Best restaurants to have Brunch in 7 Northeast Ohio counties based on Yelp restaurant rankings

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but brunch is easily the more anticipated meal of the week — when friends and family gather for a late morning meal. Whether your party prefers lunch food or breakfast food, togetherness has always been the hallmark of brunch.

British author Guy Beringer is credited with coming up with the concept in 1885. He lobbied in an English newspaper article for an alternative to the heavy post-church family meal. He was in favor of a lighter meal served late in the morning, and argued that it “would make life brighter for Saturday night carousers” and suggested that alcoholic drinks be served.

The idea caught on in the United States in the 1930s when Hollywood stars, making cross-country train trips, would take a break from travel in Chicago to enjoy a late-morning meal.

Hotels were quick to jump on the bandwagon since most restaurants were closed on Sundays — and with church attendance lagging after World War II, folks were looking for a social outlet that still allowed them to sleep late on Sundays.

If you are one of those folks who enjoy languishing in bed for a couple extra hours on the weekends, but are looking for a gastronomical experience with friends and family mid-morning, we have you covered. We partnered with our friends at Yelp Cleveland to find where their reviewers said served up the best Brunch menu in Northeast Ohio.

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the top brunch restaurants in the Greater Cleveland area for 2020 according to Yelp Cleveland. Yelp Cleveland identified businesses in the brunch category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews in 2020. This list looked at businesses in the following counties: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit. We worked directly with Yelp Cleveland on this list to reflect accurate data.

Here are the results broken down by county:

Cuyahoga County

No. 1

Soho Chicken + Whiskey

Southern Benedict without ham from Soho Chicken + Whiskey
– Photo courtesy of Aja G., via Yelp

1889 W. 25th St., Cleveland, 216-298-9090

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “First timer and my goodness!… We were given a delicious biscuit with jam and chive butter! I ordered the Southern Benedict no ham and it was amazing the flavors and seasoning were magical. My bestie got the steak and eggs and she really enjoyed it. Oh and the coffee was delicious! Great job this made my week!” – Aja G.

No. 2

Astoria Cafe & Market

Astoria Market

Astoria Market and Cafe, 5417 Detroit Ave., Cleveland. The Plain Dealer

5417 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, 216-266-0834

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “We enjoyed an amazing breakfast at Astoria Cafe & Market! The service was exceptional, the food and drinks were delicious, and the menu had a surprising number of unique offerings…” – Lucius R.

No. 3

Borderline Cafe

Borderline Cafe Huevos Ranchero Verde with Chorizo

Huevos Ranchero Verde with Chorizo from Borderline Cafe
– Photo courtesy of Deb C., via Yelp

18510 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-529-1949

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. Well worth the wait and it’s my boyfriends and my new brunch spot. The service was insanely quick and the servers are so sweet and you can tell they love their job. I would suggest to anyone looking for brunch in the area!” – Nora D.

No. 4

Buckeye Beer Engine

Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood

Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood.

15315 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-2337

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Love this place. Great food. Not the usual stuff. Bloody Mary’s were to die for. So were the mimosas. Yummy! A must go!! Service was amazing.” – Jill S.

No. 5

Pier W

Pier W brunch

Pier W’s brunch in Lakewood.

12700 Lake Ave., Lakewood, 216-228-2250

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Went for Sunday brunch this past weekend. All the food was constantly being rotated, refreshed and replenished. All the hot food was hot and fresh. Carving station was amazing. And all the mad-to-order food we ordered was perfect. I also can’t say enough amazing things about the dessert table. But the peanut butter bombs! They were filled with fluffy peanut butter and chocolate heaven. A definite must. If you’re in the mood to treat yourself to an amazing brunch, then you will for sure love Pier W’s.” – Julia K.

No. 6

Le Petit Triangle Cafe

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1881 Fulton Rd., Cleveland, 216-281-1881

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Popped in on a whim during a weekend trip to Cleveland, and it was so good we drove across the city to come back the next day! The brunch menu had a few solid vegetarian options; I had the quiche and the asparagus Benedict. And a delicious crepe, of course.” – Kaya W.

No. 7

Tremont Taphouse

Tremont Taphouse Breakfast Tacos with avocado

Breakfast Tacos with avocado from Tremont Taphouse
– Photo courtesy of Kimberly R., via Yelp

2572 Scranton Rd., Cleveland, 216-298-4451

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Great brunch spot! Cute patio, great food, and delicious cocktails. We found this place as we were on a road trip from MA to MI and we had our pup with us. Staff were so friendly and accommodating and Peanut loved the extra attention and bowl of water. If we are ever back in the area we will definitely come back!” – Kimberly R.

