Whether you are an experienced vegetarian or just want to try out the lifestyle, there are many restaurants with options for a meatless meal in Columbus, Ohio.

Diets that exclude animal products have grown in popularity in recent years due to ethical and health concerns.

Eden Burger is a wholly vegan restaurant located on N. High Street specializing in casual food. Milkless shakes, stuffed chips, lean cuts and a large variety of burgers and “chicken” sandwiches are all part of the menu.

Petas are created from a variety of vegetables and legumes or tempeh. This small business is appreciated by both vegetarians and carnivores for their flavorful sandwiches.

Hot Chicken Takeover, which has numerous locations in Columbus, has recently added vegan nuggets to their menu and they do not disappoint. The meal comes with 10 plant-based pieces, vegan home farm, pickles, bread and sweet or sugar-free tea. A portion of mac and cheese, roasted beans and / or collapse can be added to your meal for a small extra fee.

For those who are big fans of Indian food, Cumin and curry, located near Easton Town Center, is one of the best places to eat. The restaurant has a large vegetarian menu and also some vegan options. The best meal from here is Malai Kofta, which is vegetable noodles in an almond-based sauce. Rice and naani are also a great edition for any meal.

Chipotle is another easy place to eat for vegetarians and vegans as it can create your own meal. Chipotle offers a wide variety of vegetables to add to your meal, as well as sofritas, a chopped and seasoned tofu.

Chipotle soft shell tacos with sofritas, salsa with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and cheese. Photo by Ava Boldizar.

Similar to Chipotle, Bibibop is another place of the kind of self-made meals, which is great for vegetarians and vegans. Bibibop is very similar to Chipotle, but is an Asian grill rather than a Mexican grill. Both are easy options depending on the type of food you are in the mood for.

Northstar Cafe has numerous locations around Columbus, and a variety of meat and milk-free options. The Northstar Cafe menu features a variety of salads, a smoothie bowl, phad thai, a buddha bowl, a thai burrito and a meatless burger called “The Northstar Burger”. I have been to Northstar several times with meat-eating friends and family members who have loved The Northstar Burger as well.

Noodles & Company has lots of locations around Columbus and lots of vegetarian and vegan options. The Noodles & Company menu consists of many different pastas and salads. Some favorite personal foods are penne noodles and Japanese noodles.

The Noodles & Company menu also features cauliflower rigatoni, which features a full serving of vegetables and can be replaced with other types of noodles. Tofu can also be added to any dish.

Sushi is not off the table for vegetarians and vegans, and there are plenty of places in Columbus where you can get delicious meatless sushi. One of these options is very popular with many Capital students: Moshi Sushi based in Bexley.

I always get the OHIO Roll at Moshi, which is definitely my favorite sushi I have ever had. Moshi also has other vegetarian options on their menu like phad thai and tofu steak.

Another option for sushi is Fusian, which has numerous locations around Columbus. Fusian lets you create your own sushi. I usually get tofu, avocado, asparagus, cucumber and cream cheese in my sushi with sweet soy sauce on top. The restaurant also has sushi bowls, salads and side dishes like spicy edamame.

Need a quick and cheap bite? More and more fast food restaurants are getting vegetarian options.

Burger King has an impossible slide, White Castle has impossible sliders and Wendy’s is currently putting out a spicy burger with black beans in certain places.

Impossible Whopper is one of the best fast food options for vegetarians. Photo by Tony Webster via Flickr.

Impossible by Burger King should be my favorite fast food option, but these are all easy and delicious choices.

This list features only a handful of restaurants in Columbus with vegetarian or vegan options. A large majority of restaurants where I have been have at least a few meatless options that are not salad.

These restaurants are my personal favorites and definitely worth a try for vegetarians or anyone interested in eating fewer animal products.