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LITTLE EATER

THE HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS IN COLUMBUS RIGHT NOW

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UPDATED JUL 14, 2020

In Columbus, eateries with healthy and balanced options are popping up all over the map. So, next time your stomach is grumbling for real food, check out our favorite spots to grab a nutritious (and delicious!) bite.

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NATALIE BREHM

FITT COLUMBUS CONTRIBUTOR

“Fresh. Honest. Healthy.” Check, check, and check. Put your zest foot forward with this juice bar’s undeniably healthy juices and smoothies. They even offer shots to supercharge your nutrition. They’ve added toast and sandwiches to the menu — and we are not at all mad at it. Chipotle avocado toast and buffalo tofu wraps for the win. Get all the juicy details at any of their five locations — Dublin, Easton, Grandview, Short North, and Westerville.

TRISM knows how to party. And we’re here for it! The folks at this fast-casual eatery, bar, and event space on OSU’s campus really get the meaning of balance, too. In the morning, you can get smoothies and toast before pop-up yoga. In the evening, you can sip on fresh-pressed juice cocktails while a DJ bumps the beat. Basically, you never have to leave.

You won’t find any GMOs, hormones, trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, or additives in CoreLife Eatery’s bowls. What will you find? Nourishing dishes packed with responsibly-raised protein and locally-grown vegetables. Skip the greasy food options and fill up on real ingredients at their Polaris and Lennox locations.

FUSIAN’s healthy take on sushi earns it a place on our list of post-workout go-to’s. They wrap up brown rice, a variety of seasonal vegetables, and wholesome lean proteins into one mouth-watering (and good-for-you) creation. And keep an eye out for the featured bowl crafted in collaboration with a local fitness or nutrition expert. Head to Easton, Campus, Grandview, or Clintonville for one of their many yoga workshops followed by a protein-packed roll or bowl.

One too many brews with your buds this weekend? At Native Cold Pressed in Short North, German Village, and Bexley, all juices are 100% organic, raw, and guaranteed to detox you as quick as you can slurp them down. And if it’s something of more substance you crave, their smoothie bowls and energy bites are second to none. Don’t blame us if you end up becoming a native at Native.

If you live in Columbus, chances are you’ve wandered past one of Northstar Cafe’s locations in Beechwold, Short North, Easton, Clintonville, or Westerville. If you’ve never stopped in, now is the time! Their famous veggie burger has topped local charts for years, and will tempt even your most stubborn carnivorous friends. Honestly, whether you go full-beet or full-beef, the burger can’t be beat.

Graze might be the ultimate hidden gem on this rundown of healthy spots! Tucked away in the basement of the Ohio Statehouse, they’re one of downtown’s best-kept secrets. This sandwich and salad joint has everything we want: fresh vegetables, high-quality protein, and prices under $10. Yep — it’s all served up with a side of history and justice.

Local food blogger and registered dietician Alexis Joseph (aka Hummusapien) made her dreams (and ours!) come true when she opened Alchemy on Parsons Ave. Gang, it really doesn’t get much healthier than this place. Their juices, smoothies, toast, and artisan sandwiches are all healthy options. There’s also an on-site dietician and nutrient-packed grab-and-go snacks. Oh, and they now have a second location right on Grandview Ave., too!

Get ready for a veggie overdose! Portia, the café’s namesake, is here to hook. you. up. The local plant-based rock star serves an entirely vegan and gluten-free menu — and many of the options are also raw. The food may be cold, but the flavors are lit, fam. Try her signature Thanksgiving-inspired (and totally vegan) quesadilla and thank us later.

Veranico is flexing its healthy food-making muscles in the Arena District, bringing powerfully delicious bowls to the downtown food scene. Check out their seasonal option to get the freshest produce added to your meal. And, if you’re looking for a weekend pre-game, swing in to get a piece of Flatbread Friday!

In French, "comune" means to share, and that’s what they’re all about at Comune in Schumacher Place. They’re spreading their knowledge of and love for good food, and they’ve created a welcoming, modern space for you to enjoy a nourishing meal with those you love. Whether you’re stopping by for a quick lunch or a dinner with friends (either way, order the seasonal sorbet), you’ll leave full, happy, and planning your next trip back.

Started from New York, now they’re… everywhere! Columbus was long overdue to get a Freshii location. And now that they’re in Dublin, Bexley, and New Albany we’re stoked! Freshii has eateries all over the globe and their simple, healthy meals are always a hit. We love piling their salads high with protein for a green, filling lunch.

Bibibop has handpicked all the healthiest aspects of South Korean cuisine and brought them right here to over 10 locations around Columbus — and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it. They embrace the Korean culture of crafting thoughtful and balanced dishes that taste as good as they look. But they also let you customize your meal to your liking with build your own bowl options that allow you to choose from a selection of flavorful proteins, veggies, grains, noodles, and sauces.

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