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.
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.