No. 8

Inn On Coventry

Inn On Coventry Crab Cake Benedict

Crab Cake Benedict from Inn On Coventry
– Photo courtesy of Helen S., via Yelp

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland, 216-551-9060

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “This is one of the best brunch spots I have ever been to. It has a cozy vibe with an older aesthetic and beautiful windows…There are so many different variations of Eggs Benedict to try I KNOW I will be back. Their lemon ricotta pancakes are to die for with just a hint of lemon to provide that citrusy punch in a soft, fluffy pancake. Everything is cooked to perfection, the servers are some of the kindest I have ever had, and they always made sure that our cups were full. We cleaned our plates and still wanted more because this food is ART and is so incredibly delicious. … We will DEFINITELY be back and I’ll be dreaming about those pancakes from now on :)” – Molly N.

No. 9

Rowley Inn

Rowley Inn

Rowley Inn in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.

1104 Rowley Ave., Cleveland, 216-795-5345

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Zero expectations but I was blown away. My buddy had the pancake of the day, peaches three-way. His meal won the top prize. My omelet of the day was good. It had gouda, Brussels spouts, and bacon. My Old Bay potatoes were the second-best item, which is saying a lot for a potato. The final meal was everything but the biscuit. Every meal was one of the top meals of the weekend.” – Patrick H.

No. 10

Cleveland Vegan

Located at 17112 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood, Cleveland Vegan recently opened its outdoor seating.

Cleveland Vegan located at 17112 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood (John Benson/cleveland.com)

17112 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-221-0201

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Wow!!! Had the biscuits and gravy and it was incredible — almost like a corn bread with a lentil gravy that could’ve passed for sausage no doubt. Also had the mushroom toast that was pretty good but the biscuits and gravy really took home the cake with this one!!! Also the sides of fruit and vegetables were wonderful healthy options that were much appreciated!” – Katie M.

No. 11

Southside Diner

Southside Diner Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito from Southside Diner
– Photo courtesy of Brendan L., via Yelp

10705 W. Pleasant Valley Rd., Parma, 440-842-6888

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “What an awesome place for breakfast….a couple friends and I happened to be on this side of town and stopped by. It was 10 a.m. on Sunday, and we had maybe a 15-minute wait, but it was well worth it. Super friendly staff and delicious breakfast. Eggs were done perfectly, the home fries were the best I have had in any restaurant, a crispy outside coating, and not the least bit greasy, and 2 slices of rye toast completed the meal. It was a simple type breakfast, but the taste was far from simple. It is a bit of a drive for two of us, but I look forward to coming back.” – Dave B.

No. 12

Lucky’s Cafe

Cup of cider.

Lucky’s Cafe (Photo by Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer)

777 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland, 216-622-7773

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Lucky’s Cafe is easily one of the best brunch spots in Cleveland…I got the Shipwreck which is, simply put, delectable. This meal was easily large enough to eat half of it and take some home to enjoy it just as much the second time. The Caramel Creme Breve is a great choice if the taste of coffee is not your favorite. It is sweet, but has enough espresso in it to get the job done…I very highly recommend making a trip to Tremont to visit this fantastic place!” – Mel T.

No. 13

Flying Fig

Flying Fig

Flying Fig (Photo by Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com)

2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, 216-241-4243

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “We really enjoyed our brunch here! I seriously can’t stop thinking about their spicy Bloody Mary. The star of the show for me was the corn cakes with spicy andouille and soft scrambled eggs. Perfect for me but might be spicy for some. The service was wonderful and we also enjoyed the blueberry pancakes and watermelon citrus salad…” – Crystal P.

No. 14

Scratch

Scratch  Corned Beef Hash

Corned Beef Hash from Scratch
– Photo courtesy of Isabella A., via Yelp

6595 Brecksville Rd. Ste 1, Independence, 216-312-2190

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “In town for the weekend and was craving a local breakfast spot. Decided to stop in and discovered this awesome spot. Their menu is unique and the restaurant gives off a great vibe. The prices are reasonable for the amount of food you get and the food comes out in a timely matter. If you’re in the area I would recommend checking this place out….” – Lazar V.

