Oakley Wines Has Brunch, So Now You Never Have to Leave

House-made Bloody Mary with celery-infused vodka, $7

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If the crazy lineup outside of Sleepy Bee every weekend tells us one thing, it’s this: There’s some pent-up demand for brunch in Oakley. And Oakley Wines owner Zach Eidson is more than happy to oblige.

Eidson’s east side shop is already a great place to top up your weekly wine stash. And with last fall’s addition of The Cellar at Oakley Wines, you can head underground any night of the week for a glass of vino, beer, or an excellent craft cocktail from Eidson’s talented bar staff. And now there’s brunch.

Belgian Waffles, $7.50 (add house-made whipped cream, mixed berries, or walnuts, .50)
Belgian Waffles, $7.50 (add house-made whipped cream, mixed berries, or walnuts, .50)

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Eidson is an industry pro—he’s worked with chefs Jean-Robert de Cavel and David Falk, among others—so we knew we could expect a solid menu of moderately fancy breakfast classics. But we also found that the subterranean Cellar at Oakley Wines is a pretty ideal brunch venue for those of us trying to ease into the weekend: It’s quiet, dimly lit, and thoroughly chill. You can’t sit outside, but you don’t have to look at each other in the cold light of day, either. And it’s affordable: No single item costs more than $8.

As for the food, every menu item was a hit. The Bloody Mary is simple but not simplistic: The celery-infused vodka keeps it from tasting too tomato-ey, and it has a spicy kick that will wake you and your sinuses right up. The Belgian Waffle is both fluffy and crusty, and the Ham and Gruyere on Croissant is basically a spruced up grilled ham and cheese, which is all we ever want in this waking life.

Ham and Gruyere on Croissant, served with mixed berries, $7
Ham and Gruyere on Croissant, served with mixed berries, $7

The sleeper favorite was Lainey P’s Casserole. We don’t know who you are, Lainey P., but you know your way around a casserole. (And if the word “casserole” conjures images of crushed up tortilla chips, then it may be helpful for you to think of this dish more as a filling-but-elegant breakfast souffle.)

Lainey P's Casserole
Lainey P’s Casserole

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Clocking in at like two or three inches tall, it’s packed with rice, egg, cheese, sausage, and a spicy sauce that we’ll be thinking about until the next wine tasting.

The Cellar at Oakley Wines, 4011 Alston St., Oakley, (513) 531-1400, oakleywines.com

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