Restaurants in Covington

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Family owned and operated beginning in 1984 specializing in cajun and creole cuisine with live jazz. Traditional fare as well with great steaks, chicken, pasta and pork dishes. Full bar and wine list. Private party rooms available for up to 40 guests. Reservations suggested. Free parking in Main Strasse Village lot.

529 Main St
Covington,
KY
US

Show Mom you care or carefully remember Mother's Day with a For You, Mom bouquet, a 26-stem combination of roses, gerbera daisies, carnations, mini-carnations, baby’s breath, and vibrant greens ($50.75). Or, gift a minimalist glass-bubble bowl filled with a few simple seasonal blooms ($30). A dozen roses ($60) are fail-proof blooms for any occasion, including Constitution Day, Secretary's Day, and Overseas Electronics Day. The friendly flower whisperers at Ruttle & Neltner boast an impressive 55 combined years of creating eye-catching arrangements and will be happy to work with you to design a creative and customized nine-inch bouquet vase ($35+) or other vased arrangement ($45+).

438 Pike St
Covington,
KY
US

Though the original Nuvo shuttered in 2009, chef Mark Bodenstein could not shake the feeling that he had more work to do. So in late 2013, he decided to breathe some life back into his old concept, flexing his creativity with an everchanging prix fixe menu of imaginative and aesthetically astonishing plates. As Cincinnati Magazine put it, "This is food you'll be thinking about for days."?

Though he cooks with meat, Bodenstein believes that veggies are more dynamic. To this end, his staff finds greens wherever they can find them, whether that's from the onsite garden or nearby farms. Here are some of the less familiar plants that might grace the plates at Nuvo At Greenup.

Maitake mushrooms: In the United States, they're known as hen of the woods. In Japan, their name means "the dancing mushroom." These huge, scalloped mushrooms are easily found by foragers and savored for their rich umami.

Wheat berries: This is what wheat looks like before it's ground into flour. Rich with fiber, protein, and B vitamins, these berries add a barley-like texture to soups and stews.

Nasturtium: The blossoms of this plant are edible, but the flavorful leaves taste peppery and bittersweet.

Fiddlehead ferns: The tightly coiled tips of this fern add grassy brightness to dishes but are only available for a short time period?in the early spring, when ferns are just growing new shoots.

308 Greenup Street
Covington,
KY
US

Located at Covington's perfectly-grilled core, the comic-book-themed WhackBurger aims to knock out and lock up hunger with a single powerful weapon: burgers. Burgers so massive that, as Cincinnati Magazine said, they "would still appear large when grasped by Andre the Giant's fist." As if those piled-high patties weren't enough of a handful, the kitchen still sends out every burger with a choice of side, ranging from the traditional (fresh-cut fries with house-made ketchup) to the offbeat (jambalaya, broccoli slaw).

While the walls are covered in comics and superhero-inspired murals, the menu is more like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. In addition to weighing your side options, there's a choice of patty: beef from nearby Heringer Meats, turkey, or a vegetarian black-bean patty made in house. Finally, you'll choose one of more than a dozen topping styles. With bacon and peppercorn mayo, even the Classic is far from standard-issue, but and wilder possibilities take inspiration from Cajun, Cuban, Mediterranean, and German cuisines.

715 Madison Ave.
Covington,
KY
US

Montgomery Inn has seen a lot of famous faces over the years; Johnny Cash, Brittany Spears, Cameron Diaz, countless professional athletes, and every US president since Gerald Ford. The real stars, though, are the restaurant's award-winning ribs. Founders Ted and Matula Gregory started serving them in the late 1950s using Matula's homemade barbecue sauce. The ribs were an instant hit with diners and earned their first official accolades from the Cincinnati Post in 1968.

Years later, Montgomery Inn has expanded both its menu?specialties now include housemade Saratoga chips and barbecued spring chicken?and locations, but the ribs still steal the show. In recent years, they've been lauded by The Today Show, CNBC, and Fox News. The restaurant has even their own grocery line, so customers can enjoy their ribs and sauces at home.

400 Buttermilk Pike
Fort Mitchell,
KY
US

Between the open mic nights, art shows, and caffeine-fueled student study sessions, you might say there's a bit of a buzz at Blend Coffee. But that's nothing compared to what goes on in the cafe's kitchen. There, chefs spend hours perfecting dishes that are made entirely from scratch and with local ingredients. Morning see the staff whipping up breakfast popovers, maple wraps, and muffins while lunch brings their focus to the crafting of paninis, barbecue pork tacos, and bacon-encrusted fried zucchini sandwiches. A few specialty items even take all day, such as the raspberry chipotle wings, which staff brine, smoke, and sauce in-house. Of course, between all this, the baristas never stop brewing up premium cups of coffee, which helps ensure that the shop's chefs, patrons, and espresso machines stay productive.

14 E 5th St
Covington,
KY
US