If youâ€™re anything like me, you were devastated when the news broke that your favorite restaurant (Chipotle, of course) was facing an E. coli outbreak. Seriously, I love Chipotle; Chipotle is my life. After a couple of months and little improvement on the issue, Chipotle has decided to hold a company-wide food safety meeting and close its doors for the day on February 8. Itâ€™s only for one day. You can do it.
Although nothing beats this fast and casual Mexican food, there are plenty of other â€śChipotle-styleâ€ť eateries around Columbus where you can pick and choose from fresh ingredients and satisfy your taste buds.
Here are four that you are bound to love:
Most pizza places charge you extra money per topping, but not Blaze. For about $8, you can get your own personal-sized pizza with unlimited toppings. And the best part? Itâ€™s fired up fresh right in front of your eyes. They also have quite the list of signature pizzas. If youâ€™ve never tried Blaze before, I can assure you that it will have your mouth watering. You can find locations and hours here.
Piada Italian Street Food
This create-your-own-Italian-dish eatery is nothing short of amazing. You can build your own pasta bowl, wrap, or even sandwich, all ranging from $6-8. The ingredients are always fresh, and you can choose from various grill items, sauces, dressings, and toppings. My personal favorite on the menu is a pasta bowl with grilled chicken, pomodoro sauce, red onion, spinach, and parmesan cheese. Are you hungry yet? Go find a Piada location near you.
Bibibop Asian Grill
This Asian-style restaurant is full of flavor and surprisingly healthy. You can build your own bowl, salad, or roll for around only $6. The teriyaki sauce is to die for, and for a couple dollars extra, you can top your meal off with edamame. Bibibop is becoming a hit around Columbus; you should definitely check it out.
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Last, but certainly not least. Fusian is my go-to sushi place in Columbus because it is fast, casual, and tasty. For $6-8, you can create your own roll (and enjoy every last bite of it). If youâ€™re not a seafood-lover, donâ€™t count sushi out; Fusian also has chicken and steak options. Eating here is simple: choose your wrap, protein, veggies, and sauces. I love to top my sushi off with (extra) spicy mayo sauce. You can find a Fusian in Grandview, Clintonville, Easton, or on Ohio Stateâ€™s campus.
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