There were plenty of opinions to be had — all we had to do was ask.

From fried chicken to hot browns, car washes to charitable races, chefs to personal trainers, wedding spots to wine stores — you get the drift. These are the top vote-getters in 62 categories.

Don’t miss your chance to party with chefs and dance teachers, and vote for your favorites at NKY’s Best of NKY celebration from 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 16 at Receptions Conference Center, 1379 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger. Finalists will be on hand to showcase why they are a Northern Kentucky favorite. Guests will receive one ballot to vote for a favorite in each category. Winners will be published in an upcoming issue of NKY.

A $20 ticket buys an evening of music, unlimited food, two drink tickets and a chance to kick up your heels. Visit for tickets.



Reality Tuesday Café, Park Hills

Mammoth Coffee & Co., Newport

Panera, Crestview Hills


Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli, Crestview Hills

Emerson’s Bakery, Florence

Bernhard’s Bakery, Newport


WhackBurger, Covington

Mad Mike’s Burgers & Fries, Newport

Zola Pub and Grill, Covington


McHale’s Events and Catering, Park Hills

Jeff Thomas Catering, Ludlow

Chef Barone Catering, Park Hills

Chinese Cuisine

Oriental Wok, Fort Mitchell

KungFood Chu’s Amerasia, Covington

Raymond’s Hong Kong Café, Walton

Family Dining

Barleycorn’s, Lakeside Park

Greyhound Tavern, Fort Mitchell

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Newport

Farmers Market

Covington Farmers Market, Covington

Boone County Farmers Market, Burlington

Bellevue Farmers Market, Bellevue

Fresh Catch (Seafood)

Mitchell’s Fish Market, Newport

Knotty Pine on the Bayou, Newport

Bayou Fish House, Newport

Fried Chicken

Tousey House Tavern, Burlington

Colonial Cottage, Erlanger

Grandview Tavern & Grille, Fort Mitchell

Hot Brown

Greyhound Tavern, Fort Mitchell

Izzy’s, Florence

Tousey House Tavern, Burlington

Ice Cream

Sweet Tooth Candies, Newport

Schneider’s Sweet Shop, Bellevue

Graeter’s, Fort Mitchell

Independent Coffeehouse

Velocity Bike & Bean, Florence

Roebling Point Books and Coffee, Covington

Reality Tuesday Café, Park Hills

Italian Cuisine

Vito’s Café, Fort Thomas

Pompilios Restaurant, Newport

Karlo’s Bistro Italia, Florence

Patio Dining

Barleycorn’s, Lakeside Park

Chez Nora. Covington

Grandview Tavern & Grille, Fort Mitchell


Mellow Mushroom, Wilder

Goodfellas Pizzeria, Covington

Dewey’s Pizza, Crestview Hills

Restaurant (Overall Experience)

Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar, Covington

Otto’s, Covington

Virgils Café, Bellevue

Sandwich Shop

Sandwich Block Deli, Crescent Springs

Izzy’s, Florence

Cobblestone Café, Fort Thomas

Sports Bar

Willie’s Sports Café, Covington

Longneck’s Sports Grill, Wilder

Dickmann’s Café, Fort Wright


John Phillip’s Restaurant & Bar, Crestview Hills

Blinkers Tavern, Covington

Chart House Restaurant, Newport

Sunday Brunch

Keystone Bar & Grill, Covington

First Watch, Crestview Hills

Greyhound Tavern, Fort Mitchell


Miyoshi Japanese Restaurant, Florence

Miyako Sushi & Steak House, Crescent Springs

Fuji Steak House, Florence

View from a Restaurant

Buckhead Mountain Grill, Bellevue

Metropolitan Club, Covington

360 Restaurant at the Radisson, Covington


Car Wash

Classic Car Wash, Florence

Johnny’s Car Wash Erlanger

Mike’s Car Wash, Florence

Dry Cleaner

Atlas Cleaners, Newport

Braxton’s Dry Cleaners, Hebron

Widmer’s, Edgewood


Jackson Florist, Covington

Swans Floral & Gift Shop, Erlanger

The Secret Garden, Florence

Garden Center

Baeten’s Nursery and Greenhouses, Union

Maddox Garden Center, Florence

Highland Garden Center, Highland Heights

Home Remodeler

A New Rooftime, Florence

Maile Builders, Erlanger

Cutter Construction, Highland Heights


Scott Good Landscaping, Hebron

Cru Cutters, Florence

Berk’s Landscaping, Walton


Sassy Nails, Union

Noah’s Art Salon, Covington

Salon Serenity, Edgewood

Nursing Facility

St. Charles Care Center and Village, Covington

Rosedale Green, Covington

St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Florence

Place for a Spa Day

Sableux Salon & Spa, Crestview Hills,

Cloud 9 Salon and Spa, Florence

Mi Salon Spa, Florence

Place to Pamper Your Pet

Strasse Dog, Covington

Spa 4 Paws, Florence

Pet Wow, Florence

Place to Have a Wedding

The Madison Event Center, Covington

Drees Pavillion, Covington

The Newport Syndicate, Newport


Bourbon Selection (Restaurant/Bar)

