Traveling Back in Time

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…from the Cardinal Cafe to the Crossroads Country Cafe

One morning my husband Duane and I were looking for a quaint diner to have breakfast at prior to what would seem to be the unending hours of our holiday shopping. Since we were both extremely hungry and wanting to quickly calm our growling stomachs, we were not willing to wait or to travel too far from home. The first diner we came to was going to be the place for us, no matter what. And there it was, nestled in between local businesses on Route 87 in Middlefield, The Crossroads Country Cafe. And so our Saturday began.

Crossroads Cafe tree for the needy!I am not sure if it was a coincidence or not that this is where we chose to dine. You see, back in 1972 my first job as a waitress (actually a soda jerk), was for the Cardinal Restaurant which once occupied the very same spot that Crossroads Country Café occupies today. As we entered through the restaurant’s door, I saw that the old fashioned bar I once stood behind was gone as were the many bar stools. However, the people I met during that time came back in grand style with memories abounding. I smiled, remembering one customer in particular, who ordered a $1.99 chocolate milkshake with extra chocolate and whipped cream, who then left me a $5.00 tip. You would have to agree with me it must have been one great tasting milkshake. Still daydreaming a little, I quickly came around as I almost walked into a twig type Christmas tree adorned by hats and gloves for the needy. We were then greeted by a sign that asked us to please seat ourselves, and so we did. We surveyed the room and decided on a booth halfway back, just to the right of the door. Once seated, coats were removed and cell phones were set to silence.

Crossroads CafeQuickly we were greeted with a good morning hello, and would we like a cup of coffee? For me, coffee is the first food staple on my mind in the morning, and this morning was no exception. I believe I may have answered a hearty, “Oh yes!” before our waitress Shawn even finished asking. The menus were placed in front of us and beverage requests taken. We glanced over the menu and decided on the early morning breakfast of 2 eggs, hash-browns, wheat toast, and crisp bacon, all at a great low price. I also took note for future reference that they have a hot breakfast buffet available on Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to noon. Many of the customers were helping themselves to that deal, some already taking a second trip. The service here was very prompt and unending in smiles. Our waitress made sure our coffee cups were filled many times over, and the food was just the way we had ordered it – and hot!

Crossroads CafeAs I glanced around the room of brightly painted walls and décor while listening to music playing in the background, I observed many framed prints done by a local artist. I discovered all of the prints were for sale, and a biography was available to anyone about this artist, a local woman by the name of Beth Nilges-Nehamkin who studied at The Cleveland Institute of Art.

Our day began with a question of where we would eat, and it finished with finding a great local diner owned by Judy and Gene Breedlove, a couple who daily give their lives to serving others. Whether it is a sit down meal or a phoned in order for a meal to go, being open 7 days a week is a strong commitment to the Middlefield community. I highly suggest that you check out this diner as I finally did online and while there get a 20% off online order coupon. If you mention that you visited their website on your first visit, you will get 10% off on your first dine in bill. Check out the extra savings you will receive by joining the Birthday Club and so much more. You can call Crossroads Country Cafe at 440-632-0191 during business hours with any questions you may have or to place an order. Hours are: Sun-Wed. 5:30-2 p.m. and Thurs–Sat. 5:30 – 8 p.m. Why not try their hot buffet lunches which are available Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. I know we plan to.

Crossroads Country Cafe

I highly suggest a visit to the Country Crossroads Café next time you are in or near Middlefield. The prices are reasonable at $5 – $15 and the atmosphere is pleasant and clean. When entering the cafe, there is one step you will have to overcome, but I am sure if you call ahead, they will gladly assist you in entering as they have a portable ramp that can be used.

This is one very friendly, family oriented establishment, and Judy and Gene go out of their way to do what they can to make your visit a pleasant one, whether it is your first time or 30th. Just remember when you do get the chance to visit, as I know we will again, ask for our waitress Shawn and tell her Sheryl sent you!

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