The thing about the breakfast sandwich is its ability to conform. If you need one to go, there’s a hearty version made thick with toast and tasty with eggs and cuts of ham. If you’re looking for a delicate breakfast sandwich, deceptively filling, yet sitting pretty on the plate next to cuts of fruit, there’s one of those too. The breakfast sandwich will never go out of style; it will just keep being reinvented. Whether you love the quintessential breakfast sandwich or like to try an unusual pairing, there’s a dish for you in Cleveland.
West Side Market Café
1979 West 25th St.
Inside the historic 100-year-old West Side Market is a sit-down restaurant for those too hungry to wait until after grocery shopping. Breakfast can be simple here with the Market Breakfast which makes eggs, toast and home fries its specialty, or remarkable like the Creamed Chipped Beef which uses local sourdough toast smothered in pan creamed gravy and shaved beef. But the traditional breakfast sandwich, which comes with a perfectly fried egg with spicy bacon and sharp cheese on a soft roll, is the classic choice.
2621 West 14th St
Tremont, OH 44113
The simple art of delicious food is Grumpy’s Café’s specialty. Don’t let the name confuse you; Grumpy’s Café’s food is guaranteed to warm you from the inside out. Take its breakfast sandwich for example. You choose the meat, from ham, chorizo sausage or regular sausage, top it with eggs and cheese and sandwich it all between wheat toast with Cajun home fries on the side. If that doesn’t make you smile at Grumpy’s Café, then one of the many other delicious menu items is sure to.
Le Petite Triangle Café
1881 Fulton Rd
Cleveland, OH 44113
French bistro-style food is alive and well in Cleveland. At Le Petite Triangle Café, off Fulton Road in Cleveland proper, you’ll find the classic French fare; fromage, Provençal salads and quiches. But the real show stopper is the croissant breakfast sandwich, It is a light flaky buttery croissant filled with eggs, slowly scrambled, and topped with ham and brie cheese. It’s utter decadence and must be tried at your next brunch availability.
18510 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107
Owned by sisters, recommended by Scene Magazine and loved by all, the Borderline Café has been providing the best breakfast business since it opened. Mastering Southwest-style flavors, chilies, salsa and cumin are as popular as the breakfast quesadillas, huevos rancheros and the stuffed French toast. The breakfast sandwich here is as delicious as the rest of the menu. Ciabatta bread is what makes this sandwich amazing. The bread provides a soft and fluffy interior with a firm smooth crust, and then is toasted with butter and stacked with eggs and cheeses. Add tomatoes and onions too if you’re willing. Bring your appetite with you to the Borderline Café.
Luna Bakery Café
2482 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
While the Luna Bakery Café might be best known for its macaroons, scones, flour-less chocolate cakes and mousse, grab a bite of breakfast while the cafe bags up your pastries. Breakfast, for example, offers granola, homemade toast with jam or if you’re really hungry, try the scrambled egg panini breakfast sandwich. It comes with herbed eggs warmed with Swiss cheese and ham wrapped in parchment paper for that easy-to-carry-out meal. There’s nothing more satisfying than a perfectly filling breakfast with dessert on the side.
Marissa Burke is a happily adventurous wife, mother and runner. Living in Lakewood, Ohio she searches neighboring communities for exciting food and drinks that are good and good for you in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.