Covington’s House of Grill is the Cincinnati (and Dayton) area’s only bona fide Persian restaurant. Their tea, which is served in a glass teacup, is complimentary with an entrée, and it’s made with strong black tea and cardamom pods and comes with sugar cubes. And refills are free. While you’re there sipping your tea, stay for a kebab, falafel sandwich, saffron ice cream, eggplant dip (kashk-o-bademjaan), happy hour-priced local draft beers and monthly belly dancing performances. House of Grill, 14 E. Fifth St., Covington, Ky., 859-206-6324, kentuckyhouseofgrill.com.