777 Starkweather Ave.
Cleveland Ohio 44113United States
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In a neighborhood known as the birthplace of Cleveland's culinary scene, this Tremont breakfast, brunch and coffee spot has the first half of the day covered.
Lucky's Cafe in Tremont is one of our favorite breakfast spots in Cleveland. Ingredients come from local farms or the on-site garden, and chef-owner Heather Haviland is an accomplished baker, making all of the restaurant's bread and pastries in-house. Put all that together, and add a pinch of foodie flair, and you have a delicious menu that gives down-home breakfast standards deliciously modern personality. On the savory side of the equation, you'll find Lucky's legendary cheddar and scallion biscuits topped with from-scratch (even the meat) sausage gravy. For people with a sweet tooth, Heather serves up waffles smothered in honey whipped cream, strawberry-rhubarb compote and caramel sauce. Don't worry about the maple syrup; you'll never miss it. For being such a seemingly casual place, the kitchen is quite strict about substitutions, but our pint-size reviewers enjoyed the kid's plate with cheesy eggs, toast and fruit. Tremont is Cleveland's original urban-artist hangout, and Lucky's fits that stereotype. The bright, casual restaurant is in a converted 19th-century house, and servers are friendly hipsters in skinny jeans. If the weather's nice, sit outside, where shaded picnic tables offer nice views of the garden, sidewalk traffic and a colorful sunflower mural where you can peek through a hole to pose for a picture. Lucky's gets busy, especially in winter when the patio isn't available; the brunch line usually heats up around 11 a.m. or even earlier on Sundays.