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​P.J. Marley's


Kathleen Finley
​Everyone has a dish that is his or her go-to comfort food. For me, there’s nothing like a good burger and a cold beer. Now, I’ve had some great burgers over the years, but if you were to ask me what I thought was missing from my hometown of Medina, I would say a good burger place. That is, I used to say that, before PJ Marley’s came along.
PJ Marley’s opened its doors this past October. The building the restaurant is in was a bank for years, having been built in 1891. While the owners made some renovations, the bank vault is still intact, with all its original details. Even the safe deposit boxes are still there. You can enjoy your meal inside the vault if you want, but you have to make a reservation for it. I was so pleased that the old bank was finally being used for something again.
When it comes the menu, the focus is quality. PJ Marley’s uses fresh, locally raised beef from Medina and Lorain counties. Freshness is the name of the game. The only food that’s frozen is the ice cream and the cod for the fish sandwich, which they get from a quality supplier. Pretty much everything is made from scratch. Since it’s a burger place, vegetarians might have a harder time finding something, unless you order the Beet Sliders. The beets are marinated, grilled, and served on a toasted bun with red onion and green goddess dressing. I didn’t even miss the meat. They’re quite addicting! 
The Big Foot Burger. Local beef, spicy ketchup, cheddar cheese, bacon, and a fried egg. Served with fries and a cup for your drool.
(P.J. Marley's Facebook Page)
​The burger menu has great variety and can satisfy just about any taste. The Big Foot, as the name implies, is big on size and flavor. Topped with bacon, smoked cheddar, house-made pickles, spicy ketchup and a fried egg, this burger’s not for the faint of heart. I devoured it. The burger was cooked perfectly and was well seasoned. It may sound like a lot of toppings, but they didn’t overpower one another. The spicy ketchup had just the right amount of bite and complimented the fried egg wonderfully. Whatever falls out, you can mop up with the house cut fries. Let me tell you about these fries. They always come out piping hot and crisp on the outside but soft on the inside. They don’t come out with salt on them, so that way you can season them to your liking. I recommend saving some to take home to snack on later.
When it comes to washing down your burger, the bar has you covered. Fully stocked, they have five beers on tap and many more in bottles. One thing that makes PJ Marley’s stand out is that they also have a tap for root beer. I’m not really a root beer fan, but it’s a great concept and people love it. They also have a list of bourbon selections and cocktails if you want something a little stronger.
As I’ve watched PJ Marley’s grow these past few months, I can honestly say that their endeavor is a rousing success. I went there a few weeks ago and it was completely packed, filled with people of all ages enjoying a burger together. It’s quickly becoming one of the great neighborhood hangout spots. 
​PJ Marley’s
119 Public Square, Medina
Sun - Thur: 10:00am to 12:00am
Friday and Saturday: 10:00am to 2:00am
P.J. Marley's Facebook Page
Prices: $2.99 to $10.49