Wendy’s

57 Carothers Rd
Newport, 41071
Reviews:
I'm not normally the type of person that would give a fast food joint 5 stars, but this one deserves it on quality service alone. My boyfriend and I have been through this particular Wendy's drive-up window several times, and they always get it right. It doesn't matter how picky you are, or how many questions you have, you get fantastic service with a smile. On this particular day, the drive-thru was wrapped around the building, and I still managed to get through in less than 5 minutes. All other fast food joints, take note!
I haven't actually been inside- but the drive-thru people are very nice. They are helpful when choosing what to order and do not rush you when trying to make a decision. I also want to mention how fast they are! The line was long when I got there, but it didn't feel like a long wait at all. And they don't make you pull ahead as they help everyone behind you like some places
Like the other reviewers I don't think I would normally even waste my time on reviewing a fast food chain, but this Wendy's is awesome. I have never been here (since the reopening) without noticing how friendly (and sincere) everyone working here is. Super friendly staff and excellent service - sort of sad how very out of place this seems in comparison to some of our other fast food options in the area.

(859) 491-4103

Fast Food, Burgers

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Katharina’s Cafe-Konditorei

529 Overton St
Newport, 41071
Reviews:
Very good food! Echtes deutsches Essen! This place has the best German food you can find in the area. The service was pretty slow since they are understaffed because the café is beginning to become more and more popular. Would highly recommend it.
I stopped by Katharina's Cafe-Konditorei for lunch today and had an extremely positive experience. In my brief time in the Fort Thomas / Newport area, this is by far the best lunch experience I have had. My wife and I were looking to try a new spot this afternoon since we both had some free time and we were celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary; we also had our two 6 month old twins with us, so "kid friendly" was also an important factor for where we chose. After reading a few positive reviews, we chose to give Katharina's a try. When we walked in, it didn't immediately scream "kid friendly". The small dining area had roughly 12 table tops (so very quaint), pleasant / classical music was playing in the background, the establishment was well decorated, and noise was minimal. I asked the manager / owner if the kids being there were ok, and she assured me it was with a smile (if I saw any hesitation, I would have gladly left since I don't want to be "that parent" that brings their kid to an inappropriate restaurant and ruin the experience of others). We found out with little investigation that the entire place is family owned and operated - everyone from the wait staff to the cook are all closely related. That made for a very seamless and very caring service experience. From the moment we walked in, to the moment we walked out, we were treated as if we were at a family gathering; each of the staff / family members came over to our table to say hi to our children and I even met another family member that wasn't working on my way out that asked me about my experience. We felt right at home and we most certainly felt like they cared. As for the food - we were very pleased, and as I mentioned, this was the best lunch I have had since I have moved to Northern Kentucky. My wife ordered the Chicken Salad, which was served on a fresh baguette. We are generally tough critics of chicken salad, and were blown away by the flavor (dare I say this is the best chicken salad I have ever had?). I ordered the special of the day, which happened to be a Spaghetti Bolognese, and it too hit the spot - you could tell that a lot of time and attention was put into making the sauce and it was the perfect portion size for lunch (not to big and not too small). The salad that accompanied my Spaghetti Bolognese was simple and fresh and dressed in a very unique vinaigrette that was unlike anything I had ever tasted; both my wife and I were left wanting more! We also split the Caprice Salad as an appetizer, and it was also tasty. Finally, given how great our meal was, we decided to order desert; we had the Mandarin cream Torte and the Nussecken ("Nutcorners"). The Mandarin cream Torte was light, creamy, sweet and just enough citrus to please us both. The Nutcorners were unlike anything I have ever had and accompanied the latte I ordered with desert. Great experience for us - I can't wait to go back!
A family run business with a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Modern, and decorated beautifully. My husband and I stopped there with my parents and my little niece (who was asleep when we arrived). The hostess was friendly and so considerate to bring the little one a plate and cup of water! We had the tomato soup and the Nudeln mit Fleischsosse, both delicious. Wish we lived in Cincinnati area so we could make Katerina's a favorite routine!

