September 27, 2019

20 Southern-Style Restaurants in Cincinnati For Home-Cooked Goodness

Nothing warms the heart quite like Southern cooking. From fried chicken and mac and cheese to biscuits smothered in gravy, the South just knows how to fill up that belly up with love. Cincinnati is home to a plethora of Southern-style eateries, ranging from traditional Southern spots to Louisiana-style to straight-up soul food. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Libby’s Southern Comfort
35 W. Eighth St., Covington
Brad Wainscott, whose father owns longstanding Kentucky mainstays The Greyhound Tavern and Tousey House Tavern, opened this Covington eatery that pays tribute to Southern classics like fried chicken and half-shell oysters served alongside a variety of bourbon drinks and other local favorites.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Libby’s Southern Comfort

35 W. Eighth St., Covington
Brad Wainscott, whose father owns longstanding Kentucky mainstays The Greyhound Tavern and Tousey House Tavern, opened this Covington eatery that pays tribute to Southern classics like fried chicken and half-shell oysters served alongside a variety of bourbon drinks and other local favorites.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey
1201 Broadway St., Pendleton
At Boomtown, the true delight comes plated. The signature biscuit isn’t a run-of-the-mill thousand-layer flaked baked good. It’s a buttery, soft disc with a close crumb and a browned, lightly bubbled top that no breakfast chain can compete with. Choose from sandwiches, plates, bowls, sides and dessert.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey

1201 Broadway St., Pendleton
At Boomtown, the true delight comes plated. The signature biscuit isn’t a run-of-the-mill thousand-layer flaked baked good. It’s a buttery, soft disc with a close crumb and a browned, lightly bubbled top that no breakfast chain can compete with. Choose from sandwiches, plates, bowls, sides and dessert.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Rich’s Proper Food + Drink
701 Madison Ave., Covington
Rich’s Proper Food & Drink operates out of the more than 100-year-old building formerly occupied by Rich’s Gruen Watches, a high-end jewelry store. Owner/operator of the eatery, Bill Whitlow, spent considerable time and effort restoring the building, helping to expose its history. The bar’s menu includes wine, beer and cocktails (the Proper Mule is jumbo-sized and hypothetically shareable), with a special emphasis on bourbon. The kitchen provides Southern fare with Creole and Kentucky influences, including raw oysters. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Rich’s Proper Food + Drink

701 Madison Ave., Covington
Rich’s Proper Food & Drink operates out of the more than 100-year-old building formerly occupied by Rich’s Gruen Watches, a high-end jewelry store. Owner/operator of the eatery, Bill Whitlow, spent considerable time and effort restoring the building, helping to expose its history. The bar’s menu includes wine, beer and cocktails (the Proper Mule is jumbo-sized and hypothetically shareable), with a special emphasis on bourbon. The kitchen provides Southern fare with Creole and Kentucky influences, including raw oysters.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Commonwealth Bistro
621 Main St., Covington, Ky.
Commonwealth Bistro is seriously good. For dinner, entrées toe the line between contemporary and comfort food, with dishes like Kentucky-fried rabbit with creamed collard greens, lamb ragu and roasted heirloom carrots — they even serve Ale-8-One soda, with or without booze.
Photo via Facebook.com/CommonwealthBistro

Commonwealth Bistro

621 Main St., Covington, Ky.
Commonwealth Bistro is seriously good. For dinner, entrées toe the line between contemporary and comfort food, with dishes like Kentucky-fried rabbit with creamed collard greens, lamb ragu and roasted heirloom carrots — they even serve Ale-8-One soda, with or without booze.
Photo via Facebook.com/CommonwealthBistro
LouVino
1142 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
This Louisville-based wine bar offers Southern-inspired small plates, as well as bourbon, cocktails, beer and 17 preselected wine flights. Brunchers: Louvino serves cheap mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays, plus foodie items like pancake tacos, stuffed French toast and chicken biscuit sliders. A portion of the menu changes once per quarter, so guests can expect something new. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

