If you ask different people what brunch is, you’ll get a bunch of different answers. Some people prefer a sweet start to their weekends, others are looking for something savory. Some people prefer a Bloody Mary at brunch, others want a mimosa. No matter what a person’s definition of it is, one thing is for sure. It’s worth checking out some of the best brunch restaurants in Warrensville Heights and the Cleveland, Ohio area.
Fun Takes on Pancakes
Move over, IHOP. Cleveland has the Original Pancake House. First opened in 1953, the restaurant specializes in pancakes in different forms. It won a James Beard award for being one of “America’s Regional Classics” in 1999. Whether you order a stack of classic buttermilk pancakes, a Swedish pancake, or a Dutch baby, you’ll know that the batter was made fresh, that day from scratch.
Although it’s got pancakes its name and those are its signature dish, the Original Pancake house also offers a full array of breakfast and brunch options. If you can’t start your day without coffee, the restaurant’s java has a stellar reputation of its own.
What if you love pancakes but can’t eat gluten? Cafe Avaluan offers a solution. The owners of the Warrensville Heights cafe opened it with the goal of providing healthy, gluten-free options for brunch. The star of its menu is crepes, in either savory or sweet form. You can enjoy your crepe in the traditional folded way, or try a unique spin on things with the creperitto, which, as you might have guessed, is a crepe rolled up and stuffed like a burrito.
If you want to take your brunch up a notch, enjoy it in a steakhouse. The Cleveland Chop’s brunch menu features the sweet options you’d expect, such as waffles and pancakes, as well as uniquely steakhouse takes on brunch. For example, you can enjoy a signature skillet, which is scrambled eggs served with your choice of fixings (such as veggie, ham, or the Clevelander, which has pierogies). The brunch menu also features a surprising selection of eggs Benedict, including the classic style, a crabcake style, and a vegetarian option with avocado and asparagus. A drinks menu offers Bloody Marys and Marias, as well as well pitchers of mimosas and margaritas.
The Urban Farmer also serves weekend brunch, for those who prefer their steakhouses a little more rustic. The restaurant’s focus is on locally grown produce and Midwestern farm raised meat, so you’ll find a bit of local flair throughout the menu.
Not That into Brunch
Not everyone wants to eat omelets or pancakes in the morning. You might prefer digging into a brunch buffet that features dishes from Northern India, for example. If that’s the case, it’s worth it to check out brunch at Cuisine of India. The restaurant has a champagne brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays. Li Wah offers dim sum for brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. On the weekend, the popular dim sum restaurant adds a variety of specials and delicacies to its offerings. Just keep in mind that it gets busy on weekends, so you might need to plan to wait or arrive early.