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Taste Buds: Marian's Place

Buds pleasantly surprised by Elm Grove cafe

March 16, 2012

Hmmm. Is it more restaurant or more gaming parlor?

The Buds had asked themselves this question every time they drove past Marian's Place in Elm Grove. Just when they had written it off as more of the latter, one Bud spotted a sandwich board outside boasting a daily special of salmon patties, coleslaw and wild rice. Not the typical parlor fare!

Intrigued, the Buds knew they had to investigate.

Marian's Place, located in the former Enzio's building, does have a gaming area inside, but, as the Buds learned, it is also a great place to grab a bite.

Aside from daily breakfast and lunch/dinner specials which are listed on the menu board, patrons can choose from several breakfast combinations, sandwiches, soups and salads. Standard breakfast options include eggs, sausage, ham or bacon, hash browns, toast, bagels, muffins and oatmeal.

Salad options at Marian's include grilled chicken, mandarin orange, strawberry and the standard house salad. Some salads and other menu items, the Buds learned, are seasonal, so one should check with the server to see what is actually available during a visit. Bud Em was originally interested in the mandarin orange salad, but it wasn't available that day so she decided to go with one of the sandwiches. Sandwich choices are chicken breast, hamburger, cheeseburger, bacon cheeseburger, hot dog, chicken salad and tuna salad.

Bud Em opted to try the chicken salad sandwich with a side of fries. Both the chicken and tuna salads are made fresh by Marian herself, and Bud Em was pleasantly surprised at how tasty it was! Packed with pecans and chunks of celery, it wasn't to 'mayonnaisey' as some of those types of salads tend to be. It really hit the spot. The fries were fresh and tasty as well, and the best part was that the sandwich, fries and a cold coke came to just under $6. Not a bad deal at all!

Bud Shaunna chose the daily special advertised on the sandwich board. The salmon patties were nicely browned and had a great flavor. The coleslaw was also pretty tasty, but the best part of the meal was the wild rice. It had golden raisins in it! Bud Shaunna has never had rice with raisins, but it was surprisingly delicious. And with a diet coke on the side, this was a good filling meal for under $7. Could you ask for anything better?

The friendly server tried to talk the Buds into some homemade desserts such as a yummy looking chocolate cake and various pies, but alas, the Buds were full. Maybe on another visit. As for now, the Buds are just glad they gambled on Marian's Place!

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