Comfortably dim with a bit of flash around the main bar, Florence’s Blind Squirrel makes every table and booth feel like a private one. There’s sports coverage on the big screens and good drinks, but it does its best work in the kitchen. You’ll need an extra minute or two to ponder this menu. If you want any kind of pub food, you’ll find it here—just be prepared to make difficult choices.
The Rumpke Mountain Nachos live up to the name. This tray-sized serving needs at least four eager diners to do it justice. In addition to pulled pork, ground beef, or chicken (when available), the nachos come layered with queso, fresh jalapeños, green onions, pico de gallo, spiced sour cream, and a generous heap of guacamole. The blend of flavors is a savory delight, but don’t fear the jalapeños; they have a gentle bite that a sip of beer can kiss better.
If you have room for an entrée after that, the Boursin chicken sandwich tastes just as good as it sounds. Stacked on a pretzel bun, it features grilled chicken, herbed Boursin cream cheese, red onion, lemon vinaigrette, and lots of crispy bacon. While the herbed cream cheese and lemon vinaigrette brightens each bite, the toasty pretzel bun and crunchy bacon keep things grounded with a savory core, all brought together by the marinated chicken.
When your friends can’t agree on where to go, this may be the compromise everyone actually enjoys.
Blind Squirrel, 8537 U.S. Hwy. 42, Florence, (859) 869-9886