Flavor: You’ll be glad to hear that breakfast is served all day at Annabel’s. Where else can you get cornmeal pancakes with honey crunch butter and homemade syrup, or carrot cake French toast topped with cream cheese and roasted pecans? Even the light lunch fare sounds amazing, including a Japanese salmon salad. And all of the desserts are made in-house.
Flair: A round red awning greets you in the doorway of this small but sunny Mount Lookout Square spot, perfect for ladies who lunch. Chef/owner Annabel serves all the food that she likes to eat, and if that makes this the ultimate chick restaurant, so be it. A little slice of lemon meringue tart heaven, we’d say.
1004 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-417-8669. Open Wednesday–Sunday. $5–$11.
Flavor: A great Northside diner that serves omelets, eggs and other typical greasy-spoon treats, as well as sandwiches, chili and coneys.
Flair: A breakfast and lunch spot serving a diverse crowd that enjoys good, inexpensive food. The décor takes you back to the 1970s, and, lucky for us, the prices haven’t left that decade either.
4154 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-0847. Open Monday-Saturday. $3-$7.
Flavor: This “daytime café” offers breakfast, brunch and lunch items that range from healthy to hearty. The breakfast options include a Killer Cajun omelette, stuffed with chicken breast, mushrooms, Monterey Jack cheese, onions and a “Santa Fe” dressing. At lunchtime, try a burger, any of their specialty sandwiches or salads.
Flair: Great place for morning breakfast meetings, as it’s a corporate reworking of a neighborhood diner. Coffee flows readily from large tureens to help jumpstart the brain. Great for family dining on the weekends. With multiple locations in the area, there is sure to be one close to you. Winner of “Best Breakfast.”
Multiple Locations. Open 7 days. $3-$8.
Flavor: Try the Goetta Avalanche, a true-to-its-name heap of goetta sure to fill you up. Mokka is also well known for their unique French Toast battered in corn flakes and topped with creme brulee cream and bananas. Features extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
Flair: Always busy but rarely too crowded, with comfortable booths and laid-back staff. Located close to the Levee and all the excitement of Newport without the parking headache. Specials all week like $5 “U Call It” Thursdays (where every menu item is $5) you’ll have a reason to come in any time.
500 Monmouth St., Newport, 859-581-3700. Open 7 days. $4-$7.
Original Pancake House
Flavor: You wouldn’t know it by stopping in, but there are more than 100 franchise locations of this restaurant. It is definitely not your average side-of-the-highway breakfast stop. All of their batters are made fresh daily in the kitchen and only high quality ingredients are used. Try one of their specialties, the Dutch Baby: a flaky and sweet egg-and-flour concoction that never disappoints. Thick-sliced bacon and vegetarian options add to the appeal.
Flair: Although there is almost always a line, the comfortable atmosphere and quick turnaround will keep you from feeling like you’ve waited too long.
9977 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-745-0555. Open 7 days. $4-$9.
Sugar ’N Spice
Flavor: Impressing guests for over 60 years with good old-fashioned home-cookin’, Sugar ’N Spice still makes some of the best pancakes, hash browns and omelettes around. You can get breakfast here all day or try some of the lunch items like Alotta Bull (1/2-pound roast beef sandwich) or the Red ’n Yeller (grilled cheese with tomato). But the Breakfast Burrito might just be what you’re looking for.
Flair: Squeeze into a small booth or scooch up to the counter in the plain and cozy space. Consider this a heads up: weekend mornings are busy!
4381 Reading Road, Bond Hill, 513-242-3521. Open 7 Days. $3-$7.