Just like cars needs gasoline to run properly, humans need beer, and the Growler Stop takes care of both. Housed inside a gas station, people can quickly fill up 64-ounce growlers of local craft beers including brews from Blank Slate and Mt. Carmel brewing companies. Next to the growler-filling station, a heated display case holds hot Bretzels, a Bavarian pretzel free of trans fat. Customers can grab a plain Bretzel or Bretzel-wrapped hot dogs or brats to complement their brews.
What is a Growler? A growler is a glass or ceramic jug commonly sold at brewpubs or breweries. Growlers allow people to take home craft beer that is often not sold by the bottle, can, or thimble.
Fish arrive fresh from the boat to fry on Tropics Restaurant's sizzling grill alongside a wealth of half-pound burgers, creative appetizers, and saucy pies forged from Mio's pizza products. The eatery’s floor-to-ceiling windows grant sweeping views of the Ohio River, replete with the bounty of boats and pet narwhals tethered to Manhattan Harbour’s slips.
Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.
This spirit of inclusivity pervades The Wine Guy Bistro, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.
Smoke scented with flavors such as mango, pineapple, and cherry wafts through Aladdin Restaurant and Hookah Bar as patrons linger over waterpipes as late as 3 a.m. Besides Al Fakher and Starbuzz tobacco, skilled staffers also blend house mixes with names such as Bubble Yum and Candy Drop, and can even fit hookahs with heads made from hollowed-out pineapples, watermelons, and other fruits. The kitchen also crafts a full menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare, including kebabs, gyros, and Turkish coffee.
You don't have to drive all the way to Nashville for great music and food?just head over to The Little Nashville of Newport. Executive chef Shamus Craig offers a menu of Southern favorites, such as slow-cooked baby back ribs, pulled-pork sandwiches with slaw and pepper jack cheese, and crab cakes. The laid-back joint features weathered wooden floors and a bar that holds plenty of drinks and the occasional dancing guest. Libations pour freely inside the joint as guests enjoy live entertainment on the stage with local musicians and karaoke nights.
It should come as no surprise that Bambooz Bar & Grill is a popular watering hole among Northern Kentucky locals. After all, the spot's slogan is "Come booz it up at Bambooz," and on any given night, you'll find bartenders slinging signature shots, margaritas, and cold beer, with a wheel of specials that's kept spinning around the clock. But social drinking isn't the only reason to visit?customers also keep coming back for comfort-food favorites such as Angus burgers, Bambooz wraps, jumbo wings and steak hoagies. Large-screen televisions broadcast local sports games, and on certain nights, Bambooz hosts live music, and is equipped for pool, darts, and games of corn hole.