Covington’s Anchor Grill Named Best Restaurant in Kentucky


A 76-year-old restaurant and a Covington staple is the best restaurant in Kentucky, according to Food & Wine.

Locals might not be surprised to learn that the restaurant recently included the city’s historic Anchor Grill, located at 438 Pike St., in its list of top restaurants in every state.

Food & Wine editors noted the vintage restaurant’s penchant for goetta, recommending its remarkable “GLT” sandwich – goetta, lettuce and tomato – which they declared an “all-day and all-night favorite”.

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French toast and bacon from the Anchor Grill, named Best Restaurant in Kentucky by Food & Wine.

This isn’t the first time Anchor Grill has nationally recognized. In 2020, Helen Rosner, food critic for The New Yorker, said the greasy spoon “GLT” was one of the the best things she ate this decade.

The restaurant closed for a few months in 2020 due to the pandemic and after a car hit the building. Last May, it celebrated 75 years of activity.

As for Ohio, if you’re willing to make the few hours’ drive north, Food & Wine named Boyd & Würthmann in Berlin, Ohio’s Amish Country as the best restaurant in the state. The outlet recommends the 84-year-old café’s hot buckwheat cakes with applewood-smoked bacon, dandelion sauce and cinnamon rolls.


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