Brunch at Burntwood Tavern
Brunching with parents, partners or your best girlfriends, regardless of who your company is, it’s always an event to look forward to. Savory meets sweet and salty, booze is appropriate, and because the mid-meal is offered by only a select few, finding a new spot for brunch is exhilarating.
Burntwood Tavern has five locations in our Northeast Ohio area; Chagrin Falls, Rocky River, Solon, Brecksville, and now – conveniently up the road from Collyn and me – Cuyahoga Falls.
After hearing good things about the restaurant from our CLE buddies, we made the hard decision to pass up The Blue Door (this time) and tried out the nearby brunch spot.
It was worth it!
The two restaurants aren’t really comparable; they have pretty different concepts, but I wouldn’t be upset going to either for brunch again.
Why go to Burntwood for brunch? Well…
The location is fantastic. In Cuyahoga Falls, the restaurant is on Riverfront Parkway, which is basically on top of the Cuyahoga River (which would make this an even more wonderful destination in the warmer months – patio weather!). Located nearby are a handful of antique stores, the center for most C-Falls festivals, the Falls River Square ice rink, pavilion and amphitheater.
The atmosphere is warm, cozy and a little rustic. Illuminating the inside is blown glass, eclectic light fixtures and chandeliers, which compliment the natural light from the massive windows. Directly in front of you when entering is the intimate, fair-sized bar area, which is separated from the primary dining area. The dining area can fit quite a few parties, but isn’t a massive area. (We didn’t make reservations and were seated right away.)
Brunch calls for its own menu – and Burntwood offers that. And, for those who have a breakfast-hating companion, the regular menu is also offered during brunch hours. While the menu doesn’t boast confit, brioche, charcuterie, or truffle, it’s comfortable and easy to deliver.
Options for brunch: breakfast burrito, pastrami hash, eggs benedict – either with shaved prime rib or smoked salmon, chicken and waffle, omelet of the day or a traditional eggs, meat and potato meal. Prices are $9-$13 for each meals, and sides are included.
I got the belgian waffle topped with maple syrup, spiced apples and rich, homemade whipped cream. (Plus the vat of butter I added.) It was pretty good! It came with a generous side of bacon… I probably gained a pound or two…
Collyn and Lilia (they’re fab brunching buddies) both opted for the eggs benedict with crispy potatoes. Each chose a different protein, one smoked salmon, and the other shaved prime rib. Both had good things to say, and all plates were cleaned.
If you’re into libations at noon, and enjoy a hefty Bloody Mary, you can’t pass this build-your-own bar.
The Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar starts off with a home-made, tavern infused vodka. Options include: jalapeño, garlic, pickle, bacon, ginger or regular. The ginger was divine – flavorful, light, fresh, but not overpowering.
Next, top with Clamato, Zing Zang (medium-spiced), or regular tomato juice. Once you’ve picked your vodka and juice, make sure to add a squirt of fresh lime, dash of worcestershire sauce, small scoop of horseradish and a drop of hot sauce.
Once your liquids are picked, the bartender will shake your libation together while you create a garnish [read: appetizer], choices include: shrimp, bacon, asparagus, lemons, limes, stuffed olives, regular olives, cheeses, salami, pickles… I think that’s all? We didn’t leave an option behind. (The flat price of a bloody mary, regardless of options, is $8.)
We always like some interaction with our edibles and drinkables. And the build-your-own provides that action.
Mimosas are also an option. If you prefer sparkling wine with your juice, options include orange, pineapple and grapefruit.
Another brilliant option that brunch lends a party that breakfast doesn’t.. dessert. And of course, with a cup of black coffee, one needs sweetness. We opted for the small, but sharable crème brûlée. Super sweet, but hey, you don’t brunch every day.
I look forward to heading back to the tavern for brunch, but also very much so for dinner. The food was well-prepared and presented, service was great, and the options are pretty vast. I’d assume dinner would be just as good.
2291 Riverfront Parkway Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
Happy Hour – Everyday 3 pm-6 pm
Brunch – Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm
Open – Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm; Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm
Gluten free menu available