FAIRFIELD, Ohio — Jungle Jim’s International Market has received national attention once again as a unique Greater Cincinnati grocery destination.
Writer Matt Siegel shared his first-hand experience inside Jungle Jim’s on national food website Epicurious.com.
Siegel described Jungle Jim’s as a “seven-plus-acre food-based freak-out in suburban Cincinnati” in “Jungle Jim’s and the Art of the Tourist-Attraction Grocery Store,” an article that published May 23.
The Los Angeles resident visited the market in February and discussed its outlandish decor and food choices with store owner Jim Bonaminio.
"My passion is junk,” Bonaminio told Siegel when asked about Jungle Jim’s decorations, which include old Kings Island monorail cars and fiberglass statues of animals.
The author wrote he was also surprised to learn about Bonaminio's lack of interest in the plethora of unique food he sells.
“Bonaminio is quite brazen regarding his indifference toward food,” Siegel wrote. "His favorite lunch is 'Pot pies. Banquet.’”
Read more about Siegel’s trip to Jungle Jim’s here.