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A rainbow of Adirondack chairs stands guard outside Beans, where a blue- and white-striped roof caps the bakery and caf?. Each morning, donuts and egg-and-cheese sandwiches greet the dawn alongside cups of coffee. By lunchtime, multigrain tortillas envelop the Cheyenne Clubhouse wrap?s smoked turkey and bacon, ham, and vegetables. Staffers also top cones with hand-dipped ice cream and craft banana splits, ice-cream floats, and other cold confections.

20 Broadway St
Dry Ridge,
KY
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Brewberry is a family owned coffee shop in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. We feature locally roasted coffee, homemade baked goods and a variety of ice cold drinks. For a more complete menu, including a printable syrup list so you can plan your own unique beverage, visit our website at brewberrycoffee.com.

2498 Dixie Hwy
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
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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.

1518 Dixie Hwy.
Park Hills,
KY
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"Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way." This quote, from author E.L. Doctorow, is one of the many phrases, excerpts, and anecdotes Roebling Point Bookstore scrawls across its chalkboard, embedded snugly in the building's brick exterior. After absorbing the daily dose of chalk wisdom outside, the shop's visitors venture inside, where they find themselves surrounded by shelf upon shelf of equally perceptive words. Snacks, coffee, and tea keep fingers busy between page turns, and a community meeting space hosts groups that gather to discuss parts of their favorite books or tactics for turning their least-favorite books into fibrous breakfast shakes. Back outside, amid the historical ambiance of the Licking Riverside district, bike racks are available to those who prefer two-wheeled transport, which the bookstore awards with discounts.

306 Greenup Street
Covington,
KY
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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.

738 York Street
Newport,
KY
US