You know you’re getting old when you
determine where you will eat based on ease of parking. That is precisely
why I have not been to Mount Adams in years. Aside from parking, I
really don’t have the T&A to get into the hot nightspots anyway.
Luckily, for brunch there is a reasonable expectation of a parking spot
and no expectation of cleavage.
It’s hard to believe that Nicholson’s
Tavern & Pub (625 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-564-9111;
nicholsonspub.com) has been around for more than 14 years. One of the
reasons they’ve lasted so long is that the owners are not afraid to
evolve. They are always looking for new ways to increase business and
promote excitement about the restaurant.
View Cucina (2200 Victory Pkwy., 513-751-8439), housed on the
fifth floor of Edgecliff Residences on Victory Parkway, has the feel of a
hotel restaurant with the blend of elegance and comfort that the
Stephens’ family of Bella Luna fame has mastered. With an expanse of
windows showcasing a view of the river filling the space, the relatively
small room feels much bigger.
Brunch is mimosas, smoked salmon and
omelets with goat cheese, right? It’s a snooty menu served at a
civilized hour that accommodates hangover schedules, right? A state of
mind? Right? Right? Wrong. It struck me like a lightning bolt
when Kent Hugentobler, owner of Doris and Sonny’s Homelike Restaurant, sounded so confused when
I called anonymously to asked if they served brunch. “Well,” he said slowly, “we serve breakfast and lunch.”
Since 1977, the Wong family has held court at Oriental Wok
locations around Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Their Fort Mitchell
location (317 Buttermilk Pike, 859-331-3000) has it all: a gong at the
door, a relaxing fishpond, a quirky, lovable owner and a Sunday brunch
Keystone Bar Bar & Grill in Covington (313 Greenup St., 859-261-6777) is known for its mac and cheese. In fact, they offer a mac and cheese menu. My mission on a recent Sunday, however, was brunch. We arrived just after 11 a.m. to find the restaurant nearly full and met up with friends.
Bellevue Bistro is a quaint, unassuming café that blends in with the independent shops along historic Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue, Ky. Or at least that’s what I thought before going there. The small breakfast and lunch restaurant (313 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, 859-581-5600) packs a big menu, big flavors and a big ego.
Nothing is quite so civilized as brunch, a leisurely parade of egg dishes, fruit and champagne cocktails served in the company of fresh flowers. On a recent Sunday, when we decided to pretend like we were real people with lives that included something other than work, we got all this and more at Honey in Northside.
Did you even know that there was a café at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center? Neither did Jean Francois Flechet until he had a chance to propose opening a satellite site of his Belgian waffle empire there. Well, maybe Taste of Belgium hasn’t reached empire status, but it’s certainly growing in local impact.
Latin cuisine probably doesn’t come to mind when you think “first meal of the day.” But after having brunch at Poco a Poco, it might. I’ve been really into Sunday brunch lately, so I was excited to try someplace other than my usual haunts. On our first visit, the girlfriend and I were the only people in the place save the kitchen staff and one bartender/server. We thought it a bit odd, since it was prime brunchin’ time, but figured the word about Poco’s brunch just hadn’t gotten out yet.
CityBeat’s kicking off a new mid-month series of breakfast and brunch reviews with today’s look at the super-popular brunch at Take the Cake (4035 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-421-2772). Sunday is the only day that brunch is served (9 a.m.-2 p.m.), and it’s apparent that the customers build up lots of anticipation. There’s a real mix in the crowd — families, singles, couples — and it’s not all Northside neighbors.