BURGOO IS DERBY DAY STAPLE

Louisiana has gumbo. Kentucky has burgoo, the thick stew-staple of Derby Day. It even had a horse named after it — Burgoo King, the 1932 champ.
An exact recipe for the “mystery meat” concoction is harder to pin down, as are its roots. Most credit industrious pioneer-hunters who slow-cooked squirrel, rabbit and wild game with vegetables over an open fire.

“There are thousands of recipes,” says Butch Wainscott, of Fort Mitchell’s Greyhound Tavern. And you can bet a mint julep that no two are alike. The Greyhound likes theirs “not too sweet, but not chili hot, so it will have that stout pioneer stew flavor.”

Chef Matt Buschle of Virgil’s, in Bellevue, is a master of putting a New Orleans twist on traditional Bluegrass dishes. For burgoo, he starts with farm-raised lamb ribs and builds with chicken, corn, lima beans, celery and green peppers, adding okra as a thickener, then spicing it all up with a little juniper berry (“for a little fir spruce flavor”), plus nutmeg, maybe a cinnamon stick, garlic and crushed red pepper. He sees it served over red potato halves and carrot slices. He aims for savory-over-sweet finish and doesn’t rule out adding pureed mustard greens for some heat and body.

The pioneers would appreciate that.

Greyhound Tavern, 2500 Dixie Highway, 
Fort Mitchell. www.greyhoundtavern.com or 
(859) 331-3767. Virgil’s Cafe, 710 Fairfield Ave., 
Bellevue. (859) 491-3287 or www.virgilscafe.com.


OUTDOOR DINING

Fresh air, great food make it irresistible.
No need to stay cooped up inside. Spring is here and your outdoor table is ready. Truly, eating alfresco is always a welcome indulgence.

BARLEYCORN'S: FIVE MILE HOUSE
Party on with friends enjoying dinner and a drink at this family-owned and operated restaurant, which offers a menu of more than 40 items. Don’t miss Trivia Mondays. 2642 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park. (859) 331-6633 or www.barleycorns.com.

BROTHERS BAR & GRILL
Known for its hip and fun environment, Brothers offers an outdoor bar with a gorgeous view of Cincinnati and the river. Order a made-from-scratch appetizer or sandwich, grab a cocktail, and enjoy the sunset on the Riverwalk.
1 Levee Way, Newport. (859) 291-2767 or www.brothersbar.com.

HOFBRÄUHAUS
The authentic German food at this Newport landmark can be enjoyed in the 400-seat outdoor dining area. The Bier Garden is shaded and inviting. Hoist a bock or a lager with live entertainment every day of the week.
200 E. Third Street, Newport. (859) 491-7200 or www.hofbrauhausnewport.com.

GRANDVIEW TAVERN & GRILLE
More sedate but no less fun, patio dining is casual and upscale. With live music every night, and seating for 80, their space is great for intimate dinners as well as group meals. Be sure to make a reservation.
2220 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell. (859) 341-8439 or www.grandviewtaverngrille.com.

POMPILIOS
Fine Italian dining and the thrill of bocce tournaments make this outdoor dining experience one to remember. Handmade sauces and pastas have been perfected over 70 years. Sit in the sun and watch teams compete on the two bocce courts. Go ahead, try your hand.
600 Washington Ave., Newport. (859) 581-3065 or www.pompilios.com.
 


AMERICAN
ARNIE'S
120 E. Third St., Newport
(859) 431-4340
www.arniesonthelevee.com
Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and drinks.

BAR LOUIE
1 Levee Way, Newport
(859) 291-4222
www.barlouieamerica.com
Oversized sandwiches, pasta,entrees, and eclectic drinks.

BEHLE STREET CAFE
50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington
(859) 291-4100
www.behlestreetcafe.com
Steak, ribs, pasta, sandwiches, and “skinny pizza.”

BLINKERS TAVERN
318 Greenup St., Covington
(859) 360-0840
www.blinkerstavern.com
Sandwiches, steaks and pasta.

BOUQUET RESTAURAN & WINE BAR
519 Main St., Covington
(859) 491-7777
www.bouquetrestaurant.com
Locally grown vegetables and meat; fine wine.

BROTHERS BAR & GRILL
1 Levee Way, Newport
(859) 291-BROS (2767)
www.brothersbar.com
Wings, burgers, wraps, and entrees.

CHEZ NORA
530 Main St., Covington
(859) 491-8027
www.cheznora.com
Sandwiches, quesadillas, pasta, chicken and seafood.

COLONIAL COTTAGE
3140 Dixie Highway, Erlanger
(859) 341-4498
www.cottagecatering.com
Pasta, steak, chicken, and homemade pies.

FIVE MILE HOUSE
2642 Dixie Highway,
Lakeside Park
(859) 331-6633
www.barleycorns.com
Wings, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees.

GRANDVIEW TAVERN & GRILLE
2220 Grandview Drive,
Fort Mitchell
(859) 341-VIEW (8439)
www.grandviewtaverngrille.com
Pizza, burgers, steak, seafood, and chicken.

GREEN DERBY RESTAURANT
846 York St., Newport
(859) 431-8740
www.thegreenderby.com
Salads, pasta, and specialty sandwiches.

