For the next stop in our ongoing series we went north of the city to one of our favorite places: Fairfield. For all of the northern suburbs, Fairfield quietly has a pretty vibrant and deep little food scene. You can get anything from authentic Mexican to excellent sushi, or maybe homemade donuts to fantastic BBQ all just by driving down Dixie Highway. On top of all that, there are plenty of good spots to spend a day.
While you're in Fairfield, you should...
Explore the ridicuous, amazing foodie paradise that is Jungle Jim's
Listen. Odds are, you’ve been to Jungle Jim’s or at least heard of it. How many times have you heard someone say, “if you’re in town you’ve gotta head up to Jungle Jims. The bathrooms… well, just go see for yourself.” I think it’s fair to say this Fairfield foodie paradise is at “icon” status, and that probably won’t ever change.
If you haven’t been, you’re in for the time of your life. Is it a giant grocery store with pretty much any item you could imagine? Yes. Is it also an amusement park of sorts with tons of crazy history and animatronic critters? Yes. Honestly, it really is just one of those places you’ve gotta see in person to understand. While you’re there, say hi to Robin Hood and Elvis for me.
Get a margarita and a burrito at Taqueria Mercado
If we were commissioned (we weren’t) to write a tagline for Taqueria Mercado it would probably read “where the burritos are giant, the margaritas are delicious and you won’t stop eating the tortilla chips.” You may have seen the downtown location, but we’re talking about the spot tucked away in a little strip mall on Dixie Highway, butted up against a fantastic little Mexican market. We think this restaurant will hit the spot in almost any situation.
Swing by The Donut Spot
There are many, many joys in life. One of them is waking up on a Saturday morning and stopping by your local donut shop. For the good people of Fairfield, the Donut Spot is here to serve. They’ve got all the classic offerings you know and love, sometimes including that giant slice of heaven you see pictured. Try to get there early because when they’re out, they’re out. Handmade donuts from a great local small business. That’s what we’re here for.
Spend a night at Michael's Billiards
How many times have you been sitting on the couch with a friend or loved one and said “I can’t think of anything to do tonight.” That’s probably because you never considered spending a night at Michael’s Billiards. It’s one of the best pool halls in the city where the games are cheap and so are the drinks. There are plenty of tables so you can usually walk right in and start playing. Brush off your cue and see if you can nail that trick shot you tell everyone you can do. It’s always a good time here.
Make a stop at Hammann's Deli and Butcher Shop
Here at Cincy Weekend, we love a good deli/butcher shop. With that in mind, Hammann’s is doing everything right. Owner John Hammann has been doing this for more than 50 years, so he’s pretty much a meat expert at this point. You’ll find cold cuts, sandwiches and even a great little BBQ truck that sits right outside when the weather is warm. They’ve also got pretty delicious house made goetta and beer sausages. So if you’re grilling out soon, stop here first and we’re sure you’ll be impressed.
Try something new at Wake Nation
Confession time. We’re dreaming of Summer right now. And what’s better than a day out on the water? If you’ve never been, Wake Nation is a pretty cool spot with some small lakes where you can try out wakeboarding for the first time. They’ve also got Summer camps for kids which pretty much sounds like the best time ever. Warm weather is on the way! If you’re up for it, enjoy the sun and learn something new.
Get some comfort food at Lisa's Kitchen
You didn’t think we were gonna make a neighborhood guide without a comfort food spot did you? Owner Lisa Hall has a lot of fans because of her cooking, serving up Cincy double deckers, classic burgers and breakfast all day. Good, affordable food and a friendly staff. What else could you ask for?
We love Fairfield and you should too. Keep an eye out for a next neighborhood guide coming out soon.