Friday we were fortunate enough to be under yet another good weather spell, and after our voyage to the west side of I-75 last week, we opted for sidewalk seating on our side of the river and headed over to Blinkers Tavern in Covington.
Part of the MainStrasse Villiage, Blinkers is home of NKY’s “Best Steak” for 2013 and 2014… but none of us got the steak (we figured if it won over NKY two years in a row, we can take their word for it being pretty good). I ordered the Grilled Chicken Club, but without the bun and subbed avocado for tomato because apparently I can never just order a sandwich as-is. Thankfully they didn’t bat an eye at my request, nor Randi’s order of the Salmon Salad with chicken instead of salmon.
The rest of the lunch menu offers an array of sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups and pastas, as well as one “hot brown” style dish called the Three Cheese Brown, which Emily ordered and we all watched her eat with minor regret having not ordered it for ourselves.
Each of us were more than pleased with our meals. I won’t say Blinkers has knocked anyone off a pedestal with its food, but it was up there with the best of them and the service was excellent. We sat outside, but inside the doors was an adorable set-up. A great place to take a client for lunch or cocktails if you’re on the south side of the Ohio.
And because the weather was so nice, we made a BONUS stop at Sweet Tooth just a few blocks over for ice cream! The definition of a Newport “gem,” this charming chocolate boutique serves customers a variety of homemade ice cream flavors (Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk for me, please) as well as all the other sweet goodies you could possibly imagine… it was kind of like being in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory only better because everything you see is made locally from scratch using only wholesome, natural ingredients and no added preservatives!
If you’re in Northern Kentucky this week, support the local business scene by eating an ice cream… it’s a win-win if you ask us!