(859) 291-2233

Desserts, German, Breakfast & Brunch

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Crazy Fox Saloon

901 Washington Ave
Newport, 41071
Reviews:
Crazy Fox is my absolute favorite bar in the Newport/Ft. Thomas area. Hands down. Probably in all of Cinci. Admittedly, I'm not originally from KY and have only been around for a short time, but seriously: I love this bar. The bartenders are super great: Elainea, Matt, Adam, and Krista. If you're around enough, they'll remember you and you should remember them. Even though the Fox lists itself as a gay bar, I wouldn't really call it that. It's an accepting, friendly bar that (as the sign says) welcomes people from all walks of life. It's really just a super cool place where cool people hang out without being biggoted against, whether you're gay or straight or something in between, which is apparantly a rareity in Kentucky. They have specials every weekday night, including super cheap well night on Wednesday (I think) and absinthe night on Friday. The beer selection is pretty rad with about 20 bottle varieties and 5 draft options (including a cider) that change out fairly frequently. The jukebox is packed full of GREAT music that I rarely/never see in bars, including Vampire Weekend, Feist, The Lonely Island, Gaslight Anthem and so many others that I can't remember off-hand. The people who patronize the bar are also super cool. Y'know that drunk asshole frat boy who's loud and obnoxious and rude? He doesn't come here. The people at this bar are engaging, conversational and SMART! I've had great conversations with random people in the Crazy Fox and have definitely made some lasting friends.
Any bar that you can walk away from and are too drunk to remember their drink specials has to be a good one, right? My friends and I have been on a happy hour traveling binge lately, trying out a lot of new places in northern Kentucky. The Crazy Fox was on the list and it did not disappoint. With a relaxed atmosphere and good specials, it was just what we needed on a hot summer day. Don't ask me to tell you what the specials were or anything, that's impossible. What I can tell you is that the drinks were cheap and STROOOOOOOOOOONG. Also, there was free pool for most of the evening and the music wasn't half bad. Not your usual jukebox fare that's for sure. The place is a touch small but that made for a much more intimate, enjoyable evening. I highly recommend you go have your own booze-filled adventure there sometime soon.
Great place to chill! We met a couple of friends here on a Friday, the place got busy but the environment was pretty relaxed. When you first walk in you are like "wow! this place is teeny tiny"! But don't be scurred, keep walking, is not the biggest bar but is pretty well laid out, the front room has a bar with a few stools and a couple of tables but keep on walking and you will find plenty of room. They have a pool table, dart boards and a pretty nice patio. The servers are fabulous, very friendly and as quick as they can be. The drink are good and affordable the crowd is laid back and friendly. More importantly the bathroom was very clean with great mirrors. Give it a try!

(859) 261-2143

Dive Bars

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Greek Burrito

1 Levee Way,Ste 2119
Newport, 41071
Reviews:
I saw this place made top 50 places to eat in in town (14) so I had to try it They have the best gyro in town ! The idea is amazing you can get any of the sandwiches and put anything you want on it and they won't charge you extra ! I also had there baklava and let me tell you it's to die for ! I will be coming back for sure
I've eaten there before and thought the gyros were awesome. So I wanted my parents to try it after leaving a movie. Mom and I sat our stuff on a table and waited for my disabled father to make it there so we could safely seat him before we went in and ordered. A middle aged female shot out and angrily asked if we were planning on eating there. I stammered out a shocked yes and she walked back inside. But her attitide made me so angry we ate at Tom and Chee instead. I will never darken the door of that place again.
I see why this place made Yelp's top 50 list! Gyros and baklava were amazing. The gyros were huge and very full which gave it a ton of flavor. So fresh and the lamb was so tender it melted in your mouth. The woman/owner? was incredibly friendly and welcoming. She knew everyone that came in and took the experience to the next level. She was so sweet. Little confused on the name change from Petra Cuisine to "Greek Burrito"--definitely makes it less authentic, especially with the red cartoony letters out front. Why not make it Petra Greek Cuisine if there was confusion in the type of food served? Can't wait to come back!

