Clean, easy, nicely undersweet and still plenty

Meet a panini burrito at The Loop and don’t forget a Margarita

My experiences have proven this much: They’re muy fuerte (very strong), so a good bang for the buck(s). I head home with a basic Skinny Margarita, not a diet fad thing, but the only Loop margarita by my questioning that doesn’t include a margarita mix.

Instead, it’s a simple blend of smooth Partida blanco tequila, lime juice and diluted agave. Clean, easy, nicely undersweet and still plenty boozy.

## ## I’m also drawn to the burrito panini, billed as “a new type of burrito.” (FWIW, the menu also calls molcajete a “new dish from Mexico” when the stone bowl itself’s an ancient culinary object and modern dish renditions have been on local menus for years.)

Anyhoo, the panini element involves brushing the tortilla with garlic butter and lightly grilling it, so it’s warmed with a little toast to the texture. Some welcome char flavor arrives with both sirloin steak and chicken chunks, making it extra meaty, while pintos, pico and melted cheese round out the ample filling.

Side guac and sour cream gift creaminess, and I pour the whole ramekin of mango habanero salsa atop, which adds a touch of balancing sweetness and respectable heat. With frozen vegetable blend flecked Mexican rice, it makes for a mean meal.

With 29 seconds left, Hoover converted 1 of 2 from

Meigs Claws Tigers

Photo by Ron Johnston

Marietta High’s Tony Munos drives to the bucket as Meigs’ Coulter Cleland defends during boys’ basketball action Tuesday night at Sutton Gym. The Tigers lost 63 58.

Trailing by three in the fourth quarter, Meigs High scored 12 unanswered points and never looked back, defeating the Tigers, 63 58, Tuesday night in boys basketball action at Sutton Gymnasium. Secrest.

## ## Derek Duckworth paced the Tigers (1 2) with 14 points, 10 in the first half. Tony Munos added 13, while Jackson Graham and Austin Witucky had eight and seven, respectively. Non starter Wyatt Miracle drained two triples, and Ryan Mannix also chipped in with six markers.

The Tigers attemped only two free throws in the contest.

got to do a better job of going to our bench more, Secrest said. got guys on the bench that I think can contribute. I just didn go to them tonight. I going to have to get better at that as we go through the season. Zach Bartrum netted 11, and Wyatt Hoover and Coulter Cleland each had seven. Cooper Darst contributed six markers.

thought we did a good job on the two kids we were worried about, Secrest said. Meigs had other kids step up tonight and make plays for them. by Duckworth five points and Munos four, Marietta staked itself to a 15 11 first quarter advantage.

In the second period, the Tigers maintained the lead until the Marauders knotted the score at 24 all on Ty Bartrum 3 at the 3:11 mark. Then, with the scored tied at 26 26 and time winding down, Duckworth buried a buzzer beating 3 to give the orange and black cagers a 29 26 halftime lead.

Marietta led for most of the third quarter until Cleland bucket and Lilly 3 gave Meigs a 43 39 lead. But Graham trifecta cut it to one, and then later Witucky scored on an out of bounds play to make it 45 44. With 29 seconds left, Hoover converted 1 of 2 from the foul line to give the visitors from Pomeroy a two point cushion.

During fourth quarter action, there were three lead changes and two ties. After the second tie (53 53), thanks to Baer 3, the Meigs junior put his team ahead by two on a drive and score. That was followed by a Cleland bucket and Lilly five straight points, making it 62 53.

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