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European-inspired tartines and salads in a sophisticated setting
There are, of course, two kinds of brunch: the elegant kind and the so-hungover-I-can-barely-pull-on-my-sweatpants kind. For the former, Architectural Justice is a perfect spot to indulge. Part gallery, part European-style café, this stunningly designed spot serves up sophisticated dishes like an Italian tartine with prosciutto, tomato, basil, house-made Parmesan-artichoke spread and EVOO, as well as a banana praline waffle served with chocolate-hazelnut spread, freshly sliced bananas, and whipped cream. It’s also one of the few spots in this suburban area where you’ll find coffee as strikingly good as Rising Star’s.
Light-yet-satisfying brunch fare at one of Cleveland’s best bakeries
Offering excellent bakery treats all week long (is there anything more edifying after a crappy day than macarons?), Luna's a great place to nip into for a quick croissant and hot cup of coffee on the way to work. Come the weekend, it's an even better place to relax over the newspaper with a frothy latte and house-made crepe, oozing with rich fillings such as fresh mozzarella and pesto or something a bit lighter like Nutella and bananas.
A Dante-quality experience at an adjacent, more casual brunch spot
From the city to the 'burbs, mouthwatering pastas to tantalizing sushi, Cleveland chef and restaurateur Dante Boccuzzi has diners of all dispositions covered. So it was a welcome addition when Dante Next Door opened right next to its flagship restaurant in 2014. Offering brunch and lunch service only, the restaurant has fantastic morning-to-mid-afternoon dishes such as orange-mascarpone cheese-stuffed French toast and "everything bagel and lox" pizza with house-cured salmon, hard-boiled egg, capers, red onions, cream cheese, and dill. What's better than a bagel on a Sunday morning? A bagel pizza, of course.
Browse the artisanal market while you await a tantalizing brunch in the café
Astoria Café is a beautiful place to dine in the evening hours, but don’t miss their Sunday brunch by the light of day either. This marketplace’s always eclectic, never disappointing menu boasts dishes that are way outside the typical brunch box -- for instance, try the gyro omelette with seasoned lamb, red onion, herb-roasted tomatoes and tzatziki. Or convince your dining companions to get communal and order a brunch board with quail eggs, double-smoked bacon, rosemary ham, breakfast sausage, Ohio maple syrup pearls, strawberry preserves, fresh fruit, lemon chevre, Ossau-Iraty cheese, and biscuit crackers. A taste of all that’s good with the world.
Swanky downtown steakhouse with equal emphasis on its superb brunch
There's nothing quite like a good steak, but then again, good steaks don't come cheap. To get the Urban Farmer experience without the steakhouse prices, weekend brunch is a sound option. Star dishes include the honey biscuit with fried egg, sausage gravy, crispy chicken leg, and lemon marmalade, as well as grilled flat iron steak and eggs with sausage gravy. Whatever you order, make sure it comes with one of the not-to-be-missed pillow-soft, house-made English muffins.
Local ingredients, an in-house baker, and from-scratch cooking
Proving that farm-to-table fare is equally delicious in the light of day, Spice does an excellent job translating its local, sustainable concept into a truly excellent weekend brunch. Featuring warm beignets, fluffy omelets, and one of the city's more impressive cocktail programs, Spice's brunch is easily the best in the area.
Classic breakfast and brunch for diners seeking comfort in the familiar
Get in line (and you’ll probably have to) at this cozy, casual spot along the main drag of Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Borderline is owned and operated by two sisters who serve all of the traditional brunch favorites, like fluffy buttermilk pancakes and a loaded Western omelet, alongside some unique selections like “Smack Your A**” chorizo tacos (that’s right). Whether you’re a breakfast traditionalist or an adventurous brunch lover, everything on Borderline’s menu is well worth the wait.
European fare in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park
For some Clevelanders, a trip out to Cuyahoga Falls can be quite the trek, albeit a very worthwhile one -- especially in the fall when the national park's vibrant trees demonstrate Ohio's autumn season at its very best. While you're out there, do NOT miss The Blue Door's lovely brunch, featuring European-inspired dishes like a croque-madame with rosemary ham, béchamel sauce, Swiss, mustard, and an organic free-range egg; or the wild foraged mushroom crepe with ramps, French white asparagus, and aged balsamic with four types of fancy mushrooms.
