Southern Bound: Hitting the Bourbon Trail

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

Eats Along the Way

Rich's and Bouquet
Photo of Rich’s Proper Food and Drink (left) courtesy of meetNKY and (right) courtesy of Bouquet

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.

Buffalo Trace
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery

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.


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