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We're Not Even Kidding When We Say Otto's Brunch Is A Life-Changing Experience

There are two kinds of people in this world.

1. Those who brunch.
2. Those who have better things to do with their Saturday & Sunday (early) afternoons.

But maybe -- just maybe -- there is a third. That category is reserved for those who slowly transition from Group 2 to Group 1. 'Cause let's face it, once you know the wonders of brunch, nothing takes its place on your calendar.

I was firmly a Group 2 person. (For years, mind you.)

But then something magical happened. I was invited to a girls' brunch in February. And -- lo & behold -- one Jalapeno Garlic Bloody Mary later, I was tempted to switch teams.

This is what it's like when you live in a sitcom?
This is what it means to meet up with the crew following a particularly raucous (or chill) evening?
This is the gabbing, the hair-of-the-dogging, the Sunday Funday-ing?

I think I get it now.

Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha, and Miranda...
You're not the only ones who get to look good whilst sipping on mimosas and eating salads.
(Though, in my case, it was that amazing Bloody Mary and a B.L.F.G.T. sandwich.)

Barney, Marshall, Lily, Robin, and Ted...
You aren't the only ones who get to revel in your ridiculousness whilst regaling each other with tales of hilarious debauchery.
(Though, in our case, it was more about discussing the joys of motherhood and what junior boards we should be sitting on.)

Jerry, Kramer, George, and Elaine...
You're not the only ones who get to -- Wait a sec. What exactly did they do, again?
(Well, in my case, it was probably something equally nonsensical and laughable.

Yes, I'm ready for my life to become a hit sitcom. Aren't we all?

But back to brunch.
Specifically, brunch at Otto's.

Owned and operated by Paul Weckman, Otto's -- on the off chance that you've never been -- is a funky little spot in MainStrasse. You'll spot larger-than-life-sized paintings on the walls, roosters on the bar, and mismatched chairs in the dining room.

The Otto's team takes the rules and tosses 'em right out the window. And we love them for it.

That's also why it's the perfect place for brunch. Because brunch -- despite what you might've been led to believe -- isn't about pretension and formality. It's about letting loose, catching up with friends, and eating amazing (& yes, slightly indulgent) food.

So. I believe I'm speaking for all my fellow converts in Group 3 when I say...

Why isn't brunch all day, every day?

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Otto's is located at 521 Main Street in Covington, Kentucky's MainStrasse Village.