First of all, thank you for thinking of us.

So, “what’s with the menu?” you ask.

You’ve been hearing about it in the news for weeks, now.  It’s very real.  Painfully real.

Like every restaurant in Cincinnati, in Ohio, and in the whole country, we find ourselves inexplicably understaffed.  At the very time that business is starting to come back, we can’t handle the increase.  At the very time we could begin to restore our financial health from the debacle that was last year, we can’t.  There are simply no workers to hire.  Right now, we’re searching desperately for kitchen help to cook your meal.  Quite stunning, but quite true.

So back to the menu.  This is the delicious food that we can put out with the staff we have.  Fewer options than normal, to be sure.  But while it’s a smaller offering than you’re used to, it’s full of long-time favorites you’ll enjoy.

We’re hoping to be right-sized soon, but until then, we’re delighted you’re here eating with us.

We appreciate your intentional choice to support our small business—thanks for ordering with us today!

The Hipsleys, Half Day Cafe

    • Pancakes

      We offer individual bottles of Vermont Pure Grade "A" Dark Amber maple syrup for 1.99 Sugar-Free syrup available upon request Add an order of delicious applewood smoked bacon for the perfect sweet/salty flavor combination!

    • Mango Butter Rum

      two 7.49
      three 9.99

      buttermilk pancakes topped with our delicious housemade mango butter rum syrup

    • Original Buttermilk

      two 5.99
      three 7.99
    • Specialty Pancakes

      two 7.49
      three 9.99

      choose from blueberry or chocolate chip

    • French Toast

      made with egg bread specially prepared just for us right here in Cincinnati by Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bakehouse. Add an order of applewood smoked bacon for a delicious sweet/salty flavor combination! • add candied pecans 1.49 • add whipped cream .75

    • Mango Butter Rum


      A Half Day specialty! Our Original French toast topped with luscious housemade mango butter rum syrup

    • Original


      thick sliced and topped with powdered sugar

    • Egg Dishes

      most come with your choice of our rosemary potatoes OR toast OR English muffin OR a fresh fruit cup for 1.49 OR grits for 1.99 ***egg dishes now available with local, pasture raised, certified organic eggs for just 1.00 more!***

    • Goetta Hash


      Glier's goetta with potatoes, onions, red & green peppers, topped with cheddar cheese and two eggs your way

    • Egg Strata


      individually baked egg casserole layered with egg bread, pepperjack cheese, sage sausage & caramelized onion

    • Bowl O’ Goodness


      our carnitas with housemade red-eye gravy over our white cheddar grits and topped with two sunny side up eggs, served with 1 slice of toast

    • Burrito con Carnitas


      2 eggs scrambled with red and green peppers, onions, cheddar cheese and slow roasted Latin spiced pork, rolled in a flour tortilla and served with lime crema and salsa

    • Breakfast Combination


      includes two eggs your way with rosemary potatoes and your choice of bacon OR sausage patties OR turkey sausage links OR goetta.  Served with toast OR English muffin OR buttermilk pancakes


      (upgrade to specialty pancakes for 2.00 )


    • Greek Omelette


      fresh spinach, red peppers and feta cheese

    • Western Omelette


      ham, onions, green peppers and cheddar cheese

    • Half Day Benedict

      add fresh spinach 1.00

      eggs your way atop a griddled croissant with
      Prosciutto and finished with a charred tomato hollandaise

    • Basic Omelette

      • basic omelette is a 3 egg omelette
      • Or build your own with the ingredients below:
        • mushrooms, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, cheddar or monterey jack 1.00 per item
        • fresh spinach, red peppers, goat cheese or feta 1.00 per item
        • ham, bacon, sausage 1.25 per item
        • goetta or avocado  2.00
    • Sausage Gravy & Biscuits


      our sage sausage patties sandwiched between flaky biscuits, smothered in sausage gravy, served with rosemary potatoes

    • Sides & Small Plates

    • 2 Biscuits


      served with honey butter

    • Cup of Sausage Gravy


      with two biscuits

    • One Original Pancake

    • One Specialty Pancake


      choose from mango butter rum, blueberry or chocolate chip


    • Oatmeal


      with brown sugar, pecans and dried cranberries

    • Meats

      3 thick slices applewood smoked bacon 4.99
      2 sage sausage patties 3.99
      3 turkey sausage links 3.99
      2 slices of goetta 3.99
    • Yogurt Granola & Fruit

      bowl 6.99

      low fat vanilla yogurt, fresh cut fruit and raisin granola

    • One Egg


      cooked your way

    • Seasonal Fruit

      cup 2.99
      bowl 4.99

      cut fresh daily

    • Toast


      farm white, sunflower wheat or English muffin                    or Gluten Free for 1.00 more


    • Muffin


      baked every morning! ask about today's selections

    • White Cheddar Grits


      real stone-ground yellow grits from South Carolina with garlic, butter, chicken stock and Vermont White Cheddar

    • Rosemary Potatoes

    • Beverages

    • Coffee


      roasted locally by Seven Hills Coffee in Blue Ash

    • Fresh Florida Orange Juice

      6oz 2.99
      9oz 3.99
      32oz pitcher to share 11.99
    • Hot Tea


      Harney & Sons fine tea sachets

    • Hot Chocolate


      topped with real whipped cream and chocolate syrup

    • Juices

      6oz 1.49
      9oz 1.99

      apple or cranberry

    • We serve Coca Cola products


      Coke, Diet Coke, Lemonade, Barq's and Gold Peak Raspberry Tea

    • Iced Tea


      freshly brewed Bigelow black tea

    • Fruit Smoothies


      Mixed Berry, Mango, or Strawberry-Banana topped with real whipped cream