Bagels, bacon, grit, and granola…breakfast is the meal of champions and Cincinnati has a plethora of places to go to feed the soul. From challah French toast and oatmeal brulee at the effortlessly cool and oh-so-hip Cheapside Eatery and house-made cinnamon rolls and French toast from Wild Eggs to shrimp and grits and lobster Benedict at the Red Feather Kitchen, Cincinnati has a breakfast spot for everyone. Here are a few of the city’s best restaurants and eateries to enjoy the first meal of the day.

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1.Maplewood Kitchen and Bar

Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
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The Maplewood Kitchen and Bar is a spacious, contemporary café located in Downtown’s 84.51º Building on Race Street that serves authentic Californian cuisine in a magical setting. The bright, 150-seat restaurant features clean lines, white-washed woodwork, and expansive windows with breathtaking views and serves a creative menu of West Coast-style cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients to create innovative dishes, the breakfast menu features classic dishes such as avocado Benedict – a play on eggs Benedict –a quinoa and farro bowl, steak and eggs, signature omelets, and freshly baked bread from Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bakehouse. 525 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-421-2100,

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2.Wild Eggs

Wild Eggs
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Wild Egg is a creative eatery that offers a fresh approach to traditional breakfast, brunch, and lunch through a variety of creative and innovative dishes. Breakfast basics include biscuits and gravy, house-made cinnamon rolls, old fashioned oatmeal, and house-made granola with dried fruit along with crepes, pancakes, waffles, and French toast. Hearty entrees range from breakfast nachos, chili verde huevos rancheros, and Greek frittatas to breakfast burritos, Mexico City Maria’s Chilaquiles, and wild mushroom and roasted garlic scramble. Wild Eggs is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week. 301 E 4th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-655-6707,

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3.B&A Street Kitchen

B&A Street Kitchen
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B&A Street Kitchen is an industrial-chic eatery with a walk-up window on Race Street in Cincinnati that serves Tex-Mex fare and other Southern favorites. Owned by Jim and Norma Kerns, the friendly neighborhood diner is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, and promises a casual, laidback dining experience. The small spot is packed with locals for breakfast who are tucking into three-cheese omelets, breakfast tacos, oatmeal and yogurt parfaits, breakfast quesadillas, and churro-style pancakes. Also on the breakfast menu are hearty breakfast sandwiches, French toast, blueberry pancakes, freshly baked pastries, and traditional biscuits and gravy. 1500 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-345-6670,

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© Cheapside

Effortlessly cool and oh-so-hip, Cheapside is a casual and unpretentious breakfast spot for those wanting delicious homecooked fare and a relaxed vibe. Boasting sheer white walls and reworked wood finishes, the interior exudes a contemporary ambiance, and the menu follows suit with a small selection of hand-curated dishes such as breakfast sandwiches of fried egg and bacon, smoked salmon and cream cheese, challah French toast, oatmeal brulee, and pastries of the day. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of artisan coffee and teas and specialty drinks. Cheapside is open Monday through Sunday for breakfast and lunch. 326 E. 8TH ST, Cincinnati Ohio 45202, Phone: (513) 345-6618

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5.French Crust Cafe and Bistro

French Crust Cafe and Bistro
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The French Crust Café and Bistro is a little slice of Paris in the heart of Boston. Tucked away in Over-the-Rhine by Findlay Market, the cozy French bistro is headed up by Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, who presents a seasonal menu of French bistro-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dishes are prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients found at the Findlay Market across the road, and include handmade French-style pastries and chocolates, buttermilk pancakes, tarte fine, Swiss granola, eggs Benedict, and fresh fruit salad. The French Crust Café and Bistro also serves a variety of specialty coffees, teas, iced teas, and other beverages. 1801 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-455-3720,

