UPDATED JAN 15, 2020
Everyone knows the saying “you are what you eat” — so who wouldn’t want to be healthy, delicious, and beautiful? When you’re ready to get serious about your eats, head to Detroit’s healthiest and most Instagram-worthy spots to grab a guilt-free bite.
Though they’ve been voted Detroit’s best smoothie three years running, don’t sleep on Beyond Juicery + Eatery’s amazing juice and food items. Pop into their Eastern Market digs and try one of their famous pre-made salads and wraps, or build your own. Whatever flavor your taste buds are calling for, you can get it from Beyond. Fruity, chocolatey, savory, sweet — you’ll be able to find something that pleases every corner of your mouth here. Can’t make the Eastern Market shop? Try one of their four other locations.
One grill, one oven, a wood fire, and a whole lotta healthy flavor. At Magnet in Core City, less is more. Because when you have really good ingredients, they don’t need much help. The vegetable-forward menu changes frequently to highlight what’s available in season, and each dish and drink is composed around just one core ingredient, some with no further description. But none is needed, because no matter how it’s prepared, you know it’s going to be good.
Searching for the perfect mom-and-pop to get that 100% local, organic breakfast? Look no further — Rose’s Fine Food in Downtown Detroit offers fresh, organic options from 8am to 3pm and serves the community more than just food, too. Every month, a percentage of their overall tips are donated to a Detroit-based charity. Eat here and feel good in more ways than one.
Another locally-sourced menu full of vibrant, vegan fare, Corktown’s Brooklyn Street Local is all about environmentally-sustainable practices and community growth. Brunch here on the weekend, or enjoy the everyday breakfast and lunch menu all week long. Here, your burger is organic, and your greens grew up right down the street.
With locations all over the world, Freshii has been bringing the community convenient, affordable, healthy fare since ’05. (And we’re fortunate that there are multiple in driving distance from Detroit.) Salads. Wraps. Bowls. Burritos. Breakfast. Soups. And desserts? Are you kidding? Nope. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Freshii’s got your healthy fix.
Armed with 100% plant-based, all-natural, organic goods, Detroit Vegan Soul offers locals all kinds of beautiful, nutritious dishes. Carry out or dine in at the West Village or Grandmont location. No matter where you eat it, you’ll be given a choice of soups, salads, sandwiches, entrées, desserts, and smoothies — it’s clear Detroit Vegan Soul is the perfect spot for any time of the day. And bring the whole fam; they have a kid-friendly menu!
This superfood-filled menu is perfect for anyone on the go. Whether you’re looking for a post-workout or midday snack, Cacao Tree Cafe has options galore. Try one of the superfruit, protein-filled smoothies, grab a handcrafted wrap, or sit down to enjoy one of their beautiful (and tasty) salads at this Royal Oak spot.
This exquisite “salad bar” can be found in both downtown Detroit and Birmingham. Here, you can create your own farm-to-fork salad, or choose from one of their hand-crafted menu items. Not a salad-lover? Not a problem — 7 Greens offers power bowls and wraps, too… without skimping on the sauce! All of their amazing gluten-free sauces like Beet Greek, Pomegranate Sumac, and Spicy Cashew are made in-house daily and will take your meal to the next level.
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.
Call this one farm-to-flavor. The plant-based, physician-owned restaurant, GreenSpace, is a must try. Tucked away in the city of Ferndale, GreenSpace offers gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and oil-free options — talk about a health nut’s fantasy. With an earthy, open vibe and beautifully plated dishes, make a date for brunch, lunch, or dinner (with a “conscious cocktail”) you can feel good about. And if you want these healthy eats in a hurry, try out GreenSpace’s spinoff GreenSpace & Go in Royal Oak.
Loya Organic in West Bloomfield gives us all the answers to our most important food questions — like ‘where’s it from?’ Loya proudly uses locally-raised Michigan meats and organic, locally-grown produce to make up their Mediterranean-style menu. Alongside Loya’s delicious chicken, beef, and fish dishes, you can even find vegan options, too. And don’t worry — if you still have room, they have several delectable desserts to satisfy that sweet tooth.
If you’re a Ferndale local, you know Anita’s Kitchen has the best farm-to-table goods. This Middle Eastern eatery opened a healthy take-out spot in the heart of Downtown Detroit called AKtakeaway. If you’re in a hurry, you can now choose from their Chicken Feta Fattoush salad, Lemon Lentil soup, or Hommus & Tabbouleh sandwich. If you’re craving authentic Middle Eastern fare—and need it fast—you’ve come to the right spot.
Fresh Forage’s menu loaded with locally-sourced ingredients is bound to satisfy your healthy food dreams. Create your own custom bowl by choosing a base, protein, veggies, and a garnish — not to mention a selection of dressings including roasted garlic aioli, sriracha aioli, GF ponzu, sweet sesame heat, or pineapple bomb. The multitude of vegan and gluten-free options at this Ann Arbor food joint will impress even the healthiest of foodies.
Perhaps the most Instagrammable poke spot in the country, Atlanta-based Poke Burri inside the lobby of the Strathmore Apartments complex in Midtown has set the bar high. They’re known for a fun and creative health-conscious menu that goes way beyond your typical poke bowl. This buzzy fast-casual also dishes out sushi-based burritos, donuts, nachos, corn dogs, and pizza slices. Trust us — you haven’t had anything like this before.
Middle Eastern-inspired eatery 2941 proves that food served fast doesn’t have to compromise quality. And while the flavors might come from around the world, the ingredients are sourced locally — and that’s a practice we can get behind. If you’re wondering about the significance of the number 2941, it represents the coordinates (29N/41E) of the Mediterranean and Middle East. But if you’re looking for the local coordinates, 2941 is on the corner of Woodward and Willis in Midtown. Stop by from 4pm–5pm Monday through Friday to try anything for just $1 (we can’t stop craving the Spice Lamb Bowl).
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