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$20 OR LESS : MIAMISBURG , Scrambler Marie’s


A day for rest, relaxation, and BRUNCH.

Woke up this morning daydreaming about eggs.

And mimosas.

Lots of mimosas.

There are certainly places in the Miami Valley with mimosas for brunch, but bottomless drinks I have yet to encounter (If you know of a place with bottomless mimosas for Sunday brunch, please let me know!).

But countless places for eggs. And the words appeared in my head like a cloud: “Scrambler Marie’s.”

A view from my table
A view from my table

I still hadn’t been there yet, and decided today was the day.

If you haven’t been yet, it’s in Miamisburg diagonally across the street from Lexis Nexis headquarters in the strip called “The Exchange.”

Situated on the corner of one of the strip mall facets of “The Exchange” next to an Indian food restaurant (Namaste India, a great one I’ll add), and a nail salon, you can’t miss it when you’re driving up 741 towards Austin Landing from the Dayton Mall.

The atmosphere:

The view from my table.
The view from my table.

When you walk in, you’ll immediately notice how bright it is. With windows surrounding the front walls of the restaurant, along with the brightly painted colors of the walls along with artwork lining those walls, its atmosphere is warm and inviting. There are tables of many different sizes all over the restaurant. It made me think of a puzzle, with different sections bound together by an oasis of bright colored planters at the top of these sections. I was seated in the far back corner of the restaurant. I had gotten there in the early afternoon, and I noticed empty tables in my section covered with remnants of what appeared to be families who had eaten there. The waitstaff eventually cleaned those tables up. Pleasant classical music played on the speakers above. The table I sat at was really big (seated 6), and had a cute little plant on it at the end, along with the typical diner accommodations (jelly/salt/pepper/sugar). There were also creamers in a little dish on the table, including french vanilla!


What I ate/drank: Regular coffee with French vanilla creamer & a South of the Border omelette (Chorizo sausage, green chilies, onions, salsa & cheese, topped with sour cream and chives), hash browns, biscuit & butter.


Coffee – $2.29

South of the Border meal – $8.79

Total plus tax – $11.88

My thoughts:

A few minutes after I sat down, I was quickly greeted by a friendly server who immediately asked if I wanted coffee.

Any place that serves you coffee and water in an individual coffee pot / caraf like this, gets automatic points in my book.

photo 2(1) photo 1(2)Never had to worry about asking for refills during my time there, as you had it right in front of you. The coffee pot gets you about 3.5-4 cups, which is perfect for an individual or for two (I definitely drank my entire coffee pot).

Glancing over the menu, I knew I wanted eggs but couldn’t pinpoint what to get. If this ever happens to you, ask your server what they recommend. I had wanted an omelette, and my server recommended the South of the Border omelette to me. I’m so glad I listened to her.

South of the Border omelette with hash browns & biscuit.  $8.79
South of the Border omelette with hash browns & biscuit.

Not too long after I ordered, this beautiful plate came to my table.

Two top criteria for a good omelette in my eyes are the eggs (are they moist/fluffy or flat/dry), and flavor (is it flavorful or bland).

This omelette is what an omelette should be.

The eggs were moist and fluffy, and not too oily/greasy. Each bite was PACKED with flavor, especially when you had the spicy, yet earthy kick of the chorizo sausage. Huge chunks of sausage in each bite, along with the massive, gooey blend of the cheeses on top and in the middle of the omelette.

I was introduced to salsa and eggs several years ago at a Waffle House. My dad and I were taking a road trip from Myrtle Beach, S.C. back to Long Island, and stopped at a Waffle House. I found myself pouring salsa and/or hot sauce on my eggs and grits there, as it was conveniently on the table. I’ve been doing it (for the most part) since.

The big chunks of tomato in the salsa along with the onions and herbs mixed together well with the rest of the flavors. And the sour cream and chives on top of the omelette were like the icing to a cake: magic.

The hash browns at first glance looked similar to those of the homefries at Friendly’s. They were alright, some had a little crisp to them, some didn’t. They weren’t greasy, but I added pepper and ketchup to them for extra flavor.

My biscuit was good, especially with the butter. If you order a biscuit from its “bread pantry” (when you order omelettes you pick something from its “bread pantry” along with a “Scrambler Side”), it comes with a little packet of honey. I opted out of using honey, thought that would be too sweet. It wasn’t super flaky, but for what it’s worth, it was good.

