Covington’s Mainstrasse Village is a five-block restored 19th Century German neighborhood with shops and restaurants operating in restored homes. There are no souvenir stores, just shops owned by people sharing their particular interests. An old fashioned candy shop, a cymbal shop, a magic shop, a general store are as unique as the little restaurants serving German, Italian, and Cajun food.
I was torn between the English pub and an interesting little place called The Main Bite. Once a shot-gun house, the owner, Margie Potts, lives in the back and serves guests in the living and dining rooms. She grows the herbs she and her chefs use. “Everything is made in-house with pride and love,” she says.
For an appetizer I enjoyed pita with sundried tomato and artichoke dip that was obviously and deliciously homemade. The mac ‘n’ cheese was made with gouda and cheddar and topped with caramelized onions and bacon. (Once skeptical of the culinary trend of turning kitchen staples into gourmet dishes, I am now a believer.) Dessert was the stuff of a Kentucky gal’s dreams: Kentucky Bourbon Bread Pudding topped with Bourbon Crème Anglaize.
The menu changes with the seasons to take available of freshly picked produce. The warmer seasons offer an additional treat: dining in the courtyard that is lush with foliage and romantically lit. Imaginative dishes include Cowboy Caviar (bell peppers, onion, corn, pinto beans, and black-eyed peas served with chunky corn chips); Seared Scallops over Squash Puree; and Breakfast Bruschetta.
The Main Bite, 522 Main St., Covington, opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.