by Jason Beudert
(Plain Press, January 2010) Up and down the streets of trendy Tremont, the world-class food and beverage establishments solidify Tremont as one of the culinary leaders in this region. But, for the thousands of Tremont residents who are looking for a family run establishment where you can get a great meal without having to dress or act the part, the options are few and far between. Thank goodness there is a gleaming ray of sunshine known as Grumpy’s Café.
Grumpy’s Cafe is located on West 14th Street nestled close to Lincoln Park. When you first enter Grumpy’s Cafe you feel quite the opposite. The vibrant colors on the walls and the artistic photograph gallery make you feel like you are still in Tremont, but you can be laid back and relaxed. The proprietor Kathy and her staff always greet you with a smile as they seat you in one of their two “room like” dining areas that remind us of a well-designed bed and breakfast.
The menu has a full range of options from Breakfast (served all day), Lunch, Brunch or Dinner all priced reasonable with an average plate price of eight dollars. In addition, the server brings over an over sized dry erase board with a plethora of homemade daily Chef Selections and soups of the day.
I was in a breakfast mood, so I tried the Cajun Omelet. I am a huge fan of andouille sausage and this did not disappoint. The omelet came out piping hot with a huge kick from the sausage. The onions, peppers and the okra were a great compliment to the perfectly melted cheese. If that wasn’t enough heat, this omelet came with Cajun home fries and toast.
My Irish sidekick went the other direction and had the homemade meatloaf. You can tell right away that this is a signature item and is made from scratch. The blends of meats where perfectly cooked and the portions where large enough for anyone to enjoy. The gravy was not too salty and added the right flavor to the meatloaf. What would be meatloaf without mashed potatoes? And, there was no mistaken that Grumpy’s mashed potatoes were made from scratch.
Grumpy’s Cafe also has many other signature items like their Jambalaya, Kathy’s Spicy Burritos or Grumpy’s Steak Burger just to name a few. If you are in the mood for a glass of vino … Grumpy’s Cafe is BYOB so feel free to bring your own bottle.
Lets all start off 2010 right and let’s get Grumpy!
2621 W. 14th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
4 out of 5 Shamrocks