UPDATE: Cheapside Cafe closed in 2020.
Visited: Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 8 a.m.
During our recent adventures in Cincinnati, we started our first full day at Cheapside Cafe downtown. The cafe has long been on my list, having been suggested by several friends of the years, and we lucked out when it was a block away from our hotel.
The cafe is located in a funny little building tucked against a larger structure. The signage is small, so we almost missed it at first.
The interior is mostly stark white, with natural wood accents in the tables, counter seats, and along the bar. Although it was too chilly for us that day, they have a lovely patio out front.
The menu is written on a plastic board right next to the entrance. It may take a moment to consult before you order at the counter, but you can trust the wizard.
Cheapside also serves as a coffee shop, and we can attest to the quality of the cortado…
…and the cappuccino.
We ordered a good variety from the breakfast menu. The oatmeal brulee is made with steel cut oats, golden raisins, and a maple cream, with a sweet, caramelized crust on top.
I dug into the chorizo breakfast sandwich: ciabatta filled with scrambled eggs, chorizo, pickled onions, and green chili. It packed a nice little punch of spice.
Owen’s breakfast sandwich was a simple affair: fried egg, bacon, and pimento cheese on multigrain bread.
And finally, Will’s challah French toast. Two custardy slices topped with candied pecans, whipped butter, maple syrup, and a dusting of powdered sugar.
We’re certainly glad we made it to Cheapside Cafe! The simple setting was an interesting backdrop for great coffee and creative breakfasts.