Vegetarian options are plentiful in Columbia

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Sidney Stretz, one of the the managers of Main Squeeze, a natural food cafe, gets ready for the day. Wheat grass, front left, is high in chlorophyll, a substance that helps build and repair red blood cells.

COLUMBIA — The city is no stranger to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Many Columbia restaurants have developed menus to satisfy diverse dietary needs and tastes.


Well known for its down-to-earth atmosphere, Uprise Bakery offers fresh bakery items that pique tastebuds with an array of flavors. The bakery also features a bar and is attached to Ragtag Cinema, making it the perfect place for dinner and a movie.

Location: 10 Hitt St., in the Ragtag Cinema lobby

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to midnight Sunday.

Veggie plates: The Boursin sandwich


An entire vegetarian menu offers customers a worry-free lunch. Vegan meals are also available to patrons who wish to skip animal by-products. Gluten-free bread and vegan cheese expand a customer's ability to order different items on the sandwich menu, and quinoa can be subbed in the wrap items.

Location: 28 S. Ninth St.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast is served between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Veggie plates: White cheddar and avocado sandwich


This eatery boasts fresh, made-from-scratch items that will satisfy customers who enjoy authentic Mexican food and crave a light bill.

Location: 1014 E. Broadway

Hours:  11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Veggie plates: Mushroom quesadilla


The menu tends to feature spicier dishes, but chefs are willing to accommodate customers with a more sensitive palate.

Location: 811 Cherry St.

Hours: Lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.,Monday through Friday and from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Veggie plates: Vegetarian fried dumplings


Saigon Bistro features Vietnamese cuisine and accepts orders over the phone for customers who want to enjoy diverse dishes in the comfort of their homes.

Location: 912 E. Broadway

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Veggie plates: Com dau hu xao xa ot— Steamed rice and spicy tofu with lemongrass


Flat Branch Pub is well known for its diverse menu and hand-crafted beers. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating in its beer garden.

Location: 115 S. Fifth St.

Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight daily.

Veggie plates: The Flat Branch veggie burger


In a downstairs location on Broadway, the Broadway Brewery offers local and organic-driven meals and uses its own seasonal produce. The walls are lined with works of art that give customers a feel for The District's atmosphere.

Location: 816 E. Broadway

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday; 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday;  11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Veggie plates: Veggie sandwich with a side of roasted root vegetables


The Root Cellar is a grocery near The District that sells products from Missouri farmers. The store also offers a small range of fair trade items and features different recipes on its website.

Location: 1023 E. Walnut St.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Veggie plates: Locally grown fruits and veggies in the produce section

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