Review: Comet (Brunch)

I just love the Comet, but for some reason, I rarely go there. When I heard that they were starting a brunch, I decided that we just had to try it out– the weekend it started, which was last weekend.  I figured there would be a few kinks as they were trying something new, but these folks have been doing their burritos so long, I should have known they’d get it right.

The Comet is known for its music, its bar, and its burritos. I have no idea how they come up with so much delicious food out of a small kitchen– I’m convinced my office at work is bigger– but they do. I am even more surprised that they took on brunch, but they got it down to an art on the first try by focusing on a few things, namely benedicts and burritos.

Brunch, actually, is one of my favorite meals.  Terry and I take great pleasure in waking up late on Sundays, drinking coffee, and then trying to decide where we’re going to read The New York Times on Sunday morning.  Lately, it’s been either Tucker’s or Take the Cake, but wanted to try something new, and someplace that had a liquor license– there were mimosas and bloody Marys in our future.

Ah, the New York Times…

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What, that doesn’t look like the New York Times to you?  Terry and I are both addicted to our Kindles– if you see two people at brunch reading them together? It’s probably us.  I didn’t think Terry would like it as much as he did, but he is completely addicted.

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We ordered at the bar and got our drinks– a Bloody for him and a Mimosa for me.  His Bloody was super-spicy and super strong, topped with a blue cheese stuffed olive and a pickled green bean.  My Mimosa was fairly standard, but generous and good.   They tided us over as we waited for our brunch– as you can imagine, with a small kitchen and a big crowd, it took a little while to get the food to us.

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I really wanted the French Toast with Sweet Mole (I love mole!), but they had just sold out of it before I got there.  Instead, I had the Eggs Benedict– which had a ham option that I should have ordered.  The dish was a spicy hollandaise on top of two poached eggs, and instead of the traditional English muffin, the base was a quesadilla.  Clever!  The ham would have added the bit of salt that each bite needed– the hollandaise was just a touch underseasoned, but the dish overall was delicious and inventive.  The places we most like for brunch are the ones that are creative– not just French toast, plain eggs Benedict, and maybe quiche, but fanciful twists on old standards– and this fit the bill.

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Terry got the Eggs Kathleen, two poached eggs on toasted rye bread, topped with crab and a creamy sauce.  Terry was slightly disappointed that it was “Krab” and not actual crab, but for the price point ($7.50), it was only a slight disappointment.  Again, a bit of seasoning could have helped this dish be all it could have been, but it was a really interesting take on a Benedict as well.

Overall– a great new brunch in what is beginning to be the Brunch Capital of Cincinnati, Northside.  They’re not just burritos anymore– and next time I’ll get there early to try the sweet mole (if they have it).

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  • D.B

    Actually, if I see two people at brunch reading the New York Times on their Kindles, I’m gonna get outta Dodge. I’ve obviously stumbled on a place that is about to be ruined by pretentious hipsters.

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com Julie

      Gee, I had no idea that “kindle” equaled “pretentious hipsters”. I am definitely far from hipster. Pretentious? at times. Aren’t we all?

    • http://kellyhudson.blogspot.com Kelly

      D.B., if you are actively avoiding hipsters, then you should probably steer clear of brunch altogether. And brunch at the Comet is right out – it’s a known hipster hangout!
      .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Just in case you were wondering … =-.

      • Dee

        Dude (or Dudette). Obviously you’ve never been to the Comet. It’s in Northside, CAPITAL of hipsterdome in Cincinnati. Duh. And if you turn around and leave somewhere because someone is reading, you’ve got a whole lot of other issues, my friend.

        • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

          I had no idea that reading was so awful. Your comment made me chuckle.

  • let’s be honest

    Let’s be realistic here: pretentious *wannabe* hipster.

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

      or a convention of road warriors. have you been on an airplane lately? Like an an ad for Amazon.

  • kristin

    To let’s be honest:

    I’d say Julie is more of a pretentious wannabe eastsider than a wannabe hipster.

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

      It’s awfully easy to be attempt meanness when you’re hiding behind a keyboard, isn’t it? Why don’t you try to stay on the topic instead of lashing out?

    • http://kellyhudson.blogspot.com Kelly

      I genuinely want to know: What about a positive review of the Comet, which is west of I-75, makes Julie a “wannabe eastsider”? (And what’s a “wannabe eastsider,” anyway? I live on the East Side, and my address didn’t seem particularly difficult to attain.)

