I am now staying at the radisson right over in KY too. Should be a fun time.
Check out the Hofbrauhaus if you like beer.
Zola's if you like burgers.
Located in Covingtonís Mainstrauss entertainment district, Zola Pub and Grill is one of the many hole-in-the-wall bars and restaurants that line Main Street between 6th and 7th Streets. When you first walk in, it looks generally like every other watering hole within shouting distance: a long bar stretches the length of the room, topped by several taps and a touch-screen gaming machine. The rest of the room is crowded with 4-top tables, which hints at the real reason patrons frequent the otherwise unremarkable interior.
If sophistication is your thing, Zola doesnít really have it. With five or so watery domestics on tap and an unimpressive bottled selection, no one is calling this a beer mecca. On my most recent visit, I sat outside at a table on the front sidewalk, and my Guinness was served in a 16oz plastic water cup (no, not even a stiff plastic keg cup.) I would write this off as a fluke, or some part of the more restrictive ordinances on the neighborhood for outdoor dining, but alas this is my second visit in a row during which I was served in a plastic cup. In my book, thatís a trend. At 7pm on a weeknight, thereís no excuse to not serve beer in a proper glass, folks.
The staff are all perfectly nice, but no oneís winning the Waitress of the Year award, if you know what I mean. The interior is clean, but most of the tables have a significant wobble and Iíve seen chairs with more padding in prison. All of this I can easily forgive, if the burgers are good. And my god, the burgers are good.
If thereís one thing that Zola knows how to do well, itís cook a burger. It comes perfectly cooked to order, every time. The toppings are fresh and plentiful. The bun is toasted. The patty itself is neither greasy nor dry, and is well seasoned. They donít boast on the grade or the quality of their beef, but it certainly tastes high dollar. The menu prices are fair ($6), with unlimited toppings on Wednesday nights. The fries are thick cut and tasty.
If youíre looking for arguably the best burger in Cincinnati, you owe it to yourself to give Zola a try. Just bring your own glass.
And comedy club in newport on the levee (walking distance) is usually pretty good.