Best Of 2020

Best Oatmeal Cream Pie
Taylor Speed

Libby’s Southern Comfort, a Covington spot specializing in fried chicken and Cheerwine bourbon slushies, is from Brad Wainscott and his wife, Michelle. Brad’s dad, Butch, owns the Greyhound Tavern in Fort Mitchell — which has maintained a reputation for exceptional chicken dinners throughout the 30-plus years that he’s been at the helm — as well as the Tousey House Tavern in Burlington. So this family knows poultry and, chances are, if you’re heading to Libby’s, someone in your party is ordering it. The fried chicken entrée comes in sizes ranging from two pieces of white or dark meat to a half chicken to a whole bird (with two sides and a biscuit). People also really like the hush puppies with Glier’s goetta as well as the oysters — on the half-shell, fried or in a po’boy. But whatever you order for dinner, stay for dessert. The oatmeal cream pie — two small oatmeal cookies with a cream filling, like Little Debbie without the preservatives — comes in a paper bag and is made by Scratch Hand Crafted Desserts. Self-taught baker Micaela Deye Holbrook used to make the cheesecakes and layer cakes for the now-defunct Chez Nora before moving into handcrafted desserts in 2014. She now specializes in plenty of baked goods, but cream pies are a customer favorite. She even created a limited-time Cheerwine oatmeal cream pie for the restaurant this February. Libby’s Southern Comfort, 35 W. Eighth St., Covington, libbyssoutherncomfort.com.

Acupuncture Practice
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1. Caldwell Family Wellness

2. Tiny Needle Community Acupuncture

3. Hamilton Health Associates

Adult Toy Store
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1. Hustler Hollywood

2. Dusty Flynt Sexy Gifts

3. High on the Hill

Antique Store
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1. Ohio Valley Antique Mall

2. Florence Antique Mall

3. Wooden Nickel Antiques

Appetizers
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1. Sotto

2. The Eagle

3. Incline Public House

Arts & Crafts Classes
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1. Cincinnati Art Museum

2. Clifton Cultural Arts Center

3. Brazee Street Studios

Arts & Crafts Supplies
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1. Indigo Hippo

2. Michaels

3. Cappel’s

Auto Dealer (New Vehicles)
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1. Jake Sweeney Automotive

2. Beechmont Subaru

3. Walt Sweeney Ford

Auto Dealer (Used Vehicles)
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1. Jake Sweeney Automotive

2. Courtesy Automotive

3. Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati

Auto Detailer
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1. Jake Sweeney Automotive

2. CarZmedics

3. Carriage House Car Wash

Auto Repair Service
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1. Donovan’s Auto & Tire Center

2. Tire Discounters

3. AAA | Bob Sumerel Tire and Service