Parked on E. 8th Street downtown, I stepped out of the car at our metered spot and gazed around to locate the small restaurant BK and I couldn’t wait to check out. It wasn’t long before I spotted the telling establishment, as its elongated, bright white facade and patio teepee seemed to shout a sort of “over here!”
We entered through the patio where said teepee was located concurrently with a half dozen picnic tables. The interior boasted the same fresh and bright white design with wood accents, which made its minimalist approach one of my favorite designed spaces in the city.
What made Cheapside Cafe even better was that, while I stood in line to order at the counter, I was afforded the opportunity to peruse the beautiful menu board. It was well designed, which made the ordering process that much more pleasant. The menu wasn’t particularly extensive, so if you’re looking for a ton of things to choose from, this probably isn’t your place. But what was lacking in quantity, Cheapside more than made up for in quality. BK was in the mood for lunch, and I—of course—wanted breakfast. He knew he wanted the Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich, while I opted for Challah French Toast (topped with pecans and whipped cream). He seemed to really like his (I liked it, too), but I absolutely loved mine. He was also pretty jazzed to try the Kegged Cold Coffee, which he also seemed to like, and that he described as, “the consistency of Guinness.” While on the topic of drinks, I also liked that the water was self serve. Seeing as I could put down a few in a single sitting, I often need refills. That made the process much more quick and efficient.
This is absolutely one of my new favorite places in Cincinnati. I can’t wait to go back.