We're not regulars of the "strip mall" dining scene with its typical lineup of junk food and big-box chains, but sometimes an easy parking spot is hard to dismiss, especially at the end of a nippy week. Such was the case on this Friday night, as we met up a couple of off-island friends at Marathon in the Decarie/Jean-Talon shopping complex for some comforting souvlaki and more.
tagged: TAKE THE CAR
Ideally situated along one of the city's major north-south arteries, Marathon gets fairly busy on weekday evenings, as people stop by on their way back from work or after shopping. The "diner" style interior is old-fashioned without feeling too dated.
The menu typically revolves around gyros, chicken and skewered meats, each offered in various formats such as souvlaki, plates and combinations. You can also complement your meal with regulars like taramas, dolmas and calamari. However, you can easily pass on those, since the plates are gigantic, as the title indicates.
"with Greek salad, fries and rice"
"with Marathon salad, fries and rice"
"with Marathon salad"
As expected from a joint that turns tables quickly, the service is efficient and fast, without being pushy. The entire staff runs like a well-oiled machine, which speaks of Marathon's longevity and experience.
tagged: IN & OUT
The food at Marathon won't blow your mind, and you shouldn't expect it to. We come here for a quick, no fuss, affordable dinner that's guaranteed to hit the spot when you're hungry. For those reasons, we consider it one of your better bets this side of Decarie/Jean-Talon.
tagged: PLAN B.
Price per person: $19.50
Montreal restaurant and bar reviews brought to you by two regular guys who like to eat and drink. We will go anywhere and we will say it like it is.