Hoppin' down the brunchy trail

February 12, 2016
Hoppin' down the brunchy trail

There's brunch, and then there's Easter brunch in Cleveland. Make the most of your holiday stay in town by hitting up one of these great options.

Annie Zaleski

During wintry weekends, neither snow nor ice nor sleet can keep Clevelanders from rolling out of bed and seeking out the city's heartiest brunch menus. If you're in town for Easter, take a hint from the locals and get in on the Sunday brunch action: Dozens of eateries—from mom-and-pop joints to hotel restaurants—whip up prix fixe menus, buffets and tantalizing special dishes to celebrate the holiday.

Why has Easter Sunday brunch become such an integral part of the city's dining landscape? First and foremost, the meal is a way to explore Cleveland's most innovative restaurants. For church-goers, the post-mass brunch is a chance to indulge after Lent, a period often marked by dessert deprivation. For others, it's a way to enjoy a special holiday gathering with family and not have to do the dishes afterward. And for everyone, Easter brunch is a chance to toast to the end of winter and the imminent spring thaw.

Here are some of the best Easter brunch bets in Cleveland—the places where you're guaranteed to leave with a full belly on March 27.

Provenance. The Cleveland Museum of Art's main restaurant hosts one of the most popular Easter brunches in the city—a distinction earned due to chef Douglas Katz's creative (and affordable!) spin on fresh, seasonal fare and the light-filled space's gorgeous landscape views. Expect what Provenance is calling an "amped-up" brunch menu with a chef's table featuring fresh fruit, homemade pastries and salads, as well as extended brunch hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Flour Restaurant. This beloved, James Beard-recognized Italian kitchen mixes tradition and innovation on their brunch menu, which features old-school rustic favorites and a smorgasbord of savory modern brunch specialties.

1890 at the Arcade. This isn't your typical hotel restaurant. Located at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown's historic Arcade—the first indoor shopping center in the U.S.—1890 offers stunning views of this ornate architecture and contemporary cuisine with local ingredients.

Pier W. The venerable restaurant's views of Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline have always made it a popular dining destination. Its renowned brunch, which pairs seafood specialties with traditional fare such as eggs and waffles, is one of the best-known in the city for its diversity and deliciousness. You also get the added benefit of a live piano performance as an elegant backdrop to your mimosas and beignets (which come with brunch).

House of Blues Gospel Brunch. This monthly event is even more of a celebration on Easter Sunday: Not only are there two seatings available, but attendees will enjoy an endless buffet and carving stations (all with Southern flair), as well as a live gospel performance.

Table 45. Zack Bruell's Midtown Table 45 describes itself as a "cosmopolitan dining concept," a label which applies to the sleek décor and the special Easter brunch it offers—which features a multi-station buffet with complimentary mimosas, as well as live music.

Fire Food & Drink. Elegant touches such as locally grown eggs, housemade meats and sweets, and savory dishes make this Shaker Square anchor one of the most sought-after reservations on Easter.

TownHall. Easter brunch doesn't have to detonate your diet. Popular Ohio City outpost TownHall, whose menu features 100% non-GMO dishes, offers plenty of healthy brunch options for vegans, vegetarians and anyone looking for unique Easter fare.

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