1839 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.948119 -75.172568
M-F 11-11, Sa 9-4 5-12, Su 9-4 5-10
Neighborhoods: Center City, Rittenhouse Square
Corporatised Diner? – I have enjoyed almost all the meals that I've had here. The menu is relatively diverse and the selections pretty good. Brunch is excellent. But I always feel like everything on the menu is just a few dollars too expensive for what it is, especially considering that the atmosphere is pretty corporate.
Comfortable – While many critics of Marathon refer to it as "nothing more than" an upscale diner, I see that as part of the appeal. While never passing for fine dining, it is a great spot to eat comfort food and people-watch on a rainy night.
Although the burgers are only fair, their chicken, salmon, and tuna sandwiches are quite good. My personal favorite is the chicken pot pie, which is huge and piping hot, just like home made, but without the 3 hours of cooking time.
Another point in Marathon's favor is that it is fairly versatile, appropriate for either a meal or just a few drinks. They also show movies on a drop-down screen every Wednesday night at 9.
Reliable – Old reliable-great location and nice ambiance as a neighborhood eatery
I go at least twice a week! – MOTS has a great brunch Saturday and Sunday. The place gets crowded so you have to expect to wait a bit on weekends. The waitstaff is generally very good and not obnoxious, pushy or annoying you every few minutes. I live down the street and enjoy going during the weeknights for a drink and meeting friends. It's a great neighborhood place. I have recommended it to many people and will continue.
Always great food, drinks and crowd... – I've eaten and drank here several times, and the food, service and ambiance is always lovely.
Fish, salad, or burgers are always classic and tasty, and all for a reasonable price.
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