In the late 1880s, a four-story, Queen Anne-style structure was built on the corner of York and West 8th. The Feth Building, as it was originally known, housed a pharmacy and a bank for decades. Those days are long passed, but while horses no longer pull carriages down streets and the president no longer high fives everyone on their birthday, the historic building still makes its visitors feel better. Just now, the prescriptions are in the form of spanakopita and filet mignon.
The York Street Cafe has occupied the building's first floor since 1997, treating diners to seasonal dishes such as stuffed poblanos with black beans and spinach or Asian-spiced ribs. Its cozy dining room and verdant patio makes an ideal place to share a romantic meal, perhaps one of the aptly named conversation boards. For these, chefs assemble a seasonal selection of items, such as the Brie En Croute: brie baked in a puff pastry and served with with amaretto sauce, toasted almonds, fresh fruit, and a baguette. Visitors should plan on exploring the building before or after the meal, since art and entertainment have taken over the other floors. Musicians often perform and record on the second floor lounge, and artists use the third floor as a gallery space.
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.
In addition to attending culinary school, owner Angela Gallo achieved the rank of sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Fusing military efficiency with an unmistakable passion for pastries, Angela has succeeded in developing a potent arsenal of baked goods that will barrage your taste buds into smile-induced surrender. Three Tiers carries a stockpile of standard-sized cupcakes ($1.95) as well as minis ($0.95, by order only) that come in scrumptious flavors like buttermilk with white-chocolate buttercream icing, and vanilla with caramel buttercream, chocolate sauce, caramel, and toasted coconut. Using only the freshest ingredients and imported Belgian chocolate, Three Tiers will be happy to bake expertly crafted creations for your special occasion, like a deliciously verbalized Scrabble board cake or an almost-too-cute-to-eat ladybug cake that will come to life if you allow tears to land on it.
Elegant Carriages escorts visitors along scenic Cincinnati byways in exquisite horse-drawn carriages. Before or after dinner, riders can get picked up straight from the restaurant and enjoy the peaceful streets of Cincinnati in an open-air buggy without the roofed confines of a car or paddywagon. Drivers are dapper, horses are groomed and pro-neigh, and the route is carefully guided to ensure maximum safety and sightseeing surprises.
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.
Reality Tuesday Cafe's locations in Park Hills and Hebron are places made for lingering. A regularly changing collection of artwork?which patrons can buy to hang in their home's coffee shop?adorns the walls, surrounding the cushy couches and tables where visitors type away using free WiFi. The Hebron location also has an outdoor courtyard. But no matter where visitors sit, they can all sip organic, fair-trade coffee from Cincinnati-based roaster Seven Hills and smoothies voted the Best of NKY by readers of Northern Kentucky magazine.
Homemade pastries, chicken and tuna salad, and other foods complement the drinks. Slices of cheesecake remain customer favorites, perhaps because their triangular shape makes the trip to the mouth extremely aerodynamic.