(859) 392-9100

Middle Eastern, Greek, Sandwiches

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Amol India

527 York St
Newport, 41071
Reviews:
Loved everything! We ordered the veggie samosas, which were served with 3 lovely sauces, chicken curry, served with rice, chicken biriyani~ level 8 spicy factor (we like heat)~served with a cool raita and we also got an order of garlic naan, because you have to have naan...their's is hot and fresh, even in delivery! So happy to have delicious Indian available to us here in the Cov. We opted for speedy delivery via grubhub ($25 min.). The portions are substantial and we had enough for lunch the following day which was great because I was craving this tasty food again by then!!
Great food, attentive service. Try the Chicken tandoori, it's delicious (and more food than you can eat alone). Glad to have delicious Indian food in Newport.
Great little place! Food is fantastic. I've been to the Clifton Indian restaurants (Amol India & others) many times, and this is definitely on par with those places. This location is smaller, but otherwise on par (sounds like in the past they served everything on to-go styrofoam, but when I was there they had plates & metal silverware). It's small (my guess is there might be a wait for a table sometimes on a weekend evening), but the place is clean and the service is prompt. And when we were there, they were able to accommodate a fairly large group (I'm guessing about 12 people) by pulling a couple of tables together. Highly recommended!

(859) 261-2317

Indian

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Graeter’s Confectionary

1409 Grand Ave
Newport, 41071
Reviews:
Graeter's Confectionary offers some good product. If I were judging it product alone, I'd give it 5 stars. The Ice cream is awesome, and most everything else I've tried is stellar. I have a few small gripes. None of said gripes generally have anything to do with the ice cream side of the operation, which is where most the attention and effort is obviously focused. First, I have found the staff (typically young) which packages the confectionary product upon request is not very knowledgeable about the product or where it came from - given I don't buy confectionary items frequently, I generally have a few questions about ingredients and it would be nice to know that a dialogue is possible if I want one. I know they are in a hurry to get back to serving ice cream customers, but they shouldnt bother with having the confectionary product if they can't focus on it. As mentioned, the quality of the product is great - I've bought several coffee cakes when I've had company at my house and people can't keep their hands off them when they start eating them (usually a good sign). They also seem reasonably priced for a somewhat fresh coffee cake. Finally, the only other gripe with Graeter's Confectionary is lack of consistent availability of baked items - you never know if you can go in and count on a specific product being in the case, so it is a bit unsettling if you are trying plan like I do. For example, my dad say "are you going to have one of those awesome cinnamon crumb cake things when I come to visit" and I can't give him any confidence that I will.
Graeter's ice cream is incomparable. I am a particular fan of their cookies and cream milkshake, it's always delicious and the quality of their products is consistent. The service is always friendly and efficient!
All natural ice cream from a family-owned business. It is always super fresh, unlike some store ice cream that can sit in a freezer for months before you buy it. Elena's Blueberry Pie is a special ice cream flavor that was created in honor of five year old Elena Desserich, who lost her life just a few months after she was diagnosed with brain cancer. The flavor was going to be a temporary fundraiser to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer but the flavor sold out in two weeks. Graeters decided to make it a permanent flavor which is sold at retail stores, select grocery stores, and online, with a portion of the funds still going toward the fund. They also sell the Desseriches book "Notes Left Behind" which is a collection of notes and drawings that Elena made and tucked between dishes in the china cabinet, in books on bookshelves, in briefcases and backpacks. There are plenty of flavors to choose from including some seasonal favorites like cherry cordial which is only offered during a couple of months each year. You can find other flavors here: graeters.com/our-flavors Great local business that gives back to the community and fresh ice cream made with high quality ingredients.

