First, a short introduction! I’m the Food Hussy, and I’ve been living in Cincinnati for nearly 10 years and blogging for 5 of those years! Through all these years, I have discovered all these little hidden gems — the places in the strip malls, off the beaten path or just places you’d never know about. And now I’m sharing them with you.
THE DINER — Frank’s Old Town Cafe
Diners are one of my favorite type of restaurants; I think I watched too many episodes of Alice as a kid. My favorite spot in the tri-state for this is most definitely Franks in downtown Covington, KY. Frank has all sorts of Buffalo Bills memorabilia around the restaurant. His wife is the main waitress, and they have daily specials like meatloaf. What more do I need to say?! My favorite is the Flying Pig — which is a breaded tenderloin (an Iowa specialty) with BBQ sauce and pickles on a bun. They also have great big crinkle fries that I pair with a side of mayo. Mmm Mmm Good! So head to Frank’s and tell him the Food Hussy sent you!
Frank’s Old Town Cafe
9 West Pike Street
Covington, KY 41011
BREAKFAST — Bluebird Restaurant
Breakfast is one of my favorite meals — there’s such a wide variety of what you can have. My husband is allergic to eggs, so a good breakfast place has to have biscuits and gravy. We came across the Bluebird Restaurant in Norwood and never looked back. They have a wonderful staff and a great selection for breakfast — but oh those B&G! It’s a thick creamy white gravy served on flaky biscuits. And don’t miss the sausage links. DELISH!
4629 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45212
SEAFOOD — Bayou Fish House
Crispy, fresh, flavorful seafood — not much can outdo that. One of my more recent discoveries is the Bayou Fish House in Newport. They serve different fish each day along with some steady options. The fish is lightly breaded and really crispy. Fish tacos are one of my favorites — which you can often find for 99 cents! Also, don’t miss out on the Bayou Bites: little pepper rings, breaded and fried with a spicy sauce!
Bayou Fish House
527 York St
Newport, KY 41071
BURGER — Quatman Cafe
Sometimes you just need a simple burger. One so simple it could be served on a paper plate and still have you drooling for more. Quatman Cafe in Norwood fits that bill. QC used to be a grocery store; now it’s a restaurant and bar with a simple deli. The burgers are thick, juicy and topped with a thick slice of Land o’Lakes American cheese! On the side, skinny fries of course. If I ever get hungry for a burger, my husband doesn’t even ask, he just hits the lateral and takes me to Quatman Cafe. And grab some chicken salad on your way out — you won’t be disappointed.
2434 Quatman Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45212
ETHNIC PT.1 — Dusmesh Indian Restaurant
I thought I had a favorite Indian place in town — until I tried Dusmesh. Located in a converted house right near Cincinnati State, it is NOT to be missed. I can’t tell you how many people I have converted, and it’s usually with the Chicken Tikki Masala. While it is one of the most basic dishes, it is their best! Pair that with a side of garlic naan and you are guaranteed to be satisfied. And if you haven’t tried Indian food yet, take my word for it, this is the one to go to. It’s definitely something you get a craving for!
Dusmesh Indian Restaurant
944 Ludlow Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
ETHNIC PT. 2 — Taqueria Mercado 3
Mexican is my FAVORITE ethnic food. I could likely eat it seven days a week! What I love is finding something authentic and delicious — and Taqueria Mercado is it! They have locations downtown and in Fairfield. Fairfield is where I discovered the best sandwich on the planet! That’s right, the torta is my go-to order. It’s a crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside bread filled with your choice of meat (shredded pork is my favorite), lettuce, sour cream, avocado and more. They also have tacos and the like, but the torta is my absolute favorite!
Taqueria Mercado 3
6507 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014