I may be stretching it a bit to call this brunch. To be fair, bagels and lox is an awesome anytime food, but I personally came to the bagels-for-brunch habit in college. Every time I visit Marx Hot Bagels on a weekend morning—they open at 6 a.m., seven days a week—I realize that I’m hardly alone in this pursuit of boiled bread for breakfast. While the Nova lox and cream cheese platter with a pumpernickel everything bagel for $10.19 is my standard order, I also enjoy the egg and tuna salads and an occasional cup of vegetarian matzo ball soup. But John Marx is really all about the bagels. More than 35 varieties are baked fresh (no preservatives of any sort) on site and can be purchased for $1.04 each or $10.39 for a baker’s dozen, meaning 13. Varieties of cream cheese schmear are almost as numerous—running the gamut from horseradish and black olive to mixed berry, not to mention smoked salmon, and available to-go by the pint or half. It’s worth noting that Marx is a kosher shop (approved by the local Va’ad Hoier) meaning there’s plenty of vegetable and fish products, but no meat or fowl. Belly up to the counter, or place your order and adjourn to one of the blue Formica tables and enjoy the most authentic bagels that Cincinnati has to offer.
Marx Hot Bagels, 9701 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash, (513) 891-5542