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Marx Fusion Bistro is a little restaurant on Main Street in Stillwater. It’s on the newer side, at least as far as our historical little town goes, and it’s fabulous! We’d heard a lot of great things about this place, but it took us several months before we finally set out to try it.
Why so long? The lines!!! Oh, the lines. This place is popular. Really popular. The wait for a table is often near an hour…and that doesn’t even need to be a weekend. It isn’t always like that, but every time we were wandering downtown and hungry, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to wait that long.
Luckily, we’ve discovered the “sweet spot”. Late lunch. How’d we discover this beautiful secret? Well…we were wandering around Stillwater at late lunch time, and saw that the Marx back patio wasn’t full. We took our chance. And we’ve gone back. And this seems to be a good time.
Yep, head into Marx after the lunch rush, but before the dinner people start arriving. 2pm is a perfect time. People will still be there, but you probably won’t have to wait.
The food is fantastic! I know everyone says that about certain restaurants, but this one is true. And here, the special is what you want! Why? The chef does a fabulous job of deciding what he’s excited to cook…and then putting a ton of passion into making that new dish the most spectacular dish you’ve tried. The other food might be good, too…but we actually don’t know. We’ve only ever had the specials.
The photo you see here is a gumbo…an incredibly delicious, creamy combo of seafood. Surf and turf is another special we’ve tried, as well as delectable salmon on risotto. You can find basics on the menu, and a certain level of comfort foods, but the dishes are mostly a little off-beat and interesting.
We can’t afford to eat at Marx every day, but if we cold…we absolutely would! At lunch time, the specials are reasonably priced; as dinner approaches the prices get significantly steeper. If you go for dinner, you’ll want to ask the cost of the special before ordering it. The cost can vary by about $30 a dish. (!!!) The food is amazing, but we don’t like the idea of paying $40 or more each for our dinner. So we go for lunch, when the food is still reasonably priced (still on the higher end, but not drastically high). It’s worth it! Marx is not a place to stop every day. But a place to go and try, and to return to when you want to do something special.