You might be under the impression that farm-to-table and locally-sourced eats are hard to come by in a city that’s known for cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. Well, Philly, think again.
Here at Fitt, we know that healthy means something different to everyone. That’s why we put together your go-to guide of the most nutritious (and delicious) spots to satisfy all your cravings. Searching for vegan options? Gluten-free? Organic? All of the above? Look no further — we’ve got you covered.
Vegan restaurants don’t typically include menu items like chicken, burgers, and even Philly cheesesteaks, but HipCityVeg knows what’s up. Their plant-based favorites like the Classic Ziggy Burger and Jerk Chick’n Caesar Salad will have your taste buds thanking you (and possibly a little confused). Find these local, organic, non-GMO soy ingredients in Center City, Rittenhouse Square, and University City.
If you’ve ever walked past White Dog Cafe, you might not have even realized that it’s a restaurant. That’s because this unique dining experience is unlike any other you’ll find — set in a Victorian brownstone and serving up only organic and locally-sourced ingredients. They’re serious about it, too — they don’t purchase anything more than 50 miles away from the restaurant. Searching for healthy eats can be ruff (who likes dog puns?), but this University City bistro makes it a whole lot easier.
Tucked away on Locust St. in Center City, Vedge prides itself on being a restaurant for anyone and everyone — omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and carnivores alike. The menu boasts exclusive veggie combinations like the Wood Roasted Carrot with pumpernickel and garbanzos, and Eggplant Braciole with Italian salsa verde. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
This is NOT your grandma’s Indian restaurant. Choolaah, a fast-casual Indian BBQ spot in King of Prussia Town Center is bringing a modern twist to classic Indian meals with customizable tandoor BBQ bowls, salads, wraps, and snacks that feature tangy masalas and fresh-baked Naan (um, yum!). And don’t worry if you’re vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, or gluten-free — they’ve got plenty of options for you, too. Hello, veggie croquettes. Bonus: their open kitchen concept lets you watch your meal being made in their custom tandoor ovens. Get ready to eat happy.
Open for every meal of the day, Front Street Cafe serves their Fishtown neighbors only the best farm-to-table, locally-sourced, organic cuisine. If you’re there in the morning, test out the Quinoa Oat Porridge. And you can always circle back and have the Chipotle Turkey Burger for lunch or the Tostada Grain Bowl for dinner. Are you drooling yet?
This Mediterranean BYOB is one of Rittenhouse’s favorites and a must for healthy eaters everywhere. Audrey Claire serves up delectable dishes like the spicy hummus, smoked salmon, and mesclun flatbread with tahini vinaigrette. No? How about maple brined pork chop with wild boar bacon, candied dates, and gorgonzola-granny smith apple butter. Need we go on?
Authentic Puerto Rican recipes meet Philly attitude in this vegan and gluten-free-friendly Rittenhouse eatery. If the Spanish meatballs, buffalo cauliflower tacos, and Quinoa Crab Cakes don’t have you coming back for more (they will), don’t forget to check out the cocktail menu. Salted Grapefruit Margarita or Puerto Rican Punch, anyone?
Oh. My. Yum. This Washington Square staple brings some of the freshest, most delightful food you can find in Philadelphia to the table. Whether it’s the Basque Clam & Heirloom Pepper Soup, Ricotta-Goat Cheese Ravioli, or the divine Line-Caught Golden Tilefish, you just can’t go wrong. Pull up a patterned chair in the dining room or enjoy in the garden. Fitt Tip: reservations are never a bad idea at this popular spot.
With locations popping up all over the city, Sweetgreen is hard to ignore. And why would you want to, anyway? We’ve deemed this Philly local favorite ‘salad paradise’. With endless greens and grains, you can choose from multiple specialty and seasonal items or opt for the build-you-own approach. In a rush? No problem. Just order and pay online. All you have to do is walk through the doors and grab your salad to go.