No. 15

The Bourbon Street Barrel Room

Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to Bourbon Street Barrel Room in Cleveland

Bourbon Street Barrel Room in Cleveland.

2393 Professor Ave., Cleveland, 216-298-4400

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “One of my favorite spots for brunch in Cleveland. Obsessed with the atmosphere/decor inside, which genuinely makes you feel like your on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Huge fan of all of their mimosa flavors (particularly their orange raspberry) and their fried chicken with french toast, which I typically order. Decided to switch it up and try their egg wrap on my last visit and was equally impressed! Definitely check them out for weekend brunch if you haven’t yet!” – Sarah M.

No. 16

Luna Bakery Cafe – Cleveland

Luna Bakery Cafe Herb Scrambled Eggs

Herb Scrambled Eggs from Luna Bakery Cafe
– Photo courtesy of Chris D., via Yelp

2482 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland, 216-231-8585

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “This is our favorite spot for desserts, coffee, breakfast, really everything!! We are never disappointed, just wish they could stay open later.” – Claudio M.

No. 17

Fat Cats

Fat Cats Kimchi potatoes

Kimchi Potatoes from Fat Cats
– Photo courtesy of Jacqueline P., via Yelp

2061 W. 10th St., Cleveland, 216-579-0200

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Amazing food! Has a good amount of vegetarian options, and they do a great job making the menu adaptable to food choices. The quality of the food was impeccable and the menu wasn’t overwhelming. I have yet to order a single item I wasn’t happy with here. It’s obvious how much attention is made to the flavor combinations and making the food quality consistent. Definitely recommend their brunch as well. One of my favorites in Cleveland!” – Rohit A.

No. 18

Barrio – Tremont

Barrio Brunch Tacos

Brunch Tacos from Barrio
– Photo courtesy of Michelle K., via Yelp

806 Literary Rd., Cleveland, 216-999-7714

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Love! Love! Love that my little CoCo was welcome with open arms onto the patio. We passed two other Barrio Tacos to get to Tremont. Thank you for welcoming us. Sad to think once the weather changes these options will not be available! As for the food and drinks. The flight of margaritas was on point. The shrimp tacos did not disappoint…” – Kimberly C.

No. 19

Prosperity Social Club

Prosperity Social Club Eggs Blackstone brunch

Eggs Blackstone brunch from Prosperity Social Club
– Photo courtesy of Henry L. via Yelp

1109 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland, 216-937-1938

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Loved this place, super low-key and the food was tasty. We had the empanadas and Polish breakfast from the brunch menu and both were delicious. Staff was nice and it wasn’t packed like everywhere else on a Sunday morning, which I love.” – Alicia R.

No. 20

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

Paladar

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar in Woodmere.

28601 Chagrin Blvd., Ste. 900, Woodmere, 216-896-9020

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “We loved the brunch experience! I needed a pillow and a blanket so I could get some sleep after the delicious appetizers and meal! Everything looked good! Couldn’t decide what to get but I enjoyed the guacamole and the portabello grill entree. The salmon smelled good a lot of people ordered it and the pancakes OMG. A place you MUST try!” – Alisa G.

No. 21

Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar

Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar

Vegan breakfast at Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar is at 14810 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.

14810 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-767-5775

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “This is really one of the best establishments in the area. The service is outstanding and the food is incredible. We have been here at different times throughout the years. They rotate their drink menu for different seasons. The food during brunch is very balanced. I would recommend the burgers throughout the week. If you go during the weekend, please order the Chicken Fried Steak. It is large enough to split. The presentation is amazing.” – Patrick O.

No. 22

Adega

Adega

Adega in the Metropolitan at the 9 in downtown Cleveland. This is the Madame Americana.

2017 E 9th St., Cleveland, 216-331-6289

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Came for brunch to hang out with family from out of town. Atmosphere is gorgeous, we made reservations on OpenTable and it was convenient and super easy. Everyone I came in contact with was super pleasant and helpful. From the valet to the hostess to our waitress. The food was amazing and the mimosa options were all good. I had the Iberico Benedict which was really good but then the shrimp & polenta was brought to the table and I ended up ordering it to go because it looked so good. Will definitely be back.” – Amira E.

