Patio of the Week: elé Cake Co Bistro & Wine Bar create a vibe

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Credit: Alexis Larsen

Celebrating summer and the uptick of outdoor dining, Dayton.com will spotlight restaurant patios across the Miami Valley on a weekly basis.

There are places regardless of location that create a vibe.

elé Cake Co Bistro & Wine Bar at Austin Landing is one of those spots.

It is carefully curated and appointed to create a space and food to get lost in as you sip, sit and settle into the moment.

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Credit: Alexis Larsen

You lose sight you are at Austin Landing — it could be a space and a patio in another town. The colorful umbrellas and florals mask the location. A nearby water feature just outside the gate provides a calming gargle.

When it comes to food and making the most of the outdoors, the brunch at elé Bistro is where it’s at. Happening Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. it offers one of the best brunch menus in town.

The menu itself is a bounty of delicious riches.

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Credit: Alexis Larsen

There’s the bacon and fig jam sandwich ($13), featuring applewood-smoked bacon, fig jam, brie cheese, arugula and one egg any style on a toasted baguette served with homestyle potatoes. Equally delicious are the breakfast enchiladas ($15) featuring two corn tortillas filled with chorizo, black beans, corn, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese topped with a creamy tomatillo sauce and ancho sour cream served with housemade salsa and homestyle potatoes. And then there’s the loaded shrimp and grits bowl ($16), which elé is well known for, featuring a pile of cheesy grits loaded with buffalo shrimp, fried green tomatoes, spinach, bacon, hollandaise, red pepper and basil purées, topped with a sunny-side egg. It’s absolutely delicious if you’ve never had it before.

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And don’t get us started on the brunch flatbread ($15) with sausage, bacon, spinach, cherry tomatoes, red onion, brie and mozzarella cheese baked on naan bread, topped with hollandaise and a sunny-side egg.

But then there’s the smoked salmon benedict ($14, there’s also a veggie version for the same price) containing two perfect poached eggs on a buttermilk biscuit with housemade smoked salmon spread, arugula, red onion, hollandaise, fried capers and chives served with homestyle potatoes.

Gah! We forgot about that hakuna frittata ($14) with egg whites baked with corn, cherry tomatoes, roasted garlic, brussel sprouts, leeks, herbs and goat cheese, topped with balsamic reduction and served with a side salad. There’s also the avocado toast ($12) served on two slices of seeded multigrain bread with avocado spread, garlic herb cheese, jammy seven-minute egg, cherry tomatoes, radish, balsamic reduction and crispy fried leeks.

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If those menu items haven’t sold you on brunch there’s a chopped salad ($14), veggie burger ($14), biscuits and chorizo gravy ($13), breakfast poutine ($14), breakfast sliders ($14), omelette of the day ($14), French toast of the day ($14) and more.

And you know what makes a great brunch even better? Fresh air in a relaxing setting. elé has one of the best spaces at Austin Landing to settle in with the cars and parking lot surrounding it that are largely obscured unlike other patios.

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Credit: Alexis Larsen

For those looking for bubbles to celebrate it has a mimosas from around the world ($30) option featuring bubbles from three different places poured with orange juice or peach, mango, strawberry or raspberry Bellinis ($8) in addition to other cocktails. And that’s just brunch. Lunches and dinners are equally delicious.

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To make the most out of the patio invite friends in the evening and order a charcuterie board ($27) served with a selection of five cheeses and four assorted charcuterie served with fresh fruit, pickled vegetables, marcona almonds, honey, roasted garlic, whole grain mustard, dijon mustard, grape butter and toast points. Order a glass of wine from their expansive list and make a plan to welcome in that crisp beautiful fall weather.

Contact this contributing writer at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com.

HOW TO GO

What: elé Cake Co Bistro & Wine Bar

Where: 3680 Rigby Rd, Miamisburg

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 11a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Happy hour: Weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with discounts on select cocktails and small plates as well as house wines and flights. Wine Down Wednesday: Half off select bottles of wine every Wednesday.

More information: 937-384-2253 or www.elecakeco.com/category/bistro

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