January 22, 2015

10 Cleveland Coffee Shops and Bakeries to Spend an Afternoon

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On the Rise 3471 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-320-9923. Part chemist, part craftsman, Adam Gidlow produces fine artisanal breads, bursting with honest wheat flavor and giving off clouds of nutty, toasty aromas. French baguettes are the real deal, with crisp but pliable crusts; rustic Italian loaves are an epiphany; and croissant-like sticky buns are a naughty dream. Mostly carryout, but two bistro tables accommodate those who can’t wait. $ (Photo via Facebook)
On the Rise 3471 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-320-9923. Part chemist, part craftsman, Adam Gidlow produces fine artisanal breads, bursting with honest wheat flavor and giving off clouds of nutty, toasty aromas. French baguettes are the real deal, with crisp but pliable crusts; rustic Italian loaves are an epiphany; and croissant-like sticky buns are a naughty dream. Mostly carryout, but two bistro tables accommodate those who can’t wait. $ (Photo via Facebook)
Luna Bakery Cafe 2482 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-231-8585. This wee and tidy space in the Cedar-Fairmount District is as crisp and cosmopolitan as a bespoke suit. More bakery than café, the shop specializes in sweets of every size, color and seductiveness. Rounding out the menu are made-to-order panini and French crepes, both sweet and savory. $$ (Photo via Luna Bakery Cafe, Facebook)
Luna Bakery Cafe 2482 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-231-8585. This wee and tidy space in the Cedar-Fairmount District is as crisp and cosmopolitan as a bespoke suit. More bakery than café, the shop specializes in sweets of every size, color and seductiveness. Rounding out the menu are made-to-order panini and French crepes, both sweet and savory. $$ (Photo via Luna Bakery Cafe, Facebook)
Presti’s Café and Deli 12101 Mayfield Rd., 216-421-3060. Presti’s is bright, contemporary, and inviting, and, with two walls of tall windows, it offers some of the best people-watching in Little Italy. Fresh foods include bruschetta, stromboli, pepperoni bread, and frittatas, as well as sweets like cannoli, pignoli, biscotti, and strudel. After your meal, pick up a loaf of warm Italian bread to take home. $-$$ (Photo via Presti's, Facebook)
Presti’s Café and Deli 12101 Mayfield Rd., 216-421-3060. Presti’s is bright, contemporary, and inviting, and, with two walls of tall windows, it offers some of the best people-watching in Little Italy. Fresh foods include bruschetta, stromboli, pepperoni bread, and frittatas, as well as sweets like cannoli, pignoli, biscotti, and strudel. After your meal, pick up a loaf of warm Italian bread to take home. $-$$ (Photo via Presti's, Facebook)
Great Lakes Baking Company 85 S. Main St., Hudson, 330-342-5878. Baker and proprietor John MacMillan left a corporate job to open this bakery. Now he’s up to his elbows in dough and couldn’t be happier. Crisp baguettes, dense loaves made with organic flours, tender sweet rolls, berry-filled muffins, and old-fashioned cookies come rolling out of John’s ovens. Enjoy them at an indoor table with a cup of coffee or tea; better yet, in summer, eat your snack on the breezy porch. $ (Photo via Great Lakes Baking Company, Facebook)
Great Lakes Baking Company 85 S. Main St., Hudson, 330-342-5878. Baker and proprietor John MacMillan left a corporate job to open this bakery. Now he’s up to his elbows in dough and couldn’t be happier. Crisp baguettes, dense loaves made with organic flours, tender sweet rolls, berry-filled muffins, and old-fashioned cookies come rolling out of John’s ovens. Enjoy them at an indoor table with a cup of coffee or tea; better yet, in summer, eat your snack on the breezy porch. $ (Photo via Great Lakes Baking Company, Facebook)
The Stone Oven 2267 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-932-3003. Besides providing breads for some of Cleveland’s top restaurants, The Stone Oven sells a variety of European artisanal loaves for at-home enjoyment. If the sight of all those golden-crusted beauties leaves you famished, treat yourself to a fat sandwich (on your choice of fresh-baked bread, of course), a colorful salad, homemade soup, or a giant piece of fragrant Sicilian-style veggie pizza. Counter service, with plenty of tables. $-$$ (Photo via the Stone Oven, Facebook)
The Stone Oven 2267 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-932-3003. Besides providing breads for some of Cleveland’s top restaurants, The Stone Oven sells a variety of European artisanal loaves for at-home enjoyment. If the sight of all those golden-crusted beauties leaves you famished, treat yourself to a fat sandwich (on your choice of fresh-baked bread, of course), a colorful salad, homemade soup, or a giant piece of fragrant Sicilian-style veggie pizza. Counter service, with plenty of tables. $-$$ (Photo via the Stone Oven, Facebook)
