The Best Way to Start Your Day: Cleveland Breakfast and Brunch

by Jennie Thomas, Host Committee co-chair

Granola. Courtesy Lucky’s Cafe
Granola. Courtesy Lucky’s Cafe.

Cleveland is for foodies, and breakfast/brunch fare is no exception. From crepes and sweet potato pancakes to chicken and waffles, from biscuits and gravy to quiche, and with some of the best bloody Marys and mimosas around, Cleveland has some amazing offerings when it comes to breakfast and brunch.

Some recommendations for those out and about Cleveland neighborhoods in the morning hours during SAA week:

Tremont

Grumpy’s Cafe
2621 W 14th St

Lucky’s Cafe
777 Starkweather Ave

Ohio City

Bonbon Pastry and Cafe
2549 Lorain Ave

Heck’s Cafe
2927 Bridge Ave

Jack Flaps
3900 Lorain Ave

Le Petite Triangle Café
1881 Fulton Rd

West Side Market Cafe
1995 W 25th St

For additional recommendations, see Breakfast – Best of 2015.

Cleveland has even more to offer on the weekends for brunch so, if you’ll be in town on Saturday or Sunday, be sure to check out Cleveland Scene’s “16 Boozy Brunches” and Brunch – Best of 2015!

Eating in the CLE

"The Greenhouse Tavern Snags Award for Best Vegetarian Sandwich in America" (image courtesy of Instagram user @thegreenhousetavern)
“The Greenhouse Tavern Snags Award for Best Vegetarian Sandwich in America” (image courtesy of Instagram user @thegreenhousetavern)

By Janet Carleton, Host Committee cochair

Cleveland is blessed with a multitude of great food! We’ve had plenty of posts about food so far, and more to come.

But don’t worry about missing any–just select the tab on this blog devoted to food. It includes a Google Map of spots from the hearts & stomachs of the Host Committee, all posts in the Food category, and perhaps best of all, a Google spreadsheet sortable by name, neighborhood, etc., at http://bit.ly/SAA15-HC-food.

From Top Chefs and James Beard winners to ice cream to vegetarian to ethnic to comfort food and everything between–Cleveland has it.

10 Iconic Cleveland Foods: Pierogi" (image courtesy of clevescene.com
“10 Iconic Cleveland Foods: Pierogi” (image courtesy of clevescene.com)

And legal beverages?

We’ve got coffee, tea, beer (20 local breweries), wine (more wineries per square mile than any other winery region), mixed drinks, and more.

And don’t forget–for all things food truck (56 area food trucks!) see http://www.cleveland.com/food-trucks/.

Walnut Wednesday fills the streets. Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer (image courtesy of Cleveland.com)
Walnut Wednesday fills the streets. Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer (image courtesy of Cleveland.com)