680 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
2. Hummus & Pita
4. Marinated Cauliflower
5. Spiced Carrots
I have yet to decide which menu items at Brassica are my favorite, and I don’t know that I ever will. Never been to the new Mediterranean joint? You’re in for a treat. I hate to compare Brassica to Chipotle, because it’s an insult really. But it has the same fast-casual, customizable format as the Mexican chain. It’s a segment in which the Short North was severely lacking, and Brassica fits the bills perfectly.
Everything about this spot screams fresh. The menu itself is small but delicious. You choose a base for your goodies first; select either a salad, pita sandwich, or a hummus plate. Side note: the pita is toasted until warm and puffy in a wood-fired oven, then propped up with a metal ring to allow maximum stuffing – I highly recommend it! Then, pick your primary filler. I am crazy about the falafel, but the tender harissa-marinated brisket is also a stellar option. Other choices are just as mouthwatering: house-cured and peppered lamb bacon, succulent chicken, or all-veggie.
I’m the first to admit that I skimp on veggies sometimes, but this is a vegetable-lover’s heaven where even carnivores can come aboard. Slather your salad or pita with amazingly creamy hummus or baba ghanoush and a scoop of lentils and rice. Next, go for topping choices like crispy onions, beets, pickled cabbage, or cucumbers for crunch. Or add the spice-packed marinated carrots or cauliflower. On second thought, maybe just throw on everything, it’s so tempting! Top it all off with a sauce like the secret house dressing or tahini to amp up the flavor.
There’s an emphasis on local here as well, with Columbus-based brews on tap, such Land-Grant, Zauber, and Seventh Son. Look for Ohio-grown produce and Lucky Penny feta cheese on the menu too. The bottom line: head to Brassica as soon as you can!
Culinary Clue: The brisket option is often “while supplies last” so hurry in if that’s what you’re craving.