Tea Lab 14534 Detroit Ave. Lakewood 216-712-4410. Bob Holcepl was so sure that tea was the next coffee that he opened up a loose-leaf tea shop in the heart of downtown. And this from the man who owns Civilization and City Roast Coffee! He went on to open this second shop to give himself even more room to focus on serving the needs of a growing tea-centric consumer. Buy loose tea, a hot cup of prepared tea, or any of the paraphernalia needed to brew up a perfect cup at home. $ (Photo via Dan McKay, Flickr Creative Commons)
Tea Lab 14534 Detroit Ave. Lakewood 216-712-4410. Bob Holcepl was so sure that tea was the next coffee that he opened up a loose-leaf tea shop in the heart of downtown. And this from the man who owns Civilization and City Roast Coffee! He went on to open this second shop to give himself even more room to focus on serving the needs of a growing tea-centric consumer. Buy loose tea, a hot cup of prepared tea, or any of the paraphernalia needed to brew up a perfect cup at home. $ (Photo via Dan McKay, Flickr Creative Commons)
Sweet Melissa’s 19337 Detroit Rd., Rocky River, 440-333-6357. This sharp West Side café, set in the former Max’s Deli space, features an all-day menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, entrées and delectable desserts. Management endeavors to source local, sustainable and organic foodstuffs; soups, salad dressings and pastries are made fresh daily; sandwich bread comes from a nearby bakery. Bountiful salads, over-stuffed sandwiches and wallet-friendly entrees are this eatery’s stock in trade. The eastern outpost near John Carroll is full of the same delicious food and warm atmosphere. $$ (Photo via Cleveland Scene Archives)
Sweet Melissa’s 19337 Detroit Rd., Rocky River, 440-333-6357. This sharp West Side café, set in the former Max’s Deli space, features an all-day menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, entrées and delectable desserts. Management endeavors to source local, sustainable and organic foodstuffs; soups, salad dressings and pastries are made fresh daily; sandwich bread comes from a nearby bakery. Bountiful salads, over-stuffed sandwiches and wallet-friendly entrees are this eatery’s stock in trade. The eastern outpost near John Carroll is full of the same delicious food and warm atmosphere. $$ (Photo via Cleveland Scene Archives)
Bonbon Pastry & Cafe 2549 Lorain Ave., 216-458-9225. Award-winning pastry chef Courtney Bonning branches out into the savory world at this cute-as-a-cupcake café. Like a big-city patisserie, the café is intimate, elegant, and attractive enough to warrant a visit every day. In addition to the delectable sweets, the café dishes up breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. Quiche of the day, meat-filled Cornish pasties, and a killer Ohio beef burger are just a few of the offerings. $$ (Photo via Bonbon Facebook)
Bonbon Pastry & Cafe 2549 Lorain Ave., 216-458-9225. Award-winning pastry chef Courtney Bonning branches out into the savory world at this cute-as-a-cupcake café. Like a big-city patisserie, the café is intimate, elegant, and attractive enough to warrant a visit every day. In addition to the delectable sweets, the café dishes up breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. Quiche of the day, meat-filled Cornish pasties, and a killer Ohio beef burger are just a few of the offerings. $$ (Photo via Bonbon Facebook)
The Root Cafe 15118 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-4401. Built largely from local, sustainable, and organic ingredients, the vegetarian menu at this coffeehouse is wholesome if not terribly thrilling. Fresh salads, house-made soups, straightforward veggie sandwiches, pizzas, and calzones fill the concise menu. Superbly brewed Phoenix coffee pairs beautifully with Root’s house-baked vegan and vegetarian pastries. $ (Photo via the Root Cafe, Facebook)
The Root Cafe 15118 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-4401. Built largely from local, sustainable, and organic ingredients, the vegetarian menu at this coffeehouse is wholesome if not terribly thrilling. Fresh salads, house-made soups, straightforward veggie sandwiches, pizzas, and calzones fill the concise menu. Superbly brewed Phoenix coffee pairs beautifully with Root’s house-baked vegan and vegetarian pastries. $ (Photo via the Root Cafe, Facebook)
Market Cafe and Wine Bar 1801 E. 9th St., 216-394-0122. This smartly appointed eatery is a contemporary cafeteria, offering breakfast and lunches; mid-day offerings include freshly made burgers, pizza, soups, salads, and panini. A project of environmentally attuned Bon Appetit Management Co., the cafe makes a fine addition to the weekday restaurant scene, while practicing a high degree of environmental awareness. $$  (Photo via Facebook)
Market Cafe and Wine Bar 1801 E. 9th St., 216-394-0122. This smartly appointed eatery is a contemporary cafeteria, offering breakfast and lunches; mid-day offerings include freshly made burgers, pizza, soups, salads, and panini. A project of environmentally attuned Bon Appetit Management Co., the cafe makes a fine addition to the weekday restaurant scene, while practicing a high degree of environmental awareness. $$ (Photo via Facebook)