If you follow me on Instagram, you know I'm a professional bruncher. I love a good Bloody Mary or latte paired with a spicy omelette or waffles. I mean, YUM. Breakfast is the best, and it's even better if it's eaten at lunchtime. I've lived in the Cincinnati area for a little over a year now and I've scoped out some of the best places to grab brunch. From small cozy hole-in-the-wall cafes to local chains, I've tried 'em all.
Like I said, I've tried a lot of brunch hot spots, but I wanted to outline my top five. If you're looking for a good brunch spot in NKY or Cinci I'd start with these:
One | Bellevue Bistro, Bellevue
This is my number one favorite place to catch brunch since it's super close to my house & has delicious options. It's a quaint cafe style restaurant and is in the cutest town - Bellevue. They're known for their breakfast bakes which are freakin' delicious if I'm being 100% real and they have excellent open-faced biscuit options, too. I'm sure everything else they offer is amazing but I tend to stick with one of these options. They're too good to deviate from!
When I go to Bellevue Bistro I normally order a latte or black coffee. I've tried the Bellevue breakfast bake, Fette Sau, turkey conquistador, Kentucky Hot Brown breakfast benedict, Portabello benny, & Bistro French Toast, all of which are beyond delicious. My favorite for sure was the Kentucky Hot Brown breakfast benedict. SO GOOD.
Two | Keystone Bar & Grill, Covington
Keystone Bar & Grill is a close number two on my brunch shortlist. They have a few locations in the area but I've only been to the one in Covington. Keystone is awesome for lunch or dinner, but something about brunch is just better. It's a small restaurant, quaint and cute. Worth noting: they're strict about not serving alcoholic beverages until after eleven AM (wow, I sound like an alcoholic) so if you like mimosas or Bloody Marys just be aware.
I've tried the hangover burrito with breakfast potatoes, chicken & waffles, and gravy train and they're all super good. I probably couldn't decide which I like more. The huevos rancheros are next on my list at Keystone!
Three | Taste of Belgium, Cincinnati
This is a Cinci classic in terms of brunch. If you like waffles, lattes, or Bloody Marys this is the place to be. Their waffles are their staple, of course, and are super delicious. Their lattes are on point. And their Bloody Marys are some of the best I've had - not too spicy or chunky. Perfect. They have crepes, too, as well as a vast variety of unique brunch items.
The McWaffle (waffle breakfast sandwich) is so good, and of course I had to pair it with a side of frites. Speaking of frites.. they come with spicy sauce and are glorious. I've never had the chicken & waffle but Michael gets it pretty often at ToB and he loves it. I've had several other items but the cool thing about ToB is that they change their menu up pretty frequently, making me choose something new almost every time I go.
Four | Wild Eggs
Guys, this place is good. It's a national chain with locations in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio, but I've only ever been to the one in Cincinnati so it still makes the list. I've only been once, and during that time I was trying out a meat-free diet (still going strong at nine days!) so I got a veggie item. I'm sure everything meaty is good, too. ;)
We tried Wild Eggs this past Sunday morning on a whim and after eating there I knew it would become a brunch staple. As the name says, they have lots of stuff made with eggs but they have other items too, like pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and more. I got the huevos rancheros with veggie chili and it was delicious. I told Michael after we left that it was the best brunch I've ever had. I don't know if it's because I was starving by the time we got a seat or if it actually was that good, but in my head it was the bomb.
Five | Mokka & the Sunset Bar, Newport
This one reminds me of home. There's a small, home-cookin' restaurant called Cecconi's in Springfield and it was such a staple in my childhood. When I want something that feels like home I reach for Mokka.
My favorite thing that Mokka offers for brunch is their fritatta. They have tons of ways to make it and it's just simple and good. The Breakfast Club is good, too, but I tend to stick with one of the frittatas. Always, always choose the potatoes. They're awesome. One thing I don't like about Mokka is that their Bloody Mary isn't too great. Other than that, though, it's a solid choice.
Have you brunched in the Cincinnati area? Where are your favorite spots to stop?
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