You know how they say the best things in life are free? Well, we say the best things in life are in bowls. You can’t deny that having an entire, healthy, nutritious meal that you can eat with just one utensil is a game-changer. Luckily, Pittsburgh is stepping up their game, adding spots like Clean Juice, Freshii and honeygrow to its lineup.
Post-workout or just looking for some healthy grub, we’ve got your healthy meal-in-a-bowl fix covered.
The Pittsburgh Juice Company
Pittsburgh Juice Co. is hailed for their juice, but little did you know, they have some killer bowls. An Acai Bowl, Dragon Bowl, and Brown Rice Bowl to be exact. They use the freshest organic ingredients, and everything on the menu is raw vegan (and mostly gluten-free). Can’t make it to Lawrenceville? Catch some of their goods stocked at Adda Coffee & Tea House in Shadyside or Espresso A Mano in the South Side.
The Lot at Edgewater
What’s better than an acai bowl? Easy — an acai bowl at a stellar new-age diner that just opened in Oakmont. The healthy bowl can be spotted on The Lot’s breakfast menu and features house-made granola, blueberry, strawberry, banana, and wildflower honey. And if you want to take the image of your new favorite bowl with you, pick a window seat because they have the best lighting.
One of the newer additions to East Liberty, Clean Juice has seven glorious acai bowls to choose from — everything from a Beauty Bowl to a Green Bowl. Charcoal, chocolate, and coffee? Sign us up. Fitt Tip: if you’re vegan or can’t have dairy, ask for the allergen-friendly blender!
If you’re in Squirrel Hill, stop by Hidden Harbor. It’s a modern tiki bar, and guys, they’re one of the very few quality food stops that’s open late. Tuesday through Thursday, the kitchen is open till 10pm, and Friday through Saturday, the kitchen is open till 11pm (yes, 11pm!). Want to feel like you’re in Hawaii? They can transport you there with their blue crab poke. Vegan or vegetarian? They’ve also got grilled pineapple or spicy tofu poke. Aloha, Pittsburgh.
Kahuna Poke and Juice Bar
Bring on the beach vibes, Kahuna. Right on S. Highland Ave., you’ll find healthy (and equally tasty) island-inspired poke bowls. And veggie-lovers rejoice! The signature vegetarian bowl comes with tofu, golden beets, and shiitake mushroom. Don’t want to order off the menu? Build your own bowl! Regardless of what you order, the bowls are best served with their signature cold-pressed juice, or an ice cold beer.
The name says it all. Pittsburgh Poke is in the heart of downtown serving up house bowls, or countless made-to-order poke options (including the Insta-worthy sushi burrito). Once you lay down a base (including brown rice and quinoa), it’s time to fill it out. Pick between tuna, seared salmon, and organic tofu for a protein. And do yourself a favor and top it with some seaweed salad and nori flakes; you can thank us later.
Sushi Fuku is an Oakland classic, and the ultimate BYOB (build your own bowl). Choose from chopped proteins, veggies, and sauces over rice at either of their locations. Want to know how healthy your bowl actually is? Individual calories are listed with each item of your choosing. Not to mention, they have clearly labeled vegan options. Heck yeah!
Another newcomer to Pittsburgh, Freshii can be found downtown, in the Union Trust Building. There, they’re offering up healthy, affordable Buddha bowls. Did we mention they have some serious options? Feeling like spicy peanut, teriyaki, or fiery BBQ? They’ve got you. Vegans and vegetarians: check out their nutrition and allergen guide online for the full low-down.
Piada Italian Street Food
Fast, fresh Italian-style bowls — and they’re healthy?! That’s right. Oh, and did we mention everything is under $10? Head to their Oakland outpost to try the Mediterranean Power Bowl, chock-full of roasted veggies, quinoa, and a splash of Greek yogurt. It’s as delicious as it sounds.
Warm up in Squirrel Hill with Ramen Bar. But don’t be fooled — they have more than just noodles. They’ve got rice bowls too! And each bowl, packed full of flavor, can be customized with over 25 toppings to choose from (including tons of veggie options). And on a chilly day, you really can’t beat a side of Shoyu Broth Soup.
CoreLife Eatery is a recent addition to McKnight Road, boasting a clean menu free of GMOs, trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, and artificial additives. They try to buy local when possible, and get this: ALL items are gluten-free. Not convinced yet? Snag the Sriracha Ginger Tofu & Ancient Grains for a respectable 320 calories.