Best Of 2019

Best Taste of Philly from a Walk-Up Window: 13th Street Alley

You don’t have to buy a plane ticket to Philly to get a great cheesesteak. You can get a no-frills, tried-and-true cheesesteak at 13th Street Alley in Over-the-Rhine and watch through the window as they scrape a pile of hot, 100-percent sirloin steak and melty cheese off the flattop and into a bun with peppers and onions for under seven bucks. Co-owned by a former Great Steak & Potato Co. franchisee, the menu offers seven types of Philly sandwiches, plus wraps, bowls, baked potatoes and fresh-cut fries. And while the classic OTR Philly comes topped with provolone, the shop does keep Cheese Whiz in the fridge for all the cheesesteak purists out there. If you don’t show up in time to claim one of the three tables outside, you’ll have to eat on the curb in true streetfood fashion. Bonus: The window is open until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday for any late-night steak cravings. 13th Street Alley, 126 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-813-8000, searchable on Facebook.