Where do they find these people? You know, a staff that’s happy to serve you? In a world where you’re cashed out at your discount or grocery store by someone who went to The Walking Dead Customer Service Academy, Sports Page seems to have found the last real people who serve with a smile that’s genuine. Honestly, I think it has something to do with serving an omelette at noon. And goetta. Is it possible to serve oats and sausage in the same patty without smiling? Or at least snickering? Sports Page has a pleasant enough warm wood interior. There’s a minimal amount of sports memorabilia—not enough to overwhelm. The non-screaming ambiance and friendly staff imbues the whole restaurant with comfort; a simple place to grab breakfast or lunch—fast if you need it, or slow if you prefer. Lunch options don’t stray too far off the beaten path of sandwiches, salads, and the perennial chili. Which is to say, not a lot to make your decision frownworthy. Like the Bull Pen, a burger dipped in barbecue sauce and topped with bacon and cheese. Or the fried chicken salad. (Yikes, that degrades healthy to a whole new low.) Even simpler: there’s a wall of specials you’ll see right when you walk in, packed with something you’re guaranteed to go for. The breakfast options are equally unpretentious. No matter how bleary-eyed you are, you can plop your finger on the page and land on something that’ll get you going. Or a breakfast sandwich that’ll get you going to-go. Whatever. They’ll hand it to you with a smile.
Sports Page, 626 Vine St., downtown, (513) 721-0067
Originally published in the November 2013 issue.