41 W. Swan St. Columbus OH 43215 (614) 221-9330
Benevolence is important for a burgeoning major metropolis like Columbus, not just for its adroit preparation of vegetables (that will sate the hunger of even the most die hard carnivore), but also for the atmosphere it provides. Long tables and a window counter urge diners to sit with strangers, and perhaps discuss one of the plethora of progressive books on display. The manifold aromas that greet hungry patrons take the form of sensory tracers trailing behind delivered hearty soups, enormous salads and inspired sandwiches on fresh-baked bread. The resulting implication is one of comfort and care. The Hummus Salad Sandwich ($5.95) fancies up the weary, beige vegetarian staple with fresh scallions, carrots and sprouts. Dip it in the tomato bisque while you tackle a little Ayn Rand.
Note: Benevolence Cafe is currently closed.