October 23, 2021

32 Essential Delis and Diners In Cleveland

If you're looking for Americana in restaurant form, its the diner or deli you're looking for. Places that are so entrenched in communities that they're just a part of the landscape at this point. And luckily for Clevelanders, we have a ton of great ones around town. Unfortunately, we lost an institution recently with the closing of The Big Egg. While that beloved greasy spoon closed, we rounded up the rest of our favorite ones around in case you're jonesing for some diner grub.

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 Big Al’s Diner
12600 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland 
If you miss Mom's cooking, this is the place to get your fix. Big Al's has all the comforting favorites, like thick, steaming soups, homemade mashed potatoes with gravy, open-faced roast beef sandwiches and chocolate cake for dessert. Breakfast is served until the diner's late-afternoon closing time. But the corned beef hash is the star of the show - it was featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate by Michael Symon.
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Big Al’s Diner

12600 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland

If you miss Mom's cooking, this is the place to get your fix. Big Al's has all the comforting favorites, like thick, steaming soups, homemade mashed potatoes with gravy, open-faced roast beef sandwiches and chocolate cake for dessert. Breakfast is served until the diner's late-afternoon closing time. But the corned beef hash is the star of the show - it was featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate by Michael Symon.

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 Mike and Dee’s Diner
629 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 
Except for the setting, a small interior space off the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express on Euclid, this is a classic breakfast and lunch diner. There's room for 50 on swivel stools at a lengthy counter or at low-slung tables. In the morning, the flattop fills up with French toast, pancakes and three-egg omelets. Lunchtime is all about matzo ball soup, triple-decker Clubs and crispy fries, and griddled Reubens with corned beef, Swiss and kraut on rye.
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Mike and Dee’s Diner

629 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Except for the setting, a small interior space off the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express on Euclid, this is a classic breakfast and lunch diner. There's room for 50 on swivel stools at a lengthy counter or at low-slung tables. In the morning, the flattop fills up with French toast, pancakes and three-egg omelets. Lunchtime is all about matzo ball soup, triple-decker Clubs and crispy fries, and griddled Reubens with corned beef, Swiss and kraut on rye.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Yours Truly
Multiple Locations 
The quintessential Northeast Ohio diner. It’s been said that if you haven’t had Notso Fries from Yours Truly yet, you’re not really a Clevelander. Head to one of their nine locations around town and change that immediately if you haven’t. Everything else on the menu will remind you of home too. 
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Yours Truly

Multiple Locations

The quintessential Northeast Ohio diner. It’s been said that if you haven’t had Notso Fries from Yours Truly yet, you’re not really a Clevelander. Head to one of their nine locations around town and change that immediately if you haven’t. Everything else on the menu will remind you of home too.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Kleifelds
4048 Erie St., Willoughby
A trip to downtown Willoughby would not be complete with a morning coffee and breakfast stop at Kleifelds Restaurant. This throwback diner compliments the old school Erie Street that anchors historic Willoughby. Try the country fried steak and eggs - for $5.49, it’s a steal.
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Kleifelds

4048 Erie St., Willoughby

A trip to downtown Willoughby would not be complete with a morning coffee and breakfast stop at Kleifelds Restaurant. This throwback diner compliments the old school Erie Street that anchors historic Willoughby. Try the country fried steak and eggs - for $5.49, it’s a steal.

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 Jack’s Deli
14490 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights 
Not even a month's worth of visits would be enough to do justice to Jack's giant menu, a killer compilation of breakfast, lunch and dinner fare that ranges from burgers and hot dogs to corned beef, matzoh ball soup, latkes and chopped liver. Almost everything is made from scratch, so get to this Jewish delicatessen to enjoy a wonderful meal.
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Jack’s Deli

14490 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights

Not even a month's worth of visits would be enough to do justice to Jack's giant menu, a killer compilation of breakfast, lunch and dinner fare that ranges from burgers and hot dogs to corned beef, matzoh ball soup, latkes and chopped liver. Almost everything is made from scratch, so get to this Jewish delicatessen to enjoy a wonderful meal.

