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VegHeads Unite! A vegetarian guide to Restaurant Week

Mitch Hooper

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As a vegetarian, it can be tough watching a week of deals on meals in the city and know that you can’t get in on the action. Since most Restaurant Week menus are meat-forward, it’s hard to find a spot that can satisfy your plant-based diet. But the office of 614NOW holds not one, not two, but three people who have ditched the carnivore lifestyle for strictly veggies. Here’s our tips for a fellow VegHead in need.

Fukuryu Ramen (Dublin and Upper Arlington) | $15 per dinner

Try and find a three course meal in the city for $15… We’ll wait! Fukuryo Ramen offers edamame with shiitake mushroom salt, nori fries, or a Fukuryo salad to start your dinner and your miso ramen bowl can be made vegetarian or vegan upon request. Just make sure you get the the matcha soft serve as your dessert.

Mazah Mediterranean Eatery | $15 per dinner

If there’s one cuisine that understands the plight of a plant-eater, it’s Mediterranean food. Whether it’s simply hummus and pita to start with za’atar bread with labaneh as your entree, or trying the falafel with house pickles, nearly everything on this RWC menu is vegetarian/vegan friendly. Well, almost everything. The third-course features more meats, but the spinach fatayer with banadora salad can save you.

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Bareburger (Clintonville and Short North) | $20 per dinner

Whether you choose to start your meal with a kale Caesar salad or pair your Impossible Burger with a side of fries or onion rings, the first two courses at Bareburger are absolutely vegetarian-friendly. You can specify ahead of time if you’re vegan for cheese options and other salad dressings. Finish it all off with a vegan carrot cake, or s’mmmmores (not a typo) if you don’t mind dairy products.

Lineage Brewing Company | $20 per dinner

Lineage is breaking out all the vegetarian and vegan options for RWC as their vegan sloppy joe as well as “grilled” cheese hand pies find themselves as two of the three entrees offered. You can start your meal with deviled eggs, or a trio of dips—Chipotle Hummus, Colombian Aji and Tex-Mex Tomato Salsa—with tortillas chips. Round out your veggie adventure with some spiked desserts—coconut stout chocolate custard or Berliner Weisse Italian Ice—and maybe stick around for a few extra beers.

Basil Thai (Brewery District and Upper Arlington) | $20 per dinner

Basil Thai is a test of eating endurance during RWC as they roll out an all-you-can-eat buffet for just $20 a person. The Panang is a vegan dish featuring red curry with bell peppers, tofu, and a spicy creamy sauce while the lo mein noodles still stand a go-to favorite for vegetarians every where. The best part? You can have as much as you want of both.

Haveli Bistro | $20 per dinner

Haveli is going above and beyond for RWC as their menu features four-courses! The battered and fried vegetables in veg pakora are a solid starter and following it up with some veg manchow soup ensures you’ll still have room for the third and fourth course. Finish off with some mixed veggie curry with garlic naan and you’ve somehow ate your weight without spending all your cash.

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Frankly, you’ll love the new hot dog restaurant open now in Graceland

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Hot-diggity-dog, there's a new hot dog stand in central Ohio! Links-N-Lemonade has completed its transition from food truck-only to brick-and-mortar, slinging creatively-topped dogs in the Graceland Shopping Center.

Links-N-Lemonade's menu consists of several hot dogs topped with different sauces and sides like cole slaw, coney sauce, and fries. Customers can opt for the classic all-beef dog or go for the veggie option.

Guests can choose from predetermined loaded hot dogs or customize their own with up to 10 toppings. Fresh-cut fries, both loaded and not, and fresh-squeezed lemonade are also offered.

Owner Damon Owens began serving his all-beef, quarter-pound dogs out of a food cart in 2011 with hopes of opening a restaurant soon thereafter.

Columbus Dispatch reports the recession slowed him down, but income from a coveted spot at Tanger Outlets Columbus off Interstate 71 put him in position to buy a food truck in 2017. From there came the 128 Graceland Blvd. restaurant, which opened in June.

Damon continues to operate his food truck, having just made an appearance at the Columbus Food Truck Festival.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit linksnlemonade.com.

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“Fun, casual joint” coming to Dublin area very soon

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There will be one more "fun, casual joint" in the near future. Roosters Wings will open a new location in the Dublin area on September 3!

This Week News reports the chicken spot will take over the former Logan's Roadhouse at 7110 Sawmill Rd.

Roosters has been the reigning champ in the Best Wings category of ColumBest for years on end.

This will be the 41 Roosters location throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

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Prost’ing postponed for Olde Towne East brewery

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Prost'ing has been postponed for an Olde Towne East brewery. The opening of Gemut Biergarten at 734 Oak St has been pushed back indefinitely due to "unforeseeable circumstances."

The brewery was supposed to open to the public on August 16, but ran into a "little bump with the state."

https://www.facebook.com/gemutbiergarten/posts/2387393691550489

When it does open, guests can expect European and German-style lagers and pilsners brewed by former Four String Brewing Co. employees Kyle Hofmeister, Rob Camstra, and Nick Guyton. Gemut Biergarten is owned by Hofmeister and his wife Chelsea Rennie.

In addition to brews, the venture will serve wine, cocktails, and traditional German and European fare.

Click here for the food and beer menus.

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