Fresh Gourmet Fresh Gourmet
2004 Huntington Dr
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 308-1720

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Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri: 11 – 7:30 / Saturday: 11 – 4 / Sunday: Closed

Fresh Gourmet

Fresh Gourmet

This small restaurant features bare brick walls, exposed beams and an old-fashioned checkered floor. Casual couples on their way back from an afternoon at the Huntington stop in for leisurely bites. Menu highlights are the chicken salad wrap with herb mayonnaise, and the turkey-cranberry sandwich on a fennel-flecked baguette. The Parisienne is a salad of baby greens, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken and brie tossed in balsamic vinaigrette. Dessert, prepared on site, includes lemon bars and creamy blackberry tarts.






B.B.Q. Chicken Salad
Grilled chicken breast, chopped lettuce, sweet yellow corn, diced tomato, jicama and cilantro
tossed lightly in a homemade B.B.Q. ranch dressing
Italian Chopped Chicken Salad
Grilled chicken breast, mixed lettuce, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, garbanzo beans
and diced tomatoes tossed in a fat-free tomato-basil vinaigrette dressing
Cranberry Delight
Fresh spinach leaves, poached chicken breast, dried cranberries and toasted almonds
tossed lightly with a sesame poppy seed vinaigrette
Napa Salad
Poached chicken breast, gourmet baby greens, dried apricots, red onions, candied pecans
and feta cheese tossed with balsamic vinaigrette
Parisienne Salad
Poached chicken breast, gourmet baby greens, sun-dried tomatoes and red onions tossed lightlyFresh Gourmet
with balsamic vinaigrette, topped with slices of French baguette and brie cheese
Texas Grill Salad
Poached chicken breast, black beans and cheddar cheese served over a bed of greens tossed
with a salsa ranch dressing topped with seasoned tortilla strips and fresh avocado
Chicken Caesar Salad
Grilled chicken breast served over chopped romaine lettuce tossed with a creamy Caesar dressing
topped with shredded parmesan cheese and homemade garlic croutons
Asparagus and Baby Greens Salad
Baby greens, grilled chicken breast, fresh asparagus, orange supremes and red onion tossed
with a citrus balsamic vinaigrette
Thai Chicken Salad
Grilled chicken breast served over chopped lettuce tossed with green onions, julienned cucumbers,
bean sprouts, cilantro, shredded carrots and chow mein noodles tossed in a peanut vinaigrette
Asian Chicken Salad
Poached chicken breast, chopped lettuce, green onions, cilantro and won ton strips
tossed in a sesame vinaigrette
Mandarin Chicken Salad
Poached chicken breast, chopped lettuce, green onions, celery, mandarin oranges and candied
almonds tossed in a sweet and sour vinaigrette
Chicken Taco Salad
Poached chicken breast, chopped lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, julienned carrots and shredded red cabbage
tossed with salsa and homemade ranch dressing lightly garnished with tortilla strips and black olives
Fiesta Chicken Salad
Grilled chicken breast, chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, shredded cheddar cheese,
avocado and black olives, tossed with homemade ranch dressing
Chicken Cobb Salad
Grilled chicken breast, chopped lettuce, shredded cheddar aI)d Mont,erey jack cheese, diced tomato,
avocado and bacon tossed with homemade ranch dressing
Southwestern Chicken Caesar Salad
Seasoned chicken breast served over romaine lettuce tossed with roasted peppers, pumpkin seeds,
cotija cheese and a pasilla caesar dressing topped with blue corn tortilla strips

Classic Sandwiches
Served with fruit and cookies
Choice of Bread: White, Fat-free Multi-Grain, Squaw, Sourdough. Rye or Roll
Ham, Turkey , Roast Beef, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad and Egg Salad

