An Interesting Omelet at Tommy’s Restaurant

A typical omelet consists of what? Eggs, cheese, some veggies? Maybe some ham, bacon or sausage? Sure, these are all standard breakfast ingredients to make a tasty omelet. So how about an omelet with falafel? I have a certain fondness for the chickpea so an omelet with falafel jumped out at me. That’s exactly what I had over at Tommy’s Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. More specifically, they call this omelet with falafel a “John Z.”, ($8.09) and served with your choice of toast (I went for rye toast, my favorite).

Hot Shoppes plate? Haha, yeah Tommy told me when Hot Shoppes went out of business, they offered up their plates. Brings back memories...

The “John Z.” omelet is a hearty sized creation stuffed with falafel, ham, cheese, onions, mushrooms, green peppers and tomatoes. The falafel’s salty, subtle garlicky flavor gave the omelet a unique taste and texture. I found myself wishing for more falafel and maybe less ham and mushrooms. Can they just rename this the “Ryan H.” if we added some more falafel and kicked the shrooms and ham to the curb? I’ll give Tommy a call.

I had breakfast with Tommy... There he is working on a milkshake at 9:30am

So why is it called “John Z.”? Well the first person to order this specific omelet combination was a guy by the name of John Zenisek. That’s how the menu has developed through the years at Tommy’s. The customers have had a big impact on what is served, and a unique request may be granted with menu status. I knew that on this morning, I would be choosing some sort of omelet and a couple of interesting choices that caught my eye, “The Braun” (omelet with shrimp and cheese) and the “Kraig” (omelet with spinach, mushrooms, cheddar and muenster cheese). Thank you Mr. John Z. for your respectable palate.

Tommy’s has been around since 1972 when it got it’s start as a small soda shop and has earned it’s popularity by it’s milkshakes. Anyone reading this who has had a milkshake ($4.84 for a 20oz.) from Tommy’s will probably be disappointed to know that I skipped the milkshake. It was breakfast time and I had already had a backwards breakfast the day before when I indulged in a grilled cheese and tomato soup at Lucky’s Cafe. A definite for next time… the Cookies & Cream shake. On this morning, the “John Z.” omelet was the star.

Check them out:

Tommy’s Restaurant

1824 Coventry Road

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
Tommy's on Urbanspoon

12 comments on “An Interesting Omelet at Tommy’s Restaurant

  1. skippymom says:

    What an amazing menu – I love the way it is annotated for
    gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic – makes ordering so
    easy for those customers that prefer it and for the staff who have
    to explain it. I love that they make their own peanut butter – but
    some of the breakfast sandwiches that contained it made me scratch
    my head a bit. lol [BLT with pb & mayo -
    no.justno.]

  2. Jennifer says:

    OMGSH!!! Tommy’s has the best shakes! Everytime I go back
    home see my parents we get lunch at Tommy’s. Great fries too. Now I
    want an omelet :D

  3. Matt says:

    As a clevelander I am loving these reviews. Tommys is a
    longtime favorite of mine, though have never tried the John Z, next
    time for sure.

  4. Meg says:

    I’m looking at my oatmeal in shame right now.

  5. Rachel says:

    Thanks for another review of a great Cleveland spot!

    Tommy’s is well loved in my circle of friends for having great vegetarian options. Lots of places around here have “meatless” dishes that are just the same recipe as a meat dish, minus the meat, but Tommy’s has well thought out options that my meat-averse pals love.

  6. geri says:

    what a beautiful article and beautiful photos! Looking forward to New Years Day pancakes!

  7. Therese says:

    Tommy’s has been a favorite of mine for more years then I care to count! I’m very happy to pass along the Tommy’s tradition to my son. He loves the giant hot dogs and milkshakes. Tommy’s rules!

  8. Zack says:

    As someone who went to college in C-Town and, as such,
    lived in Cleveland Heights to get a bit of distance from Univ.
    Circle, it’s great to see Tommy’s on a website I regularly
    visit!

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