I’m all about looking for the benefit (the bright light, if you will) in any situation, particularly as it relates to enhancing (or increasing) my food experiences.
Living two blocks from the Covington Mainstrasse restaurant core is the firehose infusion of dining experience. So, Brenda, my friend/housemate, Biscuit and I walked around the corner in last night’s 76 degree glory to a brand new food spot. This was Biscuit’s first outdoor dining experience. Extra credit points are logged in my book for a pet-friendly restaurant, and she was welcomed with open arms. Our server even offered to bring her a bowl of water.
Main Bite has only been open for two weeks. It’s located directly across Main St from Otto’s and Bouquet, two of my very favorite restaurants. (An aside… no one does a better fried green tomato than Otto’s… not even me.) One benefit MB has is a terrific private side patio area in addition to the street-side cafe tables.
Their philosophy is, “In a decidedly casual and colorful atmosphere, we are creating seasonal-inspired small plates, utilizing the freshest ingredients from our and our community’s gardens and vendors. Ours are American small plates — not little bites or tapas — rather smaller plate portions with lots of opportunity to try and share new enticing dishes. Complementing our “main bites” are wonderful wines, distinctive craft beers, and innovative culinary cocktails.”
Isn’t one of Life’s Great Moments a lemon basil martini on a patio in 76 degrees? Made with Lemoncello, fresh basil, Citronage and fresh lemon syrup. I could feel the layers of moving anxiety start to peel away.
The menu is divided into First Bites, Main Bites-Small Plates, and Fresh Bites. They have a classy little wine and cocktail list, and our server sat down with us to reco her faves. It was good advice. I love a great fish taco, and the dish is apparently the second most frequently ordered dish on the menu. Served with deeply flavored guac and spicy-warm chile mayo, the flavors were bright, and the dish had a beautiful visual resonance. Yum.
This felt like all the relaxation I could reasonably anticipate; yet, Brenda wisely suggested just another bite. Actually, four bites. Of SugarPlum Cupcakery Mini Sampler from the Sweet Bites dessert list. Chocolate Hazelnut, Salted Caramel, White Chocolate Raspberry, and Orange Cream cakes. I can’t imagine concern of any type in four bites. Four glorious bites.
We were invited to stay as long as we wished, and a 7:00p dinner ended around 11:00 as the Mainstrasse night life was in full force.
It’s a great little restaurant to support, and its dedication to using the freshest ingredients from local gardens and vendors (along with their kindness to dogs) are reasons enough to help foster its success. OBTW, the La Crema coffee they serve is a great restaurant coffee.
Main Bite, 522, Main St, Covington, KY 41011, 859.261.2483