Sleepy Bee Cafe (Oakley, Blue Ash)
On an unseasonably warm and sunny winter day my daughter and my friend joined me on a tiny road trip south to the Sleepy Bee Cafe in Oakley Ohio, just northeast of Cincinnati. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, this little cafe features specials crafted by Chef Frances Kroner, and you are sure to find several tasty gluten free treats on the menu.
Our first time there, I didn’t think I would venture far into the menu and ordered a sandwich, ‘The Beekeeper’, on Eban’s gluten free bread. Then, the server suggested I try the gluten free pancakes. Since I hadn’t yet spotted them in the line up, I appreciated the tip and ordered one blueberry pancake, you know… just to try.
The food did not take a million years – like I am accustomed to, being gluten free – and the server was very careful to note my meal was prepared separately and even carried it off of the tray, away from the other dishes, to the table.
It takes a lot to impress me with something as simple as a sandwich. But I have to say, this was right up there with the top five in my gluten free book (mind you, numbers one thru four are made in my kitchen, by me). In addition to a tasty sandwich on great, local, bread, the side of roasted sweet potatoes were a real treat. Seasoned just right and cooked to perfection, I couldn’t stop eating them.
Now for the pancake. It was… ok. I was expecting a tangy buttermilk, thick and fluffy pancake. What I got was different. More of a whole grain flavor and texture, it was light but not fluffy. The local honey and butter along side the real maple syrup put the dish into the ‘ok’ category, but I’m not sure I’ll try them again since I have a tasty go-to recipe at home.
One more gold star for our server. At the end of our meal we ordered coffees and hot chocolates to go. When they arrived, my friend took the cup closest to her and took a sip – it was mine, not hers, and had most likely contaminated it. The server immediately had the drink remade without a blink of an eye.
3098 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati Oh 45209
9514 Kenwood Rd.
Blue Ash Oh 45242
Gluten free breakfast and lunch.
Sandwiches served on Eban’s Bread (additional charge)
GF pancakes, omelets, salads, quinoa bowls.