Breakfast/Brunch in Cleveland, OH
You don’t have to bring much money when you come for breakfast at Nick’s. There’s not much on the menu that’s more than $6, and most of their offerings (and believe us, there are a lot), hover right around $4. In fact, if you through the week you can get the special, which is three eggs, three slices of bacon and two pieces of toast, all for just $1.99. That’s not a deal that you can beat anywhere. The food isn’t first-rate, but it’s not bad either. It’s a lot like breakfast that you can make yourself at home, but why would you want to? The restaurant definitely has an greasy-spoon feel to it, and the comic figures pained on the wall make it its own.
Luck’s Café is a great place for breakfast, brunch or lunch – whatever you’re in the mood for. The restaurant is tucked away in Tremont and is actually quite smaller inside than it appears. During lunch hours, the place is usually pretty crowded, but the staff is pretty good at getting everyone seated in a short amount of time. If you’re in the mood for breakfast, try anything smothered in their sausage gravy, and make sure you order a mimosa to start your day off right. It’s a little more costly than fast food, but the food is great and it won’t break the bank. The feel of the place is casual, but you might want to clean up just a bit. The white table cloths make you feel out of place in jeans and tennis shoes.
The Market Café is all about the atmosphere. It sits right amid the hustle and bustle of the West Side Market, and after a morning walking around and staring at all the fresh food and baked goods, you’ll be ready for a substantial meal. Thankfully, you don’t have to go far. The menu at the West Side Market Café is pretty small, but the offerings are great and you’ll find something on there that appeals to you. The meals are cheap, too, which is a big bonus if you’ve already blown your paycheck at the Market. Service can be slow, especially on the weekends. They stop selling breakfast at noon, so get there early if you’re in the mood for eggs or pancakes.
Le Petit Triangle is just as it sounds – a little triangle. It’s authentic French food served in a tiny restaurant that’s shaped like a triangle. There are maybe ten tables, and they’re arranged around an open kitchen that’s situated in the middle of the restaurant. This open kitchen is a beautiful thing, because it’s fun to see the way the chef’s prepare your food. You must try a crepe when you’re here. You can order them with nearly any filling and they offer them in both sweet and savory varieties. Wash it down with a mimosa made from fresh-squeezed orange juice. The menus are tricky to read if you’re not well-versed in French food, but the staff is helpful at finding something you’ll love. They open at 10 a.m. on the weekends and 11 a.m. through the week, so it’s more of a brunch place than a spot for early risers.
Don’t listen to the name of the place – the staff at Grumpy’s is anything but! This restaurant has been around for a while, and it’s obvious when you enter that some of the customers have been coming here for that long. There’s a cozy, friendly feeling when you enter. The food is pretty basic, but they pride themselves on having a “Southwest” twist to everyday items. This basically means that just about everything is sprinkled with cayenne pepper before it’s brought to you, so alert your server you’re not a fan. The prices are above the average greasy spoon, but less than you’ll spend a fancy place. Most plates range from $7 to $10. If you don’t know what to try, go for the breakfast burrito. There’s no surprises here – just meat, cheese eggs and salsa on a tortilla – but it’s really, really good.