By Vivienne Machi, Staff Writer
Few things can rouse us on a weekend morning, but brunch is one of them. Arguably one of the best events ever thought up, brunch is that magical meal that helps to revive you after a long, fun night out on the town, refuels you with unreal amounts of food, and provides a great venue for friends to recap the night before and groan about the impending week. Oh, and a little hair of the dog with a mimosa or Bloody Mary never hurt, right?
The Dayton metro area has so many great brunch spots, you never get bored of their selections. In no particular order, here’s our picks of brunch spots unique to the Dayton metro area.
329 E 5th St., Dayton, (937) 723-7637 Lily’s patios in the Oregon District are a perfect way to decompress after a long night out, especially when you order the breakfast burrito with kielbasa and peppers with your mimosa. And though we may be far from New Orleans, their beignets bring a little bit of Bourbon Street to your backyard. Drool over their menu here.
215 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, (937) 767-1144
The casual decadence of Winds is the perfect environment to start your day. And it certainly doesn’t hurt when you’re chowing down on their delicious take on shrimp and grits. Take a drive out of town and indulge here.
520 E 5th St., Dayton, (937) 222-6800 So… beer-battered chicken and waffles. Need we say more? Lucky’s brunch packs a punch whether you’re a meat-eater or vegetarian — the avocado and goat cheese BLT with seitan strips will make you swear you’re eating bacon. Get your belly grumbling here.
5531 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, (937) 434-4750 If you’re a seafood for breakfast kind of person, then we hope you’ve already fallen in love with the Hangtown Fry, which combines eggs with breaded oysters and bacon. For the veggies, the mushroom omelette is a must-try. Delight your palette with the menu here.
2318 E Dorothy Ln, Kettering, (937) 299-0089 Christopher’s provides large portions of great quality food at the right prices. Cater them for your early morning work meeting and make all of your coworkers’ days a little brighter. Try anything with the veggie gravy on top. You won’t be disappointed. Start deciding your meal here.
530 E 5th St, Dayton, (937) 461-1101 You thought the Trolley Stop was only a good spot for night time adventures? Think again! We’ve got four words for you: Bloody Mary/Mimosa Bar. You’re welcome. The Stop’s small brunch menu belies the quality of its offerings — check out the cheesy potato casserole, and order Nutella with everything. Their brunch menu is not online, but build up your appetite here. here.
2033 Wayne Ave, Dayton, (937) 252-2249 Are you ready to eat more than you ever thought was possible in one sitting? No one will judge; we’re all in the same boat at Tank’s. Play it safe by splitting a plate of face-size pancakes with a friend (or three) and order a “girlie size” of Biscuits and “Bull Dog” gravy, made with Oakwood possum. You’re raising one eyebrow, but we swear it’s delicious. And of course, the Tankburger is always a feat to defeat. Check out the rest of the menu here.
3 E Market St, Germantown, (937) 895-4066 Mudlick’s “Boozy Brunch” is not to be messed with. Whether you choose the braised beef and parmesan grits or go with dessert for breakfast with the bread pudding, be prepared to leave fully sated and more than a little euphoric. Choose your noms here.
1106 Brown St, Dayton, (937) 985-9917 We’ve never met a pancake we didn’t like at Butter Café, but maybe that’s because you can create your own. On the days we’re not looking to overdose on sugar so early in the day, the Mexican Omelette fills you up perfectly. Start planning your weekend outing here.
Already tried and loved these options? Here’s a few more:
Cherry House Café in Beavercreek
First Watch locations in Dayton, Kettering and Fairborn
Original Pancake House in Dayton
Sunrise Café in Yellow Springs
The Brunch Club in Dayton
One Bistro in Miamisburg
Legacy Pancake House in Dayton
The Blue Berry Café in Bellbrook
Blind Bob’s Bar in Dayton
Mimi’s Café in Beavercreek and Mason