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Sep 18, 2012 10:34 AM

Brunch in Cleveland

Hello. I'll be in CLE for a concert at the Quicken Loans Arena and staying at the Hyatt Regency at the Arcarde. We will go to the concert Sat night and the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame on Sunday.

For dinner we are thinking about Lola or Greenhouse Tavern. Looks like we can walk to dinner, hotel, and arena without a problem. Any opinions between the two?

Not sure about brunch. Would like to not have to drive to far, but Lucky's Cafe seems to be well liked on this board. I hear the Ritz has brunch, but $47 might be a bit pricey. We do, however, prefer a restaurant we can have a bloody mary. Any recommendations?



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  1. Haven't been yet, but SOHO has Brunch. It's just across the river on W. 25th.

    May also want to check out Heck's

    or Washington Place

    btw, you may want to be prepared if there's a Browns game on the Sunday you're in town.

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    1. re: bfdwtf

      I've heard some nasty things about Heck's, so I'd avoid it. HOwever, Washington Place (if you have a car) would be a great choice, as would SOHO. You can take the RTA train to SOHO's neighborhood if you're carless.

      Another Sunday option downtown is Noodlecat. They offer their full menu at happy hour pricing all day on Sunday and their food is delicious, if you fancy an Asian-inspired noodle and steam bun meal.

      1. re: NancyH

        There's nothing nasty about Heck's, but nothing special either. My vote would be for Deagan's.

    2. You'll have a great dinner at either Lola or Greenhouse. I usually prefer GHT because of the more casual setting. Lola is cool but I have a harder time feeling comfortable there, what with the iPad wine lists and such. If you go to GHT, you have got to get the chicken wings!

      My favorite brunch is at Fire Food & Drink on Shaker Square. It is a bit of a poke from downtown, but well worth it in my mind. They serve a bloody mary and a mimosa. The eggs benedict are fabulous, but I usually end up getting the lemon souffle pancakes, which are divine. It's a great brunch menu and, weather permitting, a pleasant outdoor dining experience with good people-watching. If you really don't want to drive, you could take the RTA (light rail) there quite easily.

      Enjoy your visit!

      1. I had no idea that Cleveland was so eclectic until I started researching. Thanks for all the great advice! SOHO looks just like our kind of spot, although I haven't ruled out Washington Place or Fire Food & Drink. Just not sure if we want to make the drive out only to go right back downtown.
        I think we might end up at GHT. We have Roast here in Detroit so I'm familiar with Symon. GHT has a few bad reviews on TA and Yelp, but seems to be quite like on CH. I trust this forum so much more. And I like the "more casual" comment!
        Thanks. Always appreciate more advice and I'll be sure to check back in and let you know where we end up.

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        1. re: SaraPA

          Another rec for GHT here. Definitely get the wings. And frites.

          I love Lucky's for brunch but there's no alcohol. I love SOHO for dinner but have not had their brunch. What about the Tremont Tap House? They do a good brunch and have a nice, laid back atmosphere.