If you travel down Reading Road in Cincinnati’s East Side neighborhood, you would find it impossible to miss the sassy pink building that is Sugar n’ Spice restaurant. This little breakfast diner is every bit as exciting inside as it is on the outside, with a cramped little interior that is filled to the brim with, of all things, rubber ducks. While this diner is bursting at the seams with personality, the food really does deliver. This is a spot that is well worth a special kind of trip.
With about 100 locations around the country, Mimi’s Cafe started in California, moved to Texas, and has since spread quickly with its very attractive concept of French-inspired casual dining fare. The spot offers a generally very different menu of items to be enjoyed, ranging from expansive breakfasts to hearty lunches of many kinds. The spot tends to pop up in a few locations in cities all over the country, preferring nice neighborhoods and cultured palettes. The spot has something interesting to offer, that’s for sure.
Oregon District has a lot of bars with a lot of good bar food, and when you first walk through downtown Dayton’s main nightlife spot, you might not at first set your sights on the small operation that is Lucky’s. But make no mistake, this spot is much beloved by Dayton city-dwellers. Whether they’re making use of the spot’s extensive tap list or just looking to sample one of the burgers or sandwiches that fill its menu, people come to this spot in droves. The hype leaves you wondering, is it worth a try? The answer is yes.
Now with just over 100 locations around the country, The Original Pancake House started in the 1950’s as a diner in Portland, Oregon and now has franchised across the West Coast and moving to the East Coast as well. As it continues to grow, the restaurant says its got a commitment to high quality ingredients that keeps it ahead of the competition. My experience in this regard has been mixed. The Pancake House does some things well but overall my feelings on this breakfast chain is mixed.
The Cincinnati suburb of Oakley has a vibrant night life and a large population of active young people, so it’s no surprise that a healthy breakfast place opening in the middle of the main stretch generated a lot of hype. And bee puns, which you will find none of here. Indeed, Sleepy Bee Cafe has an innovative menu that is sourced as locally as possible, and since it opened last month it’s been pretty typical to see a crowd waiting outside. Unfortunately, the early reputation of the place has been tarnished online by what in my experience has been well-founded criticism of the service.
A small chain of breakfast places with locations all over Ohio, Scrambler Marie’s has a lot of different kinds of food, the centerpiece of the menu here is the breakfast food. Bringing people in in volume, Scrambler Marie’s is a safe experience for a decent breakfast, the food comes fast and the experience is pleasant enough. Also, they serve a ton of food here without a ton of money, which also goes a long way. Many good items to be had.
A popular weekend morning destination in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, Pamela’s Diner serves up breakfast favorites like nobody’s business. Frequently crowded and always on the game with a good breakfast dish, this downtown destination serves up great food at record speed, so take a seat in the dining room, jumbled with photos of many memories over the years, and prepare to be amazed at what you’re about to taste. Whether it’s a pancake or sausage or a breakfast sandwich. Breakfast food is serious business in Pittsburgh, so don’t take it lightly when I say that this place is one of the best. Now, there are five locations across Pittsburgh.
Predating the famous Chicago chain of restaurants, Dayton’s Golden Nugget Pancake House is more of a daytime diner than anything else; serving breakfast favorites and sandwiches all day long in a family-style restaurant which regularly sees people lining up to get some delicious comfort food. The Golden Nugget is well-known around Dayton and is a very popular place; take a visit and try one of the many daily specials, and you’ll soon find out why. People come here for delicious meals, and even the simple dishes really rock.
With 12 locations in three states, and another 40 on the way, Sunny Street Cafe is a new and ambitious growing chain in the casual cafe concept. With breakfast items, burgers and sandwiches, it’s got a good mixture of menu items that make it an ideal place to quick food early in the day. A good breakfast place is hard to find, especially downtown. For all the bars and nightspots around a downtown like Columbus, it’s not easy to find a diner that is worth the drive. Whether or not Sunny Street has that distinction, though, is a matter of debate.
Within a few months, First Watch, “the daytime café” will have 100 locations centered around the Midwestern United States. The Florida-based chain markets something particularly delicious for hungry customers; the bright cafe specializes in healthy and creative alternatives to the traditional dishes. The café markets some very holistic options heavy in fruits and vegetables, though heartier, less healthy options are available too. Athletes and runners stop in after long runs or cycling trips, and couples looking for an early start on the day gather for something tasty.