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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.

UPRISE BAKERY

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

MAIN SQUEEZE

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

EL RANCHO

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

BANGKOK GARDENS

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

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 AND BREWING

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

BROADWAY BREWERY

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

ROOT CELLAR

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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