inn on coventry

Inn on Coventry 008Breakfast. We all have that place. Our joint. The go-to spot. These places may not serve the most amazing, high quality meals. But they have character, comfort and that little something special that keeps us coming back for more. Growing up in Solon, we often went to Chicago Deli as kids and in high school, I’d regularly meet friends at Jim’s Open Kitchen early in the morning. And when I first moved out on my own to Cleveland Heights, The Inn on Coventry quickly became my favorite neighborhood stop for five years.

I haven’t been back for my usual in nearly four years. A three-way tie between Lucky’s, Vine & Bean and Yours Truly (in the Falls) have become the new “go-to” Sunday spots for us. But a recent visit back shows that some things never change – and that makes me perfectly happy.

You can read my full Metromix review here, or part of  it below.

For nearly 30 years, the Inn on Coventry has been the quintessential neighborhood restaurant. The original three owners and cooks (the oldest is 96!) have been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to locals, college students and those looking for a little morning grease to cure the previous night’s happenings at one of the neighboring watering holes.

Food: Just like any good neighborhood spot, you’re known for something. The InnInn on Coventry 010 would like that to be home-style cooking at its best—traditional comfort food that’s likely to remind you of your childhood. After years of visits at every time of day, we think it’s breakfast (and Sunday brunch) that the Inn does best.

At breakfast, which is served all day, you’ll find all the standards—omelets, sandwiches, pancakes and waffles. Under pancakes, you can choose to order the regular buttermilk pancakes, or wisely upgrade to apple cinnamon, orange whole wheat, peanut butter chip or blueberry and cashew. We tried a single pumpkin ($3.49) and were quickly wishing it was a short stack. Simply great fluffy goodness. Pancakes are a specialty and we know why.

There’s also the slightly not-so-common finds like crepe of the day; sausage, gravy and biscuit; huevos rancheros; no carb bennie and meatless eggs Sausalito. There are a slew of omelets to chose from and, of course, their signature eggs Benedict.

Aside from the pumpkin pancake, we also sampled the chorizo scramble ($6.99) with tomatoes, peppers, onions and Jack cheese with a side of toast and hash browns plus the feta omelet ($8.44; more for egg whites) with spinach, olives and tomatoes and a side of toast and hash browns.

The scramble had great, fresh flavor, though we would have liked a bit more heat from the chorizo. The same goes for the omelet (that is big enough to share)—great flavor, but a little more feta and olives would have been nice. The perfectly crunchy and seasoned hash browns are wonderfully addicting and still just as good. Our only complaint here is with the ketchup; they offer Hunt’s instead of Heinz.

Décor: Twenty-nine years in business and this place hasn’t changed. It’s not stylish or current, yet the atmosphere is inviting and comfortable. You almost don’t want it to change because it’s familiar and welcoming. Grab a seat by the window and you can easily spend a couple hours people watching and chatting with fellow patrons and servers. It’s that kind a place—a true neighborhood spot.

Bottom line: You wouldn’t think this traditional, cozy restaurant would fit within this eclectic, diverse neighborhood. But the two go hand-in-hand and this community wouldn’t be the same without the homemade, comfortable eats the Inn has happily been serving since 1981.


  1. Kay
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    In my neighborhood in the Brooklyn Centre area on the near West Side, it’s Sal’s Menu Restaurant on Pearl Rd near Denison. A swell guy who plants lots of flowers, fruits and vegetables for his customers in the strips of ground surrounding his parking lot.

    Plain, honest, un-fancy diner-style food in a very un-fancy joint. But love his corned beef hash.

  2. Heather Utendorf
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I heart you, Cleveland Foodie! Thanks for covering the Inn on Coventry. My husband and I go at least twice a week for breakfast and are never disappointed. The day they finally greeted us as regulars was a grand day indeed. I’m with you on the nasty ketchup, but the pancakes are perfection. Next time give the Crunch Berry pancakes a try (blueberries and granola)!

  3. Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I had portobello benedict at The Inn, off of the list of specials for the day and it was unbelievably good. Their hollandaise is perfect.