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SUMMER / FALL 2019      © 2019 812 Magazine

Riverfront dining


Hop on the Ohio River Scenic Byway to discover these three distinctive restaurants.


Traversing the hilly terrain, running through historic towns for close to 300 miles and sitting parallel to the mighty Ohio River is the Scenic Byway. 812 put riverfront restaurants to the test, and these three stood out for their views, tastes and overall atmosphere. For a weekend getaway, the Byway and these restaurants are a sure bet.

Overlook Restaurant

1153 West State Road 62 Leavenworth, IN 47137

The View

Tucked into the hills of Leavenworth, the Overlook Restaurant offers home cooking and a wrap-around deck that gives you a 20-mile panoramic view of the Ohio River.

The Food

Once a small cafe and grocery store with only 35 seats, the restaurant now has a total of 225 seats in a town of 300 people. Walter's Pub, added in 2010, offers up a variety of beers, mixed drinks and a full menu.

Atmosphere

'High point in dining along the Ohio' is their motto. It may be wise to reserve your spot by calling ahead for this popular scenic stop. This summer when you're craving an all-American meal and a getaway trip, you may just wind up here at Overlook.

Cafe Arazu

17 West Jennings Street Newburgh, IN 47630

The View

Outdoor seating on the flower filled patio is available at the first sign of warm weather. Here you can enjoy Middle Eastern Cuisine and a view of the Ohio River.

The Food

Try the Kubideh--two skewers of flame broiled minced beef and lamb mixed with seasonings and grated onions. If you're in the mood for falafel, gyros or to try something different, Cafe Arazu is worth a stop.

The Atmosphere

Owners Penny and Ben Najad have established a restaurant known for its flavorful dishes and culturally diverse atmosphere. Located in the historic town of Newburgh, the cafe is a relaxed, bohemian retreat for locals and visitors.

Key West Shrimp House

117 Ferry St. Madison, IN 47250

The View

The seating area outside gives you the ideal view of the river, but it is just as enjoyable in the dining room. You can make yourself at home with the cards, games and sodas available while you wait to be seated.

The Food

Besides the shrimp, a must try, halibut is another fan favorite. If you're not a fish and chips type of person, don't worry; they serve up mouth-watering steaks and chicken, too.

The Atmosphere

This family-friendly seafood restaurant is nestled on the riverbank in Madison. It is on the second level of a former button factory built in the late 1800s. Corner fireplaces and 130-year-old wooden beams add vintage charm.