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Cleveland: Jack Flaps Luncheonette

Jack Flaps Luncheonette
530 Euclid Ave., Suite 10 (Inside the 5th St. Arcades)
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 303-9175
www.jackflaps.co
(Other location on Lorain Ave.)

 

Jack Flaps

Last month, my father and I took a short trip to Cleveland, Ohio. Despite the non-stop, freezing rain, getting lost looking for the rail line, a cancelled Indians ballgame and transportation issues (i.e. delayed flights and trains with engine problems), we still managed to have a good time.

 

One of the things that contributed to our good time was the deliciousness served up at Jack Flaps Luncheonette. It was 100% worth the trek through the cold downpour.

 

The cleverly-named Jack Flaps is nestled inside Cleveland’s 5th Street Arcades. Before I make your taste buds go as crazy as 2007 Britney Spears, I must address the scenery.

All the buildings in Cleveland are full of old-school architecture. The building that houses Jack Flaps is no exception. It was adorned with marble walls, intricate tiling and vaulted skylight ceilings in the atrium.

5th Street Arcades

 

The vibe inside of Jack Flaps is cozy and quaint. It’s a fairly small dining establishment. (Thank God we got there early!)

Jack Flaps Inside

There are several tables and a little diner-style bar seating area right next to the kitchen and grills. It was cool to watch all the magic happen from our bar seats.

 

I wish I would have snapped more pictures but I was too busy chatting with our bubbly waitress, Karmen, and savoring the restaurant’s infamous (Pardon my French) Real F’ing Breakfast Burrito. Yes, that is the actual name it and it was the realest.

Real F'ing Breakfast Burrito

First off, the presentation was on point. Just look at it!

 

It’s so pretty you don’t want to ruin it but trust me, you do. All the flavors in and on top of this burrito go so well together; like peanut butter and jelly, Bonnie and Clyde, etc. You get it – simpatico.

The Adobo-braised meat was cooked and seasoned to perfection. It also added the right amount of spice to the dish. The eggs and potatoes were perfect companions to the meat in this tortilla. The crema cooled down the heat nicely and the smoked tomato salsa was a refreshing touch on top. This breakfast burrito deserves an A+.

 

Although I did not order any flap jacks, all the ones that passed my line of view looked stunning. They offer flavors like Lemon Curd, Tiramisu and Lavender Vanilla Crème Brûlée.

Jack Flaps Menu

I was, however, able to snag a bite of my Dad’s original Buttermilk Pancake and house made sausage. They were both scrumptious.

 

I’d like to give Jack Flaps a standing ovation. Thank you for the delicious breakfast and wonderful Midwest hospitality. (I’m so glad I sucked up a walk in the cold and rain for it!)

This Florida girl was very impressed. I’m looking forward to another Real F’ing Breakfast Burrito in my future.

 

Cleveland, you rock!

– JK

 

 

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West Palm Beach: Avocado Grill

Avocado Grill
125 Datura Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 623-0822
www.avocadogrillwpb.com
(Other location in Palm Beach Gardens)

 

Avocado Grill

West Palm Beach is my home turf. I’ve been here most of my life. With that said, I’d like to think I’ve got the lowdown on the best food here.

Avocado Grill in Downtown West Palm Beach is some of the best food. It’s brunch time perfection. (But really anytime perfection.)

 

My first date with Avocado Grill was in August 2016. I went to celebrate my friend Marc’s birthday. The food was superb and so were the drinks. It was love at first bite…and sip.

 

My sister and I were impressed as soon as we got our first taste from Avocado Grill’s menu. We shared the stuffed Zucchini Blossoms.

Zucchini Blossoms

If you’ve never tried a stuffed Zucchini Blossom, I suggest you get adventurous. (We used to eat Squash Blossoms as a kid, so we already had the intel.) They are exquisite and I get them every time I go here.

These bad boys are stuffed with goat cheese, walnuts and mint. They are served with an out-of-this-world tomato jam, it’s the perfect compliment to the blossoms. If you retain anything from this post, it should be that Crispy Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms are a must!

 

Another must is their AG Benedict. Sure anyone can make Eggs Benedict but this one is far superior to most. It tastes fresh and doesn’t skimp on flavor.

The AG Benedict has smoked salmon, sautéed spinach, avocado, and truffle Hollandaise sauce. The truffle Hollandaise is everything. Get a little of it on the breakfast potatoes that come this dish – it’s scrumptious. Sip on a glass of Rosé with this and it’s the best kind of Sunday morning.

AG BenedictRose

 

Speaking of drinks, if you like tequila, the Avocado Margarita is highly recommended by my sister, Kerri, and her girlfriend, Anna. (I tried a sip of Kerri’s and I can vouch for its awesomeness.)

It may sound atypical but the Avocado Margarita is a genius libation – a little tang, a little tequila, a little Avocado. So yummy.

Avocado Margaritas

 

I know it may be difficult with all the amazing bites and drinks at Avocado Grill but I urge you to save room for dessert.

Last time I brunched there, I managed to save a little room for dessert and it was fantastic.

Avocado Grill Desserts

If you like Nutella (who doesn’t!?) go for the Nutella Avocado Mousse. The decadent mousse is served topped with caramelized hazelnuts and espresso whipped cream. Honestly, I could just eat that whipped cream and live my happiest life.

The Dulce De Leche Lava Cake is a fun spin on the traditional lava cake. It’s packed with caramel flavor and plated atop a tangy raspberry sauce. You can’t go wrong with either dessert.

 

If your crew is looking for the perfect spot for brunch (or dinner), Avocado Grill is where it’s at. It’s South Florida al fresco dining at its finest.

Whether you sit inside or outside, your dining experience will be bright, airy and full of top-notch cuisine and drinks.

– JK

 

 

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