      I mean, I guess there’s a stereotype of certain East Side neighborhoods as being crammed full of highfalutin’ “ladies who lunch,” but that crowd is not to be found at the Comet, which is a divey indie-type bar that serves burritos into the wee hours. So I’m truly confused.
      .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Just in case you were wondering … =-.

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  • Seriously ?

    What exactly are your credentials? What makes your opinion more worthy than say my neighbor who eats out 4 nights a week? Have you been trained properly to do this job? Are you aware of the responsibilities involved with bashing and trashing or having favorites?

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

      Read my “About Me” section for more information about my background– I don’t bash or trash, but I do critique and I am very aware of the power of my words, as are many other bloggers. What makes my opinion more worthy than your neighbors’? Nothing, really, but I do have a lot of people who trust my opinion. Most people ask their friends for recommendations– right? Average consumer and all. What sort of training do most food writers have? Many haven’t been to culinary school or worked in a restaurant. We’re curious, we are passionate about food, we like to learn about food, and we like to write and share our opinion– nothing more. If you have an opinion, you too can start your own blog. Lots of people have (and it’s a lot of fun, except when people are unkind in comments).

  • http://californiatraveler.blogspot.com/ Suz

    Julie is an educated women with an interest in food and fine dining, so she writes a food blog. She chronicles her opinions and experiences. It is optional to read. If you don’t like her reviews, then don’t read them. There’s certainly no reason to attack her. Comments on posts are generally supposed to be about the post itself, not about the person writing it.
    .-= Suz´s last blog ..New Posts Coming Soon…I Promise =-.

  • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com The Boyfriend

    Dear “Seriously?”:

    See the two comments listed directly below yours.

    Take that.

    Love,
    The Boyfriend

  • Seriously ?

    Boyfriend, That was “seriously” adolescent. Unlike the posts previous to mine,I was asking a fair honest questions. I have never even read any of these blogs and am honestly curious about wanting to know.So,your response is to lash out at me because I had fair and curious concerns? I that what these things are about? Your student asks a question and your answer is to call them stupid? Maybe you should focus on something other than your girlfriend’s blog.

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

      You asked “fair and curious” questions in a rather accusatory manner, in a post that is getting more attention for its “hipster” quotient than for the review, so it’s ALREADY inflammatory. We like to call that “adding fuel to the fire”. They didn’t sound like honest questions, though I’m not defending or endorsing what The Boyfriend posted.

      If you want more information on how blogging works, please feel free to email me at winemedinemecinci@gmail.com. I’m happy to answer.

  • Seriously ?

    And quite honestly , if questions such as that cannot be answered appropriately ,it doesn’t make me think ,” wow,I should trust and accept this person’s opinion”! Not everyone just believes or trusts in someone or something without asking questions first or learning a bit about how they have come to the point in which they are .I don’t believe everything I read . Would you vote for a president you know nothing about?

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

      Answered appropriately, with followup and an offer to educate. What else can I provide?

  • Seriously ?

    BTW.I was at the brunch and loved it.I frequent brunches in Northside and enjoy them.

  • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com The Boyfriend

    @”Seriously?”

    As Julie said, your comments might have voiced legitimate questions, but when one asks legitimate questions with such an unprovoked, fists-on-the-hips-head-waggling-who-do-you-think-you-are tone, one invites a certain adolescent level of response. That’s my opinion. And that’s what blogs are for…opinions.

    You’re right. It’s obvious that you are new to this “blog” thing, as am I (relatively speaking).

    Blogs generated in this country alone now number in the millions. Some blogs have an extremely high number of readers. Others are read by the bloggers who produce them and by no one else. Some aspire to a level of professionalism and hope to be taken seriously by a regular readership; others are more of an open-to-the-world diary than anything else.

    There are thousands of “mommy” blogs on the internet. Is any one of these mommies more qualified than any other mommy to talk about the joys and travails of mommyhood? There are thousands of sports-related “fan” blogs. Is any one fan’s perspective or convictions more valid that those of any other?

    Julie has never worked in the food industry. I, on the other hand, worked in a fast-food restaurant for six months thirty years ago. One might conclude that I am far more qualified than she to write a food blog.

    What determines a blog’s level of success is the number of people who read the blog, find its information useful or entertaining, comment on its contents, and then return to the site on a regular basis.

    Using the above criteria, one might conclude that Julie has attained more than a modicum of success. Though she does have occasional detractors, a lot of people read her blog. On average, several hundred people visit her blog daily, and there are days when her readership gusts to several thousand. The Cincinnati Enquirer has put enough stock her her writings to have linked to her blog for almost a year. Her posts regularly appear in Metromix.

