There is nothing better than the smell of fresh eggs and turkey bacon in the morning, right? Accompanied with a mimosa or Bloody Mary... you know where we’re going with this. We pretty much wait the whole week for weekend brunch, and we’re not ashamed of it.
And we have it good. Especially since Cleveland is filled with brunch menus packed with good-for-you food instead of that typical deep-fried hangover breakfast we’re typically served. Here's a list of places that will help you get down with locally sourced vegetables, creative egg dishes, some awesome drink deals. Okay, enough talkin’. When’s brunch?
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, on the contrary, they do 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. Every weekend, brunch is on and poppin’ here. 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 (organic eggs, black beans, pico de gallo, peppers, and onions), sweet potato hotcakes, and their Morning Glory Fork & Knife Burger (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 shop from 11am–3pm on Market Ave., you can 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 Cleveland Bagel Co. bagels, 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, you’re missing out. It’s time to join the cool kids (us?) and head to Detroit Ave. on weekends. Since Cleveland Vegan only serves up organic and plant-based meals, their menus rotate all the time — you’ll continue to try new veganified foods when you visit. Really, the hardest part is choosing what you want. And in these cases, try their Cleveland Vegan Experience, where you can select one item from each of the three categories for a fixed price!
In case the name doesn’t help you enough, the Root Cafe in Lakewood (a neighborhood that is poppin’ when it comes to brunch) creates plant-based plates out of local and organic ingredients. Even some of the vegetables used in their dishes come from local Lakewood gardens. Show up on Sunday drink some fresh coffee (they even make their own flavors in-house) 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?
Spice Kitchen & Bar is doing something that other Cleveland restaurateurs aren’t; most of the ingredients they serve on their menu come straight from their own farm, indicating their menu changes seasonally. From different toasts of the day to their Skillet Mushroom Hash, Spice Kitchen & Bar is built for the localvore. 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 meatless 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 around 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 as 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!
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.
After reopening following extensive renovations, 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 go for the breakfast classic where you build your own omelet. Water Garden Cafe’s menu is fun, fresh, organic, and WAY healthier than most.
With three 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.
**Updated by Layne Adams, February 2019