No. 23

Luxe Kitchen & Lounge

Luxe

Luxe Kitchen & Lounge, 6805 Detroit Ave., Clevelandcleveland.com

6605 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, 216-920-0600

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “I’ve been frequenting Luxe for years now, and it is one of my favorite restaurants in Northeast Ohio. While dinner at Luxe is very good, my favorite experience is a late brunch on a weekend afternoon…The food was, as usual, impeccable. While I love the Kale Caesar and the burger here, that day I opted for an egg dish. My pepper smoked bacon omelet was moist and not overdone, with a great combination of spinach, smoked gouda, and shallots. My wife’s Benedict done to a tee. Luxe’s “cheesy home fries” are one of the most delicious dishes you can get in a Cleveland restaurant, so while my doctor may not recommend them (and he doesn’t, for me), I absolutely do. Service has always been warm and attentive at Luxe, with a laid-back style that allows you to sit and chill. Our server was great, and comped us some beignets with three dipping sauces: chocolate, blueberry coulis, and caramel. Perfect birthday weekend brunch – never disappoints.” – Mark R.

No. 24

Landmark Smokehouse

Landmark Smokehouse Smoked meat Breakfast Latkes

Smoked Meat Breakfast Latkes from Landmark Smokehouse
– Photo courtesy of Phil F., via Yelp

11637 Clifton Blvd., Cleveland, 216-230-4040

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “A Lakewood staple for me. Their food is high quality and delicious. I recommend the mac and cheese, Montreal meat, biscuit, hash, any booze. YOU NAME IT. Their deconstructed burrito is also great. They have a great modern clean decor. I take visitors here all the time. Consistent great service. Great brunch spot, excited to hang out on the patio!” – Steven V.

No. 25

Grumpy’s

Grumpys jambalaya omelette

Jambalaya omelette from Grumpy’s
– Photo courtesy of Bruce M., via Yelp

2621 W. 14th St., Cleveland, 216-241-5025

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “If I’m ever in town again I’ll definitely come back here again. Tried the jambalaya omelette. I was skeptical at first but I always like to try new things so I gave it a shot and was not disappointed.” – Bruce M.

Geauga County

No. 1

Welshfield Inn

Welshfield Inn Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast Bowl from Welshfield Inn
– Photo courtesy of Adam R., via Yelp

14001 Main Market Rd., Burton, 440-834-0190

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “…This place serves food worth every penny. You get your money’s worth, and are satisfied with your meal. Not every restaurant lives up to the standard of Welshfield Inn. I had the Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti. You receive two chicken Parmesan breasts. I took one home for lunch tomorrow. It was excellent. My wife had a flat iron steak, and she enjoyed every bite…Overall this was a very enjoyable meal, and a restaurant that we will return to.” – Cb H.

No. 2

Element 41

Element 41

Element 41 in Chardon.

141 Main St., Chardon, 440-214-9011

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Had breakfast here and food was delicious. The eggs tasted like they were from local chickens. Breakfast potatoes had a crunch and were perfectly salted. Prices are reasonable and wait staff is very pleasant.” – Lisa S.

Lake County

No. 1

The Kitchen

The Kitchen Bacon Maple French Toast

Bacon Maple French Toast from The Kitchen
– Photo courtesy of Mark S., via Yelp

7519 Mentor Ave., Ste. 12, Mentor, 440-510-8111

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “…I was lucky to get in before the crowd started shuffling in. The menu is great and I had plenty of choices and one serious, but easy decision to make — chicken and waffles! The description was the sell and I went all in!! The red velvet pancakes will be my choice next time perhaps? So good! Do not pass this wonderful place up! You will be in heaven!!” – Rebecca N.

No. 2

Chagrin River Diner

Chagrin River Diner Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast Tacos – Chagrin River Diner Vegan Breakfast Tacos – Photo courtesy of Jillian M., via Yelp

4099 Erie St., Willoughby, 440-527-8452

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Visiting relatives in this quaint town and had breakfast at the diner. A step back in time, as you feel you stepped into the ‘60s or earlier. Great spot for breakfast, good service, good food, and the prices are very reasonable.” – Steve C.

No. 3

Crepes In the City

Crepes In the City Chocolate Bacon Crepe

Chocolate Bacon Crepe from Crepes In the City
– Photo courtesy of Sarah O., via Yelp

4127 Erie St., Willoughby, 440-942-7555

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Enjoyed a delicious breakfast with 3 friends today, everyone was super pleased. I couldn’t decide between sweet or savory, and the chocolate bacon crepe was the perfect fusion of both worlds. It had fluffy scrambled eggs and a light sprinkle of mozzarella cheese with fresh strawberries, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and bits of real crunchy bacon. Sounds like an odd combo, but for me, it really came together nicely with the slightly sweet and light crispy crepe.” – Sarah O.

