Using a pillowy bun as a barrier, hot dogs are safely protected from environmental hazards such as open manholes and greasy-handed schoolchildren. Enjoy snugly shielded franks with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of gourmet hot dogs and beverages at Mayday.
The grill at Mayday sizzles and pops as cooks forge a menu of hot dogs, gourmet sausages, and homemade sides. All-beef morsels from the Avril-Bleh & Sons meat market are crafted with the epicurean thoughtfulness of a valentine from an oompa loompa and serve as mouthwatering canvasses for artful dogs. The Mayday dog wears house-crafted spicy mustard pajamas while bouncing gleefully on a warm pretzel-bun mattress alongside caramelized onions and grilled peppers ($7.00). Choose a gourmet dog foundation ($7.25), such as chorizo or kielbasa, and pile on toppings ($1 each) that include house apricot ketchup, beer cheese, or a miniature Lamborghini. Noodles ford warm rivers of golden cheese, dodging crusty pretzel breadcrumbs in the restaurant's macaroni and cheese ($4).
The full-sized concert hall's exposed brick walls and wooden rafters reverberate with the joyful noise of local bands, and DJs spin tunes on theme nights. Patrons meander to the outdoor patio to warm their hands near the fire pits and ogle stuffed trophy sausages.
The independently-owned Mayday offers a variety of unique burgers, made from turkey, black bean, or beef patties with toppings such as Korea-style kimchi and cilantro chili sauce. Patrons pair the burgers with oven-baked fries and draft beer at this hub of the Northside neighborhood, along with trivia, comedy, and live rock and roll, and a two-tiered patio provides a fun atmosphere for the whole family.
The boldness of burgers isn't all Mayday specializes in, however. The subtle flavors of fine whiskey and charcuterie reward more ambitious palates, while a full array of hotdogs—served on homemade pretzel buns—add an upscale spin to comfort food. To top it off, customers can add a fried egg to anything on the menu, just like when we were kids, frying eggs on the sidewalk to top off our summer ice cream cones.
It's away from the main drag in Northside, but Mayday is definitely a destination spot, not a walk-around-and-try-different bars kind of spot.Chad Reid, Metromix, 12/9/09
The building has two great, big outside areas, ping pong table room, and a dance floor. What I like best were the hot dogs with any toppings you want.Hannah P., Yelp, 6/26/11
“Delicious food, excellent service and great value!”
“Good food, had a good time.”
“Delicious excellent food, but, 90 minutes for a weekday lunch was longer than preferred”
4227 Spring Grove Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223