Dee Felice Café
Flavor: New Orleans-style right in Covington with a Portabella Etouffée for that rarest of dining species, a Cajun vegetarian. Chef’s specialties include traditional offerings of Crawfish Etouffee, Jambalaya, Deep Fried Oysters and daily specials. Frou-frou cocktails like the Pomegranate FruityTooty Tini or the Tootsie Rolltini will help you get your funk on.
Flair: Jazz rules here, with excellent live music Tuesday and Wednesday through Sunday complementing the crisp linens and shiny brass rails.
Mainstrasse’s most upscale eatery now allows smoking only at the bar, which is one more spot than you can smoke on the other side of the river.
529 Main St., Covington, 859-261-2365. Open 7 days. $15-$37.
Knotty Pine on the Bayou
Flavor: Louisiana cooking featuring grouper, lobster bisque, oysters and frog legs. Knotty Pine also offers steaks, lobster tails and fried catfish with a mess of sides. Be sure to ask about the nightly special.
Flair: Funky, comfortable home cooking at the restaurant with the crooked floor. Crawfish boil every Tuesday (February-May) and half-priced wine on Wednesdays by the bottle or by the glass. Winner of “Best Soul Food.”
1802 Licking Pike, Cold Spring, 859-781-2200. Open Tuesday–Sunday. $13–$26.