Lorain County

No. 1

The Feve

the feve

The Feve in Oberlin.

30 S. Main St., Oberlin, 440-774-1978

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “My go-to for brunch, drinks with friends, or really any occasion! Remarkable brunch options that change every month. I love the upstairs atmosphere and I haven’t had a bad meal yet.” – Allison E.

No. 2

Cafe Melissa

Cafe Melissa Salmon Hash

Salmon Hash from Cafe Melissa
– Photo courtesy of Jason W., via Yelp

32950 Walker Rd., Avon Lake, 440-961-0072

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Came for breakfast and it did not disappoint!!! Had the corned beef hash, crab n eggs, and biscuits & gravy… all were so flavorful and cooked perfectly!!” – Deborah C.

No. 3

Foundry Kitchen and Bar

Foundry Kitchen and Bar Eggs Benedict with home fries

Eggs Benedict with home fries from Foundry Kitchen and Bar
– Photo courtesy of Mia R., via Yelp

525 Broad St., Elyria, 440-281-9181

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Everything was great! Food was really good and the service was awesome. Not sure why you would go to a local breakfast chain with this as an option. I had the carnivore omelette and my daughter had the French toast. Prices were reasonable. Not sure they have this everyday as I believe it’s a Sunday brunch option…” – Doug H.

No. 4

Sugarcreek Restaurant

Sugarcreek Restaurant

Eggs Benedict, broccoli and cheese quiche and bacon from Sugarcreek Restaurant
– Photo courtesy of Karina G., via Yelp

5196 Detroit Rd., Sheffield, 440-934-5059

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “We just had a fantastic breakfast at this very friendly, clean restaurant. The omelettes were fresh and delicious and came very quickly. I highly recommend this restaurant.” – Deirdra M.

Medina County

No. 1

Valley Cafe – Wadsworth

Valley Cafe

Assorted breakfast items from Valley Cafe
– Photo courtesy of Scott S., via Yelp

101 High St., Wadsworth, 330-331-7555

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Great breakfast spot, always bringing friends here. Gotta get the potatoes! Also the sausage gravy is lovely if you don’t mind a little spice – great to order on the side if you’re not sure.” – Mary N.

No. 2

Gandalf’s Pub

Berries Foster

Gandalf’s Pub (Photo courtesy David Petkiewitcz)

6757 Center Rd., Valley City, 330-483-1190

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “I am so impressed by this place! The outdoor patio is so cute with the sounds of a trickling fountain. The food is so inclusive for vegetarians and gluten-free eaters. There were so many things on the menu that looked amazing. I had the veggie boxty and WOW. So good. Our waitress was super nice, funny, and personable too!” Jordan N.

No. 3

Kelly’s Cafe

Kelly's Cafe Butter me up crepe

Butter me up crepe from Kelly’s Cafe
– Photo courtesy of Lola K., via Yelp

1661 Pearl Rd., Brunswick, 330-225-9999

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “This reminds us of our trip to Paris and the amazing crepes from the street vendors and small cafes. Keep up the good food you are doing a great job. One can taste the passion in all that you make savory and sweet.” – Heather B.

Portage County

No. 1

Wild Goats: Fresh & Funky Fine Diner

Wild Goats Fresh & Funky Fine Diner

Country Benedict with cheese grits from Wild Goats Fresh & Funky Fine Diner
– Photo courtesy of Holly B., via Yelp

319 W Main St., Kent, 330-677-2326

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Sample review: “…The eggs, bacon, hash browns are pretty good. The sausage biscuits and gravy are very good! The bakery goods, however, are to die for! The apple fritter is absolutely amazing. Probably my favorite ever! Good choice for breakfast!” – Emily G.

No. 2

1815 Tavern

1815 Tavern

1815 Tavern in Aurora. This delicacy is the peanut butter and jelly French toast.

170 S. Chillicothe Rd., Aurora, 330-954-8472

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Sample review: “Very good brunch spot! Server (Jamie) was very friendly too! Food was delicious! Try the blueberry breakfast bread.” – Alec K.

