As I continue to settle in to my new parish, I’m also continuing to explore the dining establishments in the parish. One of the newest ones is the Marion Street Eatery, located in the Marion Hotel at 393 Marion Street. I first caught wind of the Marion Street Eatery through a Facebook post of a friend who used to work at the Ellice Cafe. Then it kept cropping up here and there, so I figured I should give it a try.
I got my first chance to try it out when one of my brothers was visiting. He I and my mom went for the Sunday Brunch. We arrived well into brunch service, and the tables were all full. We were told we would have about a 20 minute wait. However, we were offered a seat at the bar, and a cup of coffee while we waited. This certainly made the wait more pleasant. On top of that, the 20 minute wait was only 20 minutes. I know it’s hard to judge such things, but when 20 minutes start to stretch to 45 minutes, it makes think I don’t want to return to such a place. So, the Marion Street Eatery was off to a good start.
When we were seated we were given a table in the back corner of the restaurant. The tables are nicely spaced, so that you each table is able to carry on its own conversations. The brunch menus we were handed had a nice selection on them that gave us several choices, but not so much that we needed to spend a long time making a decision. Between the three of us, we ordered the Mexican Breakfast, The Usual, and a Denver Wrap. On the Denver Wrap, a fruit cup was substituted for the hash browns, with no difficulty or extra charge.
Despite a busy brunch service, we receiving our orders in good time. While we were waiting and while we were eating, we also had multiple offers of coffee refills. This happened because the staff at the Marion Street Eatery were on the lookout for all diners, not just the tables that they were serving, (a good selling point in my books).
My dish was the Mexican, so that’s the only one I can completely comment on. Both The Usual and the Denver Wrap were well prepared and the portion sizes were more than adequate. I did enjoy my Mexican breakfast, but I would have liked a little more zing in the Salsa that came with it. Not necessarily more heat, but perhaps a little more zest.