The Healthiest Restaurant in 24 Fitt Cities

  • Meredith Rigsby
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The Healthiest Restaurant in 24 Fitt Cities

If you think hopping on the health food train means stocking up on rice cakes and crying into a bowl of droopy kale — forget about it! Eating healthy doesn’t have to suck, and with more and more restaurants offering up delicious, good-for-you eats, neither does finding something awesome on the menu that you won’t feel guilty about later.

In other words, finding a local eatery that’s speaking your (health food) language is no longer a issue. But in case you still need a little help, we’re here to offer some guidance for 24 Fitt Cities.

  • New York – The Butcher’s Daughter

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    This West Village (and SoHo) eatery is nothing short of incredible. While the cool kid vibe can make for a longer wait, the concoctions made in their vegetable slaughterhouse are totally worth it. From their vegan spaghetti and meatballs to their bowls, salads, main courses, and starters, the foods served up here are always seasonal and totally ’grammable. Not feelin’ solid food? No worries — this restaurant offers an awesome juice bar (their bestseller is the Hangover Killer). Whether you’re looking for vegetarian eats for a Tinder date or something to clean out the toxins after a tough night, The Butcher’s Daughter is your jam.

  • Austin – Picnik

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    Picnik fits the bill if you’re looking for paleo dining. Priding themselves on real food, Picnik serves up dishes like the Southwest Hash in the AM and Eggplant Rollatini by night. Plus, count on lots of Butter Coffees (they’re the butter coffee connoisseurs around here). At either location, you can find lots of real (and local) foods without any gluten, corn, peanut, or soy products.

  • Baltimore – Woodberry Kitchen

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    An old factory, turned rustic eatery, Woodberry Kitchen is an oasis of farm-to-table fare. Committed to sourcing from local farms and focused on seasonal eats, you can actually taste the quality in Woodberry’s grub. Baltimore natives flock here for the Tilghman Island Crab Cake — MD blue crab, no filler, baked not fried, pure deliciousness. See? Feel free to indulge here without a weight on your conscience (or the scale). Though, their desserts are too sweet to turn down, so maybe just a tiny bite…

  • Boulder – Zeal

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    Pop over to East Pearl St. and tuck into Zeal for a cozy, casual setting with options for every kind of healthy Boulderite. Zeal offers juice cleanses and marks menu items as ‘conscious cleanse’ for the clean eaters that often become regulars. Fitt Tip: order the Juice Flight to try a shot of each of their regular juices and whatever daily juice they’re serving! Five juices total, and all delicious.

  • Chicago – Beatrix

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    Beatrix neighborhood coffeehouse and restaurant in River North, Streeterville, and Fulton Market is making all of your health food dreams come true. They’re putting a good-for-you spin on all of your favorite dishes. Queue Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs and Supernatural Chopped Salad. And with fresh-squeezed juices and an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free eats, you’ll have to be convinced not to stay for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • San Francisco – As Quoted

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    This Instagram-worthy lunch spot in Presidio Heights is a perfect antidote to all of your needs. Their extremely simple, white decor is complemented by green juice, a wide array of toasts (The Breakfast is a Fitt fave), and greens galore. It’s exactly what you need for an out-of-office lunch meeting or afternoon boost.

  • Boston – Life Alive Cafe

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    Get ready to nurture your body and soul when you visit Life Alive in Cambridge. This community-centered restaurant serves only the best organic food that will leave you with renewed energy. Every item on their menu of smoothies, tasty juices, warm grain bowls, salad bowls, grilled wraps, snacks, lattes, and much more is carefully crafted to bring you a healthy and soulful experience. Bring your vegetarian and vegan friends here, they will thank you.

  • Cleveland – TownHall

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    TownHall in Ohio City is the epitome of healthy eats. With a menu free from GMOs, it’s filled with snacks, meals, and drinks arranged by dietary preferences. There’s Vegan Night on Mondays, Paleo Night on Wednesdays, Paleo/gluten-free chicken fingers that are to die for, and a whole lot more. TownHall is passionate about serving clean and good-for-you meals that will keep you coming back for more.

  • Columbus – Alchemy

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    Local food blogger and registered dietician Alexis Joseph (aka Hummusapien) made her dreams (and ours!) come true when she opened Alchemy on Parsons Ave. Gang, it really doesn’t get much healthier than this place. Their juices, smoothies, toast, and artisan sandwiches are all healthy options. There’s also an on-site dietician, nutrient-packed grab-and-go snacks, and it’s located in the first floor of a gym. Triple threat!

  • Denver – Just BE Kitchen

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    Just BE Kitchen is a clean-eaters dream. The entire menu is free of gluten, grains, and refined sugar (read: Paleo). Think a combination of cleaned-up classics, like a chicken caesar with cashew dressing and almond flour croutons, cool and creative picks like the Meatzza (you’ll just have to try it), and paleo standbys done really darn well. Yep, you better believe they nail the bullet coffee (made with local Copper Door coffee). And they even have a bone broth bar! Fitt Tip: grab a bag of their homemade grain-free granola on the way out.

  • Los Angeles – Café Gratitude

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    Warning: major hipster spot ahead. Grab a seat at either of the bohemian restaurant’s two LA locations, the friendly waiters will ask you their question of the day — what makes you smile, your greatest achievement, or something of the sort. The menu is fully vegan and has great gluten-free options for many of its entrees; our faves include quinoa or rice pasta shells, pesto kelp noodles, enchiladas, and even GF croutons for the salads — all of it light and delicious. Top it off with their rose water which is as pretty as it is refreshing. Bonus: the dessert menu is also 100% gluten-free.