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6.Green Dog Cafe

Green Dog Cafe
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The Green Dog Café is a relaxed, environmentally-friendly counter-serve restaurant that serves organic, locally sourced cuisine. The menu features sustainable dishes with natural, sustainable fish, local pastured poultry, antibiotic-free pork, and other fresh foods, including vegetarian and vegan plates. The breakfast menu features entrees such as burritos with black beans, roasted peppers and onions, green and red salsa, lemon pancakes, homemade granola, oatmeal, farmer’s breakfast plates, ruevos Rancheros, and bacon and tomato omelets. Breakfast sides include fresh sausage, fruit cups, and hand-cut smoked bacon. 3543 Columbia Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Phone: 513-321-8777,

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7.Half Day Cafe

Half Day Cafe
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The Half Day Café is a simple family-operated neighborhood café that offers a classic mom and pop dining experience. Open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, the Half Day Café presents a blend of standard favorites and surprises, such as traditional eggs and bacon, multi-egg omelets and sausage, along with egg strata, mango butter rum French toast, and sweet potato pancakes. Healthy additions include broiled grapefruit, oatmeal and granola, freshly squeezed orange juice, and fresh fruit platters. 1 Wyoming Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45215, Phone: 513-821-2323,

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8.Hang Over Easy

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Hang Over Easy is a casual, friendly diner with bright, eclectic décor and quirky furnishings that serves a menu of classic dishes with playful twists. Open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, Hang Over Easy has a creative menu of fun fare such as Menage a Trois (three slices of French toast with powdered sugar, butterm and warm syrup), Dirty Sanchez (scrambled eggs and chorizo, queso, fresh pico de gallo and sour cream), and Tachos (tater tots with queso, chorizo sausage, and fresh pico de gallo). Hang Over Easy has two locations – one in Cincinnati and one in Columbus. 13 W Charlton Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219, Phone: 513-221-5400

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9.Hathaway's Diner

Hathaway's Diner
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Hathaway's Diner is a cozy luncheonette on Vine Street that serves all-day breakfast and a menu of comfort food in a casual, old school-style diner. Established in 1956, Hathaway's Diner is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, and has been serving the community with delicious fare for the past 60 years. The breakfast menu features breakfast classics such as bacon and eggs, breakfast sandwiches, steak and eggs, pancakes, French toast, omelets with various fillings, sunrise skillets, and sides such as hash browns, sausages, grilled onions, toast, and fresh fruit cups. 441 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-621-1332,

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10.Hitching Post Restaurant & Catering

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Located in the Hyde Park Center, Hitching Post Restaurant & Catering is a family-owned full-service dining, catering, and carry-out restaurant that serves all-American comfort food. The friendly café serves a hearty breakfast menu all day, which features a variety of burgers, sandwiches, fried chicken and buffalo wings, and homestyle dinners such as country-fried steak, homemade meatloaf, beef liver and onions, and an open face roast beef sandwich. The restaurant also serves combination dinners such as fried chicken and fish, fried chicken and steak, and the Texas Combo, which features steak, chicken, and country-fried cod fillet. 2715 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209, Phone: 513-871-9201,

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© Nada

Nada is a trendy Mexican cantina and traditional taco and cocktail joint with several locations around the country with outdoor seating, serving brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks. Spread over two floors with a lovely outdoor patio, vibrant décor, and bright fabrics, the restaurant boasts a chic setting and stylish ambiance in which to enjoy traditional Mexican fare with a creative twist and festive cocktails. The menu features brunch delights such as chorizo and egg enchiladas, huevos rancheros, eggs Benedicto, eggs Goettadicto, French toast, skirt steak and egg, and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 600 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45238, Phone: 513-721-6232

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12.Price Hill Chili Family Restaurant

Price Hill Chili Family Restaurant
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The Price Hill Chili Family Restaurant is a neighborhood institution that has been serving hearty American comfort food in a casual setting since 1962. Located on Glenway Avenue and open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, Price Hill Chili Family Restaurant is an ideal spot for casual breakfast, light lunches, and sumptuous dinners. The restaurant’s breakfast menu features a variety of egg dishes, omelets, corned beef hash, French toast, buttermilk pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, English muffins, cinnamon bagels, and sides of toasts, fries, and cheese. 4920 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45238, Phone: 513-471-9507,

