Meat-centric eats ready to fuel attendees

The Arnold Sports Festival returns to Columbus Thursday, Feb. 28, and runs through March 3. If you’re hitting up the expo, visit one of these nearby spots for lunch or dinner. Many restaurants close to the Convention Center also offer special menus for festival attendees. 

Barley’s Brewing Company
467 N. High St.
Barley’s will be serving its full roster of pub favorites and house-made beers over the weekend, but General Manager Jason Fabian says the eatery always offers healthier options, too, such as grilled chicken breasts, steamed broccoli, baked sweet potatoes, brown rice and grilled salmon. The special items will be on offer Thursday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 3. barleysbrewing.com

Ted’s Montana Grill
191 W. Nationwide Blvd.
Ted’s offers a range of meat-centric options, from giant burgers made with beef, bison, salmon or turkey, to grilled chicken, roasted trout, steaks and more. There’s even a whole menu dedicated to leaner bison meat: meatloaf, pot roast, short ribs and chopped steak. tedsmontanagrill.com

Mikey’s Late Night Slice
457 N. High St.
Mikey’s newest store at North High and Vine streets applies its signature irreverent, fun-loving style to lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers a slice and salad combo at lunch, and during the week of the Arnold, the specialty pizza will be the Meathead, made with pepperoni, sausage and meatballs. latenightslice.com

Bareburger
463 N. High St.
Bareburger’s protein-forward menu should please expo attendees. Guests can order fried chicken sandwiches and BLTs, or taste any of the house burgers made with beef, turkey, black bean or quinoa patties. There are also meat-free options like the vegan burger, the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger. Over Arnold weekend, Bareburger will offer specialty extra-large, low-carb burgers, as well. bareburger.com