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Apr 6, 2002 06:56 PM

Breakfast/Lunch: Downtown Cleveland

  • j

Looking for a good breakfast place in downtown Cleveland, near Renaissance Hotel, Hilton, etc. Classic breakfast joint with a counter would be nice: hash browns, eggs, sausage, etc. Extra points for buckwheat cakes.

Similarly, it'd be nice to find good basic lunch: E.g., roast beef sandwiches, Tex-Mex, Ethiopian, ...

Thanks everyone.

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  1. For breakfast near you try:
    2nd Street Diner or
    The Sanctuary on West 6th Street

    For roast beef sandwiches try:
    The Rathskeller on East 4th Street or
    The Winking Lizard off Prospect by the Jake

    For Tex-Mex fugedaboudit, for Mex try:
    Lopez near Cedar-Lee (take a cab)

    For Ethiopian try:
    Empress Taytu on St.Clair (cab)

    Please report back what you did. Enjoy!

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    1. re: Mephisto

      Thanks! Of course, I will accept tips on other types of cuisine. I like all your classic cuisines: dogs, burgers, 'cue, etc. In fact, if there's a really good burger in the area ...

      1. re: Jim Dorsch

        Traditional Breakfast Counters:

        In addition to Second St. Cafe, Sammy's in the National City Bank Building (Holiday Inn Express)has good breakfasts (sandwiches are best).

        For lunches, try Vincenza's in the Colonial Arcade, best pizza by the slice downtown (IMHO) and great hot subs. Burgers-Hecks in Ohio City (cab ride over the flats) it's on Bridge Avenue or the Flat Iron Cafe in the Flats.

        Fancy Lunch--One Walnut (E. 9th and Walnut Street). Try the Lobster Nachos.

        Corned Beef--Slyman's Deli on St. Clair (short cab ride).

        Safe Travels and Hope you enjoy the city.

        P.S. If you get a chance, walk through the new Hyatt at the Old Arcade, recently refurbished and beautiful if you are walking through downtown.

        1. re: Jim Dorsch
          Rob Sindelar

          It's a public market not a resturant, but The West Side Market (25th and Lorain Ave.) is a must see for any chowhound/foodie. It's a short cab, bus, or RTA train ride from Public Square. It's open Mondays and Wednesdays from 7am to 4pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 7am to 6pm.


          1. re: Jim Dorsch

            if you want "classic cleveland" i'd suggest SOKOLOWSKI'S in the nearby tremont neighborhood. it's "the" local cafeteria and it's a quick cab ride.
            for the local chow you are looking for pierogies, lake erie perch and walleye.

            also try the GREAT LAKES brew pub across the street from the west side market for excellent beers and the walleye bites appetizer. ask to see the bullet holes on the bar where eliot ness shot the place up back when it was a speakeasy.

            if it's nice try the east bank of the industrial 'flats', you can sit outside by the water at SHOOTERS and have a beer at the old HARBOR INN bar. for trendier spots, try almost anyplace in tremont.

            if you're really into your chowhounding, the best hotdogs are at STEVE'S LUNCH further west of the west side market on lorain ave. have a nice visit.

            1. re: mrnyc

              Here's a suggestion brought to mind by the West Side Market reference. If you are in town when the market is open (check their website). Stop by there and look for the Gyro stall. It's in one of the corners, just stroll around the place and check all 4 corners until you find it. In the process you will see lots of other good eats see a great mix of people and have a really good time. The gyros there are really good and you get them loaded with their special sauce and lots of strong raw onions. After that pop over to the GLB for a pint of the Elliot to wash down that gyro.

              1. re: Jambalaya

                I suspect you are coming to Cleveland for the Craft Brewing Conference. In the vicinity of the host brewery (Ohio City), the West Side Market is probably the only enterprise that should be on your "must visit" list.


                1. re: Cellarmaster

                  Thanks! I'll try to check it out.

                  1. re: Jim Dorsch

                    If you're already at the market and would like to sit down for a lunch bite, catty-corner across the street is Nate's Deli - a combination of standard deli items plus a plethora of excellent Lebanese fare - my favorite baba, terrific shwarma, lemony fattouch, to boot.

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