Latitudes Café and Martini Bar allows patrons to indulge all of their senses with inventive dishes and drinks, comfortable seating, and frequent live entertainment events. Peruse the menu before escorting taste buds to an elegant soiree on the arm of the drunken dates, each stuffed with almonds and wrapped in a bacon shawl with a cinnamon-chocolate demi-glaze ($5.50). Scrawl performer reviews into a plate of classic hummus with grilled chicken during Tuesday open-mic night serenades or Wednesday karaoke ballads ($8). On Fridays and Saturdays, patrons can savor an aural atmosphere permeated by live bands and the fresh scent of lightly breaded Louisiana-style crab cake, served over fresh corn and peach salsa with remoulade sauce ($7). Epicurean intellectuals may nibble thoughtfully on an entree-size portion of Scottish salmon during Sunday trivia night as they harness their extensive knowledge of mathematical knot theory and ham radio slang ($16).
To help readers venture beyond classic children’s tomes such as Dr. Seuss and Last Exit to Brooklyn, Blue Manatee will happily introduce you to the latest in li’l lit. Escape to the city with Brown Rabbit in a new title by Natalie Russell, or investigate the adventures of Origami Yoda with a pint-sized padawan Star Wars fan. Slightly older readers, meanwhile, can stock up on award winners such as Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, a macabre re-imagining of The Jungle Book. Check out the list of recently released titles, or peruse the shelves to find books for babies (prices vary). Blue Manatee also offers a unique gift selection of Uglydolls ($6–$22) and puzzles (starting at $9.99). Blue Manatee is open daily.
Essencha's leisurely tea lunch begins with your selection of either a hot pot of tea or a shot of matcha (finely milled green tea). The tea house lets you choose from over 70 varieties of high-quality blacks, oolongs, greens, whites, rooibos, herbals, and organic flavors. Essencha's passionate staff of tea-totalers will help you navigate this voluminous variety until you find the tea you never knew you craved. Next, a soup of the day or miso soup stretches tongue tendons, followed by a fruit salad or a café salad with seasonal greens, veggies, dried fruit, pine nuts, and lemon vinaigrette. After you fill up on finger sandwiches with your non-teacupped free hand, enjoy a scone paired with clotted cream and jam. A cupcake or triple-chocolate-chunk brownie caps off a meal fit for tea tycoons and tea-drinking raccoons alike.
A Forkable Feast provides an array of restaurant-quality meals packaged in microwave- and oven-safe containers, ready to be taken home, reheated, and devoured with all the ferocity of a sun-swallowing Fenris wolf. Signature entrees include savory veal and ricotta meatballs ($6.95), mac 'n' cheese with herbed goat cheese ($4.95), and lemon-rosemary chicken ($6.95). Assemble a full meal by partnering a lonely entree with a winsome side dish, such as succotash, creamy mashed potatoes, or lemon-orzo salad ($2.95 each). Glowing obediently behind the cashier, the brick pizza oven ushers forth crispy, wood-fired pies such as the minimalist margherita or the roasted-vegetable varietal, which employs a delectable cast of portobello mushrooms, onions, zucchini, pesto, and mozzarella ($7.50). A Forkable Feast also cooks up a reputable variety of gluten-free meals to share its edible accomplishments with the gluten averse.
Brewing a good cup is an art form, and Mrs. Teapots has some of the best leaf-steepers in Northern Kentucky. Try sweet or fruity teas such as Bavarian chocolate crème, Forever Yours almond amaretto, and peach apricot, or sip a simple Earl Grey. High-strung leaf drinkers can mellow out with decaf offerings or try whatever unusual brews were just added to Mrs. Teapots carefully curated selection of domestic and imported leaves. One of Mrs. Teapots' friendly servers can help you choose an electrifyingly tranquil tea that dances upon your tongue and steams down your throat to warm you from core to crust.
After a miscellany of incarnations since the building's assembly in the late 1880s, York Street Café in Newport billets a first floor restaurant, second floor lounge, third floor art gallery, and fourth floor art studio. If the weather cooperates, loaf on the garden patio for lunch and share a Swiss Fondue or Mediterranean conversation platter with a friend ($18). The homey interior cuddles the dining area with bookshelves rife with treatises and doohickeys. Settle in for dinner, peek at the wine list, and warm your insides with modern comfort food like vegan polenta packed with sautéed vegetables and pumpkin seeds ($18-$23) or a sandwich supplied with a side of homemade green bean casserole ($12). York Street Café regularly schedules live entertainment for a complete night out.