There’s a new breakfast option in Downtown Cincinnati, and it’s egg-cellent.
Ok, sorry about that. First and last egg pun, I swear.
Not that Wild Eggs minds them. The restaurant, which already has locations in Kenwood and Oakley, embraces all egg-themed silliness. Need proof? Look no further than the decor, which features imaginative egg paintings, egg-shaped salt and pepper shakers, and rooster and chicken cutouts above the restroom doors.
Elsewhere the vibe is thoroughly inviting, from the eggshell blue paint to the chrome swivel bar stools that recall the 1950s. It also has a faint southern charm, which is what you’d expect from a restaurant founded in Louisville.
And while we’re on the subject of Louisville, Wild Eggs has one of the best Hot Browns anywhere — the Kelsey “KY” Brown. What really sets it apart is the white cheddar mornay sauce doused over the entire dish. It’s similar to a hollandaise but with 100% more cheese, making it 100% more delicious.
Standout dish #2 would be the Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict. Now, as we all know, a successful eggs benedict is all about using acid to balance out the richness of the egg. Put some ham in there for saltiness and texture, plop it all on an English muffin, and you’re good to go. Well, Wild Eggs goes about ten steps further than that. They start with a green chili cheddar corn cake (!!!) and top it with chorizo, two poached eggs, queso fundido, pico de gallo, sour cream, green onions, and avocado. This is a dish created by someone who understands what an eggs benedict should do (balance acid and fat), then uses different ingredients to take it to a whole different level. The flavors just pop, and it’s crazy good.
Standout dish #3 is the humble buttermilk pancake. It’s almost crumpet-like, meaning its center is porous and thus perfect for soaking up all that delicious syrup and butter. And if you order the Return of the King, you can get three of them topped with banana, chocolate, peanut butter syrup, whipped cream, and powdered sugar. Mmmmmm.
There are about 20 other standout dishes on the Wild Eggs menu, but we’re running out of time, and I need to say a word about freshness. Wild Eggs takes it seriously. Each restaurant gets daily (daily!) shipments of fresh ingredients. You’ll notice in every bite of food and every sip of fresh-squeezed orange juice. (In fact, the oranges are so fresh and seasonal that every time you go in you’ll experience a slightly different taste, which is just the best thing ever.)
Well, that about wraps it up folks. So if you haven’t already, try Wild Eggs soon. Maybe we’ll see you there!
Downtown Cincinnati’s Wild Eggs is located at 301 E. Fourth Street. For more, including menu information and the locations of its other Cincinnati restaurants, visit their website.
The Kelsey "KY" Brown / ADDRESS: 301 E. Fourth Street, Downtown / Image: Daniel Smyth