(859) 781-7770

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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York Street Café

738 York St
Newport, 41071
Reviews:
I had been looking for a nice place to have lunch after a radio session at WNKU and I wanted to surprise my comrades with a real good one, seeing as we'd gotten up super early just so I could be on the radio yet again, doing my thing as I tend to do. I was fiddling with my Yelp app while we were criss-crossing Eastern and Central time zones in our typical careless fashion when York Street Cafe somehow caught my attention. Later when I asked the good people at WNKU where to lunch they immediately suggested York Street Cafe. Say no more. We were already there. A delightful romp of a place, decor-wise. We found a table by the window, in the shadow of a mannequin minding her own business. Still, she frightened me with her sultry looks and frozen posture (picture attached). I wouldn't let this diminish my lunch experience, however, and our waiter was in good spirits so we tore the menu a new one and ordered. Our very own Kishi Bashi was craving heritage-food of the pan-Asian sortiment and refused to dine with us. Fine. Whatever. Herremannen and Giancarla ordered the veggie-burger and were pleased as pie. "How do they get it so crispy?" "It almost tastes like the real thing!" Such were the many complimentary comments that flew out of their cute, tiny little mouths as they ate up those burgers with glee and hunger. Always the wise-ass, I craved the real thing and ordered a non-veggie-burger. As such, I did not have to point out that it tasted like the real thing. It was real, indeed - very non-snobbish and charming. The mannequin behind me might not have approved of such folksy fare, but I am a man of the people and beg to differ. Shut your pie-hole, mannequin! You freak me out!!! We also enjoyed salads and soups like there was no tomorrow. Inspired by Giancarla's alfalfa-sprouts, Herremannen opted for a side of said sprouts, a wish our kind waiter gladly granted. Herremannen then went on to put the alfalfa-goodness (never heard of alfalfa-sprouts btw. Could be these two veggie-dogs are just making this up. I drift in and out of any conversation so it's hard for me to say for certain) on his veggie-burger, to reportedly magical effect. So happy was our dear Herremann that he got up from his chair and recited three sheets of history about Southgate House - printed out by our gracious hosts after we requested folklore related to the unusual rock club venue where we were to perform that night - with the enthusiasm, wit and thirst for knowledge typical of a true scholar and thespian. We delighted in his performance and ordered deserts. My first-ever strawberry shortcake. It was rich yet light. In a word or two, it was delicious and somehow not filling. Perfect for when your showbiz-life is getting all up in your grill. You know what I'm talking about. And so the good vibes and tone were all set for us to do our thing at Southgate House. The sound there is terrific. As was the personel and we went on to have a great concert. I even got to wear the new USA leather jacket that I had purchased that day at a beautiful store right around the corner from York Street Cafe, the Razzle Dazzle Butique. A bargain and only fitting. After all, it was Flag Day. You're welcome, America. - SL
A block from where I moved to, I now live here...
Catch of the Day was walleye, and it was excellent! My wife had the Aisian Ribs and they were great too. Highly recommended. And off course the atmosphere is awesome.

(859) 261-9675

American (New), Coffee & Tea

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Newberry Bros Coffee

530 Washington Ave
Newport, 41071
Reviews:
I give this a 5/5 due to their new prohibition bar. The selection is unbelievable! I took my husband to get a bourbon flight. He got the Cin City and loved it. Although I am not a bourbon fan, I still enjoyed a Moscow mule that was very refreshing. We also ordered the apple pie a la mode--very delectable. The servers were very nice and checked on us several times. One man even offered to give our dog some treats and water which was so nice! The patio was a great place to sit out in the lights and enjoy our drinks. We will definitely be back. We just wish they were open more days of the week!
I first found out about Newberry Coffee at Taste of NKY soon after they opened. The owner was handing out free samples of Wild Turkey to the voters so naturally, I (and everyone else) voted for Newberry and it won Best Of NKY for coffee. Recently I moved to Newport and was excited that Newberry was so close. It didn't take long for me to realize that the owners don't take their business or customers seriously. Despite the fact they have one of the best croissants I've tried in NKY, I cannot give Newberry a favorable rating due to the fact they don't keep consistent business hours. Sometimes they're open on Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes they just don't open at all. This is INCREDIBLY frustrating, especially when attempting to meet friends or family members for brunch at noon on a Sunday and the place is closed despite it being during their regular hours. There is no rhyme or reason for their hours and even if you check online their hours are not accurate. Also they're not open at all during the week.
Amazing place. Amazing owners. Amazing selections. You can't go wrong here. Peter and Kim strive to make your visit the best it can be. Selections selections selections. I have never seen so much bourbon in my life and anyone who knows more about it than Peter. If you love bourbon this is a must. Want beer, wine or mixed drinks? Got that too. The best addition to our neighborhood in a long time. Almost forgot, coffee and pastries too. Yum. I'm glad I live a few blocks away

