Welcome to May, soon to be known as Brunch Month around Greater Cincinnati. This issue’s cover story examines the “state of mind” that is weekend brunch—a specific menu reserved for Sundays and some Saturdays, offering classic dishes like eggs benedict and providing cover for imbibing bloody marys and other cocktails before noon. It’s a special occasion, let’s celebrate!
May has its fair share of special occasions, especially Mother’s Day and graduations. And what better way to investigate an unfamiliar neighborhood or rediscover an old favorite than to take Mom out to a fancy meal or host out-of-town relatives for a goetta-centric only-in-Cincinnati experience? As we demonstrate in our brunch list, there’s a perfect spot here for every taste—from casual hangs and boozy menus to upscale presentations and international twists.
A couple of months ago I met a couple eating at Postmark in Clifton who told their waiter they were working their way through Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants” list from our March issue. My family and I were at the next table, and they said they were starting with Postmark, which we ranked in the No. 1 spot, and would eventually visit all 10 restaurants to see if they agreed with our observations. I thanked them for being loyal readers.
I wonder if they’ll decide to work their way through this issue’s 36 brunch recommendations. Our staff divided up reporting duties for the package, so I devoured five brunches over three weekends. It was a lot of fun, but I’m kind of done with poached eggs for a while. One restaurant was entirely new to me (I needed GPS to find it), two were places I’d visited before for drinks but hadn’t tried their food, and two were familiar restaurants where I’d never had brunch. So all five experiences were, for the most part, brand new.
After living in Cincinnati for 30 years, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to appreciate this city even more, so I was grateful for the push to expand my food and geographic horizons. Sometimes you need an excuse like Mother’s Day—or a deadline—to break out of your routine and try a new experience.