RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat)
I'd like to know more about those wings as well.
My wife and I went to Olives (in the former Clifton Uno/Za location) for brunch yesterday, which starts at 8:00 A.M. on Saturdays and Sundays. The crowd was pretty sparse around 10:30, so there wasn't any sort of din to drown out the orders being barked in the kitchen. The place doesn't look much different indoors; some fresh paint, stenciling, and wall decor seems to be the extent of it. I think the chairs might be the same as well, although they have received a fresh coat of black paint. The salt and pepper mills/shakers are very slick and very cool. When I asked the waitress about them, she told me that they sell them, so we went home with a set.
The brunch menu is pretty standard, consisting of a few scrambles, a few omelettes, and french toast at minimum (I can't remember if waffles were an option). My wife went with the Key West Omelet, which contained turkey, avocado, and asiago. She was less than impressed with the results, since it appears they cooked everything together, resulting in a dry mess of flavors with a greenish tint. Her $1.99 glass of orange juice also left something to be desired, since it wasn't even a ful 8 oz. glass and didn't appear to be fresh-squeezed.
My selection, the "Deutche" eggs, fared considerably better. It's a scramble served over oven-browned sausage with a delicious sauce on top. Both dishes were served over shredded hash browns, which were also very good, and come with your choice of thick-sliced toast. My first toast selection was sourdough, which they were out of (in the first week?), so I went with the wheat. Coffee was also $1.99 for bottomless refills, and the waitresses were extremely vigilant about keeping my cup full and hot.
I didn't spend too much time perusing the lunch menu since we will rarely be able to take advantage of it, but I don't recall seeing anything under $10 on it. I do recall seeing two burgers listed, both of which are 10 oz. and $10.
Brunch was considerably more expensive than anticipated thanks to the shaker set, but my selections were enjoyable. I wouldn't choose Olives over Honey if it's after 11:00 A.M., however.