will look forward to trying other items on our next visit. I wanted to try the triple chocolate cheesecake, but decided to save that for our next time.

 

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And you can find The Fresh Gourmet’s menu at the San Gabriel Valley Menus website, or go directly to www.freshgourmet.net.

 

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