February 18, 2021

33 Vital Cleveland Breakfast Spots Worth Getting Out of Bed For

Everyone loves a good breakfast, but getting out of bed in time to actually eat a quality morning meal at a Cleveland restaurant is more easily said than done. Still, we think these 20 places represent everything good about Cleveland breakfast, and it's time you made priorities to try them out.

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 West Side Market Cafe
1979 West 25th St., Cleveland
For price, ambience, and first-class people-watching, no place tops the West Side Market Café in the venerable West Side Market's southeast corner. Watching your wallet? A mere $2.25 will snag you two eggs, toast, and hash browns. Feeling flush? How about an eight-ounce strip steak, topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, on an English muffin ($11)?
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West Side Market Cafe

1979 West 25th St., Cleveland

For price, ambience, and first-class people-watching, no place tops the West Side Market Café in the venerable West Side Market's southeast corner. Watching your wallet? A mere $2.25 will snag you two eggs, toast, and hash browns. Feeling flush? How about an eight-ounce strip steak, topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, on an English muffin ($11)?

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 Big Al’s Diner
12600 Larchmere Blvd., (216) 791-8550
If you miss Mom's cooking, this is the place to get your fix. 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" with Michael Symon.
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Big Al’s Diner

12600 Larchmere Blvd., (216) 791-8550

If you miss Mom's cooking, this is the place to get your fix. 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" with Michael Symon.

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 Slyman’s Restaurant
3106 St. Clair Ave., (216) 621-3760
Yes, Slyman’s is known for their heaping piles of corned beef. But the breakfast is just as good. The egg, cheese and corned beef sandwich is as yummy as it sounds.
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Slyman’s Restaurant

3106 St. Clair Ave., (216) 621-3760

Yes, Slyman’s is known for their heaping piles of corned beef. But the breakfast is just as good. The egg, cheese and corned beef sandwich is as yummy as it sounds.

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 Cleveland Biscuit Heads
Roaming Locations
Just trust us when we tell you that you have to try one of these biscuit sandwiches from this pop-up breakfast outfit. They change up locations so be sure to check their website for where you can find one of their awesome breakfast sandwiches. The biscuits themselves are worth getting these.
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Cleveland Biscuit Heads

Roaming Locations

Just trust us when we tell you that you have to try one of these biscuit sandwiches from this pop-up breakfast outfit. They change up locations so be sure to check their website for where you can find one of their awesome breakfast sandwiches. The biscuits themselves are worth getting these.

Photo via Cleveland Biscuit Heads/Facebook
 The Inn On Coventry
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, (216) 371-1811
The Inn has been serving breakfast and lunch to Heights locals since 1981. Comfort food at its finest is the game here. You’d be hard-pressed to find better pancakes in town but you really can’t go wrong with this throwback diner. Really, see if you can find better ones and send us a message if you can.
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The Inn On Coventry

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, (216) 371-1811

The Inn has been serving breakfast and lunch to Heights locals since 1981. Comfort food at its finest is the game here. You’d be hard-pressed to find better pancakes in town but you really can’t go wrong with this throwback diner. Really, see if you can find better ones and send us a message if you can.

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 Le Petit Triangle
1881 Fulton Ave., (216) 281-1881
A little cramped, occasionally noisy, and quite possibly the city's smallest restaurant, this tiny French bistro still manages to turn out phenomenal food, especially when it comes to their crepes and other breakfast items. The Nutella french toast is as good as it sounds and they have one of the best shakshuka in town. You’ll be transported to Paris for a couple hours here. 
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Le Petit Triangle

1881 Fulton Ave., (216) 281-1881

A little cramped, occasionally noisy, and quite possibly the city's smallest restaurant, this tiny French bistro still manages to turn out phenomenal food, especially when it comes to their crepes and other breakfast items. The Nutella french toast is as good as it sounds and they have one of the best shakshuka in town. You’ll be transported to Paris for a couple hours here.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Lucky’s Cafe
777 Starkweather Ave., (216) 622-7773
Lucky’s Cafe has won Scene’s best of brunch award so many times, we can’t keep count. Chef and Owner Heather Haviland’s Tremont cafe has also been featured on the Food Network multiple times, with Chef Michael Symon calling their biscuits and gravy the “best thing he ever ate,” and also on Guy Fieri’s "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."
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Lucky’s Cafe

777 Starkweather Ave., (216) 622-7773

Lucky’s Cafe has won Scene’s best of brunch award so many times, we can’t keep count. Chef and Owner Heather Haviland’s Tremont cafe has also been featured on the Food Network multiple times, with Chef Michael Symon calling their biscuits and gravy the “best thing he ever ate,” and also on Guy Fieri’s "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

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 Addy’s Diner
530 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 
After 35 years in the breakfast business, the owners of P.J.'s Luncheonette sold their old-timey diner to the owner of the newfangled Jack Flaps. But in this narrative, the space winds up reverting to an un-twee diner after three and a half years. The real winners in this saga are the customers, who get the benefit of a tastefully renovated restaurant space courtesy of the outgoing owner, coupled with the value of a modestly priced, user-friendly menu thanks to the incoming. Breakfast is served all day and includes a full meal of two eggs, bacon, toast and jam for a Lincoln and change. 
Photo via Addy’s Diner/Facebook

Addy’s Diner

530 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

After 35 years in the breakfast business, the owners of P.J.'s Luncheonette sold their old-timey diner to the owner of the newfangled Jack Flaps. But in this narrative, the space winds up reverting to an un-twee diner after three and a half years. The real winners in this saga are the customers, who get the benefit of a tastefully renovated restaurant space courtesy of the outgoing owner, coupled with the value of a modestly priced, user-friendly menu thanks to the incoming. Breakfast is served all day and includes a full meal of two eggs, bacon, toast and jam for a Lincoln and change.

Photo via Addy’s Diner/Facebook
 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. And for breakfast, they turn the Notso Fries into an omelette. That and the Killit Skillet are all-timers when it comes to local breakfast dishes.
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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. And for breakfast, they turn the Notso Fries into an omelette. That and the Killit Skillet are all-timers when it comes to local breakfast dishes.

Photo via Yours Truly/Facebook
 The Place To Be
1391 Warren Rd., Lakewood, (216) 226-8783
Good food, great prices and a family atmosphere is the name of the game at this Lakewood greasy spoon. The menu claims that they have the “best biggest omelettes in town” and who are we to argue?
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The Place To Be

1391 Warren Rd., Lakewood, (216) 226-8783

Good food, great prices and a family atmosphere is the name of the game at this Lakewood greasy spoon. The menu claims that they have the “best biggest omelettes in town” and who are we to argue?

Photo via The Place To Be/Facebook