Maybe you overslept. Maybe your coffee machine kicked the bucket. Whatever went wrong this morning, work is looming and you need sustenance. Check out these places to get a weekday breakfast before the daily grind.
1. Half-day CaféHalf-day Café does breakfast a little differently. They’re broiling grapefruit over there, for goodness sake. The unique dish is sweetened with a dash of caramelized ginger sugar. Other progressive takes on the most important meal of the day include Mango Butter Rum French Toast, Sweet Potato Pancakes, and Burrito con Carnitas with slow roasted Latin spiced pork. Fresh squeezed OJ and house made lemonade take this place over the top. Mon–Sat, 7 am–2 pm. (513) 821-2323, 1 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, halfdaycafe.org
2. Enzo’sAt Enzo’s, breakfast is synonymous with burritos. The cozy Over-the-Rhine spot has five breakfast burritos—grilled and paired with salsa—on the menu, including the Roma with scrambled eggs, hash browns, salami, provolone, and a spicy tampanade, and the vegan Rossamundo, which includes hash browns, walnuts, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and “secret spices.” Mon–Fri. 7 am–6 pm. 1106 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 579-1106, enzosotr.com
3. Wicked-wichStop in to this downtown sandwich shop and fill up on quiche, oatmeal, an egg sandwich, or something called a “morning puff” (if you’re hoping that it includes puff pastry, you’ll not be disappointed). Mon–Fri 7 am–10 am. 425 Sycamore St., downtown, (513) 421-9424, wicked-wich.com
4. Bellevue BistroIf you’re looking for options, the über-quaint Bellevue Bistro won’t let you down. Their huge menu is not lacking in breakfast items, including variations on the classic Eggs Benedict and French toast—plus, they have a penchant for slapping eggs on top of potatoes. Mon–Sat 8 am–4 pm; Sun 8 am–2 pm. 313 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, (859) 581-5600
5. Alreddy Coffee & CaféAlreddy Café is making dreams come true every week with their baked-to-order cinnamon rolls, which are (of course) topped with cream cheese icing. They’ve also perfected something called the “croissomelet,” by which they mean you can tuck your omelet or frittata of choice into a flaky croissant. Don’t forget a swing through the espresso bar. Mon–Fri 7 am–3 pm; Sat 8 am–3 pm. 11083 Reading Rd., Sharonville, (513) 563-4550, alreddycafe.com
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