I was recently invited to try out Marie Callender's new lunch menu titled "Marie's Mid-Day Mix-Ups". MC's offers this special lunch menu, Monday through Friday, from 11am to 4pm.
A lot of the chain restaurants have their lunch specials for a great deal, however what makes Marie Callender's special is their famous slice of pie as a side option. YUM!
I met the hubby, who had a day off, at MC's, to try their menu. Here's how it goes... you have a choice of one lunch entree and one side for $6.99 or lunch entree and two sides for $8.99:
Six lunch entrees include:
Four Cheese Ravioli – Cheese-stuffed ravioli in a tomato-cream sauce topped with toasted parmesan bread crumbs
Half Roasted Turkey Sandwich – Hand-carved roasted turkey, cranberry walnut cream cheese, lettuce and tomato on a wheat ciabatta
Half Rosemary Chicken Sandwich– Grilled chicken breast marinated with fresh rosemary, garlic and olive oil, with melted Swiss, spicy mayonnaise, spring lettuce and tomato on a grilled wheat ciabatta
Grilled Veggie Tacos – Sliced red onion, mushrooms, poblano and red peppers, grilled and nestled inside soft corn tortillas, topped with roasted corn, black beans, avocado and pico de gallo
Meatloaf Sliders – Two sliders stacked with home-style meatloaf, port caramelized onions and sharp cheddar cheese
Half Chicken Waldorf Salad Sandwich – Chicken Waldorf salad made with fresh apples, cranberries, caramelized pecans and raisins topped with lettuce and tomato on a wheat ciabatta
Here are the sides available:
- Cup of Classic soup
- Fresh potato chips
- Small garden salad
- Wedge salad with bleu cheese dressing
- Slice of Marie's famous pie (excludes cheesecakes and seasonal fruit pies)
We both ordered a strawberry lemonade ($2.99) to quench our thirst on a warm day. It was tart and sweet. Just perfect!
We had a great start to our meal with a complimentary square of fluffy, warm cornbread.
M ordered the Half Rosemary Chicken Sandwich and grilled wheat ciabatta with a small garden salad with ranch dressing on the side ($8.99). He ordered a slice of pie for his second side item. I did not have a taste of his sandwich. He said that the chicken breast was flavorful and juicy. I love that they have wheat ciabatta bread.
His garden salad looked pretty fresh and the ranch dressing on the side was nicely overflowing from the cup and looked deliciously creamy.
I ordered the cute little Meatloaf Sliders with a side of fresh potato chips and a slice of pie ($8.99). Look -- the cheese from the grill formed, what I call, cheese crunchies. That was an added bonus of salty flavor. The meatloaf slices had noticeable chopped veggies in it; celery, onions and carrots. It was delicious. The port caramelized onions were sweet and they went really well with the meatloaf. They went a tad heavy on the mayonnaise, but I just ended up scraping it off of the second one.
My favorite snack in the entire world, potato chips. Whenever and where ever I can get them freshly made, oh yes, potato chips, it is. They were really good. I dipped a couple of them in M's ranch dressing.
M ordered a key lime pie slice for dessert/second side item. We were both so into our own slices of pie that I did not have a taste of his.
My go-to pie flavor is regular apple (not French apple, just plain ol' boring apple) but I wanted to take advantage of all their wonderful pie flavors. I choose a cream cheese pie flavor... Kahlua cream pie! It was sooooo good! It had a small hint of coffee and chocolate from the chocolate cookie crust. I was very happy with my choice, but I regret not packing the rest up and taking it home. I was stuffed!
One more added special... when you dine in, you get $5.00 off a whole pie to-go. I ended up ordering a whole apple pie for the office ($12.79 minus $5.00) to bring back with me.
Ta-da... I set the pie up for everyone, including utensils, napkins and mini plates. I did not have room for a slice so I let everyone go at it to fulfill their afternoon sugar fix. I was so busy at work that I forgot to take a picture after they sliced through it.
All in all, what a yummy experience at Marie Callender's! Their Mid-Day Mix-Ups are certainly a good lunch deal, and I love the fact that you can get a whole slice of pie with your lunch entree. Mmm, pie. Oh yeah... for those with kids under 12, kids eat free on Tuesdays and Saturdays with a purchase of an adult entree!
**Disclaimer: Marie Callender's provided me gift cards to try our their new lunch menu. I was not compensated for writing this post and all opinions and views are my own. Thanks!