LouVino

1142 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
This Louisville-based wine bar offers Southern-inspired small plates, as well as bourbon, cocktails, beer and 17 preselected wine flights. Brunchers: Louvino serves cheap mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays, plus foodie items like pancake tacos, stuffed French toast and chicken biscuit sliders. A portion of the menu changes once per quarter, so guests can expect something new.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Fiery Hen
26 W. Court St., Downtown
From the team behind Court Street Lobster Bar comes this Southern-style hot chicken eatery featuring Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, catfish, burgers, fried green tomatoes, brisket and more, including a moonshine menu and taps with local beer. Guests can choose a level of heat, with sauces ranging from mild to the cleverly coined “Bless Your Heart” sauce.
Photo: Izzy Viox

Fiery Hen

26 W. Court St., Downtown
From the team behind Court Street Lobster Bar comes this Southern-style hot chicken eatery featuring Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, catfish, burgers, fried green tomatoes, brisket and more, including a moonshine menu and taps with local beer. Guests can choose a level of heat, with sauces ranging from mild to the cleverly coined “Bless Your Heart” sauce.
Photo: Izzy Viox
Tousey House Tavern
5963 North Jefferson St., Burlington, Ky.
Tousey House has all the Southern comforts you crave, offering a large menu featuring brunch, lunch and dinner items. A few popular dishes include the fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles and Southern eggs benedict. They also offer bourbon flights. The restaurant is located inside of a historic building that dates back to 1822. 
Photo via Facebook/touseyhouse

Tousey House Tavern

5963 North Jefferson St., Burlington, Ky.
Tousey House has all the Southern comforts you crave, offering a large menu featuring brunch, lunch and dinner items. A few popular dishes include the fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles and Southern eggs benedict. They also offer bourbon flights. The restaurant is located inside of a historic building that dates back to 1822.
Photo via Facebook/touseyhouse
Purple Poulet
603 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Ky.
Dayton, Kentucky’s Purple Poulet brands itself as a Southern bourbon bistro, emphasis on the bourbon — and the hospitality and service. They boast an extensive bourbon collection, one of the largest in the area, and the spirit is woven into many of their dishes, like the KY Coq au Vin. The bourbon-brined chicken breast is juicy and stark white, and the red-wine bacon gravy is full of flavor. The "Swanky" Shrimp & Grits come with bourbon-cream pan gravy, andouille, bacon and red-eye ganache.
Photo via purplepoulet.com

Purple Poulet

603 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Ky.
Dayton, Kentucky’s Purple Poulet brands itself as a Southern bourbon bistro, emphasis on the bourbon — and the hospitality and service. They boast an extensive bourbon collection, one of the largest in the area, and the spirit is woven into many of their dishes, like the KY Coq au Vin. The bourbon-brined chicken breast is juicy and stark white, and the red-wine bacon gravy is full of flavor. The "Swanky" Shrimp & Grits come with bourbon-cream pan gravy, andouille, bacon and red-eye ganache.
Photo via purplepoulet.com
20 Brix
101 Main St., Milford
Cutting-edge cuisine with more than 200 wines from around the world. The menu uses seasonally and locally sourced ingredients to craft a New American menu with French and Southern accents, like in the shrimp and grits, or steak frites.
Photo via Facebook/20brix

20 Brix

101 Main St., Milford
Cutting-edge cuisine with more than 200 wines from around the world. The menu uses seasonally and locally sourced ingredients to craft a New American menu with French and Southern accents, like in the shrimp and grits, or steak frites.
Photo via Facebook/20brix
Coppin’s
638 Madison Ave., Covington
There’s a strong local identity to the location and the menu, with nods to history and the new South, the bourbon and the banter that starts at the Roebling Bridge. The menu is full of upscale but still Southern-inspired dishes like chicken and waffles and Maddy's cornbread, with white cheddar, jalapeno and honey butter. 
Photo: Mitchell Parton

Coppin’s

638 Madison Ave., Covington
There’s a strong local identity to the location and the menu, with nods to history and the new South, the bourbon and the banter that starts at the Roebling Bridge. The menu is full of upscale but still Southern-inspired dishes like chicken and waffles and Maddy's cornbread, with white cheddar, jalapeno and honey butter.
Photo: Mitchell Parton