BELLEvue + DAYTON, KY
East of Newport, Bellevue, Kentucky, is known for its wide variety of locally-owned shops that have been around for decades. Since 1870, Bellevue has stayed true to its history with unique architecture and family-owned shops. One can find high-end salons, a variety of restaurants, and sweet shops all along the main strip, Fairfield Avenue. Quaint residential areas are on either side of the main street.
Travel further east, and you'll reach Dayton, Kentucky, a similar municipality along the Ohio River. Dayton is smaller in size and recognition compared to Bellevue, but the up-and-coming foodie scene has increased in popularity over the past couple years.
Galactic Chicken has options for everyone, seriously! Whether you like tenders, wings, dark or light meat, or vegetarian, they make it possible for everyone to enjoy country-fried items. Add their homemade spice rub or their specialty Galactic sauce for some extra spicey goodness.
Best For: Casual lunch or Dinner
Located right next to the Party Source is the beautiful New Riff Distillery.
After a quick tour and shop from the gift shop, be sure to hit up the bar to try one of their amazing cocktails, made with love with their New Riff Bourbon, Wild BBA Gin, or Straight Rye. They also offer tasting flights and cocktails to go.
Best For: Happy Hour
225 KY-8, Bellevue, KY 41073
Nomad is known for its creative cocktails, refreshers, mimosas, coffee drinks, and milkshakes. Go for brunch or late-night beverages, and Nomad will soon become your favorite place. Their signature dish, Totchos, will have you weak at the knees with seven different types of smothered tater tots. They also have tacos and desserts to match any drink you choose.
Best For: Coffee, Happy hour, Late night drinks
526 6th Ave, Dayton, KY 41074
Taqueria Nogal began as a food truck, serving authentic, fresh Mexican. Their quality tortillas are what makes them different from other Mexican restaurants. Their use of fresh ingredients with sweet and savory items takes their tacos to another level.
Be sure to check out their new brick & mortar restaurant! They don't have their liquor license so be sure to BYOB!!
Best For: Casual lunch or Dinner
517 6th Ave, Dayton, KY
The famous pretzel bakery that lived on Pike Street in Covington for 2 years, opened up their new brick and mortar pretzel bakery and restaurant with a Brezelgarten in Dayton, Ky last month.
Tuba focuses on Swabian-style foods he and his wife had encountered on their trip to Rath's ancestral country of Germany. They also offer a large selection of German beers, as well as German wines, ciders, beers, liquor and cocktails.
Best For: Lunch or a casual dinner
620 6th Ave, Dayton, KY 41074
The owner of Unataza Coffee, Alejandra, offers a taste of her home country, Honduras, through their famous and delicious coffee beans.
They also serve up delicious breakfast pastries, as well as Honduran-inspired dishes such as the Sopa de pollo and Tacoma Taquito wrap.
Best For: Coffee, Breakfast & Lunch
Yuca is a Latin inspired scratch kitchen, brought to you by the same owners as Cedar in Covington.
All of their ingredients are served fresh, and carefully sourced by their culinary team. Offering a variety of breakfast and lunch options, Yuca is the perfect brunch place to cure a hangover, fill up on a delicious meal, and get a lil buzz on from one of their unique cocktails.
Best For: Boozy Brunch