One Tank Trips Of My Own – Marie’s Cafe

Growing up in the Cleveland area, back when I actually watched local news, one of the feature segments on WJW Channel 8 was that of roving reporter Neil Zurcher and his “One Tank Trips”. The segments were exactly that: trips in Zurcher’s vintage automobile to various parts of Ohio which one could drive to and back home on just one tank of gas. Zurcher looked for hidden gems, historical locations, and places which still held a small town Americana feel to them, but none of these trips featured a location that felt “touristy” in nature.

Zurcher is still driving all over the state, featuring his trips on his website,, articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (, and is containing his feature segments on WJW’s morning show, New Day Cleveland. I’ve always enjoyed learning about the places he visits, as well as his laid back story telling style and deep, friendly voice, and there are some places I’ve been to which I’d love to let people know about. Since one of my friends jokingly told me I could be the next Neil Zurcher thanks to my plugs of these locations on Facebook, I thought it was time to shine some light on my own trips, though they may take more than one tank of gas to visit.

Marie’s Cafe in Medina, Ohio

The first place I want to tell the world about I can visit many times on a tank of gas, and that is Marie’s Cafe right here in Medina. Located on Medina’s historic Public Square, Marie’s Cafe has been open for almost a decade and features a very tasty menu of breakfast and lunch cuisine. The decor is friendly, with an almost down home feel to it, complete with fireplace and wooden hearth as the centerpiece of the dining area. Patrons are invited to sit wherever they like and the service is quick and friendly. Marie’s knows how to treat regular visitors as they usually have an iced tea poured for me by the time I walk through the door.

fish tacos
Yes, it’s a wrap, but Marie’s fish tacos are amazing

The food, though, is what keeps me coming back to Marie’s. I have yet to try their breakfast menu but, if it’s anything like their lunch menu, it will be to die for. I’ve made a point of trying each of their lunch sandwich items, which includes a Reuben, fish tacos, a Monte Cristo, and a Waldorf chicken sandwich on a croissant. The food is made fresh and is full of flavor, and each sandwich comes with your choice of either a side salad with a citrus vinaigrette dressing or potato chips. If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ve seen me post pictures of these mouth watering meals. Believe me, they taste as good as they look.

monte cristo
The Monte Christo was the first sandwich I had at Marie’s and easily convinced me to come back for more

Marie’s Cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30AM until 3:00PM. You can check out their menu on their website at You can also find them on Facebook and Foursquare so be sure to like and check in should you visit. You can get directions from Google Maps below. Also, if you do visit, let me know what you think in the comments!