|Don't let the vegan scare you. Portia's food is so good you don't miss the dairy, eggs, or meat.
Portia's Cafe is conveniently off I-71 not far from downtown Columbus. The restaurant was easy to find (just look for the burgundy awning). It is a tiny space, easily overlooked in a small strip shopping area, but well worth the effort.
We arrived after 7:30 on a Saturday and the restaurant was at capacity. There was a bar-height table with two stools available, so we put the kids on the stools, and stood until a table opened up. While waiting, we ordered the appetizer sampler, consisting of four dips: hummus, guacamole, spinach-artichoke, and walnut pate, served with tortilla chips, veggies and rice crackers. The walnut pate was so good, we ordered a second one.
Once a table cleared, we sat and ordered dinner. The kids had the bean burrito, which was very tasty, but had too many onions for my son. Next time, he will order it without onions. I had the nightly special, which was a Mediterranean wrap. The wrap was soft and pliable, and held a bouquet of flavors. The shredded carrots gave a sweetness, offsetting the hummus and falafel perfectly. The balance of flavors was wonderful. My friend ordered the Falafel wrap. The pickle took her back to another place and a good time in her life, and she ordered another, just to savor it. The wraps were so generous, I took home half of mine and half of my son's and enjoyed them for lunch and dinner the next day. They were still soft and pliable the next day, and just as delicious.
The kids ordered strawberry shakes, and they were a dessert unto themselves. It has encouraged my son to try smoothies again.
The chocolate cheesecake for dessert was unreal. The chocolate was sweet but not too sweet. The consistency was that of conventional cheesecake. I would put this dessert up against the full-dairy version any time and it would win.
Portia was amazing. While tending to other customers and supervising the restaurant, she spent time talking to us about her restaurant, recipes, and gluten free. It was like a delightful visit with an old friend.
She does not advertise as being dedicated gluten free, because although she sources everything gluten free, she cannot be 100% assured that all her sources are dedicated. She works very hard to make sure every ingredient is clean. There is no gluten used in anything in the restaurant.
I can't wait to go to Columbus again to re-experience this delightful place.
|Portia's Cafe, located in Columbus, Ohio, offers a wide variety of gluten free options. Whether you are in search of a meal, snack or just a drink, Portia's is the perfect spot. They avoid all ingredients that they know to contain gluten. Menu items such as the quesadillas are made with house-made gluten free tortillas. Portia's cannot guarantee the purity of the food from their suppliers, however, so make sure to indicate with the staff if you are following a medically necessary gluten free diet. Also, be sure to try one of the many juices and smoothies made from organic locally grown fruits and vegetables. The full menu can be viewed online here:http://www.portiascafe.com/Menu.html