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This is Lillie. Doesn't she have the sweetest face?
She is somebody's grandma who loves big pancakes for breakfast and putting Sweet 'N Low in her coffee. I don't know Lillie, but I think she is lovely, and she captures the feeling I get every time I walk in to a small town diner.
Medina is certainly not lacking for casual restaurants, but I'd have to say my new favorite place for a cozy nosh and company is Eileen's Cafe in Valley City. I met a few girlfriends there this morning for a plate of their signature french toast. I added a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar to my order, and savored every tasty, conversation and laughter-coated bite.
Terri, the owner, visited our table a few times to say hello, bring us a plate of chocolate chip cookies (dessert for breakfast = hooray!), and ask our input on possible evening hours and entertainment at Eileen's. I should confess, half of the girls at our table work there, and all of them are regulars. I was the newbie, but I adapted quickly. Let's face it, wherever there is food, I feel at home.
Fun fact (maybe it's true or maybe the girls were preying on my gullibility?): apparently, the restaurant got its name because the building is slanted. "I Lean" turned in to "Eileen." I really want to believe it's true. Either way, it was a morning well-spent, and a breakfast date that ended with a trip to the lavender-scented gift shop next door.
I think Lillie would approve.