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Walt's Hitching Post

3300 Madison Pike, Fort Wright, Kentucky 41017 USA

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Opens Wed 5p
  • Independent
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  • Wifi
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“Restaurant in Fort Wright, KY”

Named for its original owner, Walt’s Hitching Post was founded by Walt Ballanger and his wife Mary in 1942, establishing signature items no greater than the legendary smoke house ribs. In 1958, Ballanger sold the restaurant to his neighbor Bill Melton, a young bartender at the White Horse Inn. Bill Melton kept the name in Ballanger’s honor. The “Hitching Post” got its name from cast-iron posts where customers could tie up their horses. Walt’s has undergone at least seven expansions since Melton took over the little restaurant in 1958 and ran it successfully for 50 years until his passing in 2008. Long time diners Bronson Trebbi and Donny Arnsperger purchased Walt’s from the Melton Trust in September 2012. As new “caretakers” of the establishment, they are committed to continuing its legacy by breathing new life into the restaurant, while being careful to uphold its identity. Since its inception, this historic relic has served a wide range of prominent folks from politicians to actors and more, including visits from legendary Adolph Rupp, the greatest coach in college basketball history. Folks in these parts are very familiar with the delicious ribs complemented by Walt’s signature secret sauce. Other staple items include the Salted Rye Bread, Tomato Garlic Dressing, and chicken livers, along with the addition of a new lineup of mouth-watering steaks. “It’s an icon and we wanted to bring it back,” says Arnsperger. During the restoration in 2012, the new owners preserved many existing fixtures and furnishings to preserve the rich history surrounding the property. This is best exemplified by the exposed log wall in the main dining room, showcasing the original log cabin that was used as a hunting lodge for Western & Southern executives in the early 1900s before it became Walt’s in 1942. For decades, Walt’s has been adorned with pictures of thoroughbreds, the prized possessions of the late Bill Melton, who also owned a horse farm and raced champion breeds. The new owners have expanded on the horse theme in an innovative way, paying tribute to the sport that the nation has grown to fondly identify with Kentucky. “It’s a tradition 70 years in the making,” Trebbi said upon transitioning the ownership. “Our secret sauce was established long ago. The ribs will be as delicious as they always were. The rye bread will be like folks remember. Our challenge is to bridge the generations and restore the prestige that loyal followers have long appreciated. We will carefully listen to our customers and will rise to that challenge. ”

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Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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  • 587 Reviews
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May 30, 2018
Rated 4.0

Food here is really top-notch (I think they buy the steaks from the same place as Ruby's). Everything I've ever tried has been good, but known for their steaks. Kind of country, kind of fancy. If you live in the Cincinnati area, it's a must-try

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James Fisher

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July 09, 2016
Rated 4.0

Weird sort of place, like a divey but at the same time fancy steakhouse? kind of dark inside with lots of wood and stone and low ceilings, but also rather cosy as a result. It's all very professionally run, with loads of well organized staff everywhere, but that also makes it feel a bit sort of dining hall. Still, it definitely has a character of it's own. Food is ok, a little old school and not cheap. Generic steak house kind of stuff.

Still, overall it's a fun place and I'll definitely come again.

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Walt's Hitching Post

3300 Madison Pike
Fort Wright, Kentucky
41017 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri, Sat: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Mon - Thu: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Valet Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Yes Parking
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