152 Barnwood Drive
Edgewood, KY 41017
Hours: M-F 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Steve and I have lived in Northern Kentucky for a little over six years, and we are continually amazed at the number of shops and restaurants we stumble upon. We recently opted-in on a Groupon for an independently-owned athletic shop called Tri-State Running, located in a small, tucked away strip mall near Crestview Hills Town Center. We stopped by the other day to pick up some bits and pieces, and as we were leaving we noticed a restaurant's summer specials chalkboard a few doors away. Enticed by the lure of home made soy milk, I dragged Steve into The Winds Coffee & Café.
Inside, the restaurant was bright and spotlessly clean. We were greeted warmly by proprietor Tao Justus, who explained the summer specials menu to us and whipped up our drinks; soy milk for me and an Italian soda for Steve.
Let me just state right off that The Winds' soy milk is leaps and bounds better than anything you can buy in a carton. It's sweet but not sickeningly so, and has a consistency closer to water than to cows milk, which is exactly the way I like it. At $1.95 per glass, it's a drink to be savored rather than chugged. They also offer a full line of espresso, coffee, tea, bubble tea, the aforementioned flavored Italian soda spritzers, and fresh fruit smoothies.
Surprisingly for a restaurant that makes its own soy milk, The Winds has only one vegetarian entree: lasagna ($7.95). When I commented on this, Tao explained that most of her customers are older and want homemade but healthy country-style cooking. I guess this explains the number of meat and potatoes dishes on the specials board.
The lasagna came with an organic spring mix salad. The piquant balsamic vinaigrette pleasantly complimented the sweet, meaty walnut halves dotting the dish. The restaurant also makes their herbed croutons in-house; a nice touch.
Steve ordered the Cuban panini ($6.95), which came with a choice of either macaroni salad, potato salad, pesto pasta, coleslaw or organic spring mix salad. He chose the potato salad and boy, am I ever glad that he did. Normally I am not a fan of potato salad because most are overly creamy and have too many extraneous additions, but The Winds' was utterly divine. Theirs is a simple recipe that lets the potatoes take center stage, instead of being a bit player to mayonnaise, onions, pickles or eggs. Delicately flavored with fresh parsley, this potato salad is one of the healthiest I've found in a restaurant. It was so tasty that Steve had no choice but to let me finish it.
The lasagna, deftly spiced with basil, fennel seeds, and a hint of sweetness, tasted lovely but looked a little bare on the plate; it could have benefited from a slice of crusty garlic bread to sop up the last of the tangy tomato sauce.
The Winds Coffee & Café offers fresh, home-made pastries and a thoughtful selection of deli sandwiches and breakfast items - including scratch-made granola and vegetable quiche. The quality and affordability of their dishes make this restaurant one of Edgewood's best kept secrets.