Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Breakfast with the ‘Boys’ – Willoughby Ohio

Back in late July, we drove up to the Cleveland area to visit with David II, Amy and our grandsons.  David and Amy had our visit planned out and we were busy sightseeing and dining out much of the time that we were in town.

Unfortunately Amy had to work during the first day of our visit…so David II took David III, Emmett Lee, plus Laurie and I out for breakfast…just to start our day out right.  This is Kleifeld’s, a local diner style restaurant located in downtown Willoughby Ohio.  The restaurant occupies space in the old Kleiling Building that was built ca. 1888.  I couldn’t find out how long Kleifeld’s Restaurant has been in business but I did determine that an earlier iteration of this restaurant in this same location was destroyed by fire back in 1952.

Kleifeld’s is not exactly a big place… We love the old counter and stools.  This photo is very much a visual definition of an old working town diner! 

Here’s another view of the counter area… Now here’s a little bit about Willoughby.
This suburb of Cleveland was first settled in 1798.  In 1835, the village was permanently named "Willoughby" in honor of Dr. Westel Willoughby, Jr., a public health official that the founders of the ‘Medical College’, which was based in the city, hoped to attract to the area.  This medical college would later merge with Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH and would eventually become Western Reserve University, the predecessor to Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University.
Factoid: Willoughby OH is the only town in the USA that, at one time or another, has belonged to 6 different counties.

This is a photo of my namesake, David II with our grandson, David III.

And here we are…Laurie (aka Nana), Emmett Lee, and David (aka Papa).
Factoid: Comedian Tim Conway is from Willoughby...

Time for breakfast!  Laurie’s two eggs easy-over with Bacon, fried potatoes, toast and coffee was one of the daily specials…at only $4.25!  It was a very nice breakfast.

Emmett Lee went with the Blueberry Pancakes. ($3.99) They sure didn’t scrimp on the blueberries!

At 12 going on 13, David III’s palate has continued to expand.  He had an order of French Toast with a side of Kielbasa. ($6.54)  

Sorry about the ketchup!  I slathered my huge portion of fried potatoes with Tabasco and ketchup before Laurie could take the photo.  I had the Country Fried Steak smothered in sausage gravy with two eggs over easy, potatoes and toast. ($6.29) This was a very satisfying way to start out our busy day!

David II went with one of his favorite breakfasts… Hash and Eggs, with the eggs scrambled, accompanied by a nice order of those great country fried potatoes and toast. ($6.29)
Kleifeld’s Restaurant is located at 4048 Erie Street, (Erie and 3rd Street), in Willoughby Ohio…not too far east of Cleveland.  Trip Advisor ranks it 7th out of 95 restaurants in the area…a solid 5 out of 5!  Yelp gives it 4.5 out of 5… This is a great little breakfast place!  Did I mention the great prices?!  Phone: 440-942-7646.  I couldn’t find a website or Facebook page for Kleifeld’s…
Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…
Thanks for stopping by for breakfast with us!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave 


  1. Dear Dave, What a beautiful way to start a day. The family looks wonderful and happy all together at a breakfast.
    The food looks great and the prices are very reasonable for such a nice breakfast.
    Blessings, Catherine

  2. They all look good, esp. Laurie's! Nothing beats a good breakfast and this one looks great. Interesting about Willoughby. I didn't know Conway was a Buckeye, I am too!

  3. Oh boy! Now I'm in the mood for breakfast! I can't decide which looks better. Looks like you had a fantastic day out with the family!