Top 5 Brunch Spots


1. Sugar n’ Spice
Cincinnatians have bellied up to the counter at Sugar n’ Spice for more than 75 years. The wispy thin pancakes, the ‘Slaughterhouse Five’ breakfast platter, and the muffin burger are just a few of our favorite things. Get here early if you don’t want to stand in line. Sugar n’ Spice Restaurant, 4381 Reading Rd., Norwood, (513) 242-3521,

This Paddock Hills diner has been amassing clientele for the past 75 years.
This Paddock Hills diner has been amassing clientele for the past 75 years.

Photograph by Anna Knott

2. Hang Over Easy
This UC-adjacent spot has a captive academic audience that is often in need of, ahem, comfort food. Student or not, don’t forget to grab a restorative bacon brownie before you leave. Hang Over Easy, 13 West Charlton St., Clifton, (513) 221-5400,

3. French Crust Café
Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel is synonymous with good food in Cincinnati, so of course his Parisian-inspired café ended up on our list. Go for breakfast favorites like quiche and pain au chocolat, or dine on elegant lunch options like duck leg confit salad and creamy chicken soup. French Crust Café, 915 Vine St., downtown, (513) 621-2013,

4. Sleepy Bee Café
Sleepy Bee is a charming addition to the Oakley dining scene. And since the owners are committed to serving local, pesticide-free options, you’ll find new items on the menu all the time—including plenty of gluten free and vegan choices. With a second location now open in Blue Ash, there’s so much more to love. Get there early (like, before 10 a.m.) to beat the crowds. Sleepy Bee Café, 3098 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 533-2339,

Sleepy Bee, Oakley
Sleepy Bee, Oakley

Photograph by Jeremy Kramer

5. The Echo
This unassuming spot in Hyde Park is the brunch go-to for East Siders, and you’ll be hard pressed to find an open table on any given morning (but don’t lose hope: turnover is quick). We keep going back for the Belgian Bird breakfast sandwich, Oktoberfest omelet, and the chicken feta chopped salad—and the phenomenal, friendly staff that makes you feel like you’re part of the family. The Echo Restaurant, 3510 Edwards Rd., Hyde Park, (513) 321-2816,


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