TLC didn’t advise it, but we say go, go chasing waterfalls! Especially these four beauties around Columbus.
Some are for taking a dip in, some are for admiring from a distance, but all are to enjoy the natural beauty that exists just outside our bustling city.
Hayden Run Falls | 4326 Hayden Run Rd., Columbus, OH 43017
This hidden gem in Dublin is just off the boardwalk, giving you optimal time to snap the obligatory selfie and bask in nature’s bounty. Take a swim if you feel so inclined!
But the best part may just be the parking lot *cue choir of angels*
Inniswood Metro Gardens| 940 S Hempstead Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Not only is the waterfall at Inniswood Metro Gardens 10/10 Instagram-worthy, but the park as a whole is wildly photogenic. Besides snappin’ pics, enjoy the lush green grass, seating options, and blossoming foliage.
For the uninitiated omnivore, vegan and vegetarian options may seem scarce, even in a city as innovative and inviting as Columbus when it comes to inclusive cuisine. Long gone are the heyday of hippie joints with lean offerings long on salads, yet still short on something you could sink your teeth into—not that the stereotype was ever entirely accurate.
Though there is certainly far more fare from which to choose than there was a generation ago, veteran vegans and vegetarians may reluctantly admit midday meals and evening eats have always been easier to accommodate than traditional morning menus. And anything a little later, maybe with a little liquor, is almost impossible to find. Even Oddfellows’ unambiguous “Classy as F*ck Brunch Buffet” couldn’t last forever. Woodhouse Vegan’s Monday/Tuesday pop-up persists, though with any luck their new digs in Italian Village will revive the tradition.
Brunch is more than breakfast’s big
brother. It’s at least as much a social imperative
as a search for sustenance. Be it boozy or
just bougie, the leisure class case for more
conscientious consumption still remains
somewhat shaky. Brunch is about familiar
comfort foods, and requires rousing a gaggle of
friends whose idea of weekend decadence may
not be implicitly plant forward.
But this is when sneaky vegans and
vegetarians can show the skeptics exactly
where Columbus secretly shines, with
approachable spots and unassuming options
that might just change the minds of many who
can’t imagine brunch beyond bacon.
THE ANGRY BAKER | 891 Oak St.
This Olde Towne East eatery has inspired
two o shoots in the Short North and Upper
Arlington. But the atmosphere of the original
is still a strong draw with scratch-made breads
and pastries that are all vegan by design.
Go for the Brioche French Toast Sandwich stuffed with eggs and swiss with a side of maple syrup for dipping—or the Fork & Knife Burrito, filled with potatoes, avocado, black beans, and mozzarella then baked and topped with two eggs, salsa verde, sriracha, and green onions. Make either vegetarian choice vegan with seitan and cashew mozz instead. Be sure to grab something sweet to go.
Check out: theangrybaker.com
ALCHEMY KITCHEN | 1439 Grandview Ave.
The more robust sibling of the Parsons Avenue café, the Grandview location offers an expanded menu with holistic nutrition that makes it far more than just another juice bar. (But seriously, if you don’t order a smoothie, you’re missing out.)
Toasts are tempting, especially the Baconana, topped with almond
butter, banana, coconut bacon, smoked sea salt, and maple on whole
wheat. But the standout here is still the Mexican Shakshuka, a twist on
the Mediterranean staple with sunny-side eggs in a spiced pepper and
tomato sauce, black beans, avocado, Bulgarian feta, pickled chilies and
red onions, cilantro, and a slab of farm toast.
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Check out: alchemyjuicecafe.com
BLUNCH | 2973 N High St.
Perfectly blurring the line between breakfast and lunch was always
the point at this High Street haunt just south of Weber. With a generous
mix of vegetarian selections, there’s plenty here to keep everyone happy—
including a drink menu from bloody to bubbly with a solid slate of local
The Veggie Benedict with sautéed vegetables on a panko-crusted
portabella with poached eggs and roasted red pepper-cashew sauce is the
vegetarian spin on a morning mainstay. For something less savory, you
can’t go wrong with a Pancake Flight of sautéed bananas foster, blueberry
lemon ricotta, and sweet potato with toasted marshmallows.
Check out: blunchcolumbus.com
LITTLE EATER | Multiple locations
“Produce inspired” is more than just a mantra for this quaint
Clintonville location now with a sister shop in the North Market. Bright,
white, subway tiles are as synonymous with the brand as the seasonal
selection of locally sourced ingredients.
Start with the Spinach & Leek Frittata, with an unexpected balance
of dill, turmeric, and feta—or the Mushroom Quiche with shallots and
Gruyère. For something with some crunch, try any of their toasts, from
Avocado Toasted Seed Mix with olive oil and sea salt on a slice of Lucky
Cat bread to Pistachio Nut Butter with strawberry-citrus jam on a Matija
Check out: littleeater.com
PORTIA’S CAFÉ | 4428 Indianola Ave.
Once coupled with the beloved Clintonville Community Market, this Indianola outpost is adding a second location later this year in a familiar space, the same spot as the old Whole World Natural Restaurant and Bakery off High Street, a neighborhood standard for nearly four decades.
The Garden Breakfast Wrap with tofu eggs, “cheeze,” “sawsage,” tomato, lettuce, and mayo on a gluten-free tortilla is a meal you can hold in one hand. But don’t skip a side of their Rosemary Herbed Home Fries. If sweet is more your speed, their waffles are unmatched with toppings ranging from banana and blueberry to chocolate chip and coconut, as well as seasonal surprises.
Iced coffees are great, but aren’t you due for a new drink order? Mix it up with a Bubble Tea! Here are five spots around town to get the chewy, liquid-suspended tapioca balls with an anatomically-inspired name. Happy bubbling!
Kung Fu Tea | 1161 Kenny Centre Mall
The Columbus location of this national chain is running a promotion in honor of National Bubble Tea Day:
Vivi Bubble Tea | 2408 N High St
National Bubble Tea Day is also a Jackets game day. Wear your gear to get a buck off at Vivi Bubble Tea!
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The Brewed Leaf | 809 Bethel Rd
The Brewed Leaf fits right in with the amazing lineup of asian dining on Bethel Road.
Cha Time | 2060 N High St
Pro tip for enjoying Cha Time Bubble Tea (among others): stab the straw through the lid – don’t try to peel it off!
Bubbles the Tea and Juice Company | Polaris & Easton
This is your destination for classic, quality bubble. Conveniently located in both Polaris and Easton, there’s no reason this drink shouldn’t be in your hand on your next shopping trip!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy bubble tea? Let us know in the comments.