On our quest to find new favorite restaurants, California inspired food, and bucket list worthy dining, we discovered Marmalade Cafe. It’s a great lunch spot close to home with plenty of signature dishes with local flavors. Even though we visited for lunch, we tried a few dishes and packed up the leftovers for dinner.
We started with the Ginger Chicken Potstickers with citrus ponzu for dipping. I’d never had crispy potstickers before but it added to the burst of flavor. The dipping sauce was loaded with flavor as well and even Athena enjoyed the unique taste. It’s rare that I can get her to try new sauces but she was ready to lick the bowl of the citrus ponzu sauce.
I struggled with picking the Free Range Chicken Pot Pie or the Blackened Chicken Penne as my main dish. When I asked the waitress, she suggested the Blackened Chicken Penne so I went with her recommendation. It’s a Cajun spiced chicken breast served atop creamy pesto penne with chopped tomatoes, scallions, and Parmesan. She didn’t steer me wrong. I expected it to be a little more spicy but the pesto added plenty of mouthwatering flavor. I packed half of it up to go and saved room for an iced coffee.
Cord opted for a more healthy choice and had the Chopped Italian Salad. Chopped chicken, salami, roasted peppers, garbanzos, provolone, Kalamata olives, cucumbers, and fresh and sun dried tomatoes and lettuce were tossed with Italian herb vinaigrette to create a Mediterranean dish with a Californian flair.
Our glasses were always full and delivered with a smile. The starters came out quickly and the main dishes were ready by the time we finished our starters. I love when timing and great service seem effortless and Marmalade Cafe did it flawlessly.
Marmalade Cafe is a great choice for California inspired food and friendly service. The dining area is large enough to accommodate plenty of guests and the location is ideal for shopping after a bite to eat. You can’t go wrong with a stop at Marmalade Cafe.