Best Breakfasts in Columbus: Plant-Based

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Editor’s Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some restaurants on this list may be temporarily closed; others are offering carryout/delivery only. Please call to check availability.

& Juice Co.

4493 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-401-5555,

This Clintonville juicery hosts a popular vegan brunch on Sundays. For something sweet, go for the gooey Cinnamon Roll Belgian Waffle Bites with vegan cream cheese drizzle. The menu changes weekly, with options ranging from bagels with carrot lox to vegan buffalo chicken wraps. Check social media for menu updates.

4th & State

152 E. State St., Downtown, 614-390-2410,

The folks behind Eden Burger recently introduced this eatery to Downtown’s vegan-starved streets. One early breakfast standout is the Vrunchwrap, a fully addictive, plant-based take on Taco Bell’s Breakfast Crunchwrap, featuring Just Egg, vegan chorizo, cheddar and Sriracha aioli pressed inside a tortilla.

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Alchemy Café and Alchemy Kitchen

1439 Grandview Ave., Grandview, 614-725-0255; 625 Parsons Ave., Schumacher Place, 614-305-7551,

Alchemy Café has been a pioneer of healthful eating (read: açai bowls, smoothies and avocado toast) along Parsons, which is now home to a growing list of plant-based restaurants. The Chunky Monkey bowl features açai, peanut butter, cacao nibs, banana, maple syrup, almond milk, coconut and crumbled no-bake cacao bites. It’s a vegan/gluten-free bowl fit for Elvis, minus the bacon.

Portia’s Diner

3269 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-972-7130,

At this adorable vegan diner from Portia Yiamouyiannis, owner of Portia’s Café, you get the greasy-spoon feel without the grease. Grab one of the retro Formica tables and tuck into the large breakfast bowl. This flavor-packed medley combines tofu eggs, greens, sautéed veggies, vegan smoked Gouda, home fries, sour cream and plant-based sausage and bacon. Similar ingredients also show up in the grilled breakfast burrito.

SOW Plated

1625 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington, 614-826-0028,

Vegan and vegetarian options abound at The Shops on Lane Avenue’s wellness-minded restaurant. Don’t sleep on the Overnight Oats, a vegan option featuring a healthy portion of rolled oats topped with apricot and cherry compote, soaked almonds, fresh apples and dried fruit. For something savory, the vegetarian Eggs Casablanca (think: shakshuka) is another standout option.


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