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.
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.
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.