Walking into Newport, Kentucky's York Street Café, you know it's gonna be good. The aromas wafting through the high-ceilinged rooms and the friendly service immediately make your mouth water.
Built in 1872, this one-time pharmacy building still has its great atmosphere. Owner Terry Cunningham claims it's the best place to go for a first date. "There's so much stuff on the walls, you'll have plenty to talk about," he says with a smile.
The second floor features a nightclub with entertainment such as murder mysteries and improv comedy. The third floor boasts an art gallery.
Meanwhile, you have menu choices to make on the first floor. Order the local favorite called a Toastie ($6.50), a pita delight consisting of creamy spinach-and-artichoke-hearts topping with Gouda cheese. If you're truly famished, indulge in the most popular entrée, the halibut encrusted with spinach and topped with sherry butter ($23). Plan to have dessert. York Street cakes are worth every bite and calorie. Try either the chocolate-hazelnut flourless torte or the strawberry buttermilk cake ($5 per slice).
Want another reason to dine here? "During baseball season, you can walk across the bridge from here to a game in Cincinnati," says Terry. "It's only a 10-minute walk to the stadium."
York Street Café: 738 York Street, Newport, KY 41071; (859) 261-9675 or www.yorkstonline.com.
More Northern Kentucky Dining Delights
- Pompilio's: Enjoy this neighborhood Italian spot that's been around since 1933. Try the chicken-and-cheese tortellini ($11.75). 600 Washington Avenue, Newport; (859) 581-3065.
- Jack Quinn's Irish Alehouse & Pub: Order a Guinness, the Alehouse Fish & Chips ($12.95), and sing along with the Irish music on Thursdays. 112 East Fourth Street, Covington; (859) 491-6699 or www.jackquinn.com.
- Dee Felice Cafe: This charming night spot features great swing music along with its really fine cuisine. Try their wonderful gumbo ($6.95). 529 Main Street, Covington; (859) 261-2365 or www.deefelice.com.
"A Northern Kentucky Dining Delight" is from the November 2005 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.