Everyone has their favorite breakfast spot (or they should). My husband and I have been obsessed with Grumpy’s in Tremont for years. They’ve come to know our faces and they serve one of the best standard breakfasts around. Perhaps we go back because they never snicker when my husband orders a side of pickles.
Eventually we decided that it was time to branch out and broaden our breakfast horizons. We still love Grumpy’s (it sounds like we’re breaking up with them, I know), we were just looking to spice up our Sunday mornings with something different. The decision was made then and there to try a new breakfast spot each weekend.
So, our culinary adventure began. For over a year, we’ve scoured the internet for the most interesting and highly recommended breakfast establishments in Cleveland. We keep an open mind and mouth for something delicious, and usually aren’t disappointed. At times we travel back to our Grumpy roots, but have discovered new favorites along the way.
This week we’re spotlighting an old flame alongside a new main squeeze.
Grumpy’s Cafe: What’s not to love about this bustling and artsy cafe? Friendliness, cleanliness and deliciousness top our list of restaurant requirements. Grumpy’s delivers on all fronts, and then some. Favorite bites include the mushroom and cheese omelet ($9), which comes with their legendary Cajun home fries and the pumpkin pancakes ($6-7). My man always gets the classic bacon, egg and cheese breakfast ($6.99) no matter where we go (he claims to need a basis for comparison). Make sure to arrive before 10 a.m. to avoid a crowd. If it’s packed, just grab a seat at the counter or simply wait it out for ten minutes. Either way, it’s worth it. If you’re craving a morning mimosa, it’s BYOB. 2621 West 14th Street, Cleveland
Shay’s Restaurant: We stumbled upon this gem a couple months ago and have been back several times. Located at the corner of St. Clair and W. 40th Street, Shay’s has a vintage vibe with historical charm due to the ornate, original ceilings. The inside is surprisingly roomy and has a reminiscent feel of Cleveland’s past. Shay’s offers a large selection of inexpensive breakfast delights and serves some of the best coffee in the city. The Belgian waffles ($5.95) are divine and everything is served sizzling hot, as it should be. You’ll always encounter smiling faces and helpful servers at Shay’s. Shay’s is a must try for all Clevelanders. 4007 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland