By Published On: 21 February 2011551 words3.1 min read

(A quick and huge shout-out to Ms. Laura (aka Peace Chicken) for offering to be the gastro-tour guide.  My day in Columbus, Ohio was filled with great vegan food and great vegan company.)

Finding vegan food in Columbus has never been simpler. Brunch, dessert, and dinner can be had at will in this capital city and college town.  A simple search online can verify this, and so can I.

Welcome to brunch at Whole World Natural Restaurant on N. High street.  They’ve got a menu of variety for all tastes.  This is a self-described “vegetarian restaurant” with a “vegan option” on nearly every item (dairy is the ingredient to be substituted in most cases, eggs are in some items).  Be sure to to tell your server that you are vegan and commence ordering the “vegan option.”

My choice:  Seitan Gyros

While not like a gyro at all, still delicious.

Friendly staff and fair prices at this small and homey eatery will lure us back in the future.

After galavanting around this cool town, it became the hour of indulgence.  What better way to indulge than to have sweet gooey pastries.  I give you- Pattycake Bakery, also located on N. High Street.

Vegan Bakery

Dear Pattycake, I love you. Sweetly yours forever, Me.

 

Vegan Bakery Menu

You are enticing me with your menu, and I like it.

This all-vegan bakery has no limits when it comes to offering a gazzillion different choices.  Disclaimer- I don’t get to Columbus often, so I had to stuff my face test many different pastries, for fear my life wouldn’t be complete it would be some time before my next rendezvous.

Giggly with anticipation

So, a cashew cheesecake, chocolate raspberry cake with delicate whipped frosting, blueberry muffin, iced sugar cookie, pumpkin whoopie pie, lemon cupcake, sticky-bun later…. we had our testing results:  Quite easily a 5 Goatz experience.

Pattycake Bakery, we have been craving your sticky buns ever since we tasted the first bite.  Pure perfection.  Hope to see you soon.

After filling up, we were escorted away from the High street marketplace over to Hal & Al’s bar on Parsons Avenue.  Take a gander at this menu- greasy bar food gone vegan.  Hallelujah!

Hal & Al's Columbus Ohio

Pretty colors give way to an ALL VEGAN BAR FOOD menu. I’m still in shock.

Yes, you do see fried pickles and fried avocado on that menu.  And yes, they are down-right tasty.  I munched on these and sauerkraut balls, tacos, franks, and tacos.  Would have loved to sample more, but one can ingest only so much in a day.  It’s a bar, so they offer much to imbibe.  Not all the beer is vegan, so choose responsibly.

Fried Pickles. Enough Said.

Eating fried, and I mean fried, food makes me happy in a carnival kind of way.  Someday I will return to Hal & Al’s to try the rest of their menu.  Next time I’ll make sure I won’t be hopped up on sugar and filled to the brim with vegan treats, that will ensure maximum storage space for fried pickles.  Seriously, why didn’t someone tell me about those things?  They’re so addicting.  Yum!

I have affection for you Hal & Al’s, I shall hug you.

Thank you Columbus, for your fine vegan food and your fine vegan peeps.  We will return, yes indeed, we will return.

By Published On: 21 February 2011551 words3.1 min read

(A quick and huge shout-out to Ms. Laura (aka Peace Chicken) for offering to be the gastro-tour guide.  My day in Columbus, Ohio was filled with great vegan food and great vegan company.)

Finding vegan food in Columbus has never been simpler. Brunch, dessert, and dinner can be had at will in this capital city and college town.  A simple search online can verify this, and so can I.

Welcome to brunch at Whole World Natural Restaurant on N. High street.  They’ve got a menu of variety for all tastes.  This is a self-described “vegetarian restaurant” with a “vegan option” on nearly every item (dairy is the ingredient to be substituted in most cases, eggs are in some items).  Be sure to to tell your server that you are vegan and commence ordering the “vegan option.”

My choice:  Seitan Gyros

While not like a gyro at all, still delicious.

Friendly staff and fair prices at this small and homey eatery will lure us back in the future.

