I dined at Maribelle's a few times when it was located on Eastern Avenue and each time I walked away with a different impression and experience. My menu choices previously ranged from egg salad sandwich, to pesto pizza to scallops with risotto. Although I loved the charm of their location in the old Du Drop Inn, the feel in the new location is more consistent and the menu seems more defined.
A burger isn’t the first thing that catches my eye on most menus but I had a feeling I wouldn't regret this choice. At a reasonable price of $13 the burger was juicy, delicious and generously topped with all kinds of fresh ingredients including- bacon, white cheddar, tomato and greens and served with a side of duck fat Yukon gold rosemary fries.
I was expecting the burger portion to be smaller so I also ordered the chilled asparagus soup and the swordfish ceviche. Both of these items were on the daily specials menu. As suspicious as I was of chilled asparagus, the soup was amazing. Very rich and creamy and full of all kinds of things one should not eat on a regular basis; delicious none the less.
This was the first ceviche I have tried and it was a very refreshing appetizer and enough to pass around the table for everyone to try. Because it's so full on flavor, I don't really think it's something I could eat a lot of but I enjoyed the dish. It was not served with enough bread and they gladly brought out a few more slices.
Overall I enjoyed my meal and will be back. The menu was varied with a nice selection of starters, salads, sandwiches and some unique sides to choose from. I can see myself going back to enjoy a Caesar salad and an order of the gravy fries if I’m not looking for something as substantial as the burger or other sandwiches, because, you know, fries topped with gravy is a lighter option;). One of their daily soups and a light appetizer would make a great light lunch.
I was much too full to consider dessert but the brownie trio sounds amazing. Excited for a new restaurant choice in the Oakley area, hope Mariabelle’s continues to enjoy much success.