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The Garden Family Restaurant: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 12/14/2019 By Marc Bona, cleveland.com
a group of people sitting at a table in a room: Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. © Marc Bona, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park.

BROOK PARK, Ohio – Our brunch and breakfast series continues as we check out The Garden Family Restaurant. Here’s a look at what to expect:

Location + hours: 14957 Snow Road, Brook Park, 216-267-5573. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

a close up of a piece of cake on a plate: Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. Muffins are fresh-baked. © Marc Bona, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. Muffins are fresh-baked.

Menu or buffet? Menu.

About the place: Comfy place with booths and tables and a lot of regulars. The place and the menu are not fancy, and the servers hustle. The restaurant has been around since 1985.

About the menu: Everything on the menu of more than three dozen items is under $9. We opted for a golden crisp Belgian waffle, and it lived up to its billing - a crusty edge instead of one that is soft and soggy. One of the five skillets (they come with toast, redskin home fries, three eggs and toppings) and one of four jumbo breakfast wraps were the only items over $8. There's also a four-item kids' menu for those 10 and under.

a group of people standing in a room: Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. Servers hustled constantly between tables. © Marc Bona, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. Servers hustled constantly between tables.

Don’t miss: The muffins, one of 16 "light starters and sides," is freshly baked. We tried a blueberry, and banana also was available.

a group of people performing on a counter: Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. It's a spacious and comfortable place with booths and tables. © Marc Bona, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. It's a spacious and comfortable place with booths and tables.

Have a brunch spot you’ve wondered about and want us to visit? We'll go anywhere in Northeast Ohio. Email me.

Previous eats: Northeast Ohio breakfast-brunch spots we’ve tried:

1815 Tavern - Aurora

111 Bistro - Medina

100th Bomb Group Restaurant - Cleveland

35 Brix - Green

a vase of flowers on a table: Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. © Marc Bona, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park.

Adega - Cleveland (downtown)

a close up of food: Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. This is the golden crisp Belgian waffle. © Marc Bona, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. This is the golden crisp Belgian waffle.

Akron Family Restaurant - Akron

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Alexandris - Medina (closed)

Alley Cat - Cleveland (Flats East Bank)

Astoria Caf 1/4 u00e9 & Market - Cleveland (Gordon Square)

Aurelia - Chagrin Falls

Austin’s Wood Fire Grille - Brecksville

Barrio - Cuyahoga County (multiple locations)

Bay Diner - Bay Village

a close up of a piece of cake on a plate: Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. © Marc Bona, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park.

Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland

Beau's on the River - Cuyahoga Falls

Big Al’s Diner - Cleveland (East Side)

Big Boy - Valley View

Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern - Twinsburg

Blue Door Cafe - Cuyahoga Falls

Bomba Tacos & Rum - Akron

Bonefish Grill – Independence

Borderline Caf 1/4 u00e9 - Lakewood

Boss Dog Brewing Co. - Cleveland Heights

a sign on the side of a road: Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. It's on Snow Road. © Marc Bona, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to The Garden Family Restaurant in Brook Park. It's on Snow Road.

Brewnuts - Cleveland (Gordon Square)

Brim Kitchen + Brewery - Willoughby

Buckeye Beer Engine - Lakewood

The Burnham - Cleveland (downtown)

Burntwood Tavern - Brecksville

Caf 1/4 u00e9 Arnone - Fairlawn

Check Please Cafe - Grafton

Claudette’s Caf 1/4 u00e9 & Deli - Westlake

The Cheesecake Factory - Lyndhurst

The City Diner - Cleveland (closed)

City Works - Orange Village (closed)

Creekside Restaurant & Bar – Brecksville

Crop Bistro - Cleveland (Ohio City)

Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar - Lakewood

Eat at Joe’s - South Euclid

Eddy’s Deli & Restaurant - Stow

Element 41 - Chardon

The Eye Opener – Akron

Fahrenheit - Cleveland (Tremont)

Fat Cats - Cleveland (Tremont)

Felice Urban Caf 1/4 u00e9 - Cleveland (East Side)

The Feve - Oberlin

Fire Food and Drink – Cleveland (Shaker Square)

First Watch - Fairlawn

Flour - Moreland Hills

Flury’s Cafe - Cuyahoga Falls

Flying Fig - Cleveland (Ohio City)

Fred’s Diner - Akron

Fresh Start Diner - Twinsburg

Gabe’s Family Restaurant – Cleveland

Galaxy - Wadsworth

Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - Valley City

The Girves Brown Derby - Medina

Granite City Food & Brewery - Lyndhurst (closed)

Grumpy’s Caf 1/4 u00e9 - Cleveland (Tremont)

Gunselman’s Tavern - Fairview Park

Herb’s Tavern - Rocky River

Hofbr 1/4 u00e4uhaus - Cleveland (downtown)

Hudson’s Restaurant - Hudson

Inn on Coventry – Cleveland Heights

Jack Flaps - Cleveland (Ohio City)

Jake’s on the Lake - Avon Lake

Jennifer’s - Strongsville (closed)

Kelly’s cafe - Brunswick

Kosta & Vic’s - Parma

Lakeshore Eatery - Mentor

Lamp Post – Akron

Leo's Italian Social - Cuyahoga Falls

Lowell Street Caf 1/4 u00e9 - Elyria

Lucky’s Cafe - Cleveland (Tremont)

Luna Bakery & Caf 1/4 u00e9 – Cleveland Heights

Luxe Kitchen & Lounge - Cleveland (Gordon Square)

Magic City's Remarkable Diner - Barberton

Mama D’s - Lyndhurst

Market Garden Brewery - Cleveland (Ohio City)

Michael’s A.M. - Akron

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Shaker Heights

Mike’s Place - Kent

Mom’s Deli & Grille - North Royalton

Mustard Seed Market & Cafe - Fairlawn

Noble Beast Brewing Co. - Cleveland (downtown)

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar - Woodmere

Perk Cup Cafe & Grill – Berea

Pier W - Lakewood

Pinstripes – Orange Village

Platform Beer Co. - Cleveland (Ohio City)

Prosperity Social Club - Cleveland

Punch Bowl Social - Cleveland (Flats East Bank)

Red Lantern Kitchen & Bar - Cleveland (Kamm’s Corners)

Rocky River Wine Bar - Rocky River

Rose Italian Kitchen – Solon

Rosewood Grill – Hudson

Rowley Inn - Cleveland (Tremont)

The Rustic Grill - Highland Heights

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern - Solon

Scratch - Independence

Seven Chefs Buffet - Cleveland (downtown)

Soho Chicken + Whiskey - Cleveland (Ohio City)

South East Harley Diner - Bedford Heights

Southside Diner - Parma

Steve's Doghouse - Cleveland

Sunny Street Caf 1/4 u00e9 - Concord

Tartine Bistro - Rocky River

Terrestrial Brewing Co. - Cleveland (Battery Park)

The Depot - Rittman

Toast - Cleveland (Gordon Square)

Tony’s Family Restaurant - Parma

Townhall - Cleveland (Ohio City)

Town Tavern - Green

Touch Supper Club - Cleveland (Ohio City)

Twiisted Burgers & Sushi - Medina

Twisted Citrus - Canton

Urban Farmer - Cleveland (downtown)

Valley Cafe - Akron

Village Diner - Orange

Wally Waffle - Akron

Washington Place Bistro & Inn - Cleveland (Little Italy)

XYZ the Tavern - Cleveland (Detroit-Shoreway)

Yours Truly - Mentor

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