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, Covington

Wiseguy Lounge, Covington

Geez’L Pete’s, Covington

Beer Selection (Restaurant/Bar)

Cock and Bull, Covington

Hofbräuhaus, Newport

The Pub, Crestview Hills

Happy Hour

Pike Street Lounge, Covington

WilKat Tavern, Florence

Wiseguy Lounge, Covington

Live Music

Southgate House Revival, Newport,

Molly Malone’s, Covington

Boonedocks Pub & Grub, Union

Wine Store/Tasting

Cork ‘n Bottle, Covington

DEP’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Covington

Elk Creek Winery, Crestview Hills



Roebling Point Bookstore, Covington

The Blue Marble, Fort Thomas

Half Price Books, Florence


Motch Jewelers, Covington

Herzog Jewelers, Fort Mitchell

Klass Jewelry Manufacturing Co., Florence

Men’s Fashion

Flow-A Shop for Men, Covington

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Crestview Hills

TK’s House of Misfits, Covington

Place for Home Accessories/ Antiquing

Florence Antique Mall, Florence

Monmouth Street Antique Gallery, Newport

The Purple Chandelier, Newport

Women’s Fashion

Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs, Covington

Altar’d State, Fort Mitchell

Julie’s Inspiration Consignment Shoppe,


Bike Shop

Velocity Bike and Bean, Florence

Reser Bike Outfitters, Newport

Montgomery Cycle, Erlanger

Charitable Race

Racing to Read 5K, Covington

Branching Out 5K Walk/Run, Fort Mitchell

Smiles & Miles 5K for the Maria Schaffstein Fund, Fort Wright

Fitness Center

Sports of All Sorts, Florence

Town & Country Sports, Wilder

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati: RC Durr Branch, Burlington

Fitness Trail

Licking River Greenway & Trails, Covington

Boone Woods, Burlington

Boone County Arboretum at Central Park, Union

Healthful Menu

York Street Café, Newport

The Elusive Cow Café, Bellevue

Yesterday’s Cafe and Tea Room, Florence

Place to Buy Fitness Gear

Bob Roncker’s Running Spot, Newport

Exercise & Leisure Equipment Company,
Fort Mitchell

Tri-State Running Company, Edgewood

Yoga Studio

Moksha Yoga, Fort Mitchell

Covington Yoga, Covington

Full Body Yoga, Florence

Health Food Store

Healthy Alternative, Florence

The Vitamin Shoppe, Florence


Birthday Party Location

Lazer Kraze, Erlanger

Sports of All Sorts, Florence

Totter’s Otterville, Covington

Dance/Theater Instruction

Studio Dee, Fort Wright

Mary Riesenberg Studio of Dance, Edgewood

MJM Studios Inc., Florence

Gymnastics Center

Top Flight Gymnastics, Crestview Hills

Five Star Gymnastics and All Star Cheerleading, Erlanger

Premier Athletics, Park Hills

Music Instruction

Bowman Music and Creative Outlet, Burlington

Music House, Erlanger

Northern Kentucky School of Music, Lakeside Park


Devou Park, Covington

Presidents Park, Edgewood

Pioneer Park, Independence


Littlest Angels, Union

Little Red School House, Taylor Mill

Redwood, Fort Mitchell

School Spirit

Covington Catholic High School, Park Hills

Holy Cross High School, Covington

Larry A. Ryle High School, Union



Chris Weist of McHale’s Catering, Park Hills

Stephen Williams of Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar, Covington

Paul Weckman of Otto’s, Covington

Fitness Class Instructor

Melody Hoppius of Melody’s Boot Camp, Burlington

Heather Arlinghaus of Arlinghaus Boot Camp, Independence

Emily Wagner of Cross Fit Covington, Covington

Master Stylist

Noah Kidd of Noah’s Art Salon, Covington

Jennifer (JJ) Campbell of Cloud 9 Salon and Spa, Florence

Brooklyn of Mi Salon Spa, Florence

Personal Trainer

Brian Voorhees of Town & Country Sports, Wilder

Joe Daniels of Swing this Kettlebell Studio, Covington

Andrew Daniels of Sports of All Sorts, Florence