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Marketplace Grille

Yes, another mediterranean eatery which serves THE BEST kabobs! I love love love kabobs and I think this place has become one of my favorite go to's. Located in the Sorrento Valley area, this place is kind of a hidden jem. What intrigued me about this place was their amazing clay oven right next to the entrance, where all the magic happens. Then as you walk in a little further, you will see that it's not a huge place, but it's very well organized and has kind of a casual bistro setting.

The sample dishes are displayed in a glass deli, so you know exactly what to expect on your plate. Everything looked so tempting in that deli, it was hard to decide what I should get. There were different sorts of kabobs, salads, rice plates and combinations of other dishes to choose from. I finally decided to get the beef kabob plate with fresh cucumber salad which accompanied with a few pieces of grilled zucchini and squash.

And now, the moment I have been waiting for, I was invited by the owner, who was such a sweet lady, to watch all the action behind the scenes. We walked behind the clay oven and she showed me how the meats are grilled on that huge clay oven. It was a very fascinating experience to see the kabobs being grilled right in front of you. The oven obviously was set at a very high temperature and the owner did an awesome job grilling the kabobs and veggies to perfection while giving me a tour of the area.

Time to taste and savor

While we waited for our kabobs, the owner gave us some delicious chicken soup and a hummus plate on the house. The soup was a perfect soul food with veggies and bite-sized pieces of chicken.

The hummus plate was delicious and a generous appetizer served with two different types of hummus, a bowl of tabbouleh (a salad made of combination of parsley, garlic, lemon juice, etc), and sliced pita bread.

We were really starting to indulge in the appetizers and before we knew it, our food was served. First of all, I have to say...the entire place including our food smelled fantastic! the plate looked very well put together and the serving size was larger then I expected.

The cucumber salad combined with fresh lettuce had the perfect crunch and just the right amount seasonings. It was paired very well with the beef kabob, which was grilled to perfection. Juicy, tender and bursting with flavors! Quiet a filling meal, and the salad can actually be shared by two people.

Overall Experience

I definitely give this place a high rating as it was a wonderful experience. The service was great and very friendly. A great option for people who are looking for a different healthy dining experience in the area. They have three locations throughout San Diego and this one has been in service for nearly twenty years. To find out more, visit their website at


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