Flavor: A funky neighborhood gourmet sandwich shop with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. The Avocado Bliss sandwich is a blissful stack of garlicky avocado, smoked mozzarella, tomato, onion, romaine and baked tofu on rye bread. Sunday brunch is a delicious Northside tradition.
Flair: Melt is a healthy and eco-friendly cafe with a lot to offer. Order at the counter and choose a table in the front of the restaurant for people watching or on the breezy back patio for a little more privacy. Winner of “Best Vegetarian.”
4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-681-6358. Open 7 days. $4.50-$9.50.
Flavor: With eight soups available each day, loads of vegetarian options, international flavors and home-baked desserts, you can’t go wrong.
And the prices are right. When you order the sampler platter, it’s tough to pick just three from favorites like hummus, baba ganouj, tabouli, imam bialdi, falafel, beets & tzatziki, baked tofu and spanakoepita.
Flair: Restaurants just don’t last for decades in Clifton, but Myra’s has — and deservedly so. Amongst the glitz of the new Calhoun Street, Myra’s is the true gem. It’s been a haven for UC students, old hippies and anyone else with a craving for good, wholesome food for over 30 years.
121 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-961-1578. Open 7 days. $3-$7.50.
The Veg Head
Flavor: Satisfying both meat eaters and vegetarians alike, The Veg Head features fresh and healthy food with a twist. Featuring sandwiches like their Lemon Ginger Chicken Salad, Philly Steak and Vegetarian Philly. Create your own multigrain melts and ultra-thin pizzas such as their Curry Hummus Za. Ask about nightly specials.
Flair: You order at the counter and can carry out or eat at one of the handful of tables. You can feel good about not only eating at Veg Head, but about how you are eating it: the utensils and biodegradable and they have a full-cycle recycling program with a local farm.
9206 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, 513-697-7090. Monday-Saturday. $6-$10.