Review: The Whitney House

Last weekend I met some close girlfriends at The Whitney House for dinner. I have heard many good things about the place, but had never dined there myself. The gluten-free items are on the regular menu and marked with a small symbol indicating they are made gluten-free. 

I had a hard time deciding what to order, but settled on starting with the House Salad. The salad is made with local greens, seasonal pears, crispy prosciutto, creamy goat cheese, lemon vinaigrette. I had the chef leave off the goat cheese since I no longer can eat dairy. 

House Salad WH

So simple, yet so flavorful! I really enjoyed this salad. For dinner I settled on the Faroe Island salmon with red quinoa, blistered tomatoes, butternut squash, arugula drizzled with a pomegranate glaze. I didn’t have to have this dish modified one bit! It was gluten-free, dairy-free and onion-free without my having to do anything! 

Faroe Island Salmon

Simply divine! I loved this dish so much that I have been trying to figure out when I can return to have it again! 

The Whitney House is located in the heart of Olde Worthington, right across the street from The Worthington Inn, another of my favorite places. While parking can be challenging in Olde Worthington, there are plenty of options close by, including a lot directly behind The Whitney House. If you live in or are visiting the area, I highly recommend The Whitney House. 

I can’t end this post without a photo of the girls, can I? We are all runners and met 4 or 5 years ago at various local running events. 


Have a great day! 

Review: Portia’s Cafe

Columbus has a little known gem located on Indianola Avenue in the Clintonville area. This gem is called  Portia’s Cafe. I don’t often head to small, local places like this because there are so many foods that I can’t eat. However, I had heard from so many friends that Portia’s Cafe not only serves gluten-free food, but everything they serve is gluten-free. What?! Yes, a dream come true for those with celiac disease, a restaurant that is 100% gluten-free. Portia’s Cafe also serves a 100% vegan menu.

Portia's Blog

The options on the menu at Portia’s Cafe are plentiful. I had my lunch narrowed down to three or four different items, but checked in with our server to see which of those didn’t have any onions in them. Turns out that Portia’s Cafe also has a list of foods/menu items that don’t contain onions, too! I felt comfortable in this restaurant, which is the first time I have felt like that in a restaurant in a very long time. 

I finally decided on the burrito, which can be served in a bowl or in one of Portia’s house-made gluten-free wraps. Of course I chose the wrap since it has been over 10 years since I have had a wrap/burrito from a restaurant. 

Portia's Blog

My burrito was loaded with rice, black beans, Daiya cheeze, house-made vegan sour cream and lettuce. I can’t even begin to put into words how delicious this burrito was. I can tell you that I believe I have found a new favorite restaurant.

My friend ordered the Mediterranean Wrap served in a bowl as opposed to in a wrap. She loves this meal and orders it regularly.

Portia's Blog

Portia’s also has a number of vegan, gluten-free desserts that I am going to have to make a special trip to sample. Cheezecake, Mousse, and Macaroons? Yes, please! If you are missing gluten-free waffles, check out Portia’s on Sundays from 10AM to 3PM when they serve gluten-free waffles! Somebody please pinch me…I may be dreaming!

Weekly Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 11AM to 9PM
  • Sunday: 10AM to 3PM
  • Monday: Closed


4428 Indianola Avenue

(between Cooke Rd. and Morse Rd. with the burgundy awning)

Columbus, OH 43214


The atmosphere in Portia’s Cafe is bright and cheery, which is exactly how I felt after this phenomenal experience. I highly recommend stopping in for bite to eat or ordering take-out if you live in the Columbus area or visiting from out of town. 

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