Mar 4, 2024 - Food and Drink

Columbites: A new home for House Tacos

A taco, queso fries and side of rice on a diner countertop.

A very filling lunch at House Tacos. Photos: Tyler Buchanan/Axios

A couple years ago, I was the only customer of a novel "sober bar" on South Fourth Street and incorrectly predicted it would grow with time.

The latest: I recently grabbed lunch at the spot's replacement, House Taco, and was once again the only person there.

  • Have I become the kiss of death for this address?
  • Hopefully not, because the food was pretty great. I'm going double or nothing on predicting a successful future.

What we ordered: There's all the normal taco types and fixings, but I tried (and loved) the special "crunch magic taco" ($5.75) with charred chicken and seasoned corn chips.

  • The queso fries ($6) were sublime, the onion rice ($4) just alright.

Between the lines: House Taco previously spent around 18 months inside the Ohio Statehouse, but struggled to attract foot traffic and couldn't serve alcohol there. (Could've fooled us!)

  • The new spot, a few streets over, is a bit more expressive, with a large mural, a Pride flag and a sign reading "Everyone Welcome Here."

The bottom line: Were I still a Statehouse reporter, I'd become a House Taco regular.

  • Hopefully this place sticks.

Want to go? 79 S. Fourth St., 11am-9pm Tuesday-Friday, 4-9pm Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday.

A business mural for "House Taco" reading "Peace, Love, Tacos"
A mural inside the Fourth Street restaurant.

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