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​Portia's

Columbus

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Chad W. Lutz
​Portia's sits off of Indianola Ave. just off 71 in the suburbs of Clintonville. Drive too fast, and you're likely to miss it. The outside of the business looks like it might have been an antiques store or perhaps a rundown five-and-dime. Now converted and apparently thriving, Portia's is a popular staple among Columbus denizens, and the proof is in the line out the door.

The place was packed when I pulled in. Granted, it was right around the lunch rush, and the restaurant is the size of a thimble, but there was a line six or seven people deep just waiting to talk to the host, let alone the others waiting to be seated; a good sign for any establishment, Vegan or otherwise. My original intent was to take a seat and do some writing, but one look at the line and a two and a half hour drive still ahead of me on my way back from Indy, and I was eyeing the exits. Luckily, I found some veggie curry soup in a cooler to my right before I left the building.

If you're looking for quaint, Portia's is where you want to be. The dining area looks more like a used bookstore, which, if you're like me, is exactly where I want to eat a meal. An inviting picture window toward the front of the building allows natural light in and wraps the place in a warm glow. Earth-toned color schemes dominant the culinary landscape. On the windowsill of the big, picture window are handouts and leaflets for everything: yoga retreats, sustainable energy consumption, cruelty free lifestyles, art galas; you name it. It's the perfect kind of place to bring a friend for stimulating conversation, or, if I have some work to get done, ideal for finishing a paper, outlining a report, or perhaps hashing out a few lines of creative prose. You know, whatever gets your juices flowing.

And, speaking of juices, Portia's has a delicious menu of smoothies, organic teas, and even a juice de jour! Other menu staples include wraps featuring house-made nut patties stuff into savory blends of special sauces and vegetables. The only thing you won't find here is meat, but if that's what you're in the market for, you've come to the wrong place. Everything available in the restaurant is locally sourced, natural, and catered to your specific allergen needs. That means non-GMO, 95% or better certified-organic, raw ingredients cleaned with pure, reverse-osmosis water. And, say you need help eating what's on your plate. Well, Portia's has thought of that too and provided hands-on instructions for eating one of their signature lettuce wraps.

If you have the time to wait, Portia's is worth the stop, but I'd suggest going outside of traditional meal hours. You may also run into some cranky customer service if you do decide to go during peak hours. Some of the employees were marching around like militant androids from the moment I stepped in through the front door. Organization aside, if you're in Columbus and you want some Vegan eats, treat yourself to Portia's. Just be sure to leave your cruelty at the door.
Portia's
4428 Indianola Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 928-3252
Tuesday thru Saturday: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Closed Monday
www.portiascafe.com
​Prices: $3.00 to $10.00