308 Greenup Street
It had been a while since we'd gone to Greenup Café for Sunday brunch and when the day dawned sunny and crisp we thought it'd be the perfect morning to visit with my father-in-law, who is currently visiting from England.
A few things have changed since my last review, including their opening time for brunch. Whereas they used to begin serving brunch at 10 a.m. now they begin an hour earlier. We weren't aware of the time change and arrived just prior to ten, worrying that we'd left it too long to get a table. Luckily we only had wait about ten minutes before a table was ready. There isn't a designated waiting area at the restaurant, so those waiting usually have to stand around in the carry-out area being jostled around while servers weave in and out of the adjacent kitchen.
The restaurant was short staffed today but our server remained attentive, friendly and completely unflappable, all qualities of a true professional. The kitchen also seemed to be struggling today, as meals were slow to arrive, and the usually awesome roasted potatoes were underdone to the point of still being crunchy in the centers. Because we'd waited so long for our food to arrive we were loathe to send back anything, opting to simply leave the potatoes untouched on the plate.
My husband and father-in-law both chose the Greenup Omelette, which they agreed was tasty although my husband admitted it was not the light and fluffy divine creation he'd come to know and expect from previous visits. The omelette that arrived today was, for want of a better word, lumpy. It tasted better than it looked, but that isn't saying much. It was stuffed with mushroom, tomato, gruyere cheese, asparagus and topped with creme fraiche, so perhaps they can be forgiven a little for the lumpiness.
I ordered the croissant with avocado, brie, red onion and tomato, which comes with the aformentioned potatoes and a small side salad. Aside from the potatoes the rest of the meal was heavenly; the soft, chewy croissant coupled with creamy avocado and brie and the crunch of red onion is a perfect combination. I've tried nearly every vegetarian item on Greenup's brunch menu, and I always return to the croissant sandwich because there's an explosion of flavor in every bite.
In anticipation of my father-in-law's visit we had purchased several discount gift vouchers for Greenup from the Greater Cincinnati Independents and used one today. The $25 gift voucher covered everything but the tip - what a great deal! Hopefully the restaurant isn't becoming a victim of its own success and that today's experience isn't indicative of the direction Greenup is headed. We still have a couple of vouchers left to use.