Twenty years ago, being a vegetarian in Columbus, Ohio, was extremely inconvenient. Companies like Silk, Boca, and Lightlife weren’t saturating the market like they are now, and if you wanted to eat out, well…we’ll just say that you didn’t. Today, it’s great to know that a vegetarian has more product and dining options. So, here are five of the top healthy alternative restaurants I’m certain the vegetarian and meat-eater alike will find both the food absolutely delicious and the ambiance a definite delight.
Portia’s Cafe (4428 Indianola Avenue., Columbus, Ohio) is located in the northeast area of the city. This small, cafe-style establishment seats about 30, and provides a very clean, relaxing and calm environment. Its very casual menu offers a nice variety of Organic, Raw, Vegan, GMO-free and Gluten-free International, and American cuisine. Portia’s Cafe is very unique in its approach to providing natural and clean food as it’s known for its delicious Mushroom Harvest hot drink blend, and House-Made Sugar-Free Soda (Portia Cafe carbonates their own filtered water and adds Stevia Sweet Drops).
Portia’s Cafe is open six days a week, Tuesday – Saturday 11am-9pm; Sunday 11am-3pm; closed Monday. It offers very convenient on-site parking, and can be accessed easily by public transportation. Portia’s Cafe is also wheelchair accessible, pricing is moderate, and accepts all major credit cards. For more information, please call 614-928-3252, or visit www.portiascafe.com.
Banana Leaf (816 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio), located in the northwest area of the city, is a buffet-style restaurant specializing in Gujarati and South Indian foods. With a very attentive staff, a vegan can be guided with care and patience to the many deliciously, vegan-friendly dishes that are available as well. Banana Leaf stands out for its wonderful staff and ambiance, different menu selections daily, and its delicious mango juice, mango lassi, and coconut chutney.
Banana Leaf is open seven days a week, ( A La Carte Menu Available All Day) Monday – Thursday 3:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11:30a.m. – 9:30p.m.; Sunday 11a.m. – 8p.m.. It has convenient on-site parking, can be easily accessed by public transportation, pricing is moderate, and accepts all major credit cards. For more information, please call 614-459-4101, or visit www.bananaleafofcolumbus.com.
Hal and Al’s (1297 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio) is a locally owned bar and vegetarian restaurant located in the south area of the city. This unique dining experience offers the typical bar atmosphere with the typical bar foods: Beer Brat, Chili and Nachos, and Burgers but with a vegetarian twist. Hal and Al’s also offer Falafel Wraps, Spicy Chipotle Tofu Wraps, Sweet Potato Fries, BBQ Luna Burgers, and so much more. In addition, Hal and Al’s carries an extensive line of ale’s, craft beers, ciders, domestics, local, and imports.
Hal and Al’s is open seven days a week, Monday – Thursday 4p.m. – 12a.m.; Friday & Saturday 12p.m. – 2:30a.m.; Sunday 12p.m. – 12a.m.. It provides indoor and outdoor seating, convenient on-site parking, and can be accessed easily by public transportation. Hal and Al’s is also wheelchair accessible, inexpensive to moderate pricing, and accepts all major credit cards. For more information, please call 614-375-4812, or visit www.halandals.com.
Loving Hut (6569 East Livingston Avenue, Reynoldsburg, Ohio), located in the far east area of the city, is a 100% vegan, family-owned restaurant with over 120 branches worldwide. With its vision that all beings can live in peace and harmony as we grow into a more sustainable way of living, Loving Hut offers a more accessible starting point for those who are wishing to transition to a healthier plant-based diet. But don’t be scared away by the words ‘plant-based’ because the food is just simply outstanding! With dishes like Lemon Tofu, Kung Pao, Harmony Sandwich w/Soup, Noble Burger w/Fries, Gyro Wrap, Raw Sushi, Potato & Kale Soup, Golden Nuggets, Crispy Spring Rolls, and so much more, you won’t have to ever worry about leaving this establishment feeling unsatisfied.
Loving Hut is open six days a week, Monday – Friday 4p.m. – 9p.m.; Saturday 12p.m. – 8p.m.; Sunday closed. This very elegant, spacious setting provides convenient on-site parking, and can be easily accessed by public transportation. Very inexpensive to moderate pricing for mostly organic dishes, drinks, and desserts. You absolutely can not beat that. For more information, please call 614-863 -0823, or visit www.lovinghut.us.
Global Gallery Coffee Shop (3535 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio) is a very delightfully, small coffee shop and restaurant located in the Short North area of the city. With its light menu of fresh juices, teas, coffees, pastries and other baked goods, and vegan pizzas, Global Gallery Coffee Shop keeps the people coming back for more. In addition to their delicious foods, they have in their gallery items such as hand-crafted jewelry and clothing for sale.
Global Gallery Coffee Shop is open seven days a week, Monday – Friday 8a.m. – 7p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10a.m. – 7p.m.. It provides for its customers convenient, front of the building on-street parking, and is easily accessible by public transportation. Global Gallery Coffee Shop is inexpensive and accepts all major credit cards. For more information, please call 614-262-5535, or visit globalgallerycolumbus.com.