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screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-29-49-pmWE ASKED AND YOU ANSWERED. After narrowing downs the dozens of restaurants, bars and public places you nominated as Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot, we asked you to vote on the finalists at ExtolSports.com.



Congratulations to Bearno’s Southern Indiana, Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot – as voted on by you. 

Sure, the pizza is amazing and award winning, but what makes Bearno’s Southern Indiana Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot? According to many of you it’s the atmosphere, staff and your fellow patrons. But that’s not all. screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-09-pm

There’s live music in the warmer months and plenty of TVs for your viewing pleasure. When you frequent one of the three locations on the sunny side of the river, you’ll find great drink specials, beer specials and locals who make each respective locale their spot – but welcome newbies to join.

“I don’t want to say we’re like Cheers,” said owner/operator Kirk Johnson with a half smile, “but we’re kind of like Cheers. Anyone is welcome here.”

That also includes families and youngsters. “We do a lot with kids and schools, lots of Little League and also basketball,” said Johnson. And, “any kid wearing their (sports team) uniform gets a free six-inch cheese pizza.”

Each location also has a lunch buffet featuring all-you-can eat soda, salad, pasta, pizza and dessert for $8.99. Plus, added Johnson, “we host birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, events, fantasy football drafts, you name it.”

If you go, be sure to try the Mama Bearno’s pizza and mac ’n‘ cheese wedges – or the grilled chicken sandwich if you’re seeking healthier fare – and don’t forget to congratulate the Bearno’s Southern Indiana staff on their much-deserved win.

“I think (the award) is great,” said Johnson. “A lot of friendships have been made here. It’s like a second home for a lot of people, and that feels great.”screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-29-pm


3002 Charlestown Crossing

New Albany



401 Lafollette Station Drive

Floyds Knobs



700 W. Riverside Drive



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screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-40-pmBUCKHEAD MOUNTAIN GRILL

A NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE and Louisville staple for more than two decades, Buckhead Mountain Grill is a locally-owned, family-friendly restaurant that combines a comfortable and relaxed mountain lodge atmosphere with a full selection of classic, delectable foods. From their famous Cheese Boulders to delicious, homemade pot pie, guests have been enjoying many of the signature dishes for years – and great TV sports viewing, too.

The bar offers a wide variety of beers – including a great selection of craft brews – and knowledgeable staff. Enjoy the riverside view at the Jeffersonville location during halftime while dining on meat loaf, ribs, salads and other fare. The large menu offers something for everyone. Made from original recipes, Buckhead’s delicious choices are always fresh and made by hand every day.

Visit one of the three locations, either in the greater Louisville area or in Bellevue, Ky. – just minutes from downtown Cincinnati. And when you stop by, don’t forget to congratulate the Buckhead crew on being named one of Extol’s Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot Finalists.

707 W. Riverside Drive




3020 Bardstown Road




35 Fairfield Avenue

Bellevue, Ky.



screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-46-pmTHE SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB 

THE SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB is a relaxed sports bar offering classic pub food and tremendous sports viewing in a comfortable tavern setting. Serving lunch, dinner and a dynamic nightlife, The Sports & Social Club also offers bowling, live entertainment and The Eagle: a fully equipped private party room.

The restaurant and bar is equipped with state of the art technology including the ultimate sports viewing room equipped with two 100-inch, high-definition projectors and digital surround sound, making this the perfect venue to watch sports and party with friends.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-53-pmThe Sports & Social Club has been ranked No. 21 by ESPN Magazine in their “29 Greatest Sports Bars in the Known Universe” and “Best Sports Bar 2013” by A List Louisville.

Prefer to play sports as opposed to watching them? Take a turn on one of the bowling lanes.

The menu is delicious, but definitely try the cheesesteak rolls or the chicken-bacon macaroni and cheese.
When you stop by, don’t forget to congratulate The Sports & Social staff on being named one of Extol’s Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot Finalists.

427 S. Fourth St.




screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-59-pmTUCKER’S AMERICAN FAVORITES 

LOCALLY-OWNED and -operated, Tucker’s American Favorites offers great food and service in a sports-oriented atmosphere. Whether you sit in the bar or opt to eat in the two-tiered dining area, there’s no shortage of sports on TVs of all sizes.

Belly up to the bar and you’ll be catered to by attentive and amicable staff. Or, bring the family – including little ones of all ages – and catch the big game/match/competition as you enjoy a burger (try the fresh-made salmon burger for a healthy bite), the scrumptious cheese fries, succulent wings, one of the many steaks, a salad, ribs or even the vegetarian platter.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-31-04-pmBig games are fun to watch at Tucker’s because most patrons who frequent the eatery at those times are fans and aren’t shy about voicing their loyalties. There are a few massive booths down front as well as tables that can be moved to accommodate large parties, too.

