Greyhound Tavern sits flush against the road in Fort Mitchell, near what was once the southernmost stop in Cincinnati’s old streetcar network. Now it’s perhaps the best place in the city to get fried chicken.
I say that not because it’s the best fried chicken in the city—perhaps it is; I’m not one to judge—but because one day a week you can get as much of it as you want. That day is Sunday, when Greyhound Tavern unfurls a glorious brunch buffet, and the fried chicken flows like, well, like the gravy served beside it.
No need to go buffet style if you don't want to, though. Other breakfast specialties include the southern eggs Benedict, the vanilla bean french toast, and a truly wonderful biscuits and gravy. That's the famous breakfast at Greyhound Tavern, and you should definitely give it a try.
Among the restaurant’s other claims to fame is this: Opened in 1921, Greyhound Tavern is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Northern Kentucky. Not that it’s always been as it is now. Over time it has taken the form of a Prohibition-era ice cream parlor, a tea room, and a neighborhood bar. But today it is unmistakably a tavern—and a beloved one too.
Beloved by locals, who feel at home among its handsome rooms, impeccable Kentucky charm, and English country home decor. But Greyhound Tavern doesn’t just cater to the locals. No, it’s a destination, too, drawing far-flung Yelpers and itinerant country-cookin’ lovers with scrumptious traditional fare.
The menu is comfort food through-and-through. That is, it’s the kind of menu where breaded pork with green beans and mashed potatoes wouldn’t be out of place—and in fact that’s the Wednesday special. The Thursday special is all-you-can-eat cod; and if you come in Monday or Tuesday, you can get the fried chicken family style.
Otherwise, Greyhound Tavern is acclaimed for its enormous onion rings, its tasty gouda pimento cheese, its delectable hot brown, its chicken liver plate, and a beguiling New York strip.
Still, it wouldn’t be a tavern in the Commonwealth if it didn’t have berry cobbler or bread pudding. Fittingly, Greyhound Tavern has both. They’re delicious too, adding to a meal that’s rich in love, comfort, and memories of good home cookin’.
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Greyhound Tavern is located at 2500 Dixie Highway (41017).