A co-worker introduced Marie Callender’s to me many years ago when we used to work in Marina Del Rey. I loved (still do) their Chicken Pot Pie. This is also our family’s go-to place when we need a pie (or two) for a family get-together, especially during Thanksgiving Holiday.
When a fellow blogger organized a meet up to try the Pie and Pasta Amore Promotion, I was excited to join. The event was hosted at the Riverside location.
From the moment we entered the restaurant, the staff welcomed us with friendly smiles and warm hospitality. The setup is practically the same in every location and it feels warm and homey. We couldn’t decide on which appetizer to order, so our server recommended we try the Appetizer Combo Platter (A sampling of mozzarella sticks, onion rings, crispy green beans and crispy chicken tenders. Served with spicy chipotle ranch and marinara sauce for dipping.). I loved everything!
The Green Beans were crispy. Chicken Tenders were made with white meat and very tender. Onion Rings were perfectly fried. And the Mozzarella Sticks were so addicting!
I got an Iced Tea and a side Garden Salad to go with my meal.
I liked the firm (not mushy) texture of the ravioli. The sauce was a bit sweeter than I expected but the chicken was quite tender. I enjoyed the mushroom and spinach. I thought the dish had a nice color presentation.
Our server was awesome. He quickly learned the routine that we wouldn’t eat until we took pictures. He was really fun and made sure we had everything we wanted and needed. I was really thrilled to finally meet my fellow bloggers whom I’ve been FB friends but hadn’t met until now. We had so much fun talking about blogging to kid’s activities that time just flew by so fast.
Special thanks to Marie Callendar’s at Riverside and its entire staff for being our gracious host and to Megan for organizing the meet-up! The new Pie & Pasta Amore (starting at $9.99) menu offers 4 home-style pasta creations and all include a FREE slice of pie. When was the last time you visited Marie Callender’s? I think it’s time for a re-visit, don’t you?
Marie Callender’s – Riverside #5
3505 Merrill St.
Riverside, CA 92506