Herb & Thelma’s Tavern

Tavern
excellent
Worth a detour
Michael Stern | May 29, 2019
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If you are looking for cool, cutting-edge cuisine and suave decor in a serene environment, move along; there’s nothing for you here. Herb & Thelma’s, a Covington institution since 1939, is all about camaraderie, cold beer, and burgers. Kickin rock music competes with the boinging of a pinball machine. Service is friendly, neighborhood-tavern casual.

Hamburgers, hand-fashioned daily, are crusty-edge, tender patties, best accoutered with pickle and onion, and maybe some cheese. They come on soft potato rolls and are accompanied by bags of potato chips. (No deep fry here!)

While burgers are universal, some items on the menu are a reminder that Cincinnati (just over the river) once was nicknamed Porkopolis. Bratwurst and Mettwurst — both Queen city favorites — are secured from a Covington butcher. The fried bologna sandwich, which consists of two thick rounds, is Southern Ohio all the way.

Beyond burgers and sandwiches, Herb & Thelma’s is known for bean soup and chili as well as a grilled (not breaded & fried) fish sandwich. The beer menu, featuring local and imported bottles, cans, and draughts, is significantly longer than the food menu.

If you want dessert, choose from among a Snickers, a Reese’s cup, and a Hershey Bar.

What to Eat
Herb & Thelma’s Tavern, Bologna Sandwich
Bologna Sandwich
Must-Try
Fried bologna & cheese
Herb & Thelma’s Tavern, Bratwurst
Bratwurst
Must-Try
Glier's Meats, a Covington butcher, supplies the wursts
Herb & Thelma’s Tavern, Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger
Must-Try
Well-dressed cheeseburger
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday9am - 10pm
Monday9am - 10pm
Tuesday9am - 10pm
Wednesday9am - 10pm
Thursday9am - 10pm
Friday9am - 10pm
Saturday9am - 10pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 344 MILES | 5 hr 50 min

Covington to Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Roadfood Adventures are not just quests for great food wherever the road leads, but an invitation for travelers to connect that memorable food to the land, to its history…

Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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