For the past three years, I've been a frequent visitor of Dayton, Ohio. My sister and sweet niece live there, so I make sure to venture out at least twice a year to see them. Normally, my Dad and I make that seven-hour drive up 75 - but I was not in the mood for a road trip this go-round.

Dayton is a small town. So small that most of the major airlines removed their services from the airport. Which makes it tough to find a good, inexpensive flight - but being the Frugal Fran that I am, oh I found a way!

Cincinnati is about 45 minutes south of Dayton, so I flew into CVG for the low-low and had my sister gas up the wagon to scoop me up. Yay, for cheap travel!

Upon arrival, first on the list was brunch. As soon as I landed, I felt it in my spirit. I needed mimosas - and waffles - and all the bacon they could give me. Minah wasn't familiar with the area, so I took to Yelp to light my path. That's when I realized that I was actually in Kentucky and not Ohio. Apparently, Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio have the same airport, located in Hebron, KY. Confused yet?

Nevertheless, we ended up in the Mainstrasse Village historic district of Covington, Kentucky. It was elevenish by the time we got there and it seemed like the little, quiet town had yet to awaken. Most of the restaurants weren't open until noon - but there was an assortment of shops, art galleries and historic landmarks to keep us engaged while we waited.

Although I was hungry for brunch, I instantly changed my mind when I passed Frida 602. The ambiance alone lured me through the door. As you would guess, the restaurant is a tribute to the late, great, Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. The colors and decor were absolutely gorgeous. From the bathroom to the stairsteps, to the quaint lighting fixtures - it was sooo cute!

Oh, and the food was bomb! Mexican street tacos, queso and the best margarita(s) I ever had in my life (no, seriously!).

As we headed over the bridge to Ohio, I was full and buzzed and happy. My little spell in Kentucky was just lovely - If I ever find myself in Covington again, I'm going straight to Mainstrasse Village. 

Thanks for reading!


Covington, KY, USA

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