Healthy eating in the heart of Oakland? Yes, it’s possible!
Obviously we’re not talking about the O. Five Guys won’t cut it either. If you’re going to eat well around campus, you have to know where to look. Lucky for you, you won’t have to search very hard. We made it super easy to find good for you eats by putting them all right here in this list. You’re welcome!
You’ll have to navigate the side streets of South Oakland to find this spot. It’s a hidden gem, no doubt. But Groceria Merante, located on the corner of Bates and McKee, is absolutely worth discovering. This family owned Italian market makes eating quality food a real possibility for college students living on a budget. From fresh produce to authentic Italian meats, and the best bread around, tiny corner grocery should be your go-to spot.
If you’re looking to score a healthy, grab and go snack, or stock up on some nutritional supplements (do you even lift, bro?!), then you need to get to Liv Nutrition. Located on Atwood Street this is the perfect place to stop for your pre or post-Pete protein shake. The low prices and close proximity to campus are ideal. And if that doesn’t win you over, deals on mix-and-match boxes of Quest bars will!
This cafe is on a mission to create a menu/service combo that is “fast, fresh and healthy.” Lucky for you, they’re doing exactly that. For starters, there’s a fresh juice bar, complete with “Superfood Smoothies.” An affordable Blue Plate Special. Plus vegetarian and vegan options. See what we mean? Red Oak is home of some of the healthiest eats around. If you’re looking for an amazing deal on some equally amazing food, check out the “pick two” option. You get half a sandwich and half a salad for only $8.75! Which means more beer gas money in your pocket.
If you’re tired of second rate delis and subpar fast food joints, make your way over to Eat Unique on Craig Street. Once you have a chance to take a look at the menu, you’ll understand how they can say, “flavor and freshness go hand and hand.” Local ingredients combine to create the veggie grillers and a vegan-friendly Garden Chili. Meat lovers are more than welcome, too and will love the Hawaiian Chicken Sub or Chipotle Beef Melt.
Fact: salads are healthy. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Trouble is, salads are also boring. So instead of eating clean, you cheat. But Hello Bistro is trying to change all of that by taking your salad experience to a whole new level. Here, your healthy eating options are almost endless. The salad bar is massive and the toppings go on for days. So pile on the proteins and veggies, friends. But, whatever you do, go easy on the dressing.
Some have called this spot the Subway of Sushi. However, we like to think of Sushi Fuku as the Chipotle of our favorite Japanese culinary delicacy. You see, we’re not one hundred percent sure what’s really in those Subway sandwiches. But at Sushi Fuku, the fish is fresh, the knife skills are legit and the sushi assembly line never slows down. All you have to do is choose between the roll or the bowl. Next, pick: brown or white rice, protein, toppings and sauce. Then, try not to make a mess while stuffing your face on the way to class.
Pop over to Schenley Plaza for some stellar eats at The Porch. If the weather cooperates, you can actually enjoy your meal on the porch overlooking the patio. If not, you’ll still enjoy your meal at this, come-as-you-are neighborhood bistro that works hand-in-hand with local growers and artisans to source the freshest ingredients around. The result is scratch-made meals that are sure to hit the spot.
Sure, this eatery is a little further from campus (just off Walnut Street in Shadyside). But it’s definitely worth the trip. When you arrive you’ll be greeted by the healthiest menu in all of Pittsburgh. You see, Eden specializes in raw, vegan, and vegetarians eats, made from local ingredients. The result is delicious and nutritious food that will blow your mind, especially brunch! You’ll leave wondering how such a healthy meal could taste so good.
If you’re in Shadyside, but aren’t hungry enough for a full-on meal, head to Salud for some juice, a smoothie or kombucha on tap. They even have acai bowls, shots of wheatgrass and loads various cleanse combos that will have you feeling fresh to death. And, best of all, the team at Salud couldn’t be nicer. Stop by to see for yourself. Tell them Fittsburgh sent you.
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