These four spots go above and beyond your run-of-the-mill doughnut joint.
The Baker’s Table Bakery is the sister restaurant to the award-winning The Baker’s Table, featuring delectable pastries and locally sourced espresso in the mornings. But the biggest draw is the bread. The sourdough bread, made in-house daily, makes any sandwich taste better, and frankly, it’s ridiculous how much flavor The BTB manages to extract out of something as simple as toast. The breakfast menu may look small, but make no mistake: It is mighty.
1001 Monmouth St., Newport, (859) 261-0125
The owners of Milford BBQ favorite Pickles & Bones shifted in a different direction for their second restaurant. All Hail the Biscuit lives up to its name, with biscuits in every single dish you could think of. Biscuit donuts, cinnamon biscuits, brisket biscuits, biscuit benedicts, biscuit sandwiches, traditional biscuits and gravy, and more. In case you’re somehow not there for the biscuits, they’ve got traditional breakfast fare like frittatas and pancakes, and a nice cocktail menu, too. But with AHTB’s biscuits being the perfect level of golden-brown flaky buttery goodness that you’d expect, it’s hard to imagine ordering anything else.
877 OH-28, Milford, (513) 340-4811
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into Bagel Brothers is how good it smells. The next thing you’ll notice is how dark and cozy it is, even in broad daylight. After that, you’ll see how many homemade options you have—bagels, croissants, doughnuts, cookies, and pastries galore, with all manner of possible sandwich toppings. The cream cheese adorning each bagel is made in-house each day with no additives or preservatives—as are the chicken, tuna, and egg salads. Cheap, quick, and delicious, just one bite of anything in this small shop will make you realize this is a UC student staple for a reason.
347 Calhoun St., Clifton, (513) 221-4000
Picture a coffee chain with every single pastry or bread you could ever think of ready and waiting on rows and rows of shelves as you walk in the door, and you’d have a pretty good idea of what Paris Baguette is like. This South Korean bakery chain (the only location in Ohio) makes the grade by having a gargantuan variety of items available for the downtown consumer. There’s your regular doughnuts and croissants, sure, but the real surprise is in the unexpected. Japanese rice pastries? Yep. Chiffon cakes? Sure. Tiramisu tarts? Absolutely. Feuillete au Chocolat? Why not?
100 W. Fourth St., downtown, (513) 399-5858