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View The Fresh Gourmet's 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: $3.79 – $8.59, Dinner specials a little more

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A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com

 

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

 

By Bill Coburn

 

The Fresh Gourmet in San Marino is 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.  They are open till 7:30pm on weeknights, 4pm on Saturday.  They are closed on Sundays. 

 

It has been about a year since our first visit to The Fresh Gourmet, when we enjoyed the Chicken Barley soup, the Meat Loaf Special, the Chicken Club Sandwich, the Chicken Tequila Fettucine, the Turkey Avocado Wrap and the Napa Salad.  Yes, we ordered a lot of food, but we wanted to discuss a representative portion of the menu in the spotlight.  We’re givers.  We did it for you…

 

The Fresh Gourmet menu features more than a dozen different salads, half a dozen “Classic” Sandwiches, seveal “Specialty” sandwiches (including a Los Robles Melt, California Melt, Montecito Chicken, Manhattan Steak and others), four baguette sandwiches, half a dozen pastas, nearly half a dozen “Wraps” and some “Southwestern Specialties.”  In addition, the night we dropped in there are usually another half dozen dinner specials.

 

Tonight, I started with a cool and refreshing Mandarin Chicken Salad, which is poached chicken breast, chopped lettuce, green onions, celery, mandarin oranges and candied almonds tossed in a sweet and sour vinaigrette.  It was excellent, and I look forward to finishing it tomorrow at lunchtime.  The reason I didn’t finish it, is that I also ordered the Chicken Marsala, one of this evening’s specials.  This was two good-sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts served over pasta, with plenty of mushroom and marsala wine sauce poured over it.  The sauce was thick, almost like a glaze, and delicious.  It was served with steamed carrots, zucchini and squash.  I ate the carrots, Keelan ate the zucchini and squash.  The portion was so large, I took some of the pasta and one of the chicken breasts home with me, I’ll be having that after polishing off the remaining salad.

 

Speaking of Keelan, he ordered the roast beef and cheddar baguette, which he requested with no lettuce and light on the mayo.  He said it was really good, and it came with plenty of fresh fruit on the side, and a cookie.  I had noticed the cookie “garnish” a couple weeks back when I had a really good Roast Beef Dip for lunch, and wondered how much that little garnish cuts back on dessert sales.  It’s a nice touch, but I would think some people might consider that enough of a sweet that they’d decline dessert.  However, with the Coburns, that’s not an issue.  We’ll discuss desserts shortly.

 

Katie had the BBQ Chicken salad, with lots of diced chicken breast served tossed in a good-sized portion of romaine lettuce with a BBQ Ranch dressing.  She really enjoyed it, and I tried a taste, too, not really thinking BBQ Ranch dressing was going to be something I’d like (never having tried it before), but I was surprised to find it to be quite tasty.  Definitely some smoky BBQ flavor in there, but still plenty of the ranch flavor coming through, as well.

 

In our first spotlight, 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.  I mentioned I wanted to try the triple chocolate cheesecake on my next visit, and we did tonight, as well as a mixed fruit tart.  The desserts are made on the premises at Fresh Gourmet, and they are delightful.  Yes, I know, I don’t usually use the word delightful, but on a scorching September evening, these cool desserts, can in fact, appropriately be described as delightful.  The tart had grapes, sliced strawberries, peach slices, apple slices, kiwi and a berry, not sure but I think it was logan berry or olalaberry, and it was quite good.  But the triple chocolate cheesecake was excellent.  The triple chocolate cheesecake features white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and milk chocolate, and is topped with candied hazelnuts.  Look at how great it looks in the picture, and suprisingly, as hard as it may seem to believe, it was better than it looks!!

 

You can find this restaurant spotlight online, with larger, full color photos of the food, by visiting DotComDining.com. 

 

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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