Rise, shine and start your day with a hearty plate from one these three longtime local favorites. All of them know how to do a traditional breakfast right.
Nick's Family Restaurant
Cartoon-covered walls, big portions and a friendly vibe make this a must-visit Ohio City breakfast spot. Need another reason? Kona coffee is the house blend. Order This: Three eggs any style, three pieces of bacon or sausage links, toast and house-made hash browns or grits ($3.59). 4116 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216-631-7757
Big Al's Diner
A little diner with huge portions and a melting pot at a Cleveland-Shaker Heights crossroads, Big Al's looks unchanged in 20 years and has inspired decades of loyalty in its regulars. Order This: Two eggs, biscuits covered with sausage gravy and home fries ($7.25). 12600 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, 216-791-8550
The Big Egg
The former 24-hour diner shut down in 2000, but its 2009 revival came with more traditional hours, while the inexpensive prices and the egg-shaped menu remain. Order This: 2 X 4 Breakfast of two eggs, two sausages, two pieces of bacon and two pancakes ($3.99). 5107 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, 216-281-1600