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ALL THE HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS IN PHILLY RIGHT NOW

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UPDATED FEB 3, 2020

You might be under the impression that farm-to-table, locally-sourced eats are hard to come by in a city that’s known for cheesesteaks. Well, Philly, think again. Here's your go-to guide of the most nutritious (and delicious) spots to satisfy all your cravings.

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CARA SWETSKY

FITT PHILADELPHIA CONTRIBUTOR

Vegan restaurants don’t typically include menu items like chicken, burgers, and even Philly cheesesteaks, but HipCityVeg has mastered healthy comfort food. Their plant-based favorites like the Classic Ziggy Burger and Jerk Caesar salad will have your taste buds thanking you (and possibly amazed you're eating vegan). Find these local, organic, non-GMO soy ingredients in multiple city locations and a few in the suburbs, plus a seasonal booth at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Tucked away on Locust St. in Center City, Vedge prides itself on being, first and foremost, a "vegetable restaurant". The menu changes with what's in season, but you can count on signature and 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.

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. Fitt Tip: don't leave without looking over the drinks menu, filled with organic coffee and teas, freshly squeezed juice concoctions, and smoothies.

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 Rico Punch, anyone?

Dig is more than just a delicious place to dine. It’s a company that puts mindful sourcing at the center of everything they do. That means that they support local farmers and sustainable agriculture so they can fill up your plate with all sorts of unique, nutritious produce. It’s a serious win-win. Taste test one of their hearty and healthy bowls or salads loaded with goods like charred broccoli and Honey-Chili Brussels at their Rittenhouse Square shop.

This Washington Square staple brings some of the freshest, most delightful food you can find in Philadelphia to the table. Whether it’s the Kennett Square Mushroom Risotto with sweet roasted garlic oil or the divine Seared New England Scallops with coconut lime curry sauce, 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, quinoa, Impossible Burger, 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—mixed with their house coconut water, cold-pressed juices, and sparkling soda—so don’t forget a stop at the liquor store on your way over.

Foodies everywhere adore Real Food Eatery because, at this counter-serve operation, the customers are in control of their own meal. At any of their local shops, 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 Asian Cabbage Slaw or Golden Cauliflower with turmeric and sweet paprika.

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 Greek Out with Avocado Green Goddess dressing 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.

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 Mu-Shu Tofu with fig and black garlic hoisin, 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.

The plant-heavy menu at Green Soul in Spring Garden features dishes like buffalo cauliflower tacos and parsnip and 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 — the ambiance here is hard to beat.

Fresh, healthy food that’s completely free from gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, and shellfish. That’s what you’ll find at Farmer’s Keep in Rittenhouse Square. Mix and match your meats and veggies, sides and salads. The choices change with the seasons, and while the menu isn’t big, but we promise, it’s got everything you need.

Grab your groceries and then grab lunch. It’s all good at MOM’s in Center City. They pride themselves on doing good for your stomach and for the environment, and it shows in the quality of food they put on their shelves and on your plate. And at their in-house cafe, Naked Lunch, organic vegan eats are the name of the game. So, snag a Cauliflower Steak bowl, top it off with a raw juice or booch, and tackle that grocery list. A trip to MOM’s might be the one time you should shop hungry.

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