If, like me, you've been patiently awaiting the reopening of Whole World Natural Restaurant and Bakery, the wait is now over. Columbus' original vegetarian restaurant reopened June 29 after being closed nine months because of a kitchen fire. Luckily, the place hasn't lost a step during its short vacation from active duty.
Whole World was previously reviewed here, and the first time around, I greatly enjoyed their vegetarian and vegan takes on classic dishes. The fire did little damage to the dining room, and insurance payments the owners to make substantial upgrades to the kitchen.
The old favorites are all back, and as usual, there are specials based on seasonal ingredients that can change daily. I sampled the broccoli burger at ComFest before the official reopening, and the seemingly incompatible ingredients fuse into a delicious harmony that works out way better than it appears on paper. Whole World's most famous item is still a grand slam.
The daily selections were excellent. I sampled the gazpacho. The cold summer soup exploded with seasonal produce. It was a refreshing dish on the last few hot days of summer.
The seasonal quesadilla was stuffed with cheese, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, black olives and garbanzo beans. It was perfectly portioned and delicious.
I didn't realize how much I missed Whole World until it was gone. Luckily for me, it rose like a phoenix from the ashes both literally and figuratively. The place is a Columbus treasure.
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