Eating Vegan in Columbus, Ohio

Eating healthy, whether you are eating a clean pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan or a whole foods diet, can be a major challenge. Dairy-free, soy-free and/or gluten-free diets are not just a trends for many, but necessities for quality of life for most. These lifestyle changes test our self-control and patience, and require a lot of planning and preparation. When “life happens” sometimes those plans go right out the window. Fast food becomes a thing of the past and almost an impossibility. Eating out, on the other hand, is possible if you’ve done a little bit of research. We are fortunate enough to live in a vibrant city that offers amazing cuisine that is fresh, local and meeting these dietary needs. Here is a short list of Columbus restaurants that offer vegan menu items and/or vegan substitutes:


Aladdin’s Eatery

Alchemy Juice Bar + Cafe

Banana Leaf Restaurant

Cafe Istanbul

Da Levee

Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace

Explorer’s Club


Loving Hut


Northstar Cafe

Pattycake Bakery


Portia’s Cafe

Red Hook Grill

Strongwater Food and Spirits

Various Indian, Thai and Mediterranean restaurants throughout the city

Whole World Natural Bakery and Restaurant

Whole Foods



I am happy to report that we have Aladdin’s Eatery, Cafe Istanbul and Piada right here in Bexley! Are you just as surprised as I was to see that Melt and Dirty Franks made this list?!? Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to try all of these places yet, but I look forward visiting a few throughout the month and sharing the experience with all of you!