Brunch Report: Northside Yacht Club

The Bloody Mary is garnished with a slider. And bacon. And a chicken wing.

You don’t have to be young, hip, or a slave to irony to appreciate the Northside Yacht Club. While there’s a conspicuous dearth of actual watercraft, the nautical theme—80 pounds of rope are suspended from the ceiling alone—makes for a cozy watering hole. But owners Jon Weiner and Stuart MacKenzie—both veterans of Wellmann’s Brands—excel in their brunch game. Not a heavy breakfast eater? Just order the Yacht Club Bloody, comprised of Weiner’s secret homemade mix, Stoli vodka, and citrus then garnished with celery, an absurdly plump and flavorful smoked Amish chicken wing, slices of American hickory bacon, and a pulled pork slider made with smoked Boston Butt.

Yacht Club Bloody Mary: House mix, Stolichnaya Vodka, and citrus juice garnished with a pulled pork slider, bacon, and a smoked chicken wing.
Yacht Club Bloody Mary: House mix, Stolichnaya Vodka, and citrus juice garnished with a pulled pork slider, bacon, and a smoked chicken wing.

However, if you over-indulged the night before and are looking for a big midday meal to help your system make amends, by all means order the brunch buffet. On a recent visit we sampled biscuits and gravy, pancakes, a curry tofu scramble, shrimp and grits, sausage links, bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, and a fruit salad. It’s a real steal at $10, especially since many of the ingredients are locally sourced.

Eighty pounds of rope are suspended from the ceiling
Eighty pounds of rope are suspended from the ceiling

Weiner and MacKenzie are have consciously created NSYC as a “third space.” Follow them on Facebook for the full rundown of activities. Where else in town can you take a yoga class, catch a band, order a craft cocktail, and watch a Bengals game, potentially all in one day?

4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com

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