If you’re waking up on Sunday morning after a night of a certain amount of alcohol consumption, chances are you need two things: something delicious to eat and something to take the edge off.
The time-honored tradition of the brunch is just what the doctor ordered.
Cleveland’s West Side has you covered with a variety of mouth-watering and mimosa-happy options for those weekend warriors that aren’t quite ready to call it a week.
Before heading out, always be sure to check each location’s website or call ahead for individual business operating hours.
Karen Small (owner and chef at the now closed The Flying Fig) wows us with her bright casual breakfast concept in an intimate modern Ohio City location. Everyone loves the Cornmeal Waffle and Panko Fried Chicken, served with spiced Ohio maple syrup. And the biscuits with sorghum butter and jam are literal perfection.
Touch Supper Club
Cleveland’s original Bloody Mary is calling your name. Or maybe the Champagne and Bacon or Bourbon Breakfast Martini are more your tune. Any way you like your Sunday booze, there’s a sizable brunch menu that hits the right note at this hip, musically focused Ohio City eatery located near the West Side Market
. Tour the world of eggs (Norwegian, Wellington, Dublin or Mexican), or if you want something a little closer to home, try the Garbage Omelet or the Morning After.
There’s no better spot to start the day with the right mix of big, healthy and boozy (yes, all at once) than at TownHall. Drink the house-made, hand-pressed juices for a little health or the spicy Bloody Marys for a little “hair of the dog.” Our suggestion? Treat yourself to the Vegan Power Bowl, Sweet Potato Hotcakes or a TownHall Burger. There’s no way to go wrong.
Market Garden Brewery
Cleveland’s quintessential Saturday night hot spot is just as great for Sunday brunch, too. Market Garden Brewery serves up a robust menu that includes Apple French Toast, Brunch Burgers and Scotch Eggs, along with a wide selection of house-made beers and mimosa flights. Be sure to check out the massive patio, if dining al fresco is more your speed.
Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar
Not a Sunday goes by without Johnny Mango filled with hordes of Sunday Funday revelers. Big, hearty portions of breakfast items come with their own international flair (Vietnamese Rice Crepes, Huevos Rancheros, or Pineapple and Granola Whole Wheat Waffles) along with a drink menu highlighted by pitchers of Sangria Maria: part sangria, part Bloody Mary, with pepper vodka for a spicy kick.
Le Petit Triangle Cafe
This tiny Parisian-style eatery serves up everything from croissant sandwiches to savory and sweet crepes, complete with Champagne and French wine. The kitchen is in the center of the dining area, so you'll feel like a part of all the action in this intimate eatery.
West Side Market Cafe
The West Side Market Café serves up freshness with a heavy dose of history. Under the same roof as the famed historic market, the café uses an assortment of products from market vendors. The dishes are a nod to the city’s ethnic makeup paired alongside inclusive and forward-thinking dishes like the Kielbasa Hash or the Pierogi Melt. Afterward, stop by the market to immerse yourself in a uniquely Cleveland experience.
Known as the "undisputed crowned royal of gourmet burgerdom," Heck’s Café rounds out their menu with seasonal and locally-sourced dishes. The Baklava French Toast is a classic, as well as the Wild Things Hash and their many delicious burgers. Wash it all down with a hand-spun milkshake, Bloody Mary or champagne cocktail.
XYZ The Tavern
Old-school breakfast treats like pancakes and corned beef hash are all the rage as this neighborhood tavern. Feeling more adventurous? Order up the BLT & A, Smoked Salmon Croissant or Cheese Blintzes. This edgy eatery serves it up both Saturdays and Sundays. Can anyone say "Saturday Funday?"
Luxe Kitchen & Lounge
This trendy Detroit Avenue bistro serves a well-rounded, current yet approachable Mediterranean-Italian menu focused on a philosophy of recycle, reuse and repurpose. Luxe offers a wide range of sweet and savory flavors, such as Salon Cake Benedict, Green Shakshuka and the Luxe Burger. Craving a sweet treat? Try the warm Beignets made in-house.
Martha on the Fly
Originally operating out of the Good Company space as a pop-up, the casual take-and-go micro-diner has found itself a home in Tremont—and regularly sells out its giant sandwiches and Cinnamon Rolls. Don’t forget the Potato Crispies or Karleen’s Cornmeal Fries to complete your meal. It’s all about the charming details, like the nostalgic fast food retro packaging and neon diner sign, fit for a Saturday Instagram shoot. Order ahead online and skip the weekend wait.
