Mastering the breakfast, brunch, and lunch restaurant concept hinges on three main details: Creating and consistently delivering a standout, made-from-scratch menu; committing to high-quality service; and packaging it in an inviting atmosphere that keeps diners coming back. It’s a model Jeremy Faeth mastered quickly at Cedar, a comfort-focused brunchery that opened in Covington’s MainStrasse neighborhood last summer to much success. And he has replicated it at Yuca, a Latin American–themed breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot Faeth opened this fall, just a quick car ride away along Bellevue’s Fairfield Avenue.
Yuca has taken over The Fairfield’s former space, retaining much of the same modern, airy, and inviting café vibes with a neighborhood feel, but boasts a menu certainly worth a commute. In the mood for a hearty breakfast? Indulge in the Fat Zach, a heaping corn gordita packed to the brim with chicken, chorizo, and scrambled egg, served with avocado, pineapple pico, and sweet and spicy potatoes. Craving something lighter? We recommend the Peruvian shrimp ceviche, a packed-with-flavor dish of fresh shrimp cured in citrus juice. There’s a full drink menu ranging from coffee to Bloody Marys—or a selection of margaritas and palomas if you’re looking to stick around.
Yuca, 700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, (859) 360-0110
Click here to watch our video tour of Yuca on TikTok.