Roundup: Five Southern Comfort Food Spots

Southern flavors season menus all over town.
Kentucky fried rabbit at Commonwealth Bistro

Photograph by Wes Battoclette

1. Just Q’in
It’s all about the faith, love, and barbecue—and a bit of smoke—at Just Q’in. The Goliath (beef brisket) or Judas (chicken) pairs well with the mustard potato salad and the vinegar cole slaw. A bread pudding–like peach cobbler satisfies your sweet tooth. 975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, (513) 452-MEAT,

2. Nashville Hot
An authentic taste of the Nashville hot trend in five heat levels, served as in the Music City: with a side of pickles on white bread. Choose bone-in chicken, tenders, wings, or catfish, and try the black eye pea salad, known as “Tennessee Caviar.” 564 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs, (859) 360-6632,

3. Commonwealth Bistro
Dishes at Commonwealth are modern, farm-direct, and historically inspired. Bunny-chic decor points to their signature dish—cold smoked, deep fried rabbit with creamed greens. 621 Main St., Covington, (859) 916-6719,

4. Purple Poulet
Eclectic rooster-pomp brings the fun in this “Southern Bourbon Bistro.” Voodoo salmon purloo takes you to the Carolina Low Country, while Redneck Rockefellers with pimento cheese put a Kentucky stamp on a New Orleans oyster favorite. 603 Sixth Ave., Dayton, KY., (859) 916-5602,

5. Tousey House Tavern
Dine in antebellum class at this 1822 crossroads. Cornmeal crusted fried green tomatoes or barbecue shrimp and grits are great starters and the Hot Brown is rich enough for a long night of dancing in the Brown ballroom. 5963 N. Jefferson St., Burlington, (859) 586-9900,

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