After galavanting around this cool town, it became the hour of indulgence.  What better way to indulge than to have sweet gooey pastries.  I give you- Pattycake Bakery, also located on N. High Street.

Vegan Bakery

Dear Pattycake, I love you. Sweetly yours forever, Me.

 

Vegan Bakery Menu

You are enticing me with your menu, and I like it.

This all-vegan bakery has no limits when it comes to offering a gazzillion different choices.  Disclaimer- I don’t get to Columbus often, so I had to stuff my face test many different pastries, for fear my life wouldn’t be complete it would be some time before my next rendezvous.

Giggly with anticipation

So, a cashew cheesecake, chocolate raspberry cake with delicate whipped frosting, blueberry muffin, iced sugar cookie, pumpkin whoopie pie, lemon cupcake, sticky-bun later…. we had our testing results:  Quite easily a 5 Goatz experience.

Pattycake Bakery, we have been craving your sticky buns ever since we tasted the first bite.  Pure perfection.  Hope to see you soon.

After filling up, we were escorted away from the High street marketplace over to Hal & Al’s bar on Parsons Avenue.  Take a gander at this menu- greasy bar food gone vegan.  Hallelujah!

Hal & Al's Columbus Ohio

Pretty colors give way to an ALL VEGAN BAR FOOD menu. I’m still in shock.

Yes, you do see fried pickles and fried avocado on that menu.  And yes, they are down-right tasty.  I munched on these and sauerkraut balls, tacos, franks, and tacos.  Would have loved to sample more, but one can ingest only so much in a day.  It’s a bar, so they offer much to imbibe.  Not all the beer is vegan, so choose responsibly.

Fried Pickles. Enough Said.

Eating fried, and I mean fried, food makes me happy in a carnival kind of way.  Someday I will return to Hal & Al’s to try the rest of their menu.  Next time I’ll make sure I won’t be hopped up on sugar and filled to the brim with vegan treats, that will ensure maximum storage space for fried pickles.  Seriously, why didn’t someone tell me about those things?  They’re so addicting.  Yum!

I have affection for you Hal & Al’s, I shall hug you.

Thank you Columbus, for your fine vegan food and your fine vegan peeps.  We will return, yes indeed, we will return.

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  1. Veganpilotmarty February 25, 2011 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I luckily stumbled onto (no, not stumbled out of), Hal and Al’s on an overnight I had in Columbus. It is amazing food that is served there. Leave room for their veggie burger and chili Why can’t all bars have a menu like this? If you’re vegan, it matters. For all others, after a few drinks, it doesn’t.

    Marty

    Marty’s Flying Vegan Review

    • KD February 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      I really couldn’t agree with you more. It should be a new vegan campaign! :)

  2. Nina Lee February 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    You should check out Raisin Rack in Westerville, too. They aren’t a restaurant, they’re a store. But they do have a Deli inside that has some vegan options, and they sell a LOT of vegan meat & dairy alternatives (which are probably at a better price than they would be at Whole Foods). Also, some of their baked goods come from the PattyCake Vegan Bakery. :)

  3. Laura February 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Woohoo, love it! Let me know when you’re ready for Part II. :)

    P.S. The bartender you’re thinking of is Jamie, and yes she’s awesome! She’s the one who makes the sushi on Thursdays, another thing you have to check out very soon.

  4. John Pine February 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    This is great… I am now plotting ways to make your vegan Pittsburgh experience even better!!!

  5. Tami (Vegan Appetite) February 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks, I hope so, too! That bar mistress is a sweetheart.

    • KD February 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      I know, right?! She totally went over the whole menu with me, helped me pick out the good stuff, and then even let me swap out stuff. I wish I knew her name, but whomever she is- she rawks! :))

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  7. Tami (Vegan Appetite) February 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    You hit some of my favorites! Love all that fried stuff at Hal and Al’s. And of course, Patty Cake!

    Are the sauerkraut balls on the menu or a special? I’m anxious to try them on our next visit.

    • KD February 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Tami, I think they were a special. The bar mistress told me that she had made them fresh that day. VERY yum-tastic. I hope you get to have some!