What a diner appreciates about a place such as Sugar n’ Spice might best be summed up in the word comfort. Personally, I have been a fan of the diner since the days of Stan Matlock and his early-morning Magazine of the Air radio show of the 1950s. Remember him? Sugar n’ Spice was one of his sponsors, and he sold them with his sincerity and personal endorsement.
So, comfort, what about that? First, the menu features lots of comfort food. More on the food in a minute.
Next, the place is old-shoe comfortable; you know, a little worn, fits your senses just right. Then, the prices are comfortable, the service is engaging and familiar; the place oozes a friendly, glad-to-see-you attitude. Add it all up, Sugar n’ Spice is a place where I can and do feel comfortable, and you will too, I’m betting.
But with new owners, new emphasis things could change. Right? Not going to happen, according to Christopher “CT” Todd, who now manages the diner.
“One of our focuses as a transition team was to make the transition as seamless as possible from the guests’ perspective,” he said.
Todd is the newly installed operating partner of the diner, recently acquired by the Mayerson group of enterprises.
Menu items at Sugar n’ Spice are proven winners, and the setting is beloved for its kitschy, homey feel, Todd said. Neither of these is going to change, he said.
“It’s the same family-centric service; same atmosphere, (and) menu. If you pay attention, you can see a little more technology around the restaurant as far as how orders are rung in (and processed).”
As for the “original wispy-thin pancakes, huge fluffy omelets, and signature sandwiches and specials,” all that is there to stay, as is, Todd said, along with the rubber ducks that line the walls and are given to customers, too. Rubber ducks? Ask. Story is a good one.
Speaking of the new owners, Todd added, “Three generations of Mayersons have been coming here—they love this place.
“It’s a tradition for a lot of families; they come for the great food and the experience that is Sugar n’ Spice. (Also) there are a lot of first-time diners, just being introduced (to Sugar n’ Spice) and we want them to have that same feeling, that you’re at home and being well taken care of by people who want to see you happy.”
Whether you are a familiar face or a first-time patron at Sugar n’ Spice, you’ll find a diner dedicated to an array of breakfast and lunch items that are substantial, wholesome and delicious, to my way of thinking. Everybody I’ve ever talked to there loves the wispy-thin pancakes, as do I. Pancakes seem simple to make, but it’s not uncommon for them to be heavy and doughy, even at places that have the word “pancake” in the eatery name. The wispy-thins at Sugar n’ Spice are light, not doughy, and flat-out good! Certainly, they are among the best I’ve ever had, and try as I may, I cannot ever seem to get them to turn out nearly as good at home. Though I’m a purist, Todd suggested the blueberry, banana and chocolate chip varieties of the pancakes as well.
Omelets are next on the breakfast favorites list. My go-to omelets are: the garden, with mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes and American cheese; the Popeye (the Sailor Man), with spinach (what else?) and mozzarella cheese; and the Greek, with spinach, onions, tomatoes, black olives, and feta and mozzarella cheeses. In all, there are eight varieties, plus a build-your-own omelet section. Whichever omelet you choose, it will be fluffy and large – bring your appetite!
Also, the breakfast menu features eggs in a variety of styles and platter combinations; waffles with butter and syrup, as well as ones topped with fruit; breakfast sandwiches; corned beef hash; and more.
For lunch, you could have breakfast, or you could have one of the signature sandwiches. I have had the chicken little, which is house-made chicken salad served on toasted white or wheat, garnished with tomato, pickle and lettuce. I think it’s excellent served on wheat toast. Same for the tuna salad sandwich, garnished in the same way. Both are winners! There are plenty more sandwiches and a list of burgers from which to select, but for kosher style diners, check for cheese and so on.
There are sides, salads, soups and more on the full menu, all available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day of the week.
Sugar n’ Spice soon will open a second location, about which more will come soon. The teaser is that it will be downtown, it will have the same menu, and you can look for it to open in March of 2020.
See you at the original Sugar n’ Spice on Reading Road!
Sugar n’ Spice
4381 Reading Road
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45229