3 Meals. 24 Hours.

Left to right: Belgian Waffle at Sugar Cakes Patisserie; Black Forest Ham & Fig Panini at Pressed Panini Bar; Gamberi Picatini at Piastra
Left to right: Belgian Waffle at Sugar Cakes Patisserie; Black Forest Ham & Fig Panini at Pressed Panini Bar; Gamberi Picatini at Piastra

Life is delicious. Eat it up.

Whether celebrating the season with friends and family or celebrating the everyday, ’tis the season for yum.

From sweet and savory to luscious and scrumptious, these warm dishes will hit the spot. Make a day of it and enjoy what these three eateries have in store for you. And since you are spending the day shopping for others, you really should treat yourself to dessert.


Belgian Waffle
Sugar Cakes Patisserie
101 N Park Square

The Belgian waffle has come a long way since its first American appearance at the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. And downtown Marietta’s Sugar Cakes Patisserie serves up the best one around. Sprinkled with a dusting of vanilla powdered sugar and warm syrup, you’re in for a treat. Pair with seasonal fruit and either crispy bacon or sausage, and start your day off right. We contend calories don’t stick when you have a day of holiday shopping ahead, so dig in with no guilt and all pleasure.

Also try:

  • Southern Style Crab Cakes

  • Quiche Lorraine

  • Trout Almondine

  • Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulee


12:00 noon
Black Forest Ham & Fig Panini
Pressed Panini Bar
30 S Park Square

Pressed for time during your holiday shopping? We have the perfect solution. Drop in and refuel at Pressed Panini Bar. With about a dozen panini varieties, you are sure to find a perfect palate pleaser. Allow us to suggest the Black Forest Ham & Fig. Layered with swiss cheese, figs, arugula and black forest ham, this toasted French hoagie is sure to hit the spot. And don’t forget to add one of their three house-made sides to the mix; quinoa salad, pasta salad, or corn & edamame salad.

Also try:

  • Turkey Brie Apple Melt

  • Steak and Green Chile Panini

  • Peanut Butter and Banana Honey Panini

  • Chow Chow Salad



Gamberi Picatini
45 W Park Square

Debuting on the Square earlier this year, Piastra has opened to rave reviews. The cuisine is Italian, and the offerings are spot on. Take the Gamberi Picatini, a play on Shrimp Scampi and Picata. Shell-on jumbo white gulf shrimp are marinated in garlic and herbs, grilled, and served with house-made semolina Picci pasta, then finished with a grilled lemon slice and fried capers. It’s a mouthful, alright. And one that you’re sure to enjoy. Finish the meal with Dolcetto di Angelo: toasted Angel food cake with macerated local blueberries, chantilly cream and almond brittle.

Also try:

  • Zucchini Grigliate

  • Salmone Bollito Fredo

  • Prosciutto e Rucola

  • Tiramisu Classico



What’s your favorite 24-hour culinary adventure in Downtown Marietta? Let us know: squaremeals@beSoutherly.com.