Food & Drink

The Best Brunch in Our Favorite Cleveland Neighborhoods

Published On 11/11/2015 Published On 11/11/2015

Brunch: it might just be the greatest merger in history. It takes the most important meal of the day, and makes it available at a not-so-ungodly hour. But if you’re also going to get it in a not-so-ungodly location, you need to know where the best ones are around the city. Well, we’re here to help with that.

Battery Park

Graffiti: A Social Kitchen

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Pancakes and omelets certainly have their place in our brunch-loving hearts, but what better time than the weekend to try something out of the box? Featuring a seriously inventive menu of must-try dishes including chorizo Pop-Tarts and Brie-stuffed French toast, Graffiti offers diners plenty of reason to break free from standard brunch fare.

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Cleveland Heights

Luna Bakery Cafe

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Offering excellent baked goods all week long, Luna’s a great place to nip into for a quick pastry and hot cup of joe on the way to work. Come the weekend, it’s an ever 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 Nutella and bananas.

Urban Farmer

Downtown

Urban Farmer

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There’s nothing quite like a good steak, but then of course good steaks don’t come cheap. For an Urban Farmer experience without the steakhouses prices, weekend brunch is a sound option. Whatever you order, make sure it comes with one of the not-to-be-missed, pillow-soft, house-made English muffins.

Flip Side

The Flats

Flip Side

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Despite an impressive crop of new restaurants helping to spearhead The Flats’ revival, finding a worthwhile brunch spot in the area can be tricky. Luckily, the team behind Flip Side is now offering weekend brunch in this new location, extending their locally sourced, owned, and brewed concept well beyond the evening hours.

Spice Kitchen + Bar

Gordon Square

Spice Kitchen + Bar

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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 some of the best cocktails in town, Spice’s brunch is easily the best in the area.

Pier W

Lakewood

Pier W

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Some brunches are best enjoyed in sunglasses and sweatpants while nursing last night’s hangover, while others should be saved for truly special occasions. 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.  

Washington Place Bistro & Inn

Little Italy

Washington Place Bistro & Inn

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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 is worth the trip to Little Italy.

Flour

Moreland Hills

Flour Restaurant

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Take this restaurant up on its bottomless mimosas offer and lock yourself in: from Nutella-stuffed French toast to bubbly wood-fired pizzas, Flour’s brunch is definitely worth a sit-and-savor kind of morning. 

Jack Flaps

Ohio City

Jack Flaps

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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," a 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.

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Rocky River

Market

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Market’s welcoming yet spacious interior makes the restaurant a great spot for large parties, while the menu’s diverse offerings include something to please every taste. And don’t miss the real crowd-pleaser: Market’s Bloody Mary-making “adult salad bar."

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Shaker Square

Fire Food and Drink

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This Shaker Square mainstay has stood the test of time by turning out consistently great food in a sleek yet comfortable setting. Fire offers an extensive menu with a keen focus on high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. The reasonably priced weekend brunch is the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and dig on in. We’ll take one of those sticky buns, please.

Lucky's

Tremont

Lucky’s Café

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Set in a quaint yet comfortable 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 brunches in the city.

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University Circle

Trentina

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Part food, part entertainment, Trentina’s innovative menu caters to those who are hungry for a meal that’s slightly out of the ordinary. Diners can select from a rotating menu of brunch classics with seriously inventive twists (eggs are roasted over embers, etc.). No matter what you order from this University Circle spot, expect to be surprised... in the very best way.

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Beth Phillips is a Cleveland-area writer who is still searching for an answer to the eternal brunch dilemma: savory or sweet? You can follow her on Twitter: @CraveableCLE.

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1. Graffiti: A Social Kitchen 1261 W 76th St, Cleveland, OH 44102

Graffiti will dazzle your tastebuds, so come prepared to expand your horizons. If you have an adventurous palate, you will love the playful, crazy delicious dishes on the menu. Graffiti's "Dirty Bird" Bloody Mary has been named as one of the best hangover cures too, so come try it out at brunch!

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2. Luna Bakery Café 2482 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

All the quaintness and functionality you expect (and gosh darn it, deserve!) from a local cafe. Dash in for a cap and a scone on the weekdays or post up for a crepe on the weekend.

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3. Urban Farmer, Cleveland's Steakhouse 1325 E. 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

For those who enjoy their steak with a side of flair, Urban Farmer dishes up delicious food in a stylish, rustic-meets-mid-century-modern decor. The restaurant prides itself on local, organic sourcing, and the state of origin is listed next to each steak on the menu, divided by cut. You’ll want to order the killer charcuterie or cheese board to start -- just don't spoil your appetite for the much-anticipated main event. If you can' t wait until dinnertime to enjoy one of their steaks, stop by for brunch where you can score a side of house-made English muffins with your steak breakfast.

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4. Flip Side 49B Village Way, Hudson, OH 44264

With its locally-sourced grass-fed burgers, solid brunch fare (truffle fries, anyone?), and other New American bar eats, this Cleveland chain has made regulars all over the region. The rustic-meets-industrial space has a casual vibe to it and is both group- and kid-friendly. If you happen to swing by with the family, there’s delectable milkshakes for the little ones and, as an added bonus, the opportunity for parents to add a shot of Kahlua to their own one -- proof that everyone truly can win.

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5. Spice Kitchen+Bar 5800 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102 (Ohio City)

Spice's entire menu consists of entrees made from ingredients sourced from local farms and grown in its own gardens. That means the menu and the cocktail offerings are constantly changing, depending on what's available. And while most restaurants might use that philosophy to get a little pretentious, Spice keeps it grounded, offering up brat burgers and steaks alongside a selection of entrees that's never the same as the week before.

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6. Pier W 12700 Lake Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

Pier W has been serving up seafood in an elegant setting for 50 year. Great views make this a romantic spot.

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7. Washington Place Bistro & Inn 2203 Cornell Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

An inn worth visiting even as a non-guest, Washington Place slays the brunch scene with a mean eggs Benedict. Make sure to come back a second time for a big ass burger and a whiskey cocktail.

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8. Flour 34205 Chagrin Blvd, Moreland Hills, OH 44022

Bottomless mimosas? Check. Nutella-stuffed French toast? Check. Wood-fired pizzas? Check. Three checks and I guess you'd better check it out then.

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9. Jack Flaps Luncheonette 530 Euclid Ave Ste 10, Cleveland, OH 44115

A through-and-through all-American diner serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner classics with a healthy pour of pizazz.

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10. Market 1137 Linda St, Rocky River, OH 44116

Good for you and your entire social circle and extended family. Well, good for large groups, at least. Come for the the Bloody Mary bar, stay for the Bloody Mary bar.

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11. Fire Food & Drink 13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120

Of course, anything that comes out of chef Doug Katz’s reputable kitchen is bound to be fantastic, but Fire’s signature wood-fired ovens help to take some dishes one step further than that. Don’t miss the tandoor ribeye, currently served with cauliflower fritters, braised leeks, Mackenzie goat cheese, tomato chutney, garlic aioli, and burgundy jus, for a twist on a classic steak dinner. The focus at Fire Food & Drink is on serving local and sustainable cuisine for brunch, dinner, and dessert along with an extensive list of wines.

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12. Lucky's Cafe 777 Starkweather Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

Pop in for a pastry or post up for a full on brunch at this cafe located in an old house. Either way, you'll be charmed by the quaintness and blown away by the flavor.

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13. Trentina 1903 Ford Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106 (University Circle)

Chef Jonathan Sawyer's Trentina is a small (35 seat) restaurant offering up Northern Italian fare, including the 12-course Menu Bianco tasting menu.

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