Sunday, February 2, 2003

New lineup beckons the brunch bunch


Campbell's scoop

By Polly Campbell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Where to find a new place to brunch:

Mid-winter is the best season for brunch. Dreary February Sundays call for plenty of bacon, lots of coffee and a Bloody Mary or two.

It can be hard to remember which restaurants have brunch. And it's the meal a restaurant is most likely to try and later drop.

Here is a new list. I haven't tried these, so this list does not come with recommendations.

Tom Ferguson, an owner of the Coach and Four, once a fixture in Covington, has opened a new Coach and Four in the Edgecliff Condominiums in Walnut Hills. It serves brunch 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There are lots of substantial meals on the menu: steak and eggs, waffles sabayon, corn beef hash and biscuits with bulldog gravy. 559-9900.

Feldy's is a family restaurant on Beechmont Avenue in Anderson Township that opened last April. It has a brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday with an a la carte menu featuring breakfast items such as biscuits and gravy, pancakes and omelets. 8060 Beechmont Ave., 474-0915.

Boca in Northside had a popular brunch for years, but shortly after David Falk bought the restaurant he stopped serving brunch while he concentrated on dinner. Now brunch is back, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, with an a la carte menu. Most intriguing dish: butter poached lobster with goetta hash and bČarnaise sauce. 4034 Hamilton Ave. 542-2022.

Sunday brunch also is back at the Palm Court at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, downtown. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., omelets and waffles are served, along with carved meats and salmon, juices and 20 feet of pastries in the fancy Art Deco Palm Court. Cost: $24.95 adults; $17.95 seniors, $12.95 children 8-12; $7.95 children 5-7, and free for kids under 5. 564-6465

The food service at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Delhi Township, is offering brunch to the public 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on certain Sundays: next Sunday, Feb. 16 and March 2, 23 and 30. It's a full brunch buffet - for $6 - with a waffle station, pastries, quiche, eggs, eggs Benedict, dinner items including baked chicken and stuffed cod, plus pizza, sandwiches and a 24-item salad bar.

Peter Wynne, director of Sanese Food Services at the Mount, says the object is to get people from the community on campus and familiar with the school.

There's free parking at the East Parking Lot, at Delhi and Neeb roads. 244-4633.

What's for Dinner in O'Bryonville serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu includes omelets, such as the Popeye, with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, provolone and salsa, or the Alaskan, smoked salmon, dill and cream cheese.

Also: sandwiches, pancakes, hash and fresh muffins and coffee cake. 3009 O'Bryon St. 321-4404.

Mokka, new in Newport, is serving just breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch. Owners haven't set their brunch format; they plan on getting feedback from customers. They're open for brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. 527 York St. (859) 581-3700.

E-mail pcampbell@enquirer.com




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