The concept of “brunch” (a combination of breakfast and lunch) can be traced back to British writer Guy Beringer, who was believed to have coined the term in the late 1800s to describe leisurely, post-hunting meals enjoyed on Sundays.
Today, the tradition of brunch—regardless of day of the week—continues to grow in popularity as families and friends use the meal to connect while enjoying sweet and savory dishes. Those who work and study at Case Western Reserve University can get a taste of traditional and unique brunch fare at countless restaurants around the Cleveland area.
Whether you are a sports fan looking for a bite to eat before a game or a food enthusiast wanting to try someplace new, you needn’t look far. Consider these recommendations, be it to recognize National Waffle Week (Sept. 3 to 9), try new cuisine during Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week, or simply enjoy time with your friends.
Located downtown near Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland Chop offers a weekly Sunday brunch, which includes Belgian waffles, breakfast skillets and more, starting at 10 a.m. Throughout the Cleveland Browns’ regular season, sports fans are also able to enjoy a bottomless brunch buffet each home game for $45 per adult.
Visit the historic Tremont district any day of the week, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., for a variety of brunch-style and pastry items at Lucky’s Cafe. Signature items include a lemon blueberry waffle and cheddar scallion biscuits, which were featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Take a short drive to Orange Village for modern-American cuisine with global influences at The Last Page, voted one of Cleveland’s best restaurants in 2023. On Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., experience flavors inspired by Mexico, the Mediterranean and other countries around the world with dishes such as shakshuka (poached eggs in a spiced-tomato sauce) and chilaquiles (crispy tortillas, chicken and a fried egg).