Eating a vegetarian diet is becoming more popular among human beings, even if it's just adding a "Meat-Free Monday" to your weekly dinner rotation.
Whether it's for your own health, the health of the planet or for the health of animals or part of your Lenten fast the idea that meatless dishes are boring is being tossed out the window at the same time as major fast food chains are adding vegetarian substitutions to their menus.
Being a vegetarian doesn't have to be limiting and these Greater Cincinnati restaurants are proving the point.
Are these the city's only vegetarian options? No. Obviously not. Are they a great alternative when your friends/family are sick of you trying to make them eat Indian for the second time in a week and you cannot handle another slice of pizza, bowl of pasta topped with some kind of weird vegetable medley and cream sauce or a baked potato and salad combo? Yes.
All of these eateries offer something beyond a carb-and-cheese dish for vegetarians. While some are more health-focused "rabbit food"-type destinations and some have vegan goetta, each has a menu to appeal to those who forgo dining on flesh... and their omnivore friends.
Compiled by CityBeat's resident expert vegetarian (aka our editor in chief who hasn't eaten meat except that one time by accident when she was drunk at a wedding for 15 years).