We review the special menu of the week at Alqueria’s 614 Restaurant in Columbus


Grits between two portobello mushrooms stuffed with impossible meat. Photos: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

👋 Alissa here with a reminder that Restaurant 614 week continues through Saturday, in case you need an excuse not to cook.

  • I wasted no time and tried Alqueria, currently the top rated restaurant in Columbus on Yelp.

What I ate: I made this a meatless Monday by having an Impossible Meat Stuffed Portobello with cheese curry grits. A tangy barbecue sauce drizzled over the top tied it all together.

My opinion : If I had a personal chef from Alqueria who could make dishes like this for me every day, I would have no problem going vegetarian.

Yes and: Mexican Street Corn Dip and Quinoa Lentil Salad are perfect light and refreshing summer appetizers.

  • For dessert: a rich and creamy vanilla bean panna cotta topped with blackberries – my favorite restaurant week dessert so far.

To note : Presentation trumps portion size here — right down to the gorgeous blue ceramic dishes and immaculately manicured patio — but I didn’t leave hungry.

Pro Tip: Divide and conquer. My husband and I sampled two-thirds of the restaurant’s menu of the week ($35 each) ordering different items.

Panna cotta on a white and blue plate with a silver spoon
The perfect panna cotta.

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