Specialty Sandwiches
VegetarianFresh Gourmet
Fresh cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, cheese, lettuce, sprouts and mayonnaise
Chicken Rustica Sandwich
Chicken breast sauteed with red onion and bell pepper served on a ciabatta roll topped
with a lemon caper mayo, lettuce and tomato
Roasted Veggie Sandwich
Assorted seasonal squash, roasted peppers and mushrooms seasoned with balsamic vinegar topped
with fresh basil and lettuce served on a toasted ciabatta roll with melted cheese
California Melt Sandwich
Grilled sourdough filled with your choice of chicken, turkey or roast beef, melted
cheese, lettuce, tomato and Ortega pepper
Los Robles Melt Sandwich
(Our version of a patty melt)
Hamburger patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and homemade thousand island
dressing spread served on grilled sourdough
Tuna Melt Sandwich
Dill tuna salad, cheese, lettuce and tomato served on grilled sourdough
Chicken Club Sandwich
Grilled chicken breast, cheese, bacon, sprouts, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Served on multi-grain bread
Manhattan Steak Sandwich
Pan seared steak sauteed with carmelized onion and tomato served on a warm roll topped with
a lemon caper mayonnaise and lettuce
Roast Beef/Turkey Dip Sandwich
Hot roast beef or turkey breast served on a French roll with Au Jus on the side for dipping
Grilled Chicken Pita
Warm Mediterranean flat bread topped with grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato
and topped with avocado and ranch dressing

French rosemary ficelle baguettes made especially by Pasadena Baking Company
Turkey Cranberry Baguette
Turkey breast, cranberries, pesto mayonnaise and lettuceFresh Gourmet
Roast Beef and Cheddar Baguette
Roast beef, lettuce, tomato, horseradish mayonnaise and cheddar cheese
Turkey Swiss Baguette
Turkey breast, roasted bell peppers, mayonnaise, fresh basil and Swiss cheese .

Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo
Fettuccine pasta served in a traditional garlic pannesan cream sauce
w/chicken $9.59
Penne Bolognese
Penne pasta served with a tradition mild Italian sausage marinara sauce
Chicken Tequila Fettuccine
Fettuccine pasta tossed lightly with sauteed chicken, assorted bell pepper, cilantro and red onion in a tequila lime cream sauce
Three Cheese Penne Pasta
Penne pasta baked in a cream sauce with carmelized garlic, sun-dried tomato and three kinds of cheese
Tomato Basil Penne Pasta
Penne tossed in a light tomato basil sauce garnished with parmesan
w/chicken $8.99

Assorted flavored tortilla filled with an array of unique fillings
Turkey Avocado Wrap
Sliced turkey breast, avocado, lettuce, tomato and a side of ranch dressing for dipping
Grilled Chicken Salad Wrap
Chopped grilled chicken, cilantro, green onion and tomato tossed in a homemade dressing
Vegetarian Wrap
Fresh cucumber, carrots, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, avocado and cheese served with ranch dressing for dippingFresh Gourmet
Chicken Cobb Salad Wrap
Grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, avocado and bacon crumbles tossed in ranch dressing
Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap
Grilled chicken breast, lettuce and parmesan cheese tossed in Caesar dressing
El Monterey Wrap
Marinated chicken breast, lettuce, tomato and peppered Monterey jack cheese
tossed with a chipotle ranch dressing

Southwestern Specialties
Shredded Beer or Chicken Quesadilla
Your choice of shredded beef or chicken and cheese filled flour tortilla
garnished with homemade salsa and sour cream
Roasted Veggie Quesadilla
Seasonal squash, roasted peppers, mushrooms and cheese filled flour tortilla garnished
with homemade salsa and sour cream
w/chicken $6.99
Chipotle Mushroom Quesadilla
A smokey chipotle chile mushroom sauce and cheese filled flour tortilla garnished
with homemade salsa and sour cream
w/chicken $6.99
Baja Soft Tacos
Two soft tacos filled with your choice of grilled chicken breast, shredded chicken or
shredded beef garnished with guacamole and salsa
Mijas Crispy Tacos
Two crispy tacos filled with your choice of beef or chicken topped
with lettuce, tomato and cheese.