Why you should go:
You need to go for the eggs. Hands down. Fluffy and packed with flavor. You also need to come if you’re a coffee lover and would like your own little pot of coffee to start your day. The atmosphere is relaxed, and you’ll find people of all ages and groups big or small inside this bright, airy establishment. There’s also the option of sitting outside, which I was tempted to do on this nice cool day. It’s a no frills breakfast/brunch/lunch place with good food at good prices. There’s options for your eggs: from omelettes to skillets to “benny’s” (eggs benedict), and if you order a full order of pancakes or waffles it comes on a “bottomless” plate. There’s also a selection of burgers/sandwiches if you’re looking for lunch. With locations not only in the area but in other parts of Ohio, it’s convenient too!


Scrambler Marie’s

9600 Springboro Pike (RT 741)
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342
(937) 439-2685

6:30 a.m. to  3 p.m. daily

DAYTON: Lebanese Festival

One of the many cool things I’ve noticed while living here in Dayton are all of the festivals for different cultures that happen throughout the year.

In the past few months alone, I have checked out the Celtic Fest, the Germanfest Picnic, and today, I checked out the Lebanese Festival.

All of them have been rich in the culture, full of authentic food, and of course, FUN!

I’ve never been to a Lebanese Festival before, and was really excited to check it out this afternoon. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, head on over to this festival.

It’s not a super huge festival, but that’s what makes it so great. The location, St Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church, is very centric location for people to access it.

There’s a huge tent (where the authentic Lebanese food is at!), plus other tents of food if you don’t want to try the authentic (which you should!), such as hot dogs and ice cream. And there’s a separate beer and wine tent just outside the big tent, and different sodas on sale.

There’s also face painting, some rides, and little shops you can check out where there are belly dancing wraps you wear around your waist, jewelry, and more.

But to me, the three huge stars of the Festival are the people, the dancing, and of course the food.

So what did I choose for my lunch? It was a tough choice.
Here’s the menu:


There were a number of sandwiches to choose from, with or without meat, and some great sides, including tabouli salad, hummus & pita, stuffed grape leaves and spinach pies. The people behind the counters were SO friendly and greeted me very warmly.

I decided on the Kafta as my sandwich ($6):

IMG_4469Kafta, according to the menu is freshly ground sirloin seasoned with salt, pepper, allspice, onions and chopped parsley, shaped and grilled over an open flame, topped with hummus, lettuce and tomatoes, wrapped in pita bread. The meat was almost of a soft meatball consistency, and was sweet with the seasonings inside it. I loved the balance of the sweet with the savory, creamy fresh hummus. A great wrap, indeed.

And as my side, I decided on the stuffed grape leaves ($3):

IMG_4466Now I’ve had grape leaves before, but never like these. I loved that these were meatless. It was a refreshing, the rice mixed with the tomatoes made it very light and not overly filling.

But after I had my lunch ($9 – a GREAT deal!), my sweet tooth came a calling.

There was a homemade Lebanese pastry table where you could get 3 pastries for $5, and also get a little cup of Arabic coffee for $1:

IMG_4471The pastries reminded me of Greek pastries (i.e. baklava): there was a presence of filo dough and nuts (I noticed a great presence of Pistachio nuts in the desserts I saw). Each one was very good in its own way, sweet, a little sticky, yet very very good.

And the Arabic coffee. I was told by the woman that if I loved coffee I’d LOVE this! Normally I don’t drink my coffee black, but I actually liked this little shot of black coffee. It was super strong, yet it balanced really well with the sweeter pastries. Delish.

While I was taking in all the delicious food, there was plenty of entertainment inside the big white tent. There were TONS of awesome belly dancers, including ones that danced with swords and veils. There was also a local group of musicians that played on a stage for the first time, that did a great job covering some pop songs instrumentally.


The festival wraps up at 11 p.m. tonight, but don’t worry, if you want to take in some yummy food and check out some awesome dancing and music, the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow!

The verdict: Lebanese food and the Lebanese Festival = awesome.

The Lebanese Festival

Saint Ignatius Maronite Catholic Church
5915 Springboro Pike (Route 741)
Miami Township


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