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Meatless wonder: 7 of the best veggie burgers in Columbus

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So you didn’t work out today, you ate a donut from the box in the break room, and your gut is still recovering from a long weekend of binge eating. Maybe red meat isn’t exactly what your body needs today.

Why not spring for a veggie burger instead? You’ll be doing your bod some good but it’ll taste so good your mind will think it’s indulgent beef.

Here are seven of the best veggie burgs around town.

Bareburger   

463 and 4560 N High St.

Fans of traditional burgers who want a meatless option should swing by one of Bareburger’s two locations on High Street. They offer a classy lineup of real meat hamburgers, but they also serve a patty that that seems like a scientific anomaly. That’s why it’s called the Impossible Burger. This faux-meat patty is nearly indistinguishable from real beef.

It looks, feels, smells, and even bleeds like a standard burger. Topped with American cheese, pickles, lettuce, stout onions, and special sauce, this burger is a perfect stand-in for the real thing. Eat it for your health. Eat it for the environment. Eat it because you want a tasty burger.

Eden Burger

1437 N High St.

Eden Burger’s offerings don’t contain meat or dairy products, but they taste more all-American than many real-meat burgers do. Depending on which variation you get, your burger might come topped with convincing vegan cheese, tempeh bacon, onion rings, or their signature Eden sauce, which tastes about as vegan as buttermilk ranch.

The patty itself is a hand-crafted recipe the owners started honing long before the restaurant opened last year. Beans, pumpkin seeds, and spices give it a full flavor profile all its own.

Eden burgers come in a few variations, but the real star of the show is the BBQ Western burger. It has an Eden patty dressed up with onion rings, BBQ sauce, ranch, and fried jalepeños. This thing is an absolute flavor bomb, offering all the richness and decadence you could possibly want in a burger, meatless or not.

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Passport 196

2816 Fishinger Rd.

The “196” in this Upper Arlington eatery’s name comes from the total number of countries in the world. The idea behind Passport 196 is that its dishes are meant to bring the world’s flavors under one roof. In the case of the veggie burger, that global mingling happens right on your tongue. The patty is a house-made concoction of ingredients from all around: black beans and chipotle peppers from the Americas, couscous from Israel, and basmati rice from Asia. Despite the geographically disparate ingredients, the flavors work together to form a cohesive whole. The patty, along with a complement of standard toppings, are served on a toasted brioche bun. Throw some house fries on the side, and you’ve got yourself a satisfying, worldly meal.

Arch City Tavern

862 N High St.

Arch City Tavern offers an array of lauded real-meat patties, including a gut-busting bison burger. But if you’re looking for a meatless option, they have you covered on that front, too. Their spiced bean burger can go hand-to-hand against any of their bloodier offerings. Made with walnuts and black beans, and topped with cheddar cheese, sautéed onions, lettuce, and tomato, this burger lights up every taste bud on your tongue. Best of all, you can try any of Arch City Tavern’s burgers for $5 every Monday. And if you make your visit coincide with the happy hour (3-6 p.m. weekdays), you can sip draft beer or wine for half price. Whether you eat meat or not, that’s a fine way to spend a weekday afternoon.

J. Alexanders

4000 Stelzer Rd.

and 7550 Vantage Dr.

J. Alexanders isn’t trying to satisfy your carnivorous cravings with its veggie burger. This unique, savory meal has more on its mind than that.

That’s no mistake: “meal” is right word for this two-hander. The patty is composed of roasted beets, rice, carrots, and other flavorful stuff. It’s topped with cheese, lettuce, onion, and pickle, and served on a crisp toasted bun slathered with mayo. The veggie burger is also one of the least expensive items on the menu, leaving you with a fat enough wallet to indulge in an extra appetizer or another round of drinks.

