Short on time (aren’t we all)? Well, grabbing takeout is all pizza and wings.
Pittsburgh’s “takeout” scene actually has healthy options for every eater. So if you’re looking for a vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free meal on the go, your search is over.
These healthy takeout spots around the Burgh have you covered.
Bluebird Kitchen is fresh, simple, and fast. But who knew that could also mean made from scratch? With two locations, Market Square and Stanwix, Bluebird has upgraded healthy offerings downtown. Best of all, they know you’re in a hurry. That’s why the space is streamlined to make the pop-in and takeout process a breeze.
Now a seasoned restaurant star, Gaucho Parrilla Argentina has stayed true to the grill. Simply meaning that your meal will be wood-fired, and it will be delicious (we promise; so do they). Keep on a healthy track with some grilled vegetables, topped with one of their tasty sauces. A word to the wise, don’t overdose on the toasty, crusty bread.
Venture over to the North Shore and you’ll find this gem tucked away on East Ohio Street. Their mission is to focus on fresh, local healthy, and nourishing food that “delights the taste buds”, and it does not disappoint. Bistro serves up grab-and-go, sit-down, and catering options that are not only delicious but also won’t tear a hole in your wallet.
No, the milkshakes aren’t healthy (ugh). But when you’re in a rush, and really want a burger, tell the folks at BRGR that you’d like your meat (or veggie) patty sans bun, sub lettuce wrap. Or if you’re trying to meet your vegetable quota, grab the grilled asparagus salad: a baby spinach + swiss chard + kale mix, grilled asparagus, and quinoa. That’ll do the trick.
Nicky’s is fresh Thai done right. The food is bright, clean, and topped off with just the right amount of spice. We’d opt for the curry. Literally any of them. Red, green, pumpkin (obviously), wild, or pineapple are all equally delicious. On top of that, they travel well, are naturally gluten-free, and can be vegetarian should you choose.
Daphne’s is a hole in the wall without the holes. The Turkish and Mediterranean-style eatery in the heart of Shadyside will win you over with their colorful meals, but their family-run approach will keep you coming back. While all of their platters are delish, give their vegan Veggie Köfte a whirl. There’s no doubt you’ll feel good about eating this feast on the fly.
This BYOB joint is also takeout appropriate if you’d rather BYOB to your living room and stay in your sweats. The only issue? The menu is enormous and there are too many good options to choose from. One thing to include in your order are the Drunken Noodles; other than that, throw a dart at the menu to choose because everything is delicious and served in healthy
If you work/live/wander around downtown Pittsburgh, eating clean isn’t always easy, but there’s a reason Simple Greek isn’t called Really Complex Greek. Fresh and fast Greek grub means thin-sliced lamb or beef served in a pita or in a bowl over salad, lentils, or rice (psst, the bowl is healthier). Plus, you can double up the protein for a cool three bucks.
Here’s some great news for students, museum-goers, and passerbys in Oakland: Eat Unique offers some much-needed relief from second-rate delis and subpar fast food joints. This grab-and-go sandwich, salad, and fresh specials joint offers something for everyone, and provides plenty of vegan and veggie options.
B52 is a quaint vegan café serving the best healthy coffee pairings on the corner of Butler and 52nd streets in Lawrenceville. Their to-go section is full of American and Middle Eastern cuisines and house-baked goods, making it easy to eat healthful on-the-go.
Or shall we call you, Hello Delicious. With four convenient Oakland, Shadyside, Downtown, and McCandless Crossing locations, this is a salad bar worth getting excited for. Place your order online to avoid the line, choosing from unlimited goodness (toppings) for $7.75. We’re talking goat cheese, bacon, almonds, farro (Google it), edamame, and any of their dressings (all GF) for less than an Alexander Hamilton.
With six locations around Pittsburgh, Aladdin’s is serving up healthful Lebanese-inspired meals free from sulfites and preservatives. The Mediterranean menu is made up of fresh dishes that are clearly labeled (thank you, kind labeler) as being vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free. Our go-to to-go order (say that 3 times fast) is the V-Nine soup paired with their signature Taza Chicken Salad. Easy. Affordable. Fresh.
You won’t sacrifice taste when you grab Kaya’s flavorful menu to-go. Pick up your dinner in the Strip District, or use Grubhub so you don’t have to leave the house. The entire menu is on-point, but give their Tropical Paella a try; the chicken, chorizo, shrimp, mussels, and scallops combo will make your taste buds do a happy dance. Fitt tip: there’s a Veggie Prix Fixe dinner on the third Wednesday of each month. Date night?
Tucked in a tiny shack behind a hotel on Banksville Rd. (no, this is not a joke), this real-life smokehouse is a diamond in the rough. It’s so good, that we’re willing to take on the Fort Pitt tunnel monsters everyone slows down for to get it. As for the healthiness factor – it’s just melt-in-your-mouth meat with sauce on the side. See? #TunnelWorthy.
With two locations – in Saxonburg and Aspinwall, plus a food truck roaming Pittsburgh – Randita’s caters the freshest ingredients around to clean eaters everywhere. Don’t let the name Randita’s Organic Vegan Cafe fool you though –- you don’t have to be a vegan to enter, but you do have to love organic, non-GMO, and plant-based dinners. Okay, we’ll bite!
Let’s face it, salads are lame. At least that’s what thought until we scored a next level salad from this spot in Market Square. Choose from a list of pre-made veggie concoctions, like the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chicken. Or build-your-own salad, assembly line style. Not feeling a salad? Opt for a grain bowl or sandwich instead.
Craving sushi? Mozy over to Oakland for a made-to-order meal unlike anything you’ve experienced. You’ll have your pick of protein, toppings, and sauce, as well as brown or white rice, with one more very important question: roll it or bowl it? As in, do you want a sushi roll or do you want a deconstructed sushi roll in a bowl? Decisions, decisions. It’s okay — there’s no wrong choice here.
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