Review: Chez Nora’s Brunch

So the Losers, as often as we chat, never get to hang out.  We decided, after having so much fun at our Cincy Chic photo shoot, that we needed to get together again, and soon.  Somehow, we found both a date and a locatin that would work for all seven of us: Sunday the 22nd, Chez Nora, brunch.

You’ve probably noticed that I don’t often post about restaurants in Kentucky.  There’s one big reason: smoke.  I’m a fan of the non smoking restaurant experience.  Downside of Ohio?  No alcohol on Sundays before 1 PM.  That severely limits one’s brunch choices if you want a bloody Mary or a mimosa, which we did.

We spent a good amount of time sitting and chatting, nursing said mimosas and bloody Marys.  Those who got the bloodys said they were good– I’m not a fan of savory beverages.  Michelle and I got mimosas, made with splits of Korbel.  The nice thing about mimosas is that you can use cheap sparklers– you can’t taste it with the OJ.

We finally placed our orders– most of us got croque madame, which is a croque monsieur (grilled ham and cheese with bechamel) with an egg on top.  This version came with two, which made it look even more madam-y (by the time we got our entrees, we were pretty tipsy, what can I say? Yeah, that’s my thumb in the picture.  Oy.). Kate said she loved the sauce and that they used good bread, which is pretty important.  I might try that dish next time.

Chez Nora Brunch

I had to be different, and I got one of the brunch specials, an omelet with smoked salmon, red onions, capers and cream cheese, sort of an omelet version of Terrys’ favorite winter breakfast.  It was great, this perfectly round and slightly puffy omelet filled with a well seasoned blend of ingredients.  The home fries, which were my choice of side, were crispy and well-seasoned.
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Chez Nora Brunch

As far as the smoke, it wasn’t too bad, once you walked through the bar area.  I think I’d take Terry there some Sunday– he loves bloody marys.  I really need to get in there soon for dinner as well– I’ve only eaten there once for dinner, years ago, and liked it.

Where’s your favorite place in town for brunch?

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  • Megan @meganlicursi

    You know, I really don’t have a problem with First Watch. Does that make me unoriginal? :)

  • http://www.chickpeasplease.blogspot.com Allison

    Greenup Cafe is my favorite for sure. I always want to order everything on the menu, it’s a real problem. I didn’t know about the 1 pm rule, I guess I don’t get out much for brunch!

  • Coco

    If we are Saturday brunching, we like to get Hathaway’s instead of First Watch :) The grilled biscuits HAVE to have some crack on them or something equally addictive… Sundays are tough – and we like to just walk somewhere downtown…

  • Netlurker

    I’ve enjoyed several Sunday brunches at Teller’s in Hyde Park. However, it’s been quite a while for no particular reason.

  • http://funkybrickbakery.com Mark Celsor

    We’ve been going to Annabelle’s in Mt. Lookout Square just about every other Saturday since it opened a few months ago. They’ve got some great unique egg dishes and they set my daughter up with pancakes that have a cute face made of fruit on top. The style reminds me of some of the little breakfast places we used to go to in Berkeley.

    Sugar’n Spice on Reading is also incredibly awesome if you want kitsch and an tasty, inexpensive omelet the size of your forearm.

  • http://http/just5minutesaday.blogspot.com Olivia

    We really like Nectar in Mt Lookout Square for more upscale brunch, or Habits in Oakley for more low-key.