Bellevue, Kentucky… a small town on the banks of the Ohio River. It has nice, old-fashioned homes on tree-lined streets. All along the main street are little shops and cafes.
If you look across the river, you can see Cincinnati, Ohio.
One of the cafes is called Virgil's Cafe. It is housed in what used to be a home. It is a small, neighborhood chef-owned place. All the food is fresh, local and homemade.
Virgil's became somewhat famous when Guy Fieri came to town with his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show on the Food Network. His show featured Virgil's homemade pastrami. Locals have noted that Virgil's is not a diner, drive-in or dive; rather it's a cafe.
I'm writing about it because we ate there last night, with two other couples. We had a wonderful meal, including shrimp with cheese grits, reuben sandwiches, and crayfish beignets. We sat at a table where we could observe the kitchen. We had a friendly waitress and a great bartender. Here are some of their dishes:
Shrimp and Cheese Grits
Now I want to go back!