Follow Your Gut: SOW Plated

Location: 1625 W Lane Ave, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Instagram: @sowplated


Main Restaurant Points

  • Healthy
  • Organic
  • Sustainable
  • Gluten-Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Behind the Business

Whether it’s traveling, moving to a new area, or just looking to try a new restaurant, I love researching places that have a rhetoric of nutrition and health in their purpose.

I grew up with a mother with a background in food chemistry, so she knows all about the harmful additives in food and unhealthy cooking methods used in most restaurants. I like to eat out sometimes, but honestly, I prefer to go to places that have healthier cooking methods and are also inclusive of other diet preferences. After you’ve gone to enough, you recognize the significant difference in ingredients quality versus other places. It makes the expense of eating out feel a little more worth it. Plus, restaurants that locally source their ingredients tend to make a better impact on the environment, guarantee freshness, and support local farmers.

SOW Plated expresses healthy eating and sustainability in its company message. They locally source their vegetables from 80 Acres Farms, an indoor farm in Hamilton, OH, running on 100% renewable energy, using “95% less water than a traditional farm”. Awesome. Not only does this support local farming, but it allows consumers to know exactly where their food comes from.

SOW Plated’s messaging extends beyond the food. SOW Plated’s “Wall of Hope” movement aims to:

“a) provide fresh, high quality, nutrient-rich meals for families enduring an immediate mental health crisis, and (b) educate our community about food’s evidence-based relationship with the human brain, and (c) develop creatively imagined hyper-local activities promoting mindfulness.”

SOW Plated, Wall of Hope

Wellness is a holistic term referring to the various elements that contribute to our health: emotional & mental, physical, and of course, what we consume and how it all impacts our system.

Thai Noodle Bowl (GF/V/DF- Dairy free)

Our Order

SOW Plated has brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, and we arrived around brunch time. I ordered the Thai Noodle Bowl ($15.00), and honestly, I still think about how sublime this meal was.

The noodles are a low-carb mix of zucchini noodles and Shirataki noodles. Mixed in are a variety of veggies, cashews, cilantro, and Thai almond sauce. You can add protein, but I didn’t choose to do so because it was extra money I didn’t want to add.

Market Soup Special (broccoli) & Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

My partner ordered two starters that we shared (though I didn’t eat any of the Pita bread). The first was the Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus ($8.00), which had feta, olives, tomatoes, and cucumber. The market soup of the day ($6.00) was broccoli, which had a smoky flavor and a slightly thicker consistency.

I forgot to take a photo of my partner’s meal; he ordered the Poke Bowl ($20.00), which had tuna, Shirataki Noodles, corn, cucumber, edamame, pickled red onion, jalapeno, yuzu mushrooms, Spicy Ponzu, and Sriracha Aioli (GF & DF). I had a little taste of his (don’t worry, he offered), and unsurprisingly, it was delicious, fresh, and had the spiciness from the Sriracha that we both like.

Review Summary

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you’re ever in Columbus, this one is—hands-down—one the best places to eat. They have a diverse and inclusive menu, fantastic atmosphere, friendly service, and everything tastes as fresh as advertised. It’s on the pricier side, but their brunch and lunch menus are fairly reasonable, especially if you order some starters to share.

From the messaging to the actual food, SOW Plated is a great local place that deserves your service!


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