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Veggin’ Out: How to score FREE Beyond Meat Burger today

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Veggie burgers are no longer just black beans and onions slammed together in a patty. Now, you can find burgers at restaurants that not only taste like beef, but also bleed like beef. They can be grilled for the classic summer taste, or smashed on a flat iron for those crispy edges. Everything about the burgers resembles beef, but it’s entirely plant-based. And with all the success they’ve had crafting these patties, Beyond Meat is throwing all the plant-based eaters a deal.

At Bareburger restaurants today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can score a free Beyond Meat burger in celebration of Beyond Day. The only catch is you have to purchase a drink + side and download their app. But hey, the burger is on the house (and no animals were harmed in the process!).

Celebrate Beyond Day tomorrow (5/3) with a FREE Beyond Meat Burger when you buy a drink and a side + show our server that you have our app! Visit beyondmeat.com/beyondday for more details! #BeyondDay

Posted by Bareburger on Thursday, May 2, 2019

Scroll down for six more alternatives to beef burgers around Columbus.

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 Chris Reed / Originally appeared in (614) Mar 1, 2018

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It’s Restaurant Week! Enter grand prize, view menus, make reservations

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It’s finally here! Happy Restaurant Week July 15-20! What’s Restaurant Week you ask? You must be new. Thats OK! We’ll get you up to speed and in the know.

This week, you can enjoy 3-course meals at 120+ of Columbus’ best restaurants for a fraction of the cost. Dig into deep discounts from local favorites such as City Barbeque with special menus starting at just $15! Restaurant Week is also your to scope out some of the swankiest spots in town on the cheap like Smith & Wollensky and Mezzo !

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Or, you could get meals for FREE if you’re the lucky winner of our grand prize! In our Restaurant Week giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a $500 Marathon Gift Card AND dinner for 4 at 5 Restaurant Week restaurants! Plus, 25 additional winners will receive dinner for 2 at a participating Restaurant Week restaurant!

Your giveaway entries could help you score big, but they also do good in the community. During Restaurant Week Columbus presented by (614) Magazine & Marathon Petroleum Corporation, $0.25 donation will be made to Pelotonia for each unique giveaway entry, up to $5,000.

To view menus, make reservations, and enter the grand prize giveaway, visit eat614.com. And be sure to keep an eye on 614’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for additional giveaways all week!

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Tuttle Mall getting a lot sweeter thanks to 2 newcomers

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Malls have changed a lot over the years. Remember Waldenbooks? Was KB Toys your go-to as a kid? Heck, even Sears will soon be nothing more than a memory.

While mall establishments are frequently lost to the sands of time, it’s rare that you see a former retailer return to a mall it’s already vacated once. Well brace yourselves, sweets fans, because a gooey, sugar-frosted favorite is making a comeback at Tuttle Mall.

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Of course we’re talking Cinnabon, which was last in operation at Tuttle some years ago, and is now listed as “coming soon” on the mall’s directory. But wait! As tempting as it will be to fill up on cinnamon rolls after this long absence, you’ll want to save room for this other coming attraction: it seems Duck Donuts is also setting up shop in Tuttle.

Hop on the treadmill and give your dentist a heads-up, mall lovers—sweets are back at Tuttle in a big way!

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Dive into Guy Fieri’s picks for best BBQ in nation, including one local spot

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Columbus native and mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri has always had a soft spot for his hometown, especially its BBQ. He’s been around the country to enjoy some of the best food America has to offer for his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, but it’s right here in Columbus where some of the meats are being smoked: Ray Ray’s Hog Pit.

The Food Network recently posted a list of Fieri’s top barbecue picks from DDD including James Anderson’s smokin’ hot food truck.

Guy Fieri just named us to his “Best BBQ from DDD” list. Thanks for the massive honor Guy, come back and see us anytime. http://bit.ly/DDDBestBBQ

Posted by Ray Ray's Hog Pit on Thursday, July 18, 2019

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“Chef and Owner James Anderson raises his own pigs for the succulent smoked offerings at Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, a one-of-a-kind barbecue truck in Columbus, Ohio,” reads the Food Network description. “Guy tried the super-moist Mangalitsa Brat Burger and St. Louis Spare Ribs.”

Ray Ray’s was originally featured on the “College Town Champs” episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2017.

Click here to view Fieri’s 59 top BBQ picks.

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