Photo via @LuckysCafe/Instagram
 Grumpy’s Cafe
2621 West 14th St., Cleveland 
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Grumpy's is the most important restaurant in town. The Tremont staple, which is nicer than your typical hole-in-the-wall, is a cozier, artsier version of a greasy spoon — warm colors and local art decorate the walls of the two-room affair. Grumpy's has several omelets and special dishes like the West 14th Special with corned beef hash, two eggs and toast. 
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Grumpy’s Cafe

2621 West 14th St., Cleveland

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Grumpy's is the most important restaurant in town. The Tremont staple, which is nicer than your typical hole-in-the-wall, is a cozier, artsier version of a greasy spoon — warm colors and local art decorate the walls of the two-room affair. Grumpy's has several omelets and special dishes like the West 14th Special with corned beef hash, two eggs and toast.

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The Diner on 55th
1328 E. 55th St., Cleveland 
When this shimmering chrome diner opened at East 55th and St. Clair 15 years ago, it literally and figuratively brightened up the entire area — and it isn't just the flickering neon and oversized exterior clock. A classic the day it was born, this diner dishes up timeless staples all day long, starting with breakfast sandwiches, french toast, or flaky biscuits with sausage gravy and eggs. Blue Plate Specials like liver and onions come with potato, soup, salad, bread and butter.
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The Diner on 55th

1328 E. 55th St., Cleveland

When this shimmering chrome diner opened at East 55th and St. Clair 15 years ago, it literally and figuratively brightened up the entire area — and it isn't just the flickering neon and oversized exterior clock. A classic the day it was born, this diner dishes up timeless staples all day long, starting with breakfast sandwiches, french toast, or flaky biscuits with sausage gravy and eggs. Blue Plate Specials like liver and onions come with potato, soup, salad, bread and butter.

Photo via Burklehagen
 Chicago Deli
34390 Aurora Rd., Solon 
Located in an unassuming strip mall in Solon, Chicago Deli may not seem like much from the outside. But inside, you’ll find a Middle Eastern accented deli with tasty items up and down the extensive menu. The reuben is great, as is the corned beef hash and pretty much anything else you can order.
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Chicago Deli

34390 Aurora Rd., Solon

Located in an unassuming strip mall in Solon, Chicago Deli may not seem like much from the outside. But inside, you’ll find a Middle Eastern accented deli with tasty items up and down the extensive menu. The reuben is great, as is the corned beef hash and pretty much anything else you can order.

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 Corky and Lenny’s
27091 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere Village 
The iconic Jewish deli, known for their offerings like corned beef, matzoh ball soup and many more wonderful dishes has been going strong in the Eastern Suburbs since 1956. Modeled after famous New York delicatessens like Katz’s and the Carnegie Deli, Corky’s remains a beloved institution. 
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Corky and Lenny’s

27091 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere Village

The iconic Jewish deli, known for their offerings like corned beef, matzoh ball soup and many more wonderful dishes has been going strong in the Eastern Suburbs since 1956. Modeled after famous New York delicatessens like Katz’s and the Carnegie Deli, Corky’s remains a beloved institution.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Southside Diner
10705 West Pleasant Valley Rd., Parma 
The shiny, smile-inducing red and white decor bursts with 1950s kitsch, and while they do the old-fashioned bacon, eggs and toast pristinely, it’s the modern updates like barbacoa hash, iced lemon French toast, and breakfast tacos that draw the most raves. With heaping portions of good grub and cups of bottomless coffee, this little Parma treasure is sure to be the next place where everybody knows your name.
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Southside Diner

10705 West Pleasant Valley Rd., Parma

The shiny, smile-inducing red and white decor bursts with 1950s kitsch, and while they do the old-fashioned bacon, eggs and toast pristinely, it’s the modern updates like barbacoa hash, iced lemon French toast, and breakfast tacos that draw the most raves. With heaping portions of good grub and cups of bottomless coffee, this little Parma treasure is sure to be the next place where everybody knows your name.

Photo via South Side Diner/Facebook