Thought Columbus was only good for the NCAA bowls? Think again. With a rapidly growing population of health-conscious folks, Columbus has become much more than a football town. New fitness studios are popping up monthly and we need somewhere to refuel after our workouts — and preferably somewhere that puts it all in one convenient and portable dish.
Although food options are abundant here in Columbus, these places serve up the best (and healthiest) bowls in the city. From poke to acai and everything in between, there is a bowl for every craving. No one is asking that you give up your game day beers, but kicking the day off with one of these tasty bowls is sure to put a healthy spin on tailgating festivities.
This newly-opened eatery and bar in Columbus’ University District offers the best of both worlds: healthy food by day and craft cocktails by night. Stop by for brunch to try a variety of toasts, smoothies, and bowls. Most of the menu is gluten-free and vegan-friendly, so this spot fits every lifestyle! Try the Cherry Cheezecake bowl to satisfy your sweet tooth without upsetting MyFitnessPal. And definitely come back after 4PM to try one (or five) of their cold-pressed cocktails. Major props if you can burn some extra calories on the dance floor to make room for their Superfood Donuts at next morning’s brunch.
Make sure your phone is charged because Alchemy might be the most Instagrammable spot in Columbus. This juice bar is equal parts pretty and healthy, mixing fresh fruits and veggies beneath The Fitness Loft gym in South Columbus. The Nutty Dragon bowl offers a shockingly-purple dragon fruit base, complemented with peanut butter and chocolate. Round out your Insta-square with a pesto avocado toast, a blue majik smoothie, and some rainbow emojis. FYI: Alchemy also offers juice cleanses to reset your body (and mind) after those especially indulgent weekends.
With four locations in every corner of Columbus, Zest offers healthy options to fuel your day. They offer smoothies, fresh juices, avocado toast, and, of course, smoothie bowls. These Insta-worthy creations will make your followers drool and your taste buds dance. Choose one of their eight different blended bases and then pile on the toppings. And oh, the toppings — bee pollen is available for the explorative eater while cacao nibs and peanut butter will satisfy every sweet tooth. Fitt tip: Grab a “shot” before you head out the door to give your day an extra boost!
Yet another spot for a delicious smoothie bowl in Columbus! Native Cold Pressed offers juices, smoothies, and Superfood Bowls to get you through the day. Every bowl offers tons of nutrients and all organic ingredients. For instance, try their Buckeye bowl—featuring cacao powder and maple syrup—to really get into that Ohio State of mind. And be sure to follow Native on social media as they are always having pop-up locations, free yoga classes, and giveaways!
This little white truck holds a whole lotta goodness. Find the Hai Poké food truck in a number of locations around Columbus, including your favorite bar spots like Oddfellows and Zauber Brewing. There, Hai Poke offers three types of protein — raw tuna or salmon, marinated tofu, or a veggie bowl. Based on a bed of sticky sushi rice and topped with crispy wontons, jalapeños, pickled cucumbers, and their tangy power sauce, these poke bowls do not disappoint. And be sure to follow them on Instagram to see where the truck is headed and what they have added to the menu!
You need to head to the Grandview Fusian location to test out their latest sushi bowls. Released just for this “test kitchen,” these bowls have all the delicious ingredients you love in their sushi rolls. Choose from one of their inspired bowls or create your own! With bases consisting of rice or citrus kale, these bowls are as tasty as they look. Fusian offers standard raw tuna and salmon or crab mix, tofu, and steak (for those who like their meat cooked). Some good news: These bowls offer a bigger portion size than Fusian’s standard 10-piece roll, so come hungry!
Craving sushi? Stop by Poke Bros.’ Polaris or downtown location for a traditional Hawaiian poke bowl. Inspired by a trip to California, the founders of this hot spot decided to bring this Hawaiian staple to the Midwest market. The Bros offer signature bowls with their favorite ingredient combinations — spice fanatics can opt for the Duke, which is packed full of jalapeños, a variety of fresh fish, and spicy gochujang sauce. Poke Bros. offers create-your-own options as well to customize your very own poke bowl. Grab some sake to fight the spice or pick up some trendy mochi ice cream.
Bibibop is the Asian counterpart to Chipotle you never knew you needed. Following the same process, start with a base of white or purple(filled with antioxidants and fiber!) rice, noodles, or lettuce if you’re living that low-carb lifestyle. Next, add black beans, sprouts, potatoes, or all three! Choose a protein: chicken, spicy chicken (not for the faint of heart), steak, or tofu. Add some color to your bowl with a variety of toppings including cucumber, kale, carrots, eggs, daikon (a winter radish), and cheese. Top it off with any of their signature sauces, including traditional teriyaki, spicy Korean red, or their special Yum Yum sauce. There will no doubt be leftovers for lunch!
Taste the fruits of Columbus’ labor at this farm-to-table eatery. Acre, on North High or in the Grandview area, offers several bowls made with locally sourced ingredients that are absolutely packed with flavor. Each bowl is served over a bed of brown rice (or substitute for quinoa!), filled with fresh veggies, and topped with decadent sauces. Add a protein—like chicken or tofu—to fill out your bowl, and enjoy with one of Acre’s refreshing house-made sodas!
This popular Short North restaurant offers several protein-packed options to add to a bowl of lettuce or sandwich between some fresh pita. Favorites include Lamb Bacon or Brisket for meat lovers, as well as a veggie bowl packed with eggplant, cauliflower, and carrots. Share a plate of hummus and wash everything down with a craft beer for a yummy and healthy date night dinner!