Throughout Center City are six modern, comfortable Marathon Grills, each with a gigantic menu boasting an enormous selection of comfort foods. Think of them as high-maintenance diners. On the menu are seven versions of grilled chicken-breast sandwiches, matzo ball soup, and a "control freak" selection of choose-it-yourself omelets, sandwiches, and salads. The Marathons mostly service on-the-go business clientele. Lunch is by far the busiest meal, with lines for tables at the more popular outposts. Still, casual weekend brunches are available at the 16th and Sansom, 19th and Spruce (Marathon on the Square), 13th and Chestnut, and 40th and Walnut (West Philly) locations. The West Philly and Rittenhouse Square locations also have liquor licenses. This last one, at 19th and Spruce, seats 60, and is perfect for a casual dinner with the kids, or for a posttheater meal. All branches allow takeout.
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