CityBeat - The Nook http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-225-1-the_nook.html <![CDATA[The Book on Next Chapter’s Brunch - ]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Nicholson’s Delivers Knockout Brunch - ]]>

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. 

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<![CDATA[Brunch with a View - ]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Just Like Home - ]]>

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.” 

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<![CDATA[An Asian Brunch Experience - ]]> 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 buffet ($12.95). 

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<![CDATA[Beautiful 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.]]> <![CDATA[Bellevue Bistro (Brunch Review) - ]]> <![CDATA[The Brunch Buzz at Honey - ]]> <![CDATA[Waffles of Freedom! - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Poco a Poco (Brunch Review) - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Let Them Eat (at) 'Cake' - ]]> 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.]]>