Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cleveland Chop Brunch

Has anyone been to Cleveland Chop since the location re-opened? We decided to pop in for brunch on Sunday to check it out.
We had a ton of errands to do for our kitchen remodel, so a brunch cocktail was too tempting to deny. It helped to take the "edge" off of shopping for kitchen gadgets, a toaster oven, drawer organizers, etc. I went for the Fired Up from the Chop Bloodies with chipotle-infused vodka, house seasoning, san marzana tomato juice, and lime.
The tomato juice was a tad thick for my personal taste, but the addition of lime to this cocktail was refreshing and delicious. I had requested it to be "extra spicy", but they were a little too light on the hot sauce. "R" was drawn to the cocktail special of the day--- Caribbean Lemonade ($6.50). It packed quite the punch.
"R" also ordered the Chef's Skillet Special of the day ($13).
With a base of grits, and then layers of scrambled eggs, sausage, gravy, and a hefty amount of melted white cheddar---this dish was heavy and filling (but delicious). I had two bites, and I knew that there was no way I'd be able to tackle that dish on my own. Good thing that I was in the mood for a "Benny."

I went with the Crabcake, with lump crab cakes, poached eggs, and hollandaise ($15). Served with a side of breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit.
Overall, it was a decent dish and the eggs were cooked perfectly. The hollandaise just didn't have as much flavor as the similar dish at Press Wine Bar. I enjoyed my brunch choice, but I'd give this battle of the Crab Benedict to Press. The fresh fruit cup was disappointing, and the potatoes were pretty standard. I barely touched either.

Do you know what did score major brunch points? Complimentary cinnamon rolls!
They certainly weren't needed, since the brunch portions are generous, but they were so sinfully sweet and warm. They hit the spot as we waited for our meal.

It was a good brunch, but it didn't swing its way into my favorite Sunday spots close to home. However, there were several other dishes on the menu that were appealing. I'd love to try one of the omelets, and "R" was torn between the skillet and the Breakfast Burrito. By the way, Downtown Cleveland was so quiet at 11AM on a Sunday. Free street parking was a breeze to find. We almost had the restaurant to ourselves too.

Anyone been in for lunch or dinner service yet?

Cleveland Chop
824 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113


Adam said...

I was in for happy hour last night, $3 draft beers with a few craft options, 1/2 off apps. I liked it, but also almost had the whole place to ourselves.

Beth @ CraveableCleveland said...

Good to know! I've only been there when it was under the old management and only for dinner. But hey, anywhere with free cinammon rolls is probably a must-try in my book :).