Date and I met a couple of friends of mine for breakfast at one of Cincinnati’s newer breakfast joints, Hang Over Easy (HOE*), located in Clifton.
I was pleasantly surprised with the number of parking options, despite the credit card machine being out of order at the parking lot across the street. Being that it was a weekend morning, meter parking on Short Vine was free and aplenty, and was only a short walk to the restaurant.
Inside, I absolutely loved the ambiance. White subway tile afforded a fresh, clean, bright look, while seating and tables proved to be in abundance. The four of us, around 10am, waited about 25 minutes for booth seating. We spent our wait time at the bar, where I got a mimosa and one of my friends got two Bloody Marys. He thought they were great, especially for $3 apiece. Date was the only one of us who had done any drinking the night before, so he opted out of getting a drink.
For our meal, I decided on the Dirty Sanchez, Date got Eggs Benedict, Friend 1 ordered Tipsy Bread Pudding French Toast, Friend 2 got HOE’s edition of Chicken & Waffles, and we all shared the Bacon Fat Fries. The rundown: the food was all super good—after we sent back our way-too-done fries, anyway. Friend 2 and I also opted for the Strawberry Banana juice, and I will not be ordering that again. It was way too sweet; even after adding water and ice. Service was really great, too.
I loved my experience at HOE and definitely intend to return. I do, however, find some humor in not only my immediate reaction to our experience, but I also heard the same sentiment the following week from a friend who got to give HOE a try: if you aren’t hungover when you get there, you will be when you leave.
HOE is that awesomely filling.
*Best acronym ever.