GREYHOUND TAVERN
2500 Dixie Highway,
Fort Mitchell
(859) 331-3767
www.greyhoundtavern.com
Burgers, double-decker sandwiches, chops, steak and seafood.

JOHN PHILLLIP'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2809 Dixie Highway,
Crestview Hills
(859) 344-0444
www.drinkeatenjoy.com
Chicken, chops, seafood, steak, and pasta.

OTTO'S
521 Main St., Covington
(859) 491-6678
www.ottosonmain.com
Chicken, seafood, steak, and pasta.

THE BAMBOO CLUB
1 Levee Way, Newport
(859) 261-2921
bambooscottsdale.com
Surf & turf, noodles, and Pacific Rim specialties.

YESTERDAY'S CAFE & TEA ROOM
264 Main St. Suite D, Florence
(859) 594-4832
yesterdayscafeandtearoom.com
Soup, sandwiches, scones, and wide selection of tea.

YORK STREET CAFE
738 York St., Newport
(859) 261-4832
www.yorkstonline.com
Sandwiches, seafood, chicken, steak, and cheese boards.

ZEBO'S BISTRO
10 W. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington
(859) 392-3750
Chicken, seafood, steak, and pasta.

Barbecue
MONTGOMERY INN
400 Buttermilk Pike,
Fort Mitchell
(859) 344-5333
www.montgomeryinn.com
Ribs, sandwiches, chicken, and chops.

J. GUMBO'S
7651 Mall Road, Florence
(859) 746-2695
www.jgumbos.com
Wraps, stew, jambalaya, and chicken.

KNOTTY PINE ON THE BAYOU
6720 Licking Pike, Newport
(859) 781-2200
Gumbo, steak, seafood, and frog legs.

ORIENTAL WOK
317 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell
(859) 331-3000
www.orientalwok.com
Noodles, steak, fish, vegetarian, and Peking Style Duck.

RAYMOND'S HONG KONG CAFE
11051 Clay Drive Walton
(859) 485-2828
www.hongkongcafe.us
Noodles, chicken, beef, seafood, and vegetarian.

HOFBRAUHAUS
200 E. Third St., Newport
(859) 491-7200
www.hofbrauhausnewport.com
Soups, salads, sandwiches, and Bavarian specialties.

WERTHEIM'S
514 W. Sixth St., Covington
(859) 261-1233
www.mainstrasse.org/wertheims
Salads, soups, schnitzel, and traditional German.

POMPILIO'S
600 Washington Ave., Newport
(859) 581-3065
www.pompilios.com
Pasta, chicken, veal, beef, and fish.

VITO'S CAFE
654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas
(859) 442-9444
www.vitoscafe.com
Chicken, pasta, veal, and pork.

JO AN JAPANESE
3940 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger
(859) 746-2634
www.joanjapanese.com
Noodles, sushi, sashimi, and fish.

MIYAKO SUSHI AND STEAK HOUSE
2511 Ritchie St.,
Crescent Springs
(859) 578-0031
www.miyakorestaurant.com
Hibachi, steak, seafood, and sushi.

Korean
RIVERSIDE
512 Madison Ave., Covington
(859) 291-1484
www.riversidekoreanrestaurant.com
Seafood, noodles, rice, and soup.

COSMO'S GRILLE PUB
604 Main St., Covington
(859) 261-1330
Appetizers, burgers, wraps, salads, pizzas and fish & chips.

GANGSTER'S DUELING PIANO BAR
18 E. Fifth St., Newport
(859) 491-8900
www.gangsterspianobar.com
Appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches and flatbreads.

HEBRON BREW HAUS
2030 Northside Drive, Hebron
(859) 534-5600
www.hebronbrewhaus.com
Hoagies, calzones and pizza.

PUB AT CRESTVIEW HEIGHTS
2853 Dixie Highway,
Crestview Hills
(859) 426-7827
www.tavernrestaurantgroup.com
Burgers, sandwiches, paninis, and pub fare.

STRASSE HAUS
630 Main St., Covington
(859) 261-1199
www.strassehauspub.com
Burgers, salads, sandwiches, and chicken.

ZAZOU GRILL & PUB
502 W. Sixth St., Covington
(859) 261-9111
www.zazoupub.com
Pizza, burgers, chicken, salads, pasta, and cocktails.

ZOLA PUB AND GRILL
626 Main St., Covington
(859) 261-7510
www.zolapubandgrill.com
Appetizers, salads, pizza, burgers, wings and sandwiches.

CHART HOUSE
405 Riverboat Row, Newport
(859) 261-0300
www.mitchellsfishmarket.com
Seafood, steak, desserts, and drinks.

MITCHELL'S FISH MARKET
1 Levee Way, Newport
(859) 291-7454
www.mitchellsfishmarket.com
Fresh seafood and surf & turf.

THE COURTHOUSE
2015 Declaration Drive, Independence
(859) 363-4400
Steak, pasta, and chicken.

SWEET BASIL
233 Buttermilk Crossing, Crestview Hills
(859) 331-0666
www.sweetbasilnky.com
Sushi, seafood, duck, vegetarian, and curry.