Eats Along the Way
The Standard Covington is a converted mechanic’s garage turned hip eatery, and it makes for a fun lunch stop for a burger or fried chicken sandwich in a colorful and quirky setting. Covington’s Bouquet is a fabulous option for dinner if you’re looking for elevated, seasonal cuisine driven by ingredients from local farms. Start with one of their beautiful charcuterie boards before savoring a lovely entrée. Southern bourbon bistro Purple Poulet in Newport is another must-try for dinner. If you’re super hungry, order the over-the-top tasty Sweet Potato Beignets and the Fried Chicken and Waffle, which includes a towering stack of fried chicken, a sweet potato-bacon-cornbread waffle, pecan butter, and maple-bourbon syrup that you must taste to believe. To finish up a delicious trip to Covington, stop by Rich’s Proper Food and Drink for an after-dinner drink like a classic old-fashioned that won’t disappoint.
A little over an hour’s drive will take you to Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, where there’s even more bourbon country to explore. Naturally, a visit here wouldn’t be complete without touring and tasting at the acclaimed Buffalo Trace Distillery, which is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. They’ve been making whiskey for more than 200 years and continue to innovate and create something new and exciting for their fans worldwide.