(859) 261-9463

Coffee & Tea, Wine Bars

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The Southgate House Revival

111 E Sixth St
Newport, 41071
Reviews:
It's certainly not the worst place to see a show, but certainly is not the best, either. Beer selections are mediocre, but they are pretty stocked with liquor. Unless you are directly in front of the stage, the acoustics are subpar. The place gets really, really hot when they get the venue filled. As is noted in other reviews, when they fill the place, they REALLY fill it. The venue is very old and it shows. Some parts of the building are a bit run down. The balcony is neat, but I'm not sure I'd want to watch a show that I was interested in from it. They have so many shows here, that some of them are bound to be good. They play all kinds of music and even though it's not my favorite place to see a show, I guarantee I'll be back just because the amount of bands that come through.
I've been to the Southgate House a few times and loved every minuted of it. You get the feeling you are walking into someone's Victorian house in the beginning and walk into small bedrooms or an library with different bands each room. The Southgate House attracts local bands and even big name acts. There is a huge ballroom downstairs. It's a place like no other to hear great live bands. Until you have actually been there, it's a place you have to actually go to to understand. However, people with ADD, like myself, will have a hard time sitting to listen to a whole act knowing there is another one playing in another room.
The Southgate House is a living legend, one that is seeing the close of one chapter of its life and the beginning of another. As a place for bands big and small it is a unique three venue bar overlooking the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati. There is no other place like it in the entire Cincinnati area. For an intimate setting there is the front lounge where there's either singer/songwriter night or bluegrass playing by the bar. Upstairs is the Parlor which is a bigger space for solo or small band shows. Finally there's the ballroom which is a large open space with a second floor balcony. It's rare to not see a night where all three spaces feature some form of original music. This place is literally pumping out great music every night of the week. If you want to go to a place for variety in independent local music, the Southgate House is your choice. If you want to see the next big thing before they get famous, the Southgate House is your choice. Heck, if you want to see a bigger band, they still typically will book the Southgate House. Sadly, the operator of the Southgate House is moving on to a different venue and at the end of 2011, it will close. It's future as a music venue is unknown but what will be remembered are those long nights where you'd leave the place with your clothes smelling of cigarettes and your ears ringing from the volume being cranked from the band you just saw. It's not everyone's cup of tea but if you read this and there's still time,take the time and see what Southgate House is all about before it closes.

(859) 431-2201

Bars, Music Venues

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Mary Lou’s Bar & Grille

736 Washington Ave
Newport, 41071
Reviews:
Mary Lou's Bar and Grille is not a fancy place, despite what the sign might portray. But what you will get is a hole-in-the-wall place with a solid line-up of drinks and food. These days, places need to have micro-brews and ironic artwork on the wall to be considered a happening place. Mary Lou's is not like that at all. There are a few things that do bump it down for me. The extra amenities are quite limited, as there is only 1 pool table and no other things to do. It is also a cash-only place. Luckily, they have an ATM inside, and the fees are not too huge. All-in-all, it's not a "date night" kind of place, but a "let's get some cheap drinks and relax" kind of place.

(859) 431-9301

Bars, American (Traditional)

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