If you wake up craving a not-so-basic-brunch experience, you're in luck, as this city has plenty of oddball options that throw a curveball into your usual routine. Thinking bacon and eggs on a boat, in a casino or on a bus? We've got you covered with this guide to unique destinations around town.
Mahall's Industry Brunch
When: Mondays, noon – 4 p.m.
Where: 13200 Madison Ave., 216-521-3280, mahalls20lanes.com
For the servers, chefs and bartenders at your favorite restaurant, brunch is a day of hustle. So come Monday it's their turn to unwind, and many choose Mahall's. "It's a brunch for all the people who can't attend brunch on the weekends," says co-owner Kelly Flamos. "And for all the people who need more brunch, we keep the weekend going." Various local DJs spin each week while the bar keeps $5 Bloody Marys and $6 grapefruit and orange mimosas flowing. The kitchen changes up the specials regularly, but keeps the classic fried chicken, doughnuts and breakfast sandwiches. Vegans rejoice: Options for you include avocado toast, pancakes and soft pretzels.
Brunch on the Nautica Queen
When: Sundays, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: 1153 Main Ave., 216-696-8888, nauticaqueen.com
"We're the only Cleveland brunch that takes place on the water, cruising along the shoreline," says Nautica Queen operations manager Colleen Gray. For more than 20 years, this floating buffet has been serving up views as delicious as the veal chops. These two-and-a-half-hour cruises are armed with an unlimited buffet stocked with fruit blintzes, French toast and waffles, pasta, and meat carving stations. After fueling up, hit the dance floor, where local DJs spin tunes that provide a soundtrack for those killer views.
Horseshoe Casino's The Spread Brunch Buffet
When: Sundays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: 100 Public Sq., 216-297-4833, caesars.com/horseshoe-cleveland/
You don't have to hit the tables and slots to enjoy this bottomless brunch, though it doesn't hurt to have an option if you've been placing bets since Saturday night into the early morning and need to refuel. Prime rib specials are the star of the show here. Seven stations of breakfast fare fill this 12,000-square-foot buffet on the lower level of the Higbee Building.
Bottomless Beverages at the Metropolitan's Adega at the 9
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: 2017 East Ninth St., 216-331-6289, metropolitancleveland.com
Adega's executive chef Eddie Tancredi says he was inspired by our overwhelming love of day drinking to add bottomless drinks to his restaurant's brunch repertoire. "Our Bottomless Brunch provides the winter alternative to summer's Sunday Fundays," he says. At the glitzy downtown development's restaurant, diners get the option of one brunch entree and unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys and Miller Lites. Fizzy mimosas are served classically with orange juice, but you can swap in grapefruit, pineapple or cranberry. Bloody Marys come traditional, but you're welcome to request an extra bit of spiciness. Entree choices include woodsy foraged-mushroom flatbreads, decadent S'mores waffles and customizable savory and sweet crepes.
Brews and Brunch Tour on the Brew Bus
Where: Various locations, 216-773-2567, clevelandbrewbus.com
Hop on the Brew Bus and spend your Sunday learning (and tasting) the history of Cleveland beer. Riders will visit a rotating roster of breweries like Market Garden Brewery, Fat Heads Tap House and the Brew Kettle, with one of them offering a behind-the-scenes tour. Each stop offers four guided tastings from knowledgeable guides Leslie Basalla-McCafferty and Brian McCafferty. Tours kick off at noon and wrap up by 5 p.m. "We figured that everyone loves brunch, and that, by starting it early, we could convince people — even those who have to work early on Mondays — to come on an outing with us," says Basalla.
Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues
When: One Sunday per month
Where: 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com/cleveland
Curated by gospel legend Kirk Franklin, this soulful pairing brings together live local performers and Southern-style cooking. Musicians Lafayette Cathon and Faith's traditional and contemporary gospel fills the room while an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and carving stations serve up the down-home classics. For a little kick, build your own Bloody Mary at the bar. But we recommend you try the crown jewel, their signature dish and Southern staple, chicken and waffles.
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