CLEVELAND, Ohio – Our brunch and breakfast series continues as we check out Soho. Here’s a look at what to expect:
Location + hours: Soho is at 1889 W. 25th St., in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, 216-298-9090. Brunch is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Park behind West Side Market.
Menu or buffet? Menu.
About the place: This place resembled a fun night out rather than a sleepy brunch spot. Great energy. You might want to call for reservations. It was packed by the time we left on a recent Saturday. And afterward, you can hit your choice of breweries in the neighborhood.
About the menu: It’s a chicken and waffles kind of place, with shrimp and grits, hush puppies and gravy and other Southern fare.
About the food: Beignets – served with two jams – were great, and just as good as leftovers the next day. They came with dippable chocolate and jam. A Benedict with poached eggs was served with quality fingerling potatoes – crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. A zesty hollandaise with tabasco was just spicy enough but not over the top. Country ham rounded out the dish.
Nice touches: Our server brought out biscuits we thought were a misplaced appetizer. Nope, SOP at Soho. Apple butter was a tasty accompaniment. Oh, and the cream for coffee comes in a little old-fashioned pitcher.
Don’t miss: Shakshuka. Tomato gravy topped with baked eggs and sweet potatoes, hominy (a great Southern base not seen often enough on menus), black beans, feta cheese and long crisp thick pieces of toast. It’s different, works for dinner as easily as brunch, and delicious with all the varying textures. Even if you don’t order it, it’s fun to say.
Note: The restaurant occasionally shuts down for private events (Saturday, Oct. 20, for instance.) Check availability.
Have a brunch spot you’ve wondered about and want us to visit? Email me.
Previous eats: Northeast Ohio breakfast-brunch spots we’ve tried:
111 Bistro – Medina
35 Brix – Green
Akron Family Restaurant – Akron
Alley Cat – Cleveland
Bay Diner – Bay Village
Beau’s on the River – Cuyahoga Falls
Big Al’s Diner – Cleveland
Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern – Twinsburg
Blue Door Cafe – Cuyahoga Falls
Bomba Tacos & Rum – Akron
Bonefish Grill – Independence
Brim Kitchen + Brewery – Willoughby
Burntwood Tavern – Brecksville
Check Please Cafe – Grafton
The Cheesecake Factory – Lyndhurst
The City Diner – Cleveland
City Works – Orange Village
Creekside Restaurant & Bar – Brecksville
The Eye Opener – Akron
Fat Cats – Cleveland
First Watch – Fairlawn
Flour – Moreland Hills
Flury’s Cafe – Cuyahoga Falls
Flying Fig – Cleveland
Fred’s Diner – Akron
Fresh Start Diner – Twinsburg
Gabe’s Family Restaurant – Cleveland
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant – Valley City
The Girves Brown Derby – Medina
Hofbrauhaus – Cleveland
Jennifer’s – Strongsville
Kelly’s cafe – Brunswick
Lamp Post – Akron
Luxe Kitchen & Lounge – Cleveland
Michael’s A.M. – Akron
Mom’s Deli & Grille – North Royalton
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe – Fairlawn
Noble Beast Brewing Co. – Cleveland
Perk Cup Cafe & Grill – Berea
Punch Bowl Social – Cleveland
Rosewood Grill – Hudson
Tartine Bistro – Rocky River
Tony’s Family Restaurant – Parma
Twisted Citrus – Canton
Urban Farmer – Cleveland
Valley Cafe – Akron
Village Diner – Orange
Wally Waffle – Akron
Yours Truly – Mentor