Worthington Inn

649 High St.

The Worthington Inn is perhaps best-known for its weekend brunch, which features a 15-topping Bloody Mary bar. But even if you’re not a day drinker, you should still stop by for the house-made veggie burger. When crafting the meatless patty, executive chef Mike Waters says he was inspired by the North Star burger. But instead of copying that culinary treat, he and his team experimented with various combinations of grains and legumes to see if they could come up with something different but equally good. The result is a delicious patty made with black beans, quinoa, carrots, spinach, mushroom, garlic, onion, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar. It packs so much flavor you wouldn’t even need the cheese, veggies, and roasted pepper aioli you’ll also find between the bun. But since they’re there, it would be a shame to let them go to waste.

Harvest Moon Craft Kitchen

7 N High St., Canal Winchester

If you’re willing to venture past the outskirts of the city, you’ll find a veggie burger at Harvest Moon Craft Kitchen that makes the trek worthwhile. Despite the name “Craft Kitchen,” the owners think of the joint as a “scratch kitchen,” because just about everything they serve is made from scratch. That includes an array of burgers made from beef, bison, elk, or wagyu. But it also goes for their veggie burger, whose patty is made from black beans and cashews. The toppings cohere nicely—avocado, cilantro lime aioli, lettuce, tomato, and feta cheese. All that flavor comes stacked on a brioche bun and served with a simple salad.

By  / Originally appeared in (614) Mar 1, 2018

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Slice into our top picks for National Pizza Party Day!

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May 17 is National Pizza Party Day—a celebration that is near and dear to our hearts at (614). And what better day of the week for an office pizza party than Friday?

To help you and your gang decide which pie(s) to go with on this momentous occasion, take a look at this roundup of some of our most primo pizza content. Bone apple teeth!

The best pizza in C-Bus according to Columbest Voters

The results for Columbest 2019 were announced in the May issue of (614) Magazine, with Harvest Pizzeria taking the top spot in the “best gourmet pizza” category, and Mikey’s Late Night winning “best traditional.”

26,000+ Columbest voters can’t be wrong. Let these hometown heroes provide the pie for a pizza party you won’t soon forget!

Pizza – Columbus Style

Did you know Columbus has its own distinct style? Edge to edge toppings, crispy crust, cut pub-style – these are some indications that you’re dining on Columbus’ own signature ‘za. Not sure what we’re talking about? Refer to this list to see what we mean.

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In Pizza We Trust

Need to grab a pie on the go? Look no further than a Pizza ATM conveniently located at OSU campus. Fair warning, since reporting on this a few months ago, we haven’t been back to see if this still exists. Something tells us this was either too weird of an idea to last, or too brilliant to ever die.

C-Bus pizza on the big stage

At this point, our fair city is no stranger to coverage in national publications – and our pizza is no exception. Earlier this year, food blog Rave Reviews included Columbus’ own Rubino’s and Mikey’s Late Night Slice on their Pizza Road Trip roundup of the best pies in the nation.

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Deep dish (if you must…)

Is deep dish more your thing? We (I) think there’s something wrong with you, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the sauce-on-top monstrosity you crave. Check out our top picks for the “best” deep-dish style pizzas in town.

Celebrating National Pizza Party Day? Of course you are! Let us know your pizza of choice in the comments.

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Outerbelt Brewing: small town, huge brewery

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With no end in sight for the craft beer boom, upstart breweries are leaving the city behind for the wide open spaces of the suburbs.

According to a report from Drink Up Columbus, Outerbelt Brewing will be the latest to toss their hat into the central Ohio Craft Beer ring when they open their doors in less than a month.

Located in a former Lowes hardware location at 3560 Dolson Ct. near Carroll, Ohio, Outerbelt Brewing is not far from Lancaster.

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Outerbelt is scheduled to open to the public on either June 8 or June 15, depending on construction deadlines. The new brewery will occupy about 25,000 square feet, with about 5,600 square feet set aside for a taproom. Plans also include a spacious 2,000 square foot patio.

