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We Like It Strong and Hot
We mean our coffee, naturally.
French Press Café 45140 With no paper filters to absorb the essential oils, this popular method delivers a deep, dark, full-bodied brew. We recommend this three-way: French press + French roast + French toast at Chefs Tami Whitfield and Joe Kirchmayer’s adorable café along the Loveland Bike Trail. • 123 Railroad Ave., Loveland, (513) 748-5500 Vietnamese Pho Lang Thang Using a custom roast—Saigon Phin Daklak—from their own line (Lang Thang Coffee & Tea Company), grounds are carefully packed into a special filter and set over a cup filled with a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk. The result is powerful, sweet, ...
What a Good Egg!
Five ways we love the incredible edible egg.
Poached Cumin What Chef Owen Maass calls Benedict, we call an indecent proposal: two glistening, perfectly poached eggs atop “smoked pork debris,” with creamed spinach, pork fat bourbon hollandaise, and delicate microgreens. • 3520 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, (513) 871-8714. Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2 pm Scrambled Via Vite Leave it to an Italian to gently scramble eggs with fruity olive oil, fresh spinach, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and shaved truffle. Note: These are not on the menu, but the kitchen is happy to make them on request. • 520 Vine St., downtown, (513) 721-8483. Brunch Sun 10 am–3 pm Frittata Maribelle’sChef Mike ...
Meat Your Breakfast
Because here in Porkopolis, you can’t start your day without a little pig.
Sausage Eckerlin Meats Eckerlin makes breakfast sausage two ways, and they’re both exceptional. The links are hand-tied individually in sheep casing, with mustard seed adding old-world German flair. Like the links, the bulk sausage is made only from Boston butt, which produces hearty and flavorful patties free from back fat or fillers. • Findlay Market, between Elm and Race streets, Over-the-Rhine, (513) 721-5743 Pepper Bacon Kroeger & Sons Meats This bacon is big. Ordering a pound will get you only 12 slices, but just one is more than enough to wake up your tongue. The pepper flavor is strong but ...
Six fresh-baked reasons to get out of bed.
Vegan Doughnuts Clark and Minnie’s Vegan Confectionary Co. Vanilla glazed, chocolate iced with toasted coconut, old-fashioned dunking sticks, orange cream, cherry cordial, and peanut butter cup crumble: Compassion in traditional and quirky forms, always sweet.• Sidewinder Coffee, Northside, (513) 542-8321 Cream Scones Bluebird Bakery A sibling to the biscuit, authentic scones should be butterfat rich with a slightly dense crumb and not overly precious with ingredients. Owner Jenny Dennis keeps it real with simple varieties such as lemon poppy seed, cream cheese, and jam-topped.• 29 Village Square, Glendale, (513) 772-5633 Cheese Danish Shadeau Breads A crisp, golden exterior yields to ...
Goetta Gone Wild
Three ways to enjoy our special sausage.
Goetta Danish Skirtz & Johnston The Findlay Market bakery wraps chunks of Eckerlin’s goetta in flaky pastry and gives it a schmear of apricot preserves to create the ultimate sweet-and-savory combo. Your tummy will remain free of grumbles until lunch. • 113 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-1286, skirtzandjohnston.com Hafner’s Hot Vegan Goetta Honey This contradiction in terms mimics goetta with textured vegetable protein and spices. It’s baked, then pan-seared for a crispy crust that yields to a slightly creamy middle. The result is more veggie burger than porky bliss, but we still cleaned our plate. • 4034 Hamilton Ave., ...
A little global flavor to spice up your morning.
Chinese Uncle Yip’s Sometimes the traditional breakfast doesn’t cut it. For those mornings, there is dim sum. Uncle Yip’s has 29 variations of steamed buns, dumplings, rolls, and other surprises. This is food for sharing. Take friends. • 10736 Reading Rd., Sharonville, (513) 733-8484. Dim sum Sat & Sun 11–3 Indian Amma’s Kitchen The vegan brunch buffet features gobhi Manchurian, deliciously sweet gulab jamun fried cottage cheese balls, and dosa rice crepes. It’s popular with southern Indians looking for a taste of home. • 7633 Reading Rd., Roselawn, (513) 821-2021. Brunch Sun 11:30– pm Tex-Mex Enzo’s The breakfast burrito is ...
Toast of the Town
A whole neighborhood of breakfast options.
What’s the deal with Northside? Is it populated entirely by “morning people”? Or does it sit on A magnetic field that attracts the chronically hung over and caffeine-addicted? Whatever the reason, it is—hands down—the best breakfast neighborhood ever. —Linda Vaccariello 1) Sidewinder Coffee shop with an Earth Shoe vibe. Tofu burritos, vegan and non-vegan baked goods, and a killer Mexican latte. • 4181 Hamilton Ave., (513) 542-8321. Mon–Fri 7 am–10 pm, Sat & Sun 8 am–10 pm 2) Take the Cake Bakery-cum-café with communal tables. Outrageously rich French toast bread pudding and biscuits as tender as Mamaw’s. • 4035 Hamilton ...
We Never Close
The all-night diner: a beacon of hope in the dark of night—with bacon.
Anchor Grill The neon “We May Doze but Never Close” sign in the window says it all. Head straight for the goetta and cheese omelette, served with your choice of toast. A whole slice of goetta and a layer of cheese, beneath a blanket of egg. It’s heaven. Just make sure you bring cash—no plastic accepted here. • 438 Pike St., Covington, (859) 431-9498 Pepper Pod Fair warning: There is no nonsmoking section here. But the waitresses are sassy, and the food is cheap and filling. The Poor Boy breakfast delivers you two thick slices of fried bologna, two eggs, ...
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