Scrambler Marie's Breakfast Bistro has a 20-year history in Ohio but has only recently ventured across the border into Michigan. In addition to its location on Ford Road in Canton, Michigan, there is a location on Orchard Lake Road in Farmington and on Gratiot in Roseville. The owners picked the Canton location well, as there are relatively few breakfast restaurants nearby. The restaurant is pretty crowded on weekend mornings, especially as it provides a nice big menu, quality food and a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Scrambler Marie's is unassuming from the outside, mainly because it shares a plaza with an OfficeMax. The impression is improved, somewhat, by an arrangement of umbrella tables and wrought-iron railings that are obviously fashioned to provide outdoor dining to the side of the restaurant. Anticipating a decent-sized crowd for breakfast – in an area lacking in restaurants that specialize in breakfast – the lobby area has two long benches to accommodate a wait on crowded weekend mornings. It also provides free coffee, which automatically earns the breakfast bistro a star for foresight and compassion.
The typically retail space allows for a large, roomy dining area. There is even a separate room at the back of the restaurant for additional dining space or private parties. The corner location gives the restaurant two full walls of windows. Between that and the yellow, sunny color scheme, Scrambler Marie's provides the appropriate morning-glow for a restaurant specializing in breakfast.
The dining room is also divided by half walls that allow for a semblance of privacy in an otherwise huge space. The tables are bright linoleum, the chairs wooden and padded-seats green. Additionally, the tables are well spaced so you'll not end up sitting atop your neighbor.
Scrambler Marie's has a huge menu that includes fresh ingredients and just about anything you can think up for breakfast.
The restaurant serves several varieties of four-egg omelets, French Toast, waffles, pancakes, scramblers, quiches, breakfast sandwiches, wraps, burritos and skillets. Additionally, the menu includes “Smart Start” alternatives, as well as “Just Right” portions.
In addition to breakfast, the restaurant has options for lunch, including a smattering of salads, burgers, sandwiches and crepes.
Like many of the breakfast dishes, the Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwich attracts notice because it is a unique twist on a traditional favorite. In this case, the combination of croissant and Hollandaise sauce in a breakfast sandwich was simply too rich of an idea to pass up. Of course, the inclusion of scrambled eggs, fresh baby spinach, quality diced ham, and plenty of yellow cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses helped, too. While the croissant was a little lost amidst the moist scramble, serving the Hollandaise sauce as a dip was an inspired choice. While the danger in this kind of practice is that you might run out of the sauce before the last bite, the portion of Hollandaise Sauce included in the dish was generous.
The dish was served with choice of bread and a side of either potatoes or fruit. The side of fruit was pretty generic and included melon and pineapple.
The pancakes, waffles and French toast at Scrambler Marie's are all “bottomless,” which means you can have as many as you like. The Cinnamon French Toast was grilled in light oil, making the toast crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. In fact, the slices were positively fluffy. While the addition of cinnamon made the toast a bit darker than usual, the light hand made the toast flavorful without becoming overwhelmingly sweet.
In spite of a fairly crowded lobby, we were seated within minutes of adding our name to the waiting list, which didn't give us time to take advantage of the complimentary coffee provided in the waiting area. Once seated, however, it took a while to be approached by the waitress; and, while both the hostess and waitress asked about coffee, it took quite a while to actually get it.
The wait didn't improve much once we ordered, but the waitress was so friendly and knowledgeable about the menu that all was forgiven.
“We serve a unique breakfast with fresh ingredients and friendly service.”
- Ample parking
- Nice volume level
- Good with kids
- Hours: 6:30 AM to 3 PM
- Originally family owned
- Named after founder's wife, Marie