Lisse (Covington, Kentucky)

I stumbled upon Lisse in a write-up in the newspaper, describing a “Dutch-inspired Steakhouse in Covington.”  Well, that caught my eye. Being from Northern Kentucky and loving Dutch culture and food, I decided that I had to try it.

Fast forward over two years to my birthday weekend, and we finally got around to eating at Lisse.

Lisse is located in the Mainstrasse district of Covington, which has always had a good supply of bars, but has recently produced some fancy restaurants and other establishments. Lisse is located in the former Chez Nora building, which had been a Covington staple for decades.

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Corto Lima

Buckle up. Get your stretchy waistbands ready. Corto Lima is one of our favorite restaurants in Lexington and a go-to place to take out-of-town guests. There are SO many great dishes and drinks at Corto Lima that it took me three times visiting to hit all the dishes I wanted to highlight! It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…

Corto Lima is a modern Latin-inspired restaurant with influences all over Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and even the Southwest US. It is a small, lively, well-decorated venue that always seems to be popping with energy. The head chef is Jonathan Lundy, who previously was at Jonathan at Gratz Park and Coba Cocina, both of which are now closed. Read More

Giuseppe’s Ristorante Italiano

Giuseppe’s is one of the best restaurants in Lexington, but, somehow, I always forget about it. An authentic Italian restaurant tucked away on a wooded street off Nicholasville Road, Giuseppe’s is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the always-crowded streets of Lexington, despite the fact that it’s only about 300 feet from the main road as the crow flies. When you turn off Nicholasville Road onto Cobblestone Road, you will wonder if you made a wrong turn, but continue winding back and you will arrive at a quaint and unassuming building. Parking is in the lot near the restaurant, or on the street if it’s a busy night.

That’s where the simplicity ends. Giuseppe’s food is simply outstanding. Read More

Windy Corner Market

Ouita Michel is probably Lexington’s most famous restaurateur. We have embarrassingly been pretty slow to check out all of her restaurants. Inevitably, whenever we eat at one, we wonder why we hadn’t gone sooner.

Windy Corner Market happened to be the next restaurant on our “Ouita Michel list.” Sunday is usually our brunch/lunch day, so it was a perfect opportunity.

To start, the drive out to Windy Corner is amazing. I had never been past Hume Road on Bryan Station, but it is a beautiful drive. I honestly didn’t even know Bryan Station Road went out that far. Rolling hills. Horse farms lining both sides. If you catch it before the leaves fall or when snow falls, I’m sure it’s even better. A very peaceful way to start the day.  Read More

Cúrate (Asheville, NC)

We love going to Asheville. From Lexington, it’s an easy 4 hour interstate drive, except for about 30 minutes on one long S-curve on I-40 before arriving. It makes an ideal weekend trip. Asheville is a haven for foodies and brewery fans, which are two main reasons we love this city.

Last trip to Asheville, we waited too late to make reservations to Cúrate (pronounced COO-rah-tay). The pronunciation reminds me of Ross pronouncing Karate. Cúrate means “cure yourself” in Spanish. Very appropriate. It is, after all, the number 1 restaurant in Asheville. The chef is Katie Button, who trained under Ferran Adrià, who runs the debatably #1 restaurant in the world, elBulli. I would recommend booking this place at least 3-4 weeks in advance of your trip.  Read More

Marikka’s Restaurant & Bier Stube

It’s been 6 years since we’ve eaten at Marikka’s. One of our favorite places to eat authentic German food. I have to admit, I was a little nervous to go back. Once I heard news of Marikka’s closing in 2017, I was worried it wouldn’t open again. Marikka’s re-opening in February was music to my ears. I’m almost embarrassed it’s taken us this long to revisit one of my favorites.

You know how you build up some of your childhood memories so much that they can never live up to expectations? I was worried going back to Marikka’s would be the same experience. After my first taste of potato pancakes with applesauce, washed down with a Hofbrauhaus Maibock, I knew I had nothing to worry about. Read More