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Follow the Line in Over-the-Rhine: Favorite Walk-Up Windows


Walking around in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, it’s not unusual to turn a corner and see a long line of people. If you’re just visiting, you might think people are waiting in line for tickets to a concert or sporting event. If it’s a cold or rainy day, you are probably more convinced that they are giving something away for free!

What’s really happening is people are waiting in line to buy good food. No, these are not brick-and-mortar restaurants or even food trucks. But rather these people are waiting for everything from fish dinners to tacos and don’t care that they might have to eat their food on the curb.

If you’re new to walk-up windows, check out Alabama Fish Bar. This family-owned business has been popular for more than 25 years. Pick one of three kinds of fried fish from the menu, and you’ll get a huge portion with fries, bread, peppers and onions. (Pro tip: Get there early during the Lenten season.)

If you’re craving Mexican food, go for Gomez Salsa. The salsa is terrific and makes the best tacos. Extra hungry? Ask for the “turtle,” and you won’t be sorry. (Pro tip: You’re welcome to take it next door to HalfCut where you can wet your whistle with a craft beer. )

If you’re a fan of falafel or hummus, you’ll want to investigate¬†Forty Thieves. Serving Israeli and Arab street food at both the walk-up window and the adjacent¬†Holiday Spirits, this venture makes its debut this spring. Sure to be a hit, Forty Thieves and Holiday Spirits are brought to you by Dan Wright. (Insider tip: Dan also owns Senate, Abigail Street, and Pontiac BBQ.)

From old standbys to the latest concepts, walk-up windows are alive and well in Over-the-Rhine. They add to the melting pot of food choices and offer great alternatives for late night cravings, dog walkers, lunch at your desk, or a picnic in the park. Next time you’re out and about, skip the usual restaurant scene, and pick up something to go!

Other popular Over-the-Rhine take-out eateries:

  1. 13th Street Alley
  2. B & A Street Kitchen
  3. Boom Box Buns (Friday and Saturday 7 pm-sold out)
  4. Quaintrelle (seasonal)
  5. Babushka Pierogies (soon to be Wodka Bar)

Have we missed anything?