Simple pleasures

. October 16, 2012.

Café Marie
516 S. Main St.
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Monday through Sunday 6am-3pm

Breakfast in my house is usually a microwave affair. If it can be zapped for a minute and a half, my girls will eat it. Sometimes I’ll go so far as to make fruit smoothies or an omelet. If school is delayed or closed,  I get fancy – Bisquick pancakes and waffles for everyone.

A downtown staple

Going out for a hearty home-style breakfast is a rare treat here. During a recent day off from school the four of us went to Café Marie, a downtown fixture for morning meals. But Café Marie is not just for breakfast – offering lunch items that include soups, salads, sandwiches and platters.

Upon entering the comfy, retro-inspired café, we smelled the sweet fragrance of French toast, bacon and other morning goodies. Once seated my girls had a nice selection to choose from on the children’s menu. They debated on whether to order from the regular menu, since everything sounded good, but they ultimately decided on the smiley face pancake with bacon strips ($3.29) and French toast with sausage and fruit cup ($3.99). The price includes a drink.

Not just breakfast

My husband or-dered a mushroom and cheese omelet ($6.99), which included toast and hash browns. My choice was more difficult. I have a firm rule that I will try to order based on a restaurant’s strengths. I walked into Café Marie thinking breakfast all the way. By the time I got the menu, and saw the yummy sandwiches, I changed my mind. There were several vegetarian options to choose from, and I ordered a veggie flat bread panini ($6.49).

Lite bites

If you are not in the mood for a large breakfast, consider ordering off the “Lite Bites” section. It includes oatmeal, muffins, granola and yogurt parfaits. Also available are single egg servings, toast and fruit.
When the food came, it covered our small table. The portions were huge and my oldest, a pancake lover from way back, barely made a dent in hers. My younger daughter, never one to leave a bite behind, finished her French toast. We all nibbled at Dad’s platter and I did finish my panini.

Away from the every day

The verdict? We left satisfied and ready to begin our day. We agreed the food was great in a homey atmosphere that reminded us of breakfast at Grandma’s. It was a nice antidote to busy mornings and a way for our family to connect before we went our separate ways.

Since breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, Café Marie is a great place to begin.