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. Locally sourced vegetables, creative egg dishes, some awesome drink deals—enough talkin’; when’s brunch?
Brunch is quite literally the best worlds of both breakfast and lunch. And that’s what you’re going to get when you chow down at Sweet Melissa’s in Rocky River. All breakfast favorites are served with some bomb redskin potatoes, fresh fruit, and a scone that pairs well with a cup of black coffee. They have the classics like eggs anyway with toast, but they also have fan-favorites like their tofu scramble and veggie omelet. The food is fresh, the Bloody Marys are spicy, and the coffee is hot. Bonus: Eat outside on their patio for the full brunch effect.
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 from 9am-2pm, brunch is on and poppin’ here. Ingredients are locally sourced when possible, organic, 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, with peppers and onions too), 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 concoctions!
The Flying Fig is one of the sweetest cafes in Ohio City. Serving 11am–3pm on Market Ave., you can sit outside while you indulge on 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, unbelieveable Avocado Toasts, and some tasty bellinis!
Since taking off in 2009, The Blue Door Cafe in Cuyahoga Falls aims to please those with a love for fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. This cafe also only whips up breakfast and lunch (combined, brunch), so you know they’re good at their craft. Besides their stellar Sunday drink menu, they also serve up All Natural Corned Beef Hash, organic and free range eggs, and breakfast dishes that seem too good to be true (those Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes are looking fierce).
The 9 is way more than just a hotel. It’s a yoga studio, a restaurant, a theatre, and much more. It’s also your new favorite brunch spot. Although their menu items are inspired from meals around the globe, they definitely kept every type of eater in mind. Opening at 6:30am (Yes, that early), you can try dishes like their gluten-free Brunch Bowl (quinoa, arugula, manchego, and two sunny-side up eggs) or their chickpea and relish Turkey Burger. Adega isn’t messing around, and neither are we — put this place on your brunch list.
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 from 9am–3pm. Since Cleveland Vegan only serves up organic and plant-based meals, their menus rotates all the time—you’ll continue to get to try new veganified foods each time. 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!
This scratch kitchen and bakery doesn’t play around. They only use seasonal and ingredients of the highest quality to make your brunch a filling and healthy one. Stop by Fairmount Blvd. in Cleveland Heights around noon every weekend for some avocado toasts, 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?
In case the name doesn’t help you enough, the Root Cafe in Lakewood (Lakewood is poppin’ for brunch) creates plant-based dishes out of local and organic ingredients. Even some of the vegetables used in their dishes come from local Lakewood gardens. Every Sunday from 9am–1pm you can drink some fresh coffee (they even make their own flavors) and choose from an extensive list of egg and vegan sandwiches. But the real game-changers are their breakfast bowls and gluten-free baked goods. Gosh, is it Sunday yet?
Recharge and refuel at Euclid Ave.’s pHuel Cafe. This plant-based restaurant is quick, healthy, and tasty. Pancakes are made from organic flour, gluten-free bread is available for all breakfast sandwiches, and if you follow their Instagram account, you’ll notice new favorites are added all the time (we see you, cinnamon roll pancake!). pHuel also opened a second location on Chester Ave inside of US Bank Centre, which makes their tasty brunch even more accessible.
Johnny Mangos on Bridge Avenue is kind of like 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!
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