Upon opening, Outerbelt plans to offer 10 beers on tap, as well as cold brew coffee.

Look for Outerbelt this Friday, May 18 at the Columbus Craft Beer Week kickoff party at Giant Eagle Market District, where some of their beer will be available to try. Outerbelt Beer will also be on hand Saturday at the Six One Pour Ohio Beer Festival at COSI.

To view pictures and to learn more about Outerbelt, check out the full story at Drink Up Columbus.

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4 brewers talk past, present future of C-bus beer scene

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With the rise of craft beer, celebrations of America’s most popular alcoholic beverage are nearly as plentiful as the varieties of suds found on supermarket shelves.

Whether it’s a day set aside in honor of a given style (IPA day is observed Aug. 2) or a pseudo-holiday cash grab from a major international brewery, (Arthur’s Day is not a thing, Guinness) beer fans have plenty of occasions throughout the year to toast their favorite drink.

In honor of Columbus Craft Beer Week (May 17-25), (614) spoke to Columbus brewers Colin Vent at Seventh Son Brewing, Dan Shaffer at Land-Grant, Craig O’Herron at Sideswipe Brewing, and Chris Davison, at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing in order to explore the beginnings of brew in the capital city, where it stands today, and what the future might hold.

(614): When you think of Columbus beer history, what comes to mind?

Vent: The recent history is pretty young. We were 7th or 8th six years ago, and now there’s over 50. Barley’s, Smoke House, Elevator, Columbus Brewing Company—those were around for 10 or 15 years, then all of the sudden, Four String, us, North High, and soon thereafter Land Grant popped up, and from there it’s just been crazy. Obviously all of Columbus [beer] history goes back hundreds of years; there used to be major production. Hoster was one of the largest breweries in the country.

Shaffer: I think of Barley’s, CBC, the people that were there at the beginning. We’re all standing on their shoulders. Obviously it’s all come a very long way. I’m trying to think of what the first craft beer I had in Columbus was. It was probably a CBC IPA.

(614): What are some prevailing trends that you see happening with beer in Columbus today?

O’Herron: I feel like we’ve gotten over a lot of the recent trends. We saw a lot of the New England IPAs, and then Brut IPAs to a lesser extent. I don’t know if there’s a trend that’s happening right this moment, but I’m sure we’ll see something new and wacky come around.

Davison: The national trend has been IPA, IPA, IPA, and I think Columbus is a microcosm of that. Ohio is an IPA state, and Columbus is an IPA city even more so than some other cities in the state. We’ve got a lot of the top-tier IPA breweries right now, a lot of people making really good IPA. I think that’s going to continue to rise, and I think we’re going to continue to see more styles [of IPA].

(614): What does the future hold for Columbus Beer? Have we reached a saturation point on how many breweries the city can sustain?

Vent: I don’t know that Columbus could take another 10 or 20 Land Grants and Seventh Sons, but I think it could take another 10 or 20 [breweries] that just want to have an awesome neighborhood brewpub. As many breweries as an area can sustain, that’s what there will be.

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Davison: I think it all comes down to what those breweries are trying to accomplish. Trying to be a production brewery that’s distributing cans across the entire state is going to get harder and harder, not that some won’t continue to grow and do that. I think there’s a ton of room for local brewpubs that don’t even want to sell their beer outside of their own bar. Every bar in this city could theoretically brew its own beer, and there’s no reason the city can’t sustain 500 breweries that are tiny like that.

Shaffer: Obviously people are gravitating towards local. I think it’s really cool that every neighborhood, instead of a watering hole, can have a local brewery. I think we’ll probably see more sours, probably more specialization. IPA’s aren’t going anywhere—there will be more IPA variants. When there is this much competition, you can’t afford to be a generic beer brewery anymore. There has to be something you’re passionate about, whether it’s Belgian or English styles, or pilsners, high-gravity stouts—whatever. There’s got to be something that you can say “this is what we’re all about.”

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