The Flying Fig (Facebook / @FlyingFigOhio)
2523 Market Ave. (map it!)
Cleveland, OH 44113
Open Tues-Sat, 11:30a-2:30p, 4p-1a; Sat & Sun, 11a-3p, 5-11p (brunch served Sat & Sun, 11a-3p)
Accepts cash & credit/debit
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/Y/Y
Visited: Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
I could never be accused of taking brunch lightly. On our final morning in Cleveland, brought there by Positively Cleveland for their #HappyinCLE bloggers tour, the group first brunched at the excellent BonBon Pastry & Cafe in Ohio City. As the weekend officially wound down, I met up with Mrs. Bfast w/Nick – who was in town for a convention – and we took in a very hobbit-like second brunch at Flying Fig, a block away from BonBon.
Flying Fig benefits from a patio out front, which was particularly nice give the perfect weather that weekend. The Mrs. and I started our brunch with a simple Bloody Mary. Flying Fig’s wasn’t too spicy (which we prefer), but it was clean and well-balanced.
My first brunch had been sweet, and now I wanted something savory, so I chose the breakfast sandwich. It features a crispy breaded thigh on a cheddar/chive biscuit with eggs, aioli, arugula, and apple butter. Overall, a spot-on breakfast sandwich, with a nice balance of the sweet and salty. The chicken was done just right, juicy and well-seasoned, although the side of potatoes was a little uneven and definitely needed salt.
The Mrs. chose the corn and andouille sausage hotcakes, made with andouille from Czuchraj’s in the West Side Market across the street, and topped with a poached egg and a bourbon maple hollandaise.
The components maybe didn’t work individually as well, but put together they formed an interesting dish: perfectly poached egg, flavorful hollandaise, hotcakes with a nice little bite from the andouille.
Attached to the main restaurant is the nicely done Market at the Fig, a small store selling a variety of cheeses, wine, beer, crackers, jam, plus small sandwiches and snacks. I picked up a bag of Rising Star Coffee.
Flying Fig’s location is hard to beat, amongst brick buildings and patios, close to places like Great Lakes Brewing Company and the West Side Market. Their little patio and brunch menu offer a good spot to start a morning of shopping at the market or exploring the neighborhood.