    Julie doesn’t need me to lash out at others or attempt to fight her battles for her. She does a wonderful job of that on her own.

  • http://www.redkatblonde.com Redkatblonde

    Bravo The Boyfriend, well said! Julie, I think you gave a great review of the Comet and it’s sad to see this positive review of a great new brunch space degenerated into a “hipster” bash.

    We all have opinions. More often than not, it seems when someone offers a differing one, someone gets pissed off. I’m not sure why reading a Kindle at the Comet and giving an opinion about food pissed you off Seriously.

  • Seriously ?

    Boyfriend , thank you for responding.I question her credentials because as a “restaurant critic” ,with no real credentials other than being a consumer, she has the ability to effect people’s livelihoods. A mommy blog cannot put someone out of business or effect their income as well as a sports fan’s blog doesn’t effect the outcome of the game.Julie writes well about her favorites and knocks good restaurants without any expertise or even a journalism degree.Obviously she has a wonderful fan base that reads regularly so she should be more respectful and treat her “job” as a critic and understand that people will agree with what she writes.The power of an opinion that is valued can change many people’s lives and livelihood.
    Redkatblonde…Um,that was not me.I could care less about kindles or hipsters.Try re-reading the thread.

    • Carla

      “…so she should be more respectful and treat her ‘job’ as a critic and understand that people will agree with what she writes.The power of an opinion that is valued can change many people’s lives and livelihood.”

      I’m confused. First of all, are you saying that a food blogger should only write positive things so that “people” will agree with her/him? How is that the “power of an opinion”? That sounds more like herd mentality.

      Secondly, this is a rather positive review for The Comet. What didn’t you like about the review that made you feel like you needed to call into question the qualifications of the writer?

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

      Mommy bloggers are some of the biggest influencers in marketing today. They can definitely, definitely affect someone’s income.

      http://mashable.com/2008/11/16/motrin-moms/

      http://www.slideshare.net/opinionwatch/nielsen-study-online-power-mom-blogger-mai-09

      as some examples.

      If you’re new to blogging, I wouldn’t cross the mommy bloggers by saying they’re not powerful. They get kind of testy if you do that.

      Yes, I am aware that I can affect peoples’ livelihoods, which, if you’ve read any of my work, you would know that I am very careful when being negative, and can usually find something good in any restaurant. Bloggers are not usually citizen journalists– why would I need a journalism degree? I hold myself to a standard of ethics, sure, but a journalism degree does not make a good writer– or a good journalist. There are others who bash without remorse– I am not one of them. Please do your research in both blogging AND the person you are criticizing before you make such assumptions.

      By the way… “restaurant critic” and “restaurant blogger” are two different things. I have never called myself a restaurant critic. How should I be “more respectful”? You must be confusing me with someone else. No one would respect my opinion if I were only positive– that would make me little more than a PR person, and that’s not what I am.

      Blogging is the voice of the passionate consumer, particularly with food. It’s dialogue with other people who love food. I know I’ve influenced people to try new places– sometimes they agree with me, sometimes they don’t, and that’s really okay. There is room for everyone’s opinion.

      Did I write something negative about a restaurant you like or something? That’s the impression I get from your comments.

  • http://www.redkatblonde.com Redkatblonde

    Seriously, you’re obviously pissed about something, so whether you commented about Kindles and hipsters or didn’t, really doesn’t matter. If it offends you that I’ve wrongly attributed that to you, I take it back.

    As for the rest, it’s your choice as to whether Julie’s blog or not, so if you have an issue with her credentials then read a different blog with different opinions that you personally can trust. How is it disrespectful to her readers if Julie does disclose her background? You make a big assumption that readers are feeling misled.

  • http://www.crankybear.net Tom

    Seriously. Don’t cross the Mommy Bloggers.

  • Chris

    This was a fair, well done review IMO. Why try and tear down someone over kindles, what side of town they live on, or label them? Come on people.

    If you have a critism, such as “I don’t agree with your review of the Eggs Kathleen because” comment that’s one thing. But don’t waste your time or ours by posting inflamatory rhetoric.

    The Comet’s brunch is good, but there are also so many other brunches in Northside that are also great. This, along with my bi-monthly Sunday trip to Tuckers and Findlay market is going to result in only one thing: Multiple brunch Sundays. Looks like I am going to be putting on a little bit of weight and eating all my Sunday meals before 3:00pm. (Sigh).

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

      Chris, I think we have the same schedule– brunch in northside punctuated by trips to see Joe and Carla. My waistline is suffering, but darn is it good.

      And thank you.