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Mother's Day Brunch in Cincinnati

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Looking for nice place to have brunch, either buffet or plated, downtown, Mt. Adams, Hyde Park, somewhere within 20 min of UC campus. Prefer local flavor as opposed to large chain resaurants. Thanks!

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  1. Strongly recommend the Green Dog on Columbia Parkway in Columbia Tusculum. I've not had the brunch there, but everything I've had has been nothing short of fantabulous. Here's a link to the brunch menu. http://www.greendogcafe.net/PDF/Green...

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    1. re: jmckee

      I was going to post a reply, but after looking at this menu I think I'll make reservations instead.

    2. I like Honey in Northside, less than 10 minutes from UC. Plated, not buffet. Brunch is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A big brunch is at Orchids in the Hilton Netherland downtown. The most beautiful room in Cincinnati, but it's more expensive and likely to be pretty crowded. Personally, we stay home on Mother's Day and cook a big meal.

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      Northside Cafe
      1697 N Stephenson Ave, Iron Mountain, MI 49801

      1. Still haven't found what we are looking for. Green Dog cafe sounded good until I did a little research, want something with tableclothes and waiters, this sounds a little too casual. Don't want to spring for $45 pp at Orchids. Anything in between? How about Trio or Palomino? Those have been suggested by others, any experiences? Thanks!

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        1. re: Diane in Bexley

          Trio and Palomino are both decent. Trio is not near UC however. If you're wiling to do Palomino, also consider Via Vite on Fountain Square. (and I still think Honey is a good idea)

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          Via Vite
          520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

          1. re: johnbycz

            johnbycz, just wanted to say "Thanks" for the Honey recommendation. We had mother's day brunch there yesterday and it was wonderful. I had the crabcake benedict (a special), DH had the pork belly breakfast, and Mom had the omelet de jour, a Caprese omelet. We shared an order of the Binkle fries (a big cup of deep friend baby red potatoes, with chive sour cream and sweet Thai chile sauce for dipping). The fresh squeezed grapefruit juice made a tasty salty dog, and the wine list was great, too. This place wouldn't have been on my radar screen without your recommendation. After lunch, we strolled the neighborhood, and noticed that Slim's is now closed - what's up with that??

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            Honey
            4034 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223

            1. re: Niki in Dayton

              Glad you enjoyed Honey. That's one of my favorite places in this town.

              Don't know exactly why Slim's closed. Last time I ate there it was a real trial. I enjoy relaxed meals but Slim's would stretch it out to 3-3.5 hours. It would take forever just to get the salad course. I enjoyed their food but the length of the meal discouraged us from eating there much. My wife preferred the original incarnation, when the food was simpler.