January 22, 2021

25 Greater Cincinnati Restaurants Offering Their Brunch To-Go

Brunching during a pandemic doesn't quite carry the carefree, midday indulgent vibes we had grown to appreciate in the "before time." But that doesn't mean we haven't stopped thinking about munching on over-the-top waffle creations or menu items reminiscent of Ron Swanson's egg- and meat-filled breakfast order on "Parks and Rec" while sipping on mimosas or bloody marys. If you're avoiding dining-in these days or you'd just rather enjoy your brunch while sitting on the couch, we've got you covered. Here are some local favorites offering their brunchy bites (and cocktails, at a few restaurants!) to-go. Happy brunching!
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The Yukon sandwich from Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Yukon sandwich from Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Goose & Elder
1800 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Chef Jose Salazar opened Goose & Elder, a sort of comfort food destination with self-described “Midcentury grandma” décor, adjacent to Findlay Market last year. Their large and inventive menu includes brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some standouts include speckled “Goosecakes,” chocolate chip pancakes with bananas and peanut butter buttercream, and staples such as the goetta hash and avocado toast. Place an order online for carry-out or for delivery through DoorDash if you can’t make it to dine in-house. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Goose & Elder

1800 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Chef Jose Salazar opened Goose & Elder, a sort of comfort food destination with self-described “Midcentury grandma” décor, adjacent to Findlay Market last year. Their large and inventive menu includes brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some standouts include speckled “Goosecakes,” chocolate chip pancakes with bananas and peanut butter buttercream, and staples such as the goetta hash and avocado toast. Place an order online for carry-out or for delivery through DoorDash if you can’t make it to dine in-house.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Crown Republic Gastropub
720 Sycamore St., Downtown
Crown Republic Gastropub on Sycamore offers a variety of breakfast and brunch items, including cornmeal buttermilk pancakes, carnitas hash and truffle and eggs. Brunch is available for carry-out from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. along with craft cocktails and bloody marys.
Photo via Facebook.com/CrownRepublicGastropub

Crown Republic Gastropub

720 Sycamore St., Downtown
Crown Republic Gastropub on Sycamore offers a variety of breakfast and brunch items, including cornmeal buttermilk pancakes, carnitas hash and truffle and eggs. Brunch is available for carry-out from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. along with craft cocktails and bloody marys.
Photo via Facebook.com/CrownRepublicGastropub
The Baker’s Table
1004 Monmouth St., Newport
The Baker’s Table in Newport is a "farm-to-table restaurant, cafe, bar and bakery" serving handmade food for brunch and dinner. Their brunch is offered Thursday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with some menu items including smoked salmon toast and Italian ricotta doughnuts.
Photo via Facebook.com/BakersTable

The Baker’s Table

1004 Monmouth St., Newport
The Baker’s Table in Newport is a "farm-to-table restaurant, cafe, bar and bakery" serving handmade food for brunch and dinner. Their brunch is offered Thursday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with some menu items including smoked salmon toast and Italian ricotta doughnuts.
Photo via Facebook.com/BakersTable
Taste of Belgium
Multiple locations including 1135 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine; 3825 Edwards Road, Rookwood; 16 W. Freedom Way, The Banks
Taste of Belgium has been a local favorite since 2007 for its “traditional Belgian-American hybrid menu,” says Bailey Herth, general manager of the Over-the-Rhine location. Any of their five Cincinnati-area locations and one Northern Kentucky location are sure to serve up the quality booze and brunch ToB is known for. Their brunch, which is served all day, has some classics like chicken and waffles and less traditional options like the Pig & Fig Galette with prosciutto, brie, fig jam and arugula. Order online or call your local eatery. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Taste of Belgium

Multiple locations including 1135 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine; 3825 Edwards Road, Rookwood; 16 W. Freedom Way, The Banks
Taste of Belgium has been a local favorite since 2007 for its “traditional Belgian-American hybrid menu,” says Bailey Herth, general manager of the Over-the-Rhine location. Any of their five Cincinnati-area locations and one Northern Kentucky location are sure to serve up the quality booze and brunch ToB is known for. Their brunch, which is served all day, has some classics like chicken and waffles and less traditional options like the Pig & Fig Galette with prosciutto, brie, fig jam and arugula. Order online or call your local eatery.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Cedar
701 Main St., Covington
Cedar, a new restaurant in Covington, describes itself as an "upscale comfort food restaurant centered around breakfast, brunch and lunch with spirits." The breakfast and brunch menu is small, with items like the biscuit bowl — housemade buttermilk biscuits, chorizo lamb sausage gravy, fried egg and green onion — and the breakfast mac — corkscrew pasta, white cheddar cheese sauce, crispy pork belly, house breadcrumbs, sunny egg and green onion — standing out. Their craft cocktails and scratch-made bloody marys seem equally appealing and the perfect match for a great brunch. Not in the mood to dine in? Place your to-go order by calling 859-360-1187.
Photo via Facebook.com/CedarRestaurantCov

