Linner/Dunch at Agno Grill (Philadelphia, PA)

Is anyone else bothered by the fact that we have a word for that iffy time in between breakfast and lunch, but not one for the gap between lunch and dinner? I am, and it’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. However, I still can’t decide between linner and dunch. I use linner more often than dunch, but dunch has a really nice, powerful sound to it. If you don’t think I’m the most ridiculous person in the world for having strong opinions are linner/dunch, then you’ll probably enjoy this post about my lidunch (option 3?) at Agno Grill.

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The process at Agno is fairly straightforward, you pick your base, which can either be Salad, Black Rice, or a gluten-free Wrap, and then you build up from there with a protein and veggie toppings. I’ve tried all the bases at Agno, and I have to say the only one I really enjoyed was the salad. I appreciate how the restaurant makes their food gluten-free and vegan-friendly, but I just couldn’t get over the gummy, waxy texture of the gluten-free wrap.  Also, as a Persian girl, I can say that the owners may be promoting Mediterranean food, but their rice was worse than some of the American attempts I’ve tried. I’ve found that it’s safer to stick with lettuce when I go because, honestly, how can you screw that up?

While the bases make me want something a little more, some of the toppings that I’ve tried have been pretty good. The ones I’ve come to love are the Marinated Artichokes, which add a nice mild lemony flavor to the salad, and the Salmon, which is served cold, but doesn’t taste like it’s been sitting around for hours. The one big issue I have with the place is that most of the other food is way too salty and leaves me craving a gallon jug of water. I tend not to salt anything post-cooking nor salt anything at a family dinner table because every once in a blue moon I try to be health conscious. I don’t miss the copious amounts of salt put on food by others once a plate’s in front of them and Agno’s food is so salty that I hardly want to see salt ever again after leaving. Although the two I mentioned above aren’t too bad on the salty scale, most of the other options are.

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I don’t hate Agno Grill, but I don’t love it either. With a mix of yummy options and lackluster ones, as well as employees that are all over the spectrum of friendliness, Agno is decidedly better than its sister restaurant, Pure Fare, but still could use some tweaking before it’s a place that I would want to visit often.

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About Jaleh Najafali

I'm passionate about all kinds of things and spend my free time either exploring new food and drink, devouring comic books, or catching up on a multitude of Sci-Fi shows. Merlot, sour beer, and dessert make me nerd out, but I also need things like Doctor Who, Spider-Man, and travel in my life to keep me happy.
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4 Responses to Linner/Dunch at Agno Grill (Philadelphia, PA)

  1. chris says:

    Thanks for the heads up! I will stay away from this place next time I visit Philly. On a technical note, I thought originally “dinner” was supposed to be the between-lunch-and-supper meal and “supper” was supposed to be what we call “dinner” today? Or maybe I’m misremembering or just made that up lol. Plus, I quite like “linner” instead.

    • Haha! Yes, it definitely was breakfast, dinner, and supper before. I’m not quite sure when that all changed, but I think going back to that system now may be confusing!

      There are definitely better places to go in Philly! There are too many good restaurants to waste your time with ‘okay.’

      • chris says:

        Very true. I love going to Budakkan when in Philly. It’s funny because I’ve tried that location, but have never tried Budakkan’s NYC location and I live here!

      • I haven’t been to Budakkan yet, but I hear great things! It’s one of the few Starr restaurants I haven’t checked out. And you’ll have to check out the NY location to compare!

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