Grabbing a Bite and a Great Read at Bronte Bistro

Here we are with another installment of “365 Things to do in Cincinnati” and today I am recounting a lunch I recently enjoyed with a friend at Bronte Bistro.

Bronte Bistro next to Joseph Beth Booksellers

Bronte Bistro is attached to Joseph Beth Booksellers. It’s a seriously good (and potentially dangerous) combo for me – food and books.

Joseph Beth Booksellers

Bronte Bistro is not your typical “attached to a bookstore” kind of place. It holds its own as a restaurant and it’s one that I like to go to for a nice meal and not just a convenient-place-to-eat-because-you’re-at-the-bookstore kind of place.

The view of Bronte Bistro from within Joseph Beth Booksellers

Bronte Bistro has a spacious dining room. They have both booths and tables. They even have a section that can be draped off if you have a large group or party and need a more private space.

Dining room at Bronte Bistro in Cincinnati

They serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu is fabulous, with many gluten free and hormone free options included and well-marked.

They have an extensive beer and wine list (especially for a “bookstore restuarant”) and even offer author-themed cocktails.

The bar at Bronte Bistro in Rookwood

I was there for lunch and had their “Pick 2” lunch which includes your choice of a salad, sandwich, soup, or chili (from the Pick 2 list). ¬†Our server suggested the vegetarian chili so I had that along with their Roasted Turkey, Cranberry, and Feta Salad.

Roast Turkey Salad and Vegetarian Chili at Bronte Bistro

My plate was FULL of food. The turkey did seem to indeed be roasted turkey and not just sliced deli turkey. They did not skimp on the feta and the veggies were super fresh. I’m not typically a vegetarian chili fan (this girl likes her protein) but this is one I’d order again and again. It was thick and hearty and came with a big dollop of sour cream on top.

The cafe at Joseph Beth Booksellers

If you’re not looking for a full blown meal, stop by the Bronte Express which is located within the Joseph Beth bookstore. They offer a variety of drinks, accompanied by some table space for your enjoyment.

Bronte Bistro is located next to Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion, 2692 Madison Road
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