Southern Bound: Hitting the Bourbon Trail

Start in Northern Kentucky and meander southward as you explore all that the Bluegrass State has to offer.

Brews and Brunch

Left: Cedar's Brunch with Avocado Toast Right: North South Baking Company's Cruffins
Photo of Cedar (left) courtesy of Whitney Durrwachter and (right) courtesy of North South Baking Company

As popular as it is, bourbon isn’t the only draw to Northern Kentucky. There are plenty of delicious eats to try in Covington. Located in the quaint Mainstrasse Village, Cedar is a brunch hot spot with hearty and wholesome fare, like the Cedar Toast, topped with avocado, walnut spread, and cranberry walnut crumble, that will have you ready to face the day. If you’re craving a sweet or snack, look no further than North South Baking Company. Owner Kate Nycz is a self-taught baker who started selling her pastries and goodies at farmers’ markets and now also shares a kitchen and retail space with a beer and pizza shop, Bircus Brewing Co., in Covington. Make sure you try the fan-favorite cruffins for a treat you won’t forget.

If you’re more of a wine connoisseur than a bourbon enthusiast, you’ll fall in love with this sleek and sophisticated wine bar that’s approachable enough for novices and newbies. Located in the Madison District of downtown Covington, Kentucky, the welcoming Ripple Wine Bar is a welcoming stop is the perfect place to enjoy a glass or two of wine options from around the world paired with delicious fare as light or as hearty as you’d like—from delectable flatbreads and charcuterie boards to a lovely Filet Mignon.

Alternatively, if you’ve had your fill of whiskey in the Bourbon Capital of the World or you’re just a loyal craft beer fan, you’ll want to make your way to Scout & Scholar Brewing Co. in Bardstown, Kentucky. The founders recognized that the art of craft brewing was missing from this distillery-filled destination, so they opened the first craft brewery in Bardstown. Now, locals and visitors alike can enjoy the brewery’s hearty, delicious cuisine alongside its wide variety of beers.


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