Cedar

701 Main St., Covington
Cedar, a new restaurant in Covington, describes itself as an "upscale comfort food restaurant centered around breakfast, brunch and lunch with spirits." The breakfast and brunch menu is small, with items like the biscuit bowl — housemade buttermilk biscuits, chorizo lamb sausage gravy, fried egg and green onion — and the breakfast mac — corkscrew pasta, white cheddar cheese sauce, crispy pork belly, house breadcrumbs, sunny egg and green onion — standing out. Their craft cocktails and scratch-made bloody marys seem equally appealing and the perfect match for a great brunch. Not in the mood to dine in? Place your to-go order by calling 859-360-1187.
Photo via Facebook.com/CedarRestaurantCov
Sleepy Bee Cafe
Multiple locations including 8 E. 4th St., Downtown; 3098 Madison Road, Oakley; 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash
Sleepy Bee Cafe has locations in Oakley, Blue Ash and Downtown, so just about wherever you are in the Greater Cincinnati area, you can get a taste of some of their delectable breakfast, brunch and lunch options. Some menu favorites include the Queen City Bee, a breakfast sandwich with goetta, apple, arugula, broken yolk egg and "nectar" sauce on a "milk" bun, and the Vanilla Almond Oats, made with steel cut oats, chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla, topped with toasted coconut, bananas and blueberries. You can order any menu item for carry-out or get a Bee Meal Kit — menu favorites to take home and cook yourself.
Photo via Facebook.com/SleepyBeeCafe

Sleepy Bee Cafe

Multiple locations including 8 E. 4th St., Downtown; 3098 Madison Road, Oakley; 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash
Sleepy Bee Cafe has locations in Oakley, Blue Ash and Downtown, so just about wherever you are in the Greater Cincinnati area, you can get a taste of some of their delectable breakfast, brunch and lunch options. Some menu favorites include the Queen City Bee, a breakfast sandwich with goetta, apple, arugula, broken yolk egg and "nectar" sauce on a "milk" bun, and the Vanilla Almond Oats, made with steel cut oats, chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla, topped with toasted coconut, bananas and blueberries. You can order any menu item for carry-out or get a Bee Meal Kit — menu favorites to take home and cook yourself.
Photo via Facebook.com/SleepyBeeCafe

Libby’s Southern Comfort
35 W. Eighth St., Covington
This Southern-inspired restaurant located in Covington boasts a menu of comfort food classics like fried chicken and shrimp and grits along with a full bar boasting antique bourbons and boozy slushies, plus a stellar brunch selection (hello goetta hush puppies and bourbon peach French toast). Want to eat your food at home — or in the car — call 859-261-3106 to place an order for carry-out. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Libby’s Southern Comfort

35 W. Eighth St., Covington
This Southern-inspired restaurant located in Covington boasts a menu of comfort food classics like fried chicken and shrimp and grits along with a full bar boasting antique bourbons and boozy slushies, plus a stellar brunch selection (hello goetta hush puppies and bourbon peach French toast). Want to eat your food at home — or in the car — call 859-261-3106 to place an order for carry-out.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Wunderbar
1132 Lee St., Covington
Wunderbar in Covington offers a rotating brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A staple is the "landjunge frustuck," which includes bacon, sausage, two eggs, one biscuit and gravy, and homefries. When available, you can also try the cinnamon French toast. Wash it all down with mimosa or bloody mary, made with housemade mix. Wunderbar is perfect for the low-key weekend bruncher on a budget. Call 859-360-3911 if you'd like to place your order for carry-out.
Photo via Facebook.com/Wunderbar

Wunderbar

1132 Lee St., Covington
Wunderbar in Covington offers a rotating brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A staple is the "landjunge frustuck," which includes bacon, sausage, two eggs, one biscuit and gravy, and homefries. When available, you can also try the cinnamon French toast. Wash it all down with mimosa or bloody mary, made with housemade mix. Wunderbar is perfect for the low-key weekend bruncher on a budget. Call 859-360-3911 if you'd like to place your order for carry-out.
Photo via Facebook.com/Wunderbar
Northside Yacht Club
4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
This loosely nautically themed and ironically landlocked Rock club from two local music and mixology veterans, the Northside Yacht Club is all fun. They have a solid regular menu that features veggie-conscious bar-food like cauliflower wings, tofu tendies, vegetarian or vegan mac and cheese, fried broccoli or the creature fries. And from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, folks can enjoy a small menu of brunchy bites for dine-in or carry-out, like the housemade goetta, lettuce, tomato sandwich and fries (available vegan), or the breakfast poutine, "Wake n Bake Waffles" or the breakfast burrito. Their epic $12 Yacht Club Bloody and other cocktails also available for to-go. Place an order by calling 513-541-0528 or 513-429-0359.
Photo: Catie Viox

Northside Yacht Club

4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
This loosely nautically themed and ironically landlocked Rock club from two local music and mixology veterans, the Northside Yacht Club is all fun. They have a solid regular menu that features veggie-conscious bar-food like cauliflower wings, tofu tendies, vegetarian or vegan mac and cheese, fried broccoli or the creature fries. And from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, folks can enjoy a small menu of brunchy bites for dine-in or carry-out, like the housemade goetta, lettuce, tomato sandwich and fries (available vegan), or the breakfast poutine, "Wake n Bake Waffles" or the breakfast burrito. Their epic $12 Yacht Club Bloody and other cocktails also available for to-go. Place an order by calling 513-541-0528 or 513-429-0359.
Photo: Catie Viox