Summit County

No. 1

The Blue Door Cafe & Bakery

The Blue Door Cafe & Bakery Peach Pancakes

Peach Pancakes from The Blue Door Cafe & Bakery
– Photo courtesy of Matt N., via Yelp

1970 State Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-926-9774

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “If you are looking for a next-level breakfast or brunch, this is the place! The menu provides a variety of creative dishes from which to choose. I selected the peach pancakes while my wife opted for the quiche. Both were outstanding. It’s a popular place so I’d suggest taking advantage of call ahead seating.” – Matt N.

No. 2

The Eye Opener

Our brunch breakfast series has us going all over Greater Cleveland So we decided to create the perfect with one special item from each of several restaurants

The Boughnut at the Eye Opener

1688 W. Market St., Westgate Plaza, Akron, 330-867-1114

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Sample review: “We absolutely love it here! We love the “be a good human” and all of the BLM signs everywhere and the food is SO GOOD!!! This restaurant really embraces the diversity of Akron and has such an inclusive feel to the restaurant! WE LOVE THIS SPOT!” – Hannah C.

No. 3

Flury’s Cafe

Flury's Cafe

Pesto provolone and tomato omelet with hash-browns and a biscuit from Flury’s Cafe
– Photo courtesy of Maddie T., via Yelp

2202 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-929-1315

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “This restaurant is spectacular. Not your ordinary run-of-the-mill food. The bread is fresh and enticing. The sausage patties are yummy. I had the veggie sandwich for lunch and the veggies worked so well together and the best mayo ever. Trust me I am picky. My husband had the French toast. If you expect a big slice of bread with stuff on it forget about that. This bread was thin and yummy. The patty links looked great. I would recommend this place all day long.” – Pamela M.

No. 4

Wally Waffle

Wally Waffle Garden Omlet with Rye Toast

Garden Omlet with Rye Toast from Wally Waffle
– Photo courtesy of Maddie T., via Yelp

845 W. Market, Akron, 330-374-4915

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Filling breakfast right in the heart of Highland Square. The waffles are HUGE, fluffy and have the perfect amount of sweetness. I recommend the loaded Wally Fries with a couple eggs on top! The service was great (thank you Olivia). A pro tip- make sure to ask for a cup of coffee to go.” – Maddie T.

No. 5

Burntwood Tavern

Burntwood Tavern Strawberry Shortcake waffle

Strawberry Shortcake waffle from Burntwood Tavern
– Photo courtesy of Eric C., via Yelp

2291 Riverfront Pkwy., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-794-7085

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Sample review: “Great building, excellent staff, fantastic experience. So pleased we found this place so close to our son. Thanks for the first experience of many to come!!” – Keith R.

No. 6

One Red Door

One Red Door

One Red Door, 49 Village Way, Hudson (Marc Bona, cleveland.com)

49 Village Way, Hudson, 330-342-3667

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Sample review: “One Red Door is hands down the best restaurant in downtown Hudson. The staff goes above and beyond to ensure all your wants and needs are taken care of. The menu is unique and one of a kind…Sunday brunch with Bloody Mary’s and mimosas. My personal favorite is the lemon ricotta pancakes with bacon on the side… So grateful they’ve adopted to change in this COVID world. You can trust the employees on being safe.” – Caroline T.

No. 7

Caston & Main Brew Yard

Caston & Main Brew Yard BBQ pulled Pork Eggs Benny and red skin potatoes

BBQ pulled Pork Eggs Benny and red skin potatoes from Caston & Main Brew Yard
– Photo courtesy of Steph F., via Yelp

5010 S Main St., Akron, 330-882-2275

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “This is a great place, love to go there for brunch on Sundays! If you go you have to get the Eggs Benedict with green tomatoes, definitely a unique dish! Also the price is pretty fair definitely worth a try if you’re in town.” – Trenton L.

No. 8

Mustard Seed Market & Cafe – Akron

Mustard Seed Market & Cafe Beyond Burger

Beyond Burger with Sweet Potato Fries and a Mimosa from Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
– Photo courtesy of Michelle K., via Yelp

3885 Medina Rd., Akron, 330-666-7333

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Always one of my favorite spots to grab lunch or dinner with my family when I come into town. Their large selection of healthy, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free options really cater to every dietary need…I love that I can get classic favorites like a wrap or sandwich, or even nachos, while also trying something new, like a fresh-pressed juice or quinoa bowl. A family favorite, we will continue to be frequent visitors! The last time I got their huevos rancheros for brunch, and they were pretty good. Simple and not overly fried and greasy. A healthier option!” – Carmella L.

