Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Agno Grill: Build your own meal in Rittenhouse

Build your dish at this quick-serve at 2104 Chestnut St.

Agno Grill: Build your own meal in Rittenhouse

At Agno Grill´s copper-topped communal table (from left): general manager Christina Ponsaran, co-owner Kriti Sehgal, and chef Sarah Ginn.
At Agno Grill's copper-topped communal table (from left): general manager Christina Ponsaran, co-owner Kriti Sehgal, and chef Sarah Ginn. MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com

Entrepreneurial twins Kriti and Kunal Sehgal are using their organic Rittenhouse cafe Pure Fare as a springboard for a healthful quick-serve cafe around the corner serving what they bill as "a new kind of Mediterranean."

Agno Grill is now open at 2104 Chestnut St., which last was a branch of El Fuego. The Greek word Agno (or αγνο) means pure.

You order at the counter. Start with one of three bases - spinach salad, black rice, or a gluten-free lavash-like wrap. Then add one of five proteins - grilled chicken, steak, veggies, baked tuna, or falafel.

Then choose three toppings - such as pickled beets, roasted carrots, braised radicchio, or cucumber tomato salad.

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Add two sauces - such as harissa, hummus, tahini, tomato cumin or roasted creamy pine nut - and you're done.

Figure on $7.50 for the vegetable up to $9.50 for tuna. Housemade sodas, too. A yogurt bar is on the way.

Menu is here. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Chef Sarah Ginn, who makes everything from scratch, is doing double duty at both restaurants.

The quick-serve custom-building is reminiscent of the system at Saladworks, as well as honeygrow and the forthcoming Wokworks.

Michael Klein Philly.com
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