  • Phoenix – The Coronado

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    If you haven’t been to the historic Coronado District in Phoenix, we highly recommend it. Very hipster, very cute, colonial-looking houses — you get the idea. And The Coronado is the comfort food restaurant for vegans and vegetarians. Biscuits and mushroom gravy? Say no more, fam. Beet burger? Stop it! As if you needed another reason to stop in, they also have a dog-friendly patio perfect for your furry best friend.

  • Houston – Harvest Organic Grille

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    Let’s be honest — you don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to be healthy. If you’ve got a thing for sustainable meats or seafood, try out Harvest Organic Grille. Here, you’ll find wild-caught fish and all-natural, premium meat selections. Top that off with dishes complemented by their alkaline water and Himalayan salt and you’ve got yourself a wholesome, nutrient-packed meal. If you’re interested in what this place is all about, click over to their website for their principles for people who give a damn what’s in their food.

  • Nashville – The Wild Cow

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    Everything at The Wild Cow in East Nashville is made vegan, but you have the option to add dairy to anything. Plus, gluten-free options are clearly marked and all of their soups stocks, sauces, and dressings are made from scratch. The Wild Cow has all the best vegan “junk” food, but prepared in the healthiest way possible, so go ahead and load up on the vegan nachos or Buffalo Tempeh Strips.

  • Philadelphia – P.S. & Co.

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    The organic, gluten-free, plant-based menu at P.S. & Co changes depending on the availability of local ingredients — so you know it’s the real deal. This cozy and nutrient-driven Rittenhouse café isn’t just adorable, they make everything from scratch, too. Bonus: they’re a BYO cocktail-type joint, so don’t forget a stop at the liquor store on your way over.

  • Pittsburgh – B52

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    If you (like the rest of the world) love avocado toast, B52 is your spot. The thick, crunchy toast and mashed avocado are somehow made better by a tahini drizzle that turns the flavor profile on its head. But don’t stop there… keep the goods coming with the kale-packed Kofta Tofu Scramble. Top it all off with kombucha made in house, and you’ll leave the Lawrenceville eatery feeling your healthiest yet.

  • Portland – Harlow

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    Attention vegan-eaters: the results are in, this spot is has some of the best animal-friendly eats in all of Portland. We can’t speak any higher of Harlow, where we can leave with a tum full of mac ’n’ cheese and fruity cocktails and still feel healthy. They offer countless dairy-free products and substitute chicken with tofu or beans, but we promise that you will find something you like here. While our mouths water at their vegan Hawthorne Mac (aforementioned, so you know it’s love), we also suggest their Betty Bowl for something a bit lighter.

  • San Diego – Harvest by the Patio

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    Relax, unwind, and refuel at Harvest by the Patio in bustling East Village. With both eat-in and take-out options, you can enjoy hearth-conscious grub in the upstairs lounge (with a cocktail), or back at the office. For lunch, pick from an assortment of salads, sandwiches, and grain bowls; The very Instagrammable Seven Summits is loaded with veggies and popping with color. Post-meal, take a pic by the “Give Love, Get Love” wall at 10th and J St. The meal didn’t really happen unless there’s a photo, right?

  • Seattle – Chaco Canyon

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    Chaco Canyon prides themselves on serving high-quality, locally-sourced raw and vegan food. Don’t panic—you didn’t accidentally stumble upon a Seattle Vegan Eats guide—Chaco Canyon has some of the yummiest gluten-free options. The Thai Peanut Bowl is everything your super-hungry, still-want-to-be-healthy body wants. We’d recommend washing it down with a crisp swig of kombucha on tap. And because they emphasize both quality and flavor, you’ll always walk away feeling awesome about your life choices.

  • Nuba - Vancouver

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    With fresh ingredients, plates packed with veggies, and deliciously seasoned proteins, Lebanese restaurant Nuba is one of the most popular places to eat in town. They’ve grown so popular, in fact, that Nuba calls four neighbourhoods home — Kitsilano, Mount Pleasant, Gastown, and Yaletown. Their menu consists of traditional Lebanese classics mixed with their own modern mash-ups in dishes that cater to your gluten-free, vegetarian, and even vegan needs, so no need to special order your meal here!

  • Charlotte - ROOTS Café

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    Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, ROOTS café in South End has the healthy hookup. Brunchin’ on the weekend? Set yourself up with the Roots Hash or Brunch Grain Bowl. Lunch? Always a good time for Chickpea Toast. And vegans, your best bet is the Bunless Veggie Burger, complete with pickled sweet peppers, baby kale, and sweet potato straws. Fitt Tip: sign up for the monthly coffee subscription; you’re going to be back there often. It’s $25 unlimited drip and $45 for all coffees (including cold brew and espresso).

  • Detroit - Seva

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    With lots vegan and non-vegan options, this menu (in both Detroit and Ann Arbor) will please almost any craving. From the General Tso’s Cauliflower to the Artichoke Po Boy, nutrition nerds go nuts over the variety of well-rounded cuisine. Hidden behind the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, the Detroit spot encompasses an urban vibe with brick walls and vaulted wood ceilings.

     

    Our selection process: With contributors and ambassadors on the ground in every Fitt city, we surveyed our local teams to arrive at the top healthy spot in their respective locale. Besides prioritizing fresh and local ingredients, these restaurants cater to specialty diets and make eating well delicious and more accessible.