Tucked away on the east side of Northern Kentucky you'll find Fort Thomas. Semi-suburban with more than a few great bars and burgers, we love this neighborhood inside and out.
While you're in Fort Thomas, you should...
Get a burger and a beer at Midway Cafe
Cozy, casual and always ready for your burger cravings, the Midway Cafe is everything a neighborhood bar and grill should be. It’s pretty much perfect if you wanna sit outside and take advantage of their great local beer selection. Order the Cincy Pig (bacon, ham, goetta, BBQ and pepper jack on a burger) and enjoy the neighborhood.
Midway Cafe, 1017 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas
Be the ultimate foodie at Colonel De's
As far as characters go, there really isn’t anyone else like Colonel De. He’s the sultan of spice here in Cincinnati and his shop in Fort Thomas is where you go to let your culinary mind run wild. Looking for that off-the-wall Middle Eastern blend sitting right next to a classic BBQ rub? Odds are, he’s got it. With cooking classes, community events and more, this shop should definitely be on your Fort Thomas bucket list.
Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices, 18 N Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas
Grab lunch at New Garden
No neighborhood guide is complete without a cheap (and seriously delicious) lunch option. For us, that has to be New Garden. From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $6.25 gets you a huge list of options from General Tso’s Chicken to spicy Szechuan Beef. Aside from that, it’s great pretty much at any time. Get the Volcano roll and thank us later.
New Garden, 1031 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas
Take it easy at Fort Thomas Coffee
Relaxed, welcoming and ready to get you jolted, Fort Thomas Coffee is the perfect neighborhood hangout. From the lavender latte to a straight-up classic cup of coffee (supplied by our friends at Deeper Roots and Seven Hills) there’s something for everyone here.
Fort Thomas Coffee, 118 N Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas
Order a sandwich at the Cobblestone Cafe
Simplicity is golden, and few embody that mantra better than Cobblestone Cafe. This spot does classic deli sandwiches right, making it the perfect place for a quick work lunch or a relaxed weekend hangout. No matter what sandwich you get, you gotta try the redskin and sweet potato salad. Pair it with a bag of Husman’s and a drink and you’re out the door for less than $10.
Cobblestone Cafe, 654 Highland Ave, Fort Thomas
Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Cookie Shop
A neighborhood sweet spot is a thing of beauty. For Fort Thomas, that has to be the Cookie Shop. Whether you’re ordering custom cookies for a party or just stopping in for a snack, the Cookie Shop is full of friendly people ready to help you get your crave on.
The Cookie Shop, 1049 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas
Spend a night at the Olde Fort Pub
Live music, cheap beer and good times await you at the Olde Fort Pub. Busy on the weekends and chill on weeknights, the OFP is one of many great neighborhood bars in NKY. They’ve also got food options with an emphasis on BBQ and wings, making it another great option for a quick dinner.
Olde Fort Pub, 1041 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas
Enjoy some pizza on the patio at Fort Thomas Public House
At first glance, it’s easy to take Fort Thomas Public House’s name literally. Planted right on the main drag, this beautiful house feels like you’re going to a friend’s place for dinner… if they made really good pizza. Wood fired with an emphasis on flatbread, this is definitely one of the best pizza shops in NKY. Served on the outside patio with a beer, it might be one of the best dining experiences in Fort Thomas.
Fort Thomas Public House, 15 N Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas
Get another burger, this time at 915 Bar and Grill
915 is another great watering hole where you can check out some live music, but for us, it’s all about the burgers. From the Black and Bleu to the Memphis, you can’t go wrong with any of the options here. Just make sure you get some of the Asian-style slaw on the side.
915 Bar and Grill, 915 N Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas
Wanna discover even more great hidden gems around the Queen City? Check out the Neighborhood Guides tab at the top of the page.