Dining Out: Gomez Salsa, Fireside Pizza

Dining Out: Gomez Salsa, Fireside Pizza

Fireside Pizza

Fireside Pizza in Walnut Hills is a must-visit for really good pizza. I first encountered their reputation from coworkers at a job I had in Northern Kentucky. Fireside would haul an actual brick oven trailer to our parking lot and make pizza in 90 degree weather. People would LINE UP to get their fix and sweat away in the sun in their shirts and ties. It was incredible to witness. Honestly I never tried it when I had the chance, mostly because I’m famously impatient, but it was definitely on my radar.

When a friend mentioned that it was nearby my new office I ducked over with him and got my first taste. He recommended getting whatever “pizza of the day” they had and I was not disappointed. Hanky Panky pizza was on the menu and it was DELICIOUS. People without any roots in the west side of Cincinnati might not know about hanky panky, but it is a delicious concoction of Velveeta cheese and sausage served on dark rye toast. You typically see it on the menu for family get togethers. So good.

Fireside also seemed to have a pretty expansive beer menu as well. It would be fun to visit here in the evening and have a few drinks with some pizza. My understanding is that it gets insanely busy so think about coming earlier.

Hanky Panky Pizza
Hanky Panky Pizza

Gomez

Another Walnut Hills restaurant I like is Gomez Salsa. Of course, they are known for their salsa and you can buy it in quantity there. They make all of their salsa fresh daily (jarred salsa is trash) and it is really tasty. I’d suggest the Kowabunga for something with some kick. I have a thing for green salsa and like Verde also.

Gomez is also known for a goofy concoction that includes a burrito with a tostado crunch and plenty of sauce on it called a Turtle. Get this if you don’t care about getting food in your beard (totally worth it though). If you’re a lady then you’re in real luck and can munch away.

Their soft tacos are pretty killer too. Actually everything is good here.

Gomez Turtle
Gomez Turtle
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