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עופר איתן Says: Blu, the Restaurant: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches…

Blu, the Restaurant: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches...

עופר איתן Says: Blu, the Restaurant: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches…

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Our brunch and breakfast series continues as we check out Blu, the Restaurant. Here’s a look at what to expect:

Location + hours: 3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-831-5599. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Dedicated parking lot, and the restaurant is adjacent to Rosso Italia, Brad Friedlander’s other restaurant.

Menu or buffet? Menu.

About the place: Located in the former Moxie, the Restaurant space, Blu began its brunch service Jan. 19.

About the menu: It covers a lot of culinary ground. A cream-cheese danish is an appetizer served in a very hot pan with fresh diced strawberries. The danish had a light, slightly crisp exterior. And the strawberries are warmed from the pan. It’s a seafood-centric menu, but there’s a lot more here. Avocado toast had just the right amount of thinly sliced hot peppers. Very fresh tasting, with poached egg or smoked salmon add-ons available. (The poached egg added a nice touch here.) Crab toast Benedict was generous with the crab and not drowned in hollandaise. Brioche was a nice change of pace from a typical English muffin and played well with the crab’s slight sweetness.

About the drinks: Full bar, plus a “Drink with your friends” section, where you will find Mimosa bottle service and The Drunken Lobster – a pitcher of vodka, housemade Bloody Mary mix, shrimp cocktail and whole Maine lobster.

Don’t miss: If you’re in a seafood mood, Blu is a fine choice. We especially loved the avocado toast. Also: One of the first things Friedlander ever learned to make was salami and eggs, and it’s on the menu.

Related coverage: Blu, the Restaurant starts brunch service

Have a brunch spot you’ve wondered about and want us to visit? We’ll go anywhere in Northeast Ohio. Email me.

Previous eats: Northeast Ohio breakfast-brunch spots we’ve tried:

1815 Tavern – Aurora

111 Bistro – Medina

100th Bomb Group Restaurant – Cleveland

35 Brix – Green

Adega – Cleveland (downtown)

Akron Family Restaurant – Akron

Alexandris – Medina (closed)

Alley Cat – Cleveland (Flats East Bank)

Astoria Café & Market – Cleveland (Gordon Square)

Aurelia – Chagrin Falls

Austin’s Wood Fire Grille – Brecksville

Barrio – Cuyahoga County (multiple locations)

Bay Diner – Bay Village

Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland

Beau’s on the River – Cuyahoga Falls

Big Al’s Diner – Cleveland (East Side)

Big Boy – Valley View

Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern – Twinsburg

Blue Door Cafe – Cuyahoga Falls

Bomba Tacos & Rum – Akron

Bonefish Grill – Independence

Borderline Café – Lakewood

Boss Dog Brewing Co. – Cleveland Heights

Brewnuts – Cleveland (Gordon Square)

Brim Kitchen + Brewery – Willoughby

Buckeye Beer Engine – Lakewood

The Burnham – Cleveland (downtown)

Burntwood Tavern – Brecksville

Café Arnone – Fairlawn

Check Please Cafe – Grafton

Claudette’s Café & Deli – Westlake

The Cheesecake Factory – Lyndhurst

The City Diner – Cleveland (closed)

City Works – Orange Village (closed)

Creekside Restaurant & Bar – Brecksville

Crop Bistro – Cleveland (Ohio City)

Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar – Lakewood

Der Braumeister – Cleveland (West Park)

District – Cleveland (Playhouse Square)

Eat at Joe’s – South Euclid

Eddy’s Deli & Restaurant – Stow

Element 41 – Chardon

The Eye Opener – Akron

Fahrenheit – Cleveland (Tremont)

Fat Cats – Cleveland (Tremont)

Felice Urban Café – Cleveland (East Side)

The Feve – Oberlin

Fire Food and Drink – Cleveland (Shaker Square)

First Watch – Fairlawn

Flour – Moreland Hills

Flury’s Cafe – Cuyahoga Falls

Flying Fig – Cleveland (Ohio City)

Fred’s Diner – Akron

Fresh Start Diner – Twinsburg

Gabe’s Family Restaurant – Cleveland

Galaxy – Wadsworth

Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant – Valley City

The Garden Family Restaurant – Brook Park

Gasoline Alley – Bath

Gigi’s on Fairmount – Cleveland Heights

The Girves Brown Derby – Medina (brunch discontinued)

Good Company – Cleveland (Battery Park)

Granite City Food & Brewery – Lyndhurst (closed)

Grumpy’s Café – Cleveland (Tremont)

Gunselman’s Tavern – Fairview Park

Herb’s Tavern – Rocky River

Hofbräuhaus – Cleveland (downtown)

Hudson’s Restaurant – Hudson

Inn on Coventry – Cleveland Heights

Jack Flaps – Cleveland (Ohio City) (closed)

Jake’s on the Lake – Avon Lake

Jennifer’s – Strongsville (closed)

Kelly’s cafe – Brunswick

Kosta & Vic’s – Parma

Lakeshore Eatery – Mentor

Lamp Post – Akron

Leo’s Italian Social – Cuyahoga Falls

Lowell Street Café – Elyria

Lucky’s Cafe – Cleveland (Tremont)

Luna Bakery & Café – Cleveland Heights

Luxe Kitchen & Lounge – Cleveland (Gordon Square)

Magic City’s Remarkable Diner – Barberton

Mama D’s – Lyndhurst

Market Garden Brewery – Cleveland (Ohio City)

Michael’s A.M. – Akron

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink – Shaker Heights

Mike’s Place – Kent

Mom’s Deli & Grille – North Royalton

Music Box Supper Club – Cleveland (Flats)

Mustard Seed Market & Cafe – Fairlawn

Noble Beast Brewing Co. – Cleveland (downtown)

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar – Woodmere

Perk Cup Cafe & Grill – Berea

Pier W – Lakewood

Pinstripes – Orange Village

Platform Beer Co. – Cleveland (Ohio City)

Prosperity Social Club – Cleveland

Punch Bowl Social – Cleveland (Flats East Bank)

Red Lantern Kitchen & Bar – Cleveland (Kamm’s Corners)

Rocky River Wine Bar – Rocky River

Rose Italian Kitchen – Solon

Rosewood Grill – Hudson

Rowley Inn – Cleveland (Tremont)

The Rustic Grill – Highland Heights

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern – Solon

Scratch – Independence

Seven Chefs Buffet – Cleveland (downtown)

Soho Chicken + Whiskey – Cleveland (Ohio City)

Slyman’s Tavern – Independence

South East Harley Diner – Bedford Heights

Southside Diner – Parma

Steve’s Doghouse – Cleveland

Sunny Street Café – Concord

Tartine Bistro – Rocky River

Terrestrial Brewing Co. – Cleveland (Battery Park)

The Depot – Rittman

Toast – Cleveland (Gordon Square)

Tony’s Family Restaurant – Parma

Townhall – Cleveland (Ohio City)

Town Tavern – Green

Touch Supper Club – Cleveland (Ohio City)

Twiisted Burgers & Sushi – Medina

Twisted Citrus – Canton

Urban Farmer – Cleveland (downtown)

Valley Cafe – Akron

Village Diner – Orange

Wally Waffle – Akron

Washington Place Bistro & Inn – Cleveland (Little Italy)

XYZ the Tavern – Cleveland (Detroit-Shoreway)

Yours Truly – Mentor

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