No. 9

Butcher & Sprout

Butcher & Sprout Belgian Pearl Sugar Waffle

Belgian Pearl Sugar Waffle from Butcher & Sprout
– Photo courtesy of Russ T., via Yelp

1846 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-801-0009

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Came for brunch, left as regulars. Butcher & Sprout advertised their Bloody Mary flight on Facebook, so we grabbed some friends and headed to the Falls. Entering, we were greeted by friendly staff (smiling under their masks), to a hip, bright & clean environment. We ordered Bloody Mary flights, mimosa flights, and an array of brunch foods — each drink and bite unique with its own spices and tasty features. Of our party of 5, with unique tastes, not one of us was disappointed in the taste or the service of Butcher & Sprout…” – Katie F.

No. 10

Rosewood Grill – Hudson

Our brunch breakfast series has us going all over Greater Cleveland So we decided to create the perfect with one special item from each of several restaurants

BACON: Rosewood Grill

36 E. Streetsboro St., Hudson, 330-656-2100

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Had a delicious brunch here with a good friend who suggested this restaurant. We started with the avocado toast, the deviled eggs and Bloody Mary’s. Both appetizers were delicious and the drinks were so good, a second round was ordered (probably the strip of bacon in it!) My friend ordered the lemon ricotta pancakes, which she found very light and tasty. I had the wild mushroom frittata, which was loaded with mushrooms. The servings were generous, so food went home for another day.” – Beth B.

No. 11

Gasoline Alley

Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to Gasoline Alley in Akron

Gasoline Alley in Akron.

870 N. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Akron, 330-666-2670

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Always a fun experience with great food and staff. They have a great selection of specials, the burgers are tasty, and the spinach salad is delicious. If you get dessert, you might want to share, they don’t skimp!” – Anne M.

No. 12

Magic City’s Remarkable Diner

Remarkable

Magic City’s Remarkable Diner in Barberton.

451 Fairview Ave., Barberton, 330-983-9787

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “We have been to Magic City’s remarkable diner three times in the past couple of weeks. The burgers are fabulous and the breakfast selection is awesome. The Reuben omelet was fun to get and so good. The bacon is a must-have. The service and atmosphere has been great. Recommend it to everyone.” – Ken W.

No. 13

Leo’s Italian Social

Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to Leos Italian Social in Cuyahoga Falls

Leo’s Italian Social in Cuyahoga Falls.

2251 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-400-4427

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “This place is my go-to anytime I want Italian. I don’t think I have ever had anything that wasn’t delicious. Priced well compared to the amount of food you get. I would recommend this place to anyone without hesitation.” – Shimaa S.

No. 14

Arnie’s Public House

Arnie’s Public House Make it your own Mac

Make it your own Mac with shrimp from Arnie’s Public House
– Photo courtesy of Maddie T., via Yelp

1682 W. Market St., Akron, 330-867-0154

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Don’t think you’re walking into “bar food,” this food is simply gourmet! The Irish nachos are so unique and flavorful that I don’t find myself venturing to other appetizers on the menu. THAT GOOD! Make your own mac ‘n’ cheese is fun for everyone, and the burgers are cooked to your perfect desire. Chill and friendly staff, and just a wonderful restaurant overall.” – Maddie T.

No. 15

Kiflis Bakery & Café

Kiflis Bakery & Café

Nutella and Banana Crepe from Kiflis Bakery & Café
– Photo courtesy of Teresa C., via Yelp

2018 State Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-926-1999

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “The crepe and coffee was exactly what I needed on this crisp fall day. So glad the place next door was busy or we would have missed out.” – Teresa C.

No. 16

Stownut Donut & Diner

Stownut Donut & DinerKatie's Kitchen Sink

Katie’s Kitchen Sink from Stownut Donut & Diner
– Photo courtesy of Joe B., via Yelp

3055 Graham Rd., Stow, 330-676-1300

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “…Finally was able to grab a quick breakfast and was I glad I did. First off I am a fan off Eggs Benedict and anytime I see it on a breakfast menu I will order it every time. I absolutely enjoyed the Eggs Benedict from this diner it was darn near perfect. The eggs were poached perfectly. The ham and English Muffin were on point and most importantly the Hollandaise sauce was the perfect consistency. This is the best Benedict I have had in a long time, I will definitely be back. Also must say the service was fantastic as well.” – Vincent B.

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