DIG Appetit

BY: VIVIAN GATICA

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The Marketplace Grill and Café is a relatively new deli-style restaurant in Downey, Calif. It is unique in that there is an authentic Greek taste to all of their dishes. Their menu has a variety of salads, sandwiches, burgers, and even pasta dishes. They cleverly display desserts like cheesecake, tiramisu, and crepes in a window next to where customers order their food.

The Greek Chicken Salad is delightful to both see and taste. The dish is accompanied with pita bread, and consists of fresh grilled chicken, feta cheese, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, Greek olives with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It is great if you are in the mood for something light, but not too light.

The Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini is to die for. The Panini bread has an amazing crunch texture to it. The sandwich includes a grilled chicken breast, basil pesto, feta cheese, tomatoes, and grilled onions. The chicken is fresh, and the mix of feta cheese and pesto are an excellent combination It is simple, but amazing. All sandwiches are accompanied by a side of baked potato rounds and Greek salad. It is enough to have leftovers to take home and enjoy.

There are too many delicious desserts to choose from, but the cheesecake is a very good choice. You can go for the plain New York-style cheesecake or chocolate cheesecake. It is very flavorful, and even the crust is delicious which is rare to find. The crepes are also great. They are made fresh, and you can choose from a variety of fruits and toppings to add to it.

The Marketplace also has a breakfast menu that includes pancakes, crepes, omelettes, paninis, and wraps.

What I like about this restaurant is that it is simple, yet flavorful. You order at a register, and then the waiters bring your food to you. The staff are very attentive and friendly. What is also nice about the restaurant is its very neat atmosphere, as well as its simple yet elegant design.

The menu has a great variety of dishes to choose from, and the ones I have tried have all been delicious. I doubt that anyone would ever be disappointed.

For menus and hours, visit The Marketplace Grill and Café's website.