Burger joints get a bad rap in the health-conscious community. But we know a place right on Walnut St. that will satisfy your greasy cravings without compromising your healthy standards. Bareburger’s menu offers organic protein choices such as black bean, duck, chicken, falafel, turkey, and even wild boar. Pick from various buns (or opt for something greener), fresh toppings, and homemade sauce to make one incredible meal. Oh, and treat yourself to one of their famous milkshakes while you’re there. You deserve it.
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 cafe 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.
Foodies everywhere adore Real Food Eatery because at this Rittenhouse and Wynnefield Heights shop, the customers are in control of their own meal. Start by picking between a variety of salad and rice bowls. If you’re extra #hangry, design a full plate by choosing an entrée over a green or grain with two unique sides — like kale slaw with feta or shredded roasted Brussels sprouts. With their all-natural, 100% gluten-free options, this place is the realest.
Their name says it all. The chefs behind FARMiCiA, conveniently found in Old City, can’t stress enough the importance of local, seasonal ingredients sourced from area farmers. And that’s exactly the foundation they base their creative menu off of. We’d name our favorites, but there’s simply too many. You’ll just have to pull up a chair for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner and check it out for yourself.
Founded right here in Philly, honeygrow is the perfect combination of attitude, passion, and all the freshest eats you could ever wish for. When your stomach rumbles for something healthy and filling, head on over to one of their multiple locations, including their test kitchen in Fishtown. Choose from one of their suggested stir-fry or salad bowls (like the Spiralized Beet Caesar — don’t let the beets turn you off; it’s bomb) or opt to customize your own. And don’t forget to check out the honeybar, where fresh and delicious desserts made with fresh fruit, local honey, a variety of garnishes, and house-made whipped cream await you.
Poke bowls and sushi burritos are all the rage these days, and it’s not hard to see why. The modern twist that Oishii Poké puts on boring old sushi (no offense, California rolls — we still love you) has us coming back and back again to this new Chinatown addition. Choose from a variety of signature menu items like Wasabi Shrimp, or opt to design your own. And no need to fret if you’re not into that seafood life — enjoy your meal with chicken or tofu instead.
Rejoice, meat- and veggie-lovers, because dining out together just became a whole lot easier. Charlie was a sinner. serves up the best vegan food you can imagine. Don’t believe us? Stop by and try the Zucchini ‘Crab Cake’ Sliders, Roasted Cauliflower Steak, or Buccatini & ‘Meatballs’ and see for yourself why everyone can’t stop talking about this Center City hot spot. Even their drink menu is famous for 100% vegan sips like the adored Bullseye — made from farro-infused Jim Beam Black, meletti amaro, and absinthe. #Blessed
Entire meals under 500 calories? Energize your system at any of Fuel’s multiple locations throughout the city with one of their delish menu items, like the Thai chicken or tofu wrap or Korean BBQ rice bowl. Everything they do here is jam-packed with fresh, 100% organic ingredients and you can even ask to have any of their low-cal meals made entirely gluten-free.
From Chestnut Hill to North Broad, Green Soul’s recent move brings healthy soul food to the city! This plant-heavy menu features dishes like buffalo cauliflower tacos and parsnip/carrot “fries”, balanced for the meat eaters with turkey chili or tempura shrimp tacos. And while we come for the portobello burger, we stick around for the stage where musicians and poets perform at night!
Healthy, fast, and delicious — what more could you ask for? How about flash sales, fresh ingredients, and a killer Rittenhouse location? Bingo — you’ve got Smart Street. With discounts for running, Facebook-only sales, and a menu full of every juice ingredient you could imagine, Smart Street is peak millennial. If you’re extra hungry, you can grab an acai bowl or a wrap to go. Whatever you get, know you’re getting the best take on “fast” food without the greasy fries slowing you down.
We’re big fans of the chickpea. And when a restaurant offers it in so many forms, we simply can’t say no. Falafel, hummus, and warm chickpeas as a base are all options at this completely customizable kitchen in Center City. But the real reason to love Hummus Republic is they’ve got fresh ingredients and move fast, which is ideal when that midday hunger kicks into high gear. Plus, their signature lemonades in flavors like sage & lavender, pomegranate, and jalapeno cucumber, make every meal feel extra-special.
**Updated by Jordan Price, October 2018