We all know how hard it is to find real food in Cincinnati when you’re on the go with your family or even by yourself. Thankfully, there are some great options that do exist if you’re searching for organic! Below is a list of the top ten establishments (in no particular order) where you can order or pick up items to go while out and about!
Cincinnati Natural Foods
This family-owned and operated business offers selections of whole foods, supplements, natural health and beauty products, and environmentally friendly household products. They sell items that are good for you, so you can have a better quality of living for your happy family.
Eat @ 201
Though this little café is located in the lobby of the Omnicare building, you'll note that much of its menu is local, organic, and/or natural food. With its sustainable ingredients, they offer anything you could possibly want for lunch — burgers, grilled sandwiches, and hearth-cooked pizzas to deli cold cuts and a panini bar and salad bar. There takeout sandwiches, salads, and snacks are just as good.
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
This is a newer market on the Cincinnati scene. Their mission is to improve eating by their use of fresh, organic, and healthy food at a good price. Core offerings include fruits and vegetables, directly from the farm and organically and locally grown as much as possible. Thyme also offers natural and hormone-free meat, locally-grown organic coffee beans, earth-friendly cleaning supplies, organic bulk foods, and more. You won’t be steered in the wrong direction if you ask one of their smiling staff about their kitchen’s healthy to-go meals.
Green Dog Café
Green Dog knows how to keep it fresh. Their menu offers local-pastured poultry, organic sustainable fish, antibiotic free pork, and other foods that appeal to all tastes. Are you or one of your family members vegans, vegetarian, gluten-free, or dairy free? Know you’ll be able to get anything you need at this café. They always strive to add more local and regional vendors to not only keep you healthy, but make a positive impact for the community. Green Dog also has a mile-long list of how they are environmentally friendly — every restaurant should take notes.
Happy Chicks Bakery
Yes, Happy Chicks offers organic vegan backed goods, including light lunch food. Their ingredients and seasonal flavors will keep you coming back. The food options are both fresh and local, with most menu items being soy free, and many items can be made without gluten and nuts (some are naturally). It will be hard not to leave without a little something sweet, but know theirs are dairy free, egg free, and artificial dye free. Another plus, Happy Chicks uses as little packaging as possible and makes what packaging they do use recyclable and mostly compostable.
Om Eco Cafe
This café uses local, organic vendors to bring everything on your menu: artisan food, coffee, tea, cocktails, and more. Their mission is for you to feel good when you leave and know you contributed healthy food to your body and helped your community suppliers.
Park + Vine
Park + Vine’s lunch and brunch relies on local and seasonal fares, with its ingredients free of animal byproducts, cholesterol, dairy and lactose, and made with non-hydrogenated oils. If you have a gluten allergy, don’t fret. All menu items are available as gluten-free!
Rooted Juicery + Kitchen
This juicery provides Cincinnati with 100% organic food products and smoothies. Can it get better? They locally source whenever possible — never finding pesticides, chemicals, or other artificial ingredients in their products. Not only do they keep it clean by recycling, but they compost all food waste with local famers.
Starting out as a small chain of convenience stores, they were able to grow bigger because they value the same thing as others — healthy items at a good cost. As much as possible, they bargain directly with their suppliers. Even though this Hawaiian-themed store is a chain, they offer some organic food, with vegetarian and vegan foods, natural hygiene products, household cleaners, and more. Stop in to get something to hold you over or a full meal, while picking up real food for your pet, too!
It’s hard not to add Whole Foods to the list of healthy, organic establishments. Whole Foods offers a full deli, vitamins, the freshest of veggies and fruits, natural body care products, groceries, and more. It’s trying to get away from the “whole paycheck” accolade it’s been deemed and have lowered the prices of many items, which is great for the health-conscious consumer. Their buffet of offerings is delectable. If you’re on the go, they have compostable to-go boxes. Even if you only have ten minutes to spare, take a seat and enjoy your lunch or dinner in their Whole Market.