The South Side
Any review of The South Side's brunch offerings will yield a constant bit of advice: try the Bloody Mary. Do some menu research before dining at one of Cleveland’s best year-round patios. The South Side has different menus for Saturday (go for the Eggs Lorraine Sammy or the Rainbow Power Salad) and Sunday (Hot Pockets Breakfast Perogies or the Big Mess Express Brunch Burger).
Fat Cats is one of those brunch places that feels homey and comfortable. Their Saturday brunch (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) might even be better than their Sunday brunch, because the next day isn’t Monday. The menu consists of small plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, tacos and omelets. You can’t go wrong at Fat Cats, but you should try the Pancit.
Wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Head for Grumpy’s in Tremont where the focus is fresh, feel-good food. This uber-friendly café serves up colorful and craveable breakfast dishes like the Carminator, Walker Hash and Buttermilk Pancakes with a side of their signature Cajun home fries. Grumpy’s is known for generous portions, so bring a big appetite.
Prosperity Social Club
Stepping into Prosperity Social Club feels like stepping back in time, given the owners have kept the chestnut walls, vintage beer memorabilia and old-fashioned bowling machine from the space’s original 1938 barroom. Prosperity is known for homemade comfort food done right and brunch is no exception. Nosh on a Eggs Florentine, Spicy Tofu Tacos or Wake-Up Call Empanadas. Brunch is served on both Saturdays and Sundays at this vegetarian-friendly Tremont gem, because, honestly, they know what's up.
The “morning cafe” inside of Lakewood’s stylish Rood (formerly Rood Food and Pie) brings us fresh takes on traditional breakfast eats by chef Rachelle Murphy. Join friends for bellinis, mimosas, Boujee Coffee and cocktails—and of course, pie. Modern dishes like Pear and Amaretto Tarts, Grilled Banana Bread topped with whipped ricotta and candied walnut crumbs, and delectable salads make up the modern menu.
If jumping into a 70s time capsule sounds like your thing, check out Mahall’s 20 Lanes for all the Bloody Marys, Fried Chicken and Tots you crave. This 100 year-old bowling alley, performance space, restaurant and bar was recently renovated and is perfect for spot of Sunday selfies—and savory eats.
If you’re looking for that special fancy affair type of brunch for a special celebration, look no further than Pier W. The long-time seafood-heavy brunch buffet is lit. Between the idyllic view of Lake Erie, the 1965 building, designed to look like the hull of a cruise ship, the build-your-own omelets and made to order specialty items, you’ll never forget the experience. Top off your brunch with decadent dessert, all included, or an espresso martini.
Cleveland's staple for tacos and tequila, Barrio offers their own unique twist on brunch. Why is it a staple? Because you can find a Barrio 6 other locations in the CLE region. Choose a Hash Bowl with chorizo, Donut Hoyos or Avocado Tostada or try your hand at a brunch taco. Our fave is the BBT Taco (thick cut bacon, fried maple Brussels spouts, egg). Down your meal with their Bloody Maria cocktail.
Housed inside The Carlyle in Lakewood, Summer House brings the sunshine and party vibes of their namesake season all year long with a special, stylish brunch experience. Scratch-made, shareable plates and craft cocktails are served alongside stunning views of Lake Erie, with fun dishes like their Clothesline Bacon and French Toast Bread Pudding.
Bringing a little taste of Paris to Rocky River, this charming little bistro produces flavors bigger than even their massive wine list. Try the French Toast Bites, fresh Crepes or one of their vegan offerings like their delicious Avocado Tartine or Quinoa Cakes. And you can never go wrong with the French Onion Soup with an aged cheddar crouton.
Stop by this Lakewood staple for a casual vibe in the heart of a friendly, walkable area. Start out with a Bloody Mary or choose from a weekly selection of Mimosas; stay for the Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread, Chicken Fried Steak or the Confit Drumsticks.
Cute and cozy, this intimate Lakewood joint serves breakfast and lunch with a Southwestern flavor. The wait can be long, but the amazing food and welcoming service are well worth it. Delectable, must-try choices include Chorizo Tacos, Trail Mix Pancakes and the Bacon Avocado Benedict.
If you suddenly feel a twinge of excitement upon hearing the words “Bloody Mary,” then we've got the place for you. Market in Rocky River has an extensive Bloody Mary menu. If a Bloody Mary isn’t your thing, sip on a Strawberry Guava Mimosa, or opt for Coffee with a kick. Head over Sunday for a tasty menu featuring hot Chicken Biscuit Sliders, Crab Benedict or Cinnamon Rolls sure to hit the spot.