Columbus is great for so many reasons, but one in particular is because we have so much variety when it comes to food options. While it’s not for everyone, vegetarian menu options are becoming more and more common, and chefs are coming up with new and exciting ways to add flavor when they subtract meat from their dishes.
Below, we have our five favorite places that are either 100% vegan, or have lots of healthier vegetarian options for lunch or dinner.
Alchemy offers one of the most fun and unique menus in Columbus. Their passion for focusing on sustainable ingredients is evident by their always-evolving menu. Our current favorite is their Cherry Cheezecake bowl, which has organic acai, cherries, vanilla cashew cream, homemade almond milk, almond butter, granola, and crumbled cranberry no-bake bite. It’s great for breakfast or even a mid-day snack! Their menu is mainly vegetarian and in addition to the smoothies and bowls, they have sandwiches and salads that are so unique and amazing.
Portia’s Cafe is a vegan restaurant that has been impressing vegetarians and meat eaters alike for years. They have everything from salads and wraps to Mexican dishes and pad thai. Everything we’ve tried has been excellent, and nothing on the menu cost more than $12. From the service to the way the food is prepared, you can tell everyone that works at Portia’s Cafe cares about what goes on to the plate, which always translates to a great experience for the customer.
Brassica hasn’t been around for long, but it’s already become one of our favorite lunch spots thanks to their out-of-this-world good falafel. You can customize your order by getting either a pita or bowl, and adding a variety of unique and delicious mediterranean inspired options like spicy carrots, lentils, and hummus (traditional or roasted eggplant). Between the lentils and falafel, you will get plenty of protein to fuel you through the rest of the day.
Great for a weekend splurge, Condado Tacos does a better job at offering veggie-friendly options than any other taco shop in the city. Their thai chili tofu is fantastic, as is the bbq jackfruit. The tacos at Condado are all “build your own” style, so you can make them as simple or crazy as you like.
Core Life Eatery
CoreLife Eatery just arrived in Columbus, and we’re glad they did! We tried their Sriracha ginger tofu and ancient grains bowl and are already planning our next trip back. CoreLife Eatery specializes in their grain bowls, salads, and soups (which they call bone broths), but most of their soups can substitute veggie broth for the chicken or beef based broths. We like how customizable their menu is, as you can choose from four different salad bases or eight different grain bowl bases.
If we missed one of your favorites, let us know so we can check it out for ourselves!
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus