I just discovered one of my new favorite places to stop in with the family for a good home-cooked meal, but I’m beyond disappointed it took me so long. Sadly I have driven by it more times than I could count. If you are like me, stop in The Briarfield Café once, and you won’t drive by it again.
Fast friendly service
with a smile
Located in a strip plaza at the corner of Briarfield and Dussel in Maumee, years ago I stopped in for a quick breakfast with a friend and failed to pay much attention to the rest of the menu.
Unfortunately for me, I assumed they were only open for breakfast and lunch. Since my great discovery, I have had several friends tell me they’ve been there many times, including the friend we ran into as she grabbed her carry out order.
Toledoans David and Judy Katafiasz have been pleasing the locals for 13.5 years. David Katafiasz has 42 years in the food business, but Briarfield Café is his first restaurant endeavor. “I have one of the best staffs I have ever worked with,” he said. He raved about how his employees are terrific people who are caring and who take ownership. The Friday night my family stopped in they were very busy but they all maintained a smile on their face.
The café, not large by any means, has been recently renovated, and the dining room is bright, open and now includes long benches in the waiting area. Though there may be a short wait from time to time, Katafiasz said his staff does an amazing job at turning tables over. Even on the busiest of days, he is confident it’s no more than a 20-minute wait.
Small but mighty
For a café this size, the menu is quite large and available all day, according to Katafiasz. That’s right. If you just ended your shift at 7am and have a hankering for meatloaf, then meatloaf it is! If it’s 6pm and, like my daughter, you want breakfast? Then have at it.
Not only is the immense variety available all day, but so much of what they make is from scratch, right down to their sauces and dressings, made daily. I would have never guessed there was so much going on behind those windows as I drove by countless times.
Great options for
the kids and more
Just as the regular menu is offered all day, the kids’ menu is no different. Between breakfast and dinner selections your children have 13 options. You are sure to find exactly what your little one is craving and all for only $4.49 or less, plus drink. And don’t panic if you can’t find an available high chair. According to Katafiasz, they rotate high chairs out to keep them always clean and sanitized. Don’t see one? They’ll bring a newly cleaned one out from the back for you.
Once we learned we could order off the entire menu, our party of four ordered something from the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu as well as the all-you-can-eat Friday fish special with Alaskan Pollock. My beef stroganoff was just the comfort food I was craving, while two of my kids enjoyed a burger and pancakes.
Most lunch options are served with fresh-cut fries or homemade potato chips which I was told are amazing. All dinners come with multigrain bread and finger-licking good homemade honey butter. Several meals come with a choice of soup or salad. I tried the chili that evening and it was chock-full of meat. However, I was told by friends that the French onion soup is one of the best around, as well as the Briarfield salad. With most everything on the menu costing $8.99 or less, families can actually afford to eat out without breaking the bank.
The Short Course
To avoid wait: Friday night and Sunday mornings are busiest, but they turn tables quickly
Noise level: Moderate
Bathroom amenities: Padded changing table—like you would have at home!
High chairs: Yes and they are sanitized regularly
Got milk? Yes and a variety of juice
Kids’ menu? Yes, and it has 13 options
Allergy info: Alert your server ahead of time, however they can’t 100 percent guarantee no cross-contamination in the kitchen as counter space is limited.
Bottom Line: There is much to love about The Briarfield Café. Whether you love the palate-pleasing menu that is available all day, or the friendly and attentive staff, or the affordability, you will want to stop in more than once. Even your toughest critic will be overjoyed to have 13 options to choose from on the kids’ menu.
The Briarfield Café
3220 Briarfield Blvd.
at Dussel, Maumee