Marina Grill and Deli is a few block down the road from my apartment and seemed like the perfect choice for a welcome home meal after my trip of new and exciting food.
Having no real experience with Greek food, I was at a loss trying to figure out what to order. It probably didn’t help that I was a little jet lagged and running on 3 hours of sleep, so I asked the cashier if there was anything she recommended. While extremely nice, she definitely looked a little flustered and told me that she didn’t feel comfortable suggesting things to people, because you can never guarantee they’ll like it. Understandable, but definitely not helpful, so I ended up falling back on the two items I’ve had experience with before; a Gyro and falafel.
There is a buffet set up at Marina, which isn’t an option when you’re planning food to go, so that’s an adventure that will have to wait for another time.
I’ve never had a gyro that I didn’t like. The pita bread and lamb combo is always a win and definitely worth the gluten induced stomach ache. I am also convinced I could eat a bowl of cucumber sauce and not be upset with myself. I mean, a pita is basically an edible bowl, right?
I would order this again without a doubt.
Word to the wise: the smell doesn’t easily disappear from your car.
I’m just going to say it – I hate falafels. It doesn’t matter how many times I go into it thinking this time it will be different, because the falafel kills my spirit every time. The only redeeming quality it has is that I think it KNOWS how disgusting it is and tries to disguise itself with an addictive accessory: cucumber sauce. Maybe I just have an obsession for Greek sauces, but, once again, I would have no problem eating a cucumber sauce soup.
Why do I hate falafels? I honestly don’t know. In theory I should love them. They’re deep fried which is like the food of my people. I mean, the Minnesota State Fair is really just a giant fried food fest and we come in droves to gorge every year, so why can’t I afford that some devotion to the falafel? I think it must be the chickpeas. Maybe I’m just destined to walk through the rest of my life chickpea-free.
The vibe is unique. People sit around at the cafeteria style tables watching a small TV in the upper left corner, surrounded by beverage coolers, inside the buffet/deli counter perimeter. It’s almost like a barber shop feel mixed with an airport and a side of casino. People knew each other and acknowledged each other, but did their own thing.
Marina Grill and Deli is the type of place you don’t feel awkward eating alone and I’m all for that.
Marina Grill and Deli
2424 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 10 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 9 AM – 11 PM