Can’t Believe It’s Vegan (CBIV) is located in the strip mall at Shrock and Cleveland Ave just north of 270 (Opposite Raisin Rack) in Westerville, had its grand opening for the brick and mortar location in July 2022. Previously, before Chef Clayton Freeman of CBIV had added his dynamic wife Kim to run the restaurant, he had been serving the Columbus metropolitan area as a solo operation doing individual special order and catering/delivery service out of Food Fort since 2018, so while the brick and mortar operation is new, their delicious foods are not.

If you had not discovered them before, today is your chance to “Become a one bite believer”! They serve a full menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and even offer a traditional veganized Sunday brunch menu. If you do not want to dine-in, you may still order same day online at if you order by 11 am, or place order on the day before (by 15 minutes before closing time) your event!

Of the many meals I’ve had the pleasure to try, I cannot get enough of their angel hair chick’n pasta with vegan parmesan. The buddha bowl, burrito bowl, BLT, and the lasagna are also satisfyingly and tastily awesome. If you’re in the mood for brunch, I can vouch for the breakfast burrito, and their waffles with sweet potato hash. It’s so exciting for the vegans on the NorthEast side to finally have a 100% vegan sit down restaurant to go to! There is something for all ages including no-chick nuggets, mac n’ cheese, and house fries for the kiddos. If you’re craving BBQ ribs, CBIV was voted Central Ohio’s Best Vegan Rib (jackfruit based) with their house BBQ sauce. Delectable soups, sandwiches, salads, pasta, and bowls abound with great service, immaculate dining, and a friendly environment. If you have a sweet tooth you, will be delighted that they have next-level rounded out their dessert offerings as they have partnered with The Pastry Factory for an incredibly decadent array of seriously gourmet vegan cupcakes, tarts and coffee cakes. Elderflower Guava, Blackberry Lavendar and Cherry Amaretto cupcakes, Plum Crumble, blueberry and triple chocolate muffins- WOW!

Make your way over to CBIV and become a one- bite believer today! Speaking of BBQ Ribz, over 1000 participants showed up on July 31st for the 4th Annual Columbus Jazz and Vegan Ribz Festival. What a fabulous day full of great weather, friends, familiar faces, music, and fun. The vegan community continues to build in spite of these turbulent COVID times. Bravo to everyone who organized and participated on a vendor and participant level.

Business: Can’t Believe It’s Vegan (black owned)
Address: 584 W. Schrock Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: (614) 392-2163 (they no longer take phone orders, please use website to place order)
Instagram: @cbivegan
Open: Mon, Tues, Thurs from 11 am to 8:00 pm, Fri and Sat 11 am to 9 pm, Sun 10am to 6pm Sun Brunch 10 am to 1 pm
Closed: Wed
Photos (Flynn.2022)