Soup & Rice Bowls
Soup and Half Sandwich Combo
Bowl of soup with your choice of half sandwich
Turkey, Roast Beef, Ham, Tuna Salad, Chicken Salad or Egg SaladFresh Gourmet
Soup and Salad Combo
Cup of soup with your choice of either Caesar salad or garden salad
Teriyaki Chicken Bowl
Grilled chicken, white rice, daikon salad and teriyaki sauce
California Medley Bowl
Grilled chicken, white rice and sauteed seasonal vegetables served with soy sauce
Soup Du Jour
Cup $2.59 Bowl $3.99

Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Root Beer, Lemonade, Coffee, Hot Tea and Iced Tea
Milk, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice and Apple Juice
For customers dining in the restaurant, we will gladly refill your drink in a to go cup for $ .75


DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by

The Fresh Gourmet in San Marino a Great Stop for Lunch or Dinner

By Bill Coburn

One of the places I’ve been meaning to get to, but haven’t for one reason or another, is The Fresh Gourmet down in San Marino.  It’s a small family-owned and operated restaurant with some outside seating area that opened back in 1996.  Original owner Norma Olivas had started out with a sandwich/salad delivery service, taking meals to office buildings and the like, and was doing well enough that she decided to expand with a storefront of her own.  With now co-owner daughter Nicole, she has built up The Fresh Gourmet, and not long ago they expanded and began staying open for dinner, though be warned, they do close early, 7:30pm on weeknights, 4pm on Saturday.  They are closed on Sundays.  We finally got down there last night for dinner, and I can assure you we’ll be back, and we won’t wait so long for a return trip.

I ordered a cup of the Chicken Barley soup (the other option was vegetable barley) and it was quite good, lots of white meat chicken, carrots, onion and loads of barley.  I’ve only had beef barley soup in the past, and really enjoyed my first try of chicken barley.

The Fresh Gourmet menu features 16 different salads, (including Cranberry Delight, Italian Chopped Chicken, Parisienne, Texas Grill, Mandarin Chicken, Asparagus and Baby Greens, and many more) half a dozen “Classic” Sandwiches, eleven “Specialty” sandwiches (including a Los Robles Melt, California Melt, Montecito Chicken, Manhattan Steak and others), four baguette sandwiches, half a dozen pastas, 5 “Wraps” and seven “Southwestern Specialties.”  In addition, the night we dropped in there were another half dozen dinner specials, including Salmon, Rib-eye, and Meat Loaf, among others.

I ordered the Meat Loaf Special, and the Chicken Club Sandwich, Katie ordered the Chicken Tequila Fettucine and Keelan ordered the Turkey Avocado Wrap, no avocado.  Katie also started her meal with a smaller portion serving of the Napa Salad.  Yes, we ordered a lot of food, but we wanted to discss a representative portion of the menu in the review.  We’re givers.  We did it for you…

The Napa Salad has poached chicken breast, gourmet baby greens, dried apricots, red onions, candied pecans and feta cheese tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.  I didn’t really expect to like it, but it was a nice mix of tastes, and I wouldn’t hesitate to order it as a meal on its own next time we visit.  The Chicken Club, featuring lots of grilled chicken breast, cheese, bacon, sprouts, lettuce and mayo on multi-grain bread (I ordered it sans tomato) was also quite good.  I brought half of it home, and just had it for lunch.  I especially enjoyed the multi-grain bread, which is not something I would usually order, but it rounded out the sandwich nicely.

Keelan hasn’t been feeling well, and his appetite wasn’t up to snuff, but I finished his turkey wrap and it was good, filled with a bunch of turkey, and surrounded by a spicy tortilla wrap.  Not overly spicy but enough that you knew it was there.  The Meat Loaf was a good size portion served over fluffy mashed potatoes with sauteed vegetables.  No filler in this meat loaf, just plenty of tasty beef.  Katie’s Chicken Tequila Fettucine included sauteed chicken, bell pepper, cilantro and red onion in a tequila lime cream sauce.  I just re-heated it for lunch, and even though (as is to be expected) the sauce broke down in the microwave, it was still delicious.  But I recommend you stop in and try it hot, fresh from the kitchen.

We finished our meal with some tasty desserts, a fresh raspberry and chocolate grenache, and a fresh blueberry tart, both of which were on flaky crusts, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  We enjoyed everything we tried, and will look forward to trying other items on our next visit. I wanted to try the triple chocolate cheesecake, but decided to save that for our next time.