There’s something about starting your day with the sound of children’s laughter that puts you in a great mood. Or maybe it’s just when the children don’t belong to you (so you don’t have to take care of them) and also there is a cocktail in your hand.
And that’s where I found myself one Sunday morning for drunk brunch at Milestone 229. A dozen or so children and parents playing freely in the fountain along the Scioto Mile, while my husband and I enjoyed the sight from a safe distance, and most importantly enjoyed the pre-noon alcoholic beverages that being childless allows us.
As picturesque days like these are surely coming to an end for the season, it’s good to note that Milestone 229 is just as charming on the inside, with wooden beams shooting out from the central bar like the rays of sunshine shooting in from the floor to ceiling windows.
Milestone’s brunch cocktail menu includes eight types of Bloody Mary’s, with variations in spirit (vodka, gin, whiskey, tequila) and mixers (clam juice, vegetable mix, pimento olives, etc.) My husband accidentally ordered one with Makers Mark, black pepper and… beef jerky. I say “accidentally” because he made an impulse pick when the waitress came to take our order, without actually reading the description. We weren’t big fans, but it wasn’t what either of us would have chosen to expect to enjoy – it’s probably great for those beef jerky drinking folks of the world.
There are also five mimosas/bellinis on the brunch menu, and as I enjoy drinking bubbles as much as the children in the fountain enjoy blowing bubbles, I ordered the Mindy’s Mimosa: pineapple-infused Finlandia and strawberry puree. Delicious.
As I was craving something savory, I initially skipped over french toast when looking down the menu, but then my eye caught my favorite “B” word and I realized the “french toast” was actually a bacon and brioche bread pudding, served with sweet and sour maple syrup, two over-easy eggs and then MORE double-smoked hickory bacon on top. Bacon on bacon on bacon. A really tasty and unexpected twist to what I thought was just a standard dish. Very heavy, though – I couldn’t finish it.
My husband had the biscuits and gravy, which included perfectly cooked pork belly on top of two cheddar biscuits served with sweet caramelized onions, scrambled eggs and a lightly seasoned potato hash with unexpected bites of sweetness from mixed in chunks of sweet potatoes.
Brunch at Milestone 229 is served Sundays from 10am-3pm. Milestone is located at 229 Civic Center Drive.
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