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13.Red Feather Kitchen

Red Feather Kitchen
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Located in the Oakley neighborhood of Greater Cincinnati, the Red Feather Kitchen is a contemporary American farm-to-table restaurant that offers an upscale casual dining experience with an emphasis on classic culinary techniques and carefully curated preparations. The restaurant features three separate dining areas with warm woodwork finishes, and their charming characters range from bright and airy to cozy and intimate. The Red Feather Kitchen serves a contemporary brunch menu featuring buttermilk pancakes, lobster Benedict, biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, quiche of the day, and a variety of egg dishes. Hearty breakfast poutine consists of short rib gravy, breakfast potatoes, and sunny side up eggs. 45209, 3200 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209, Phone: 513-407-3631,

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14.Sleepy Bee Cafe

Sleepy Bee Cafe
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Borne from the love of bees, the Sleepy Bee Café is a friendly, family-owned café that serves a menu of traditional and specialty dishes that strike a balance between traditional comfort foods and healthier options. Crafted by Chef Frances Kroner, the café’s menu features a variety of delicious breakfast options, ranging from tahini and apricot oatmeal, hearty breakfast sandwiches, house-made nut and seed granola with Greek yogurt, and fresh fruit platters to vegan tofu scramble and a CBeeD Bowl filled with house-seasoned chicken sausage, sautéed power greens, mushrooms and garlic herbs, and two scrambled eggs. 8 E 4th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-381-BEEZ (513-381-2339),

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15.Sugar n' Spice Restaurant

Sugar n' Spice Restaurant
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Delighting loyal Cincinnati customers with their delicious cuisine since 1941, Sugar n’ Spice offers a fun, comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere in which to enjoy hearty comfort fare. Owned by Steven Frankel, Sugar n’ Spice is a great spot for casual breakfasts and light lunches, with classic dishes such as fluffy omelets, signature sandwiches filled with a variety of fillings, wispy thin pancakes, golden crispy hash browns, streaky bacon, and homemade sausages. Other breakfast treats on the menu include corned hash beef, salmon platters, breakfast quesadillas, prime rib and eggs, burgers, and a selection of sides. 4381 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45229, Phone: 513-242-3521,

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16.Sweet Heart Cafe

Sweet Heart Cafe
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The Sweet Heart Café is a cozy, family-friendly breakfast, brunch, and lunch café that serves breakfast treats and daily soup specials along with boxed and carry-out lunches. The charming eatery serves a delicious breakfast menu of dishes such as biscuits and homemade gravy, egg omelets, oatmeal and grits, egg scrambles, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, French toast, Belgian waffles, blueberry pancakes, and homemade muffins. Dishes on the menu can be combined to create carry-out boxes for breakfast and lunch, and all include a delicious home-baked cupcake to go. 9894 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45251, Phone: 513-741- 7810,

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17.Taste of Belgium

Taste of Belgium
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Taste of Belgium is a restaurant group of Belgian-inspired eateries that present traditional Belgian recipes with an American twist. The popular chain draws on its Belgian heritage to create a one-of-a-kind, Belgian-inspired, locally infused culinary experience with elegant cuisine served with a down-to-earth attitude. In addition to delicious Belgian waffles, which are baked individually in a specialized cast iron press, the breakfast menu features traditional dishes such as berry parfait, omelets, muffins, biscuits and gravy, seasonal fruit, and homemade sausage. Taste of Belgium has several locations around the city, which are open for breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch, lunch, and dinner on the weekends. Banks: 16 West Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-396-5800

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18.The Echo Restaurant

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Established in 1945, the Echo Restaurant is a friendly neighborhood fixture that serves large portions of home-cooked, hearty fare and a variety of libations. Serving breakfast and lunch, seven days of the week, the Echo Restaurant is a favorite spot for satisfying breakfast with favorite dishes such as eggs Benedict, corned beef hash, breakfast burritos and sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, hot cakes, Belgian waffles, blueberry pancakes, and toast. The Echo Restaurant also offers catering services and weekend specials such as fried halibut dinners and pan-fried chicken. 3510 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 513-321-2816,

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19 Best Breakfast and Weekend Brunch Spots in Cincinnati