Deluxe brunch buffet along Lake Erie perfect for special occasions
As we said before, some brunches are best enjoyed in sunglasses and sweatpants while nursing last night's hangover, while others should be saved for truly special occasions. Wholly representing the latter, Pier W's ultra-fancy brunch offers everything from a carving station to a raw bar, plus truly spectacular views of our glittering Great Lake. Put yourself together for this one.
Warm, inviting French bistro with creative takes on a Parisian-inspired brunch
There is perhaps nowhere in Cleveland that more closely resembles a classic French café than Le Petit Triangle. From the black-and-white checkered floors, to the sidewalk patio (that you’ll probably want to avoid this winter), to the front-of-house open kitchen, this spot perfectly mirrors everything there is to love about a good Parisian bistro. And then, of course, there’s the excellent food: Tuck into a croque Norvegien with egg-dipped challah, smoked salmon, spinach, Boursin, and bechamel, or try the shakshuka with piperade, onion, tomato, feta, grilled pugliese, and baked eggs. Be sure to save room for dessert -- you’re definitely going to want to dive into one of the café’s made-to-order crepes.
Historic inn with an elevated brunch for guests and visitors alike
You don't have to be an overnight guest at this historic inn to enjoy what the kitchen has to offer. With a tempting menu of brunch favorites taken to the next level, Washington Place Bistro alone is worth the trip to Little Italy. Check out the fried chicken and waffles with cracked black pepper, bourbon butter, and Ohio maple syrup, and please, PLEASE don't miss the shrimp and Low Country cheesy grits with chorizo, cherry tomatoes, "beer blanc," and scallions.
Modern Italian takes on brunch classics in a sleek, East Side spot
Take this restaurant up on its bottomless mimosas and lock yourself in: Flour's brunch is definitely a sit-and-savor kind of morning. Dig into lush dishes such as Nutella-stuffed French toast with maple syrup, peanut butter powder, and strawberries as well as bubbly wood-fired pizzas including the breakfast pizza with pancetta, sunny-side-up egg, and peperonata.
An over-the-top, decadent menu packed with sweet & savory indulgences
Playful takes on pancakes, waffles, and French toast are the backbone of this ultra-creative breakfast menu. If your tastes lean sweet, try the Fat Elvis waffle with peanut butter whip, banana, and bacon praline. Savory seekers should try the Real F'ing Breakfast Burrito with adobo-braised beef, hash, scrambled egg, manchego, smoked tomato salsa, and crema.
Spot-on brunch classics and build-your-own Bloodys
Market's welcoming yet spacious interior makes the restaurant a great spot for large parties, while the menu's diverse offerings have something for every taste. If deciding between savory or sweet is your eternal brunch dilemma, try the mini-pancakes topped with sausage patties, poached eggs, and maple hollandaise. And don't miss the real crowd-pleaser: Market's Bloody Mary-making "adult salad bar."
Farm-to-table brunch prepared in an open kitchen
This Shaker Square mainstay has stood the test of time thanks to chef Doug Katz by turning out consistently great food in a sleek, comfortable setting. Fire's extensive menu keenly focuses on high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Its reasonably priced weekend brunch is the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and dig in. We'll take one of those sticky buns, please.
Stick-to-your-ribs comfort food at a popular weekend hangout
Set in a quaint old house, Lucky's is crazy adorable and more importantly, crazy delicious. Pop in for fantastic coffees and tempting pastries to go, or just sit and linger over one of the best brunch dishes like Cheddar scallion biscuits with scrambled eggs and sausage gravy, or lemon waffles with warm blueberry compote, honey-infused whipped cream, and house-made caramel sauce.
Weekend brunch fit for a king in one of Cleveland’s fanciest restaurants
Part restaurant, part art installation, Trentina's innovative menu caters to those who are hungry for a meal that's slightly out of the ordinary. Choose from a rotating menu of brunch classics with twists courtesy of chef Jonathon Sawyer, like eggs roasted over embers. No matter what you order from this University Circle spot, expect to be surprised -- in the very best way.
Charmingly quirky spot with a roomy patio & lengthy drinks menu
Dining at The Plum is always a delightful adventure, and brunch is certainly no exception. The restaurant’s menu changes almost weekly, but diners can expect innovative, dance-in-your-mouth dishes such as a pink pancake with buttermilk stracciatella, whipped honey, raisins, walnuts, and beets, as well as a crispy chicken sandwich with buttermilk fried chicken, American cheese, pickle, plum pepper aioli, and lettuce. Be sure to order one of their creative cocktails too, including a bodega mimosa with Orangina, vodka, and Cidergeist Bubbles.