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Madison Pike seems to weave into every nook and cranny in the area and leads many to larger city hubs in NKY.
For this week’s Streetscapes, we’re taking the scenic route and heading in the opposite direction – away from the city to the country, where traffic is nonexistent and Kentucky hospitality is ingrained in each of these businesses. Come with us on a long, windy road as we explore the other side and streets off of Madison Pike.
Atwood Hill Winery
Truly tucked away off of Madison Pike hides one of the best places to spend a summer evening. Atwood Hill Winery is a taste of Tuscany in Kentucky. Atwood boasts not only some tasty wines but also beautiful views that guests may not have even known exist in the area. It’s a nice reminder that outside of the bustling cities, NKY still has the rolling hills that make this state famous.
At Atwood, there’s a tasting room with a large outdoor patio that overlooks the vineyard. A tasting here gives guests a sample of five wines for $5. Even for those who don’t typically drink wine, it’s well worth a try. With dry, semi-sweet and fruit wines, this vineyard has a healthy selection to please all pallets.
For larger groups, you can also rent out the space. Depending on the party size, there are several options, all of which have breathtaking views of the stunning fields. From family gatherings to weddings, Atwood has the perfect setting to enhance the experience.
Crewitts Creek Kitchen and Bar
This family restaurant has a sports bar atmosphere with top-of-the-line home cooking, a match made in heaven. Before even entering, guests will notice this isn’t just a typical sports bar vibe; it specifically pays homage to the Kentucky Wildcats. Although the owners support Cincinnati sports, as well, their dedication to UK sports makes this one of the most fun spots to catch a college basketball game.
Much of the menu is Southern-style, but there’s hardly anything it doesn’t cover. It runs the gamut – from burgers to sandwiches and salads – and features creations one could only dream of. A new Elvis burger, with peanut butter, fried plantains and bacon, is something guests need to taste to believe.
Crewitts also has an entire menu dedicated to Madison Pike, with culinary options of Mexican, Greek and American fare. It truly has something for everyone.
Crewitts may be most famous for its mac-and-cheese menu, the epitome of quality home cooking and creativity.
With a menu this large and diverse, guests could come every day and order something new. The restaurant also features specials that never even make it onto the menu. Its social media is the best way to stay up to date on all the delicious offerings.
For guests who want a break from the TVs, there’s an outside patio perfect for having one final beer before sunset.
Log Cabin Inn
For those who truly want to experience an escape from the city, there’s no better place for cheap, quality country food than the Log Cabin Inn.
As the name implies, the restaurant is built into an old log cabin, which is evident as soon as you see the exterior. The interior has modern touches for functionality but still pays homage to the history of the building. Although it serves lunch and dinner, breakfast is an all-day affair. Its offerings are among the best on the menu, even at 3 p.m.
If you’re craving something not from the griddle, Log Cabin Inn offers a traditional Kentucky hot brown and Southern staples of fried green tomatoes and frog legs.
Although many come for the ambiance of sitting inside the log cabin admiring the history, there’s also an outdoor patio for guests who just can’t leave the sunshine. I almost always opt to sit outside whenever possible at restaurants, but this would be the one time I highly recommend sitting inside. The ambiance is so unlike anything in this area that it truly takes guests a step back in time. Log Cabin Inn even has the original stairs still intact for patrons to view. It’s truly one of the best hidden gems in Northern Kentucky.
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