College Park’s Top Restaurants: Marathon Deli Edition

For the second of six looks at local restaurants currently earning a rating of 4 stars or higher on the popular website, Yelp.com, we stop by longtime College Park favorite Marathon Deli.

In a town that has seen numerous restaurants come and go over the years it’s not hard to see why Marathon Deli (rated 4.5 stars on Yelp) remains a beloved staple in the heart of Downtown.  Since opening in 1972, this family owned business has offered hearty and memorable authentic Greek food that easily wins the hearts and stomachs of students and residents alike.  The menu boasts an abundant supply of traditional meals like ouvlaki, loukaniko and turnovers and great subs like the eggplant parmesan.  Marathon’s fries offer something special with great spices and the homemade rice pudding dessert is beyond addictive.  There are a lot of great options for lunch and dinner, but the shining star of this restaurant has to be their gyros.  With traditional style lamb that is  roasted on the traditional spit then shaved thin and topped with feta, tomatoes, onions and homemade tzatziki all held together with a warm, fresh pita, it’s easy to see why people line up for these made to order treats.

Beyond the food, you simply cannot beat the welcoming atmosphere.  The open kitchen, counter and small space create a homey feel. This family restaurant is led by owner Sharon Galanakos who greets guests like old friends and close family.  Since Marathon has earned a loyal flock of regulars over the last forty years, there’s a good chance they actually are. The mood continues behind and the counter with employees routinely razzing each other as they work in perfect concert and the friendly banter spills over to include customers.  It is easy to understand why so many have such a great affection for Marathon.  With the combination of great food and a lively atmosphere at value prices, Marathon is a must for anyone visiting the College Park area.

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Michael – Gyro (nothing else needs to be added here)

Jessica – Gyro, with the works and if you think your stomach can handle it: fries, delicious fries.

Let us know your favorite dishes or your take on Marathon Deli in the comments below.