Also, if you’re interested in hosting a private party or meeting, there’s a banquet room reserved just for that. And don’t forget to congratulate the Tucker’s team for being named one of Extol’s Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot Finalists.

2441 State St.

New Albany



screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-31-10-pmSAM’S FOOD & SPIRITS 

SAM’S FOOD & SPIRITS serves up classics, favorites, specials and ample viewing for sports fans who want to catch the big game on TV. With its casual, neighborhood feel, locals often refer to Sam’s as their “second kitchen,” which makes watching sports there a no-brainer.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-31-15-pmMunch on specially-spiced (free) popcorn as you wait for a cold one, but then peel your eyes away from screen to place your order. Here are a few recommendations: You can’t go wrong with the half-pound burger, a flatbread pizza, nachos or the hand-breaded onion rings.
But, you’ll thank yourself (and us) later if you order the blackened fish tacos. We have yet to find any – and we mean any – as good as those served at Sam’s.

Not as into sports as you are animals or maybe you want a bit of both? Sam’s patio is always dog-friendly.

702 Highlander Point Drive

Floyds Knobs





Tough Stuff

Tucker’s co-owner Dee Kestner shares how she stays fit and fierce

By Angie Fenton | Photos by Tony Bennet

Deane “Dee” Kestner  is no stranger to the world of sports.

She and her partner in business and life, Trey Myers, own Tucker’s American Favorites, a popular sports restaurant/bar located at 2441 State Street in New Albany, which is frequented by regulars, families and in- and out-of-towners seeking good eats and great viewing of televised matches and games.

and2But as Dee hustles and bustles around her venue, it’s hard not to notice the diminutive 42-year-old packs more than a ready smile and commitment to do her customers right: Watch her carry a tray of food to a table, and you’ll peep a fit femme who clearly takes her health seriously. Recently, Dee competed in the figure division of the NPC Derby Festival Championships, a bodybuilding competition produced by Brent Smith of Kentucky Muscle.

“This was the fifth show I’ve done,” she said.

And her hard work paid off.

Dee was awarded third place in her class and was awarded sixth place in another category.

“I got a sword” – the prize for top finishers – “which was pretty cool,” she admitted.

Dee and Trey, her significant other for what will be 20 years in August, “live together, work together and train together.”

In fact, she added, “Trey is my coach and my trainer.”

Although she’d made a commitment to being fit years ago, it wasn’t until she started working out with Rob Conway (of WWE fame) and hired Stavan Bhatt to direct her nutrition that Dee realized she might be able to take her fit lifestyle to the bodybuilding stage.

“My first show was the (NPC) Tricky Jackson Classic. I got third in open in masters,” she said.

Then, she placed third in the figure divisions of the 2013 Kentucky Muscle Championships.

“I never thought that I was going to place. I just wanted to go in and do it, and look like I belonged.”

Dee did. And then some.


“I thought it’d be fun to do the suit, the makeup, the hair, the eyelashes. I liked the training, and I’m also a very goal-oriented person,” she explained about why she took her fitness off the floor and on stage. “If I have a goal to work for … it keeps me more accountable.”

After this year’s successful foray back into figure competitions – she’s competed every year since 2013 but took 2016 off – Dee isn’t sure when she’ll step back on stage. “I want to address some of the things (the judges) told me to work on, and then will probably pick out a show.”

As co-owner of a sports restaurant/bar that is known for its hot wings, meaty ribs and cold beers, Dee often fields questions from people who want to know how she’s able to maintain her figure to, well, compete in a figure competition.

“I probably eat four meals (at Tucker’s) every day,” she said, though the competitor eschews the (delicious!) queso and fried products for grilled chicken and shrimp, the salmon or salmon burger, sirloin and bison burger (sans bun), with a side of sweet potato and/or steamed broccoli or green beans, all of which are on the menu. “I also use vinegars for my salad dressings,” she said.

And, Dee relies on Trey, her partner in nearly every aspect of her life. “The majority of time, we’re together – at work, at home and in the gym. He’s my best friend. … We really don’t know any different.”


How does Deane “Dee” Kestner maintain her athletic figure and health? We asked, and she answered.

• “I go to Katy Hearn Gym, 310 Mount Tabor Road in New Albany, five times a week. It’s a very positive atmosphere. It’s really good to be around people like that.”

• “I have rheumatoid arthritis and was diagnosed at 19, but they think I had it before then.” In addition to being on medication, Dee said, “I stay away from inflammatory foods: peanuts, certain starches. Stavan Bhatt taught me how to eat. … My rheumatologist thinks I am doing so well because of how I eat and how active I am plus the medication.”

• “I think anybody can (get fit). You just have to decide you want to do it. You have to be motivated.”

• “I eat 4 oz. of protein with every meal –whether it’s chicken, fish or beef – a cup of veggies and 4 oz. of sweet potatoes on certain days.”