UPDATED JAN 20, 2020
Cleveland is full of brunch menus with good-for-you food in addition to that deep-fried hangover breakfast. So, when you're in the mood for a healthier brunch, take a look at this list of places that will help you get down with locally sourced vegetables and lighter fare.
Every Saturday, you can dive into Cafe Avalaun’s completely gluten-free menu. That’s right — this Warrensville Heights cafe is completely free from gluten, and their menu is carefully labeled what is vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and even paleo. They have everyone’s dietary restrictions in mind, and their brunch is out of this world. Sip on some local coffee while picking among the likes of buttermilk biscuits, Quinoa Toast, and vegan paninis. And why not chow down on some (GF) Chicken & Waffles while you’re at it?
Most people wouldn’t expect downtown’s Urban Farmer to host a weekend brunch (it’s a dinner place, right?), but, they do, and in a BIG way. Known for their organic and locally-sourced ingredients, brunch just got that much tastier, and healthier. They have sandwiches (check out the Farm Burger), Granola Waffles served with Ohio honey, and farm-fresh eggs that come with house-made biscuits. And in case we have any early birds out there, doors open at 8am.
C’mon, we can’t talk about a healthy brunch without dropping TownHall’s name. Catch brunch there every weekend starting at 9am. Ingredients are organic, locally sourced when possible, and you’ll never find any GMOs on this menu. Some brunch favorites are their 25th Street Burrito, sweet potato hotcakes, and their Morning Glory Fork & Knife Burger (it comes topped with chorizo hollandaise, organic spinach, egg, sweet corn, and avocado). But what’s brunch without some drinks? Order an organic smoothie, coffee, or awesome alcoholic juice concoction!
The Flying Fig is one of the sweetest cafes in Ohio City. Swing by the Market Ave. shop from 11am–3pm and sit outside while indulging in some local and organic fare. But just because this cafe focuses on nurturing our bodies doesn’t mean the food isn’t flavorful. They serve up seasonal eggs Benedict, grilled eggplant sandwiches, unbelievable avocado toasts, and some tasty Bellinis!
If you’re around the Lakewood area and haven’t tried Cleveland Vegan’s brunch yet, what's keeping you? Jump on the plant-based trend and head to Detroit Ave. for weekend brunch. Since Cleveland Vegan only serves up organic and plant-based meals, their menu rotates all the time — try new veganified foods each visit. Really, the hardest part is choosing what you want. If that's the case, try the Cleveland Vegan Experience — a pre fixe three course menu.
In case the name doesn’t help you enough, the Root Cafe in Lakewood creates plant-based plates out of local and organic ingredients. Some of the ingredients used in their dishes even come from local Lakewood gardens. They serve breakfast every day, but Sunday's brunch includes weekly specials. Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee (they even make their own house blend) and choose from an extensive list of egg-based and vegan sandwiches. But the real game-changers are their breakfast bowls and gluten-free baked goods. Gosh, is it Sunday yet?
The team behind Spice Kitchen & Bar is doing what other Cleveland restaurateurs aren’t. Most of the ingredients served on their menu come straight from their farm, which means their menu changes seasonally. The menu's divided into Sweets, Healthyish, and Savory, guaranteeing to satisfy the appetite of any locavore. Find this farm-to-table cafe in Gordon Square Arts District, and get ready to feel good while brunchin’.
Johnny Mangos on Bridge Ave. is kind of a hidden gem. With cultural ties to Mexico, Thailand, and the Caribbean, their food is anything but ordinary. But our favorite part about Johnny Mango’s has to be their dedication to all different kinds of eaters. Most of their menu items are sorted by plant-based dishes or gluten-free options. And trust us — it’s appreciated. Try a taste of their vegan whole wheat waffles, chorizo omelets, or their Breakfast Quesadilla every weekend beginning at 9am. Don’t forget to grab a sip at their fresh juice bar!
This scratch kitchen and bakery doesn’t play around. They only use seasonal ingredients of the highest quality to make your brunch a filling and healthy one. Stop by one of their cafes on Fairmount Blvd. in Cleveland Heights or on Chagrin Blvd. in Moreland Hills between 8am and noon every weekend for some avocado toast, steel-cut oatmeal, and homemade granola. And since you’re already out of the house, you might as well dive into their unreal crepe station. What’s brunch without a little savory and sweet, right?
Tommy’s has been in the Coventry area for what feels like forever. With a menu as large and flexible as Tommy’s, there’s nothing you won’t find here on your brunch excursion. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or loathe gluten, just say the word and you’ll be accommodated. Dive into Dairy Free Toaster Waffles (if that’s your jam), or fuel up on their Tofu Scramble (veggies, tofu, toast, and fruit). Perfect for the early bird, doors open at 7:30am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday!
Earth Bistro has been calling Clifton Blvd. home for years, so if you haven’t had brunch here yet, consider this is your reminder. Serving healthy food with a Cuban flare, brunch-goers can munch on the likes of vegan chicken carnitas, fresh fruit, and tofu eggs — all with a zesty burst. And don’t worry, carnivores — they have meat and eggs here, too.
Water Garden Cafe is open for all your plant-based breakfast needs (though, they do serve meat and eggs). But you should definitely pick up their vegan-only menu to chow down on some Vegan Breakfast Tacos if you’re feeling spicy. Or try the breakfast classic where you build your own omelet. Water Garden Cafe’s menu is fun, fresh, organic, and WAY healthier than most.
With multiple locations to their name, Barroco is whipping up brunch at Crocker Park, Lakewood, and Larchmere. What’s even better than having multiple spots to access their food? Their menu is 80% gluten-free, and they serve brunch every Saturday and Sunday until 3pm. Sip on a mimosa and try their house-made arepas, stuffed with eggs or vegetables your choice.
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