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PORTLAND'S HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS

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UPDATED JUL 14, 2020

No matter what you’re in the mood to eat, Portland has you covered. From vegan and vegetarian to gluten-free, keto, or flexitarian, you name it, and we know the best local spot for any meal of the day.

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ERINN SCOTLAND

FITT PORTLAND CONTRIBUTOR

Vegans, we hope you're paying attention because this spot is one of the best plant-based eateries in the city. The vibe is very Hawthorne St., so you’ll get a dose the Portland weirdness as soon as you walk in. And here, you can leave with a stomach full of nachos and fruity cocktails (or mocktails!) and still feel healthy. Expect countless dairy-free products and tofu or beans substituted for protein staples like chicken. And while our mouths water at the thought of their vegan Hawthorne Mac, we suggest their Betty Bowl for something a bit lighter.

The Whole Bowl's locations include everything from brick-and-mortar cafes and food trucks to charming little carts. But no matter which you hit up, you can count on a delicious meal that is 100% gluten-, nut-, and wheat-free. We prefer to “veganize” the bowl, going sans sour cream and opting for avocado rather than cheese, but you do you. Just be sure to keep an eye out for the Hawthorne and Vancouver locations, as they both stay open for dinner.

Poke Mon on Hawthorne specializes in flavor-packed poke bowls that we seriously can't get enough of. The decor is fun and casual, the fish is incredibly tender, and whatever they mix into the signature bowls just works. Gluten-free or vegetarian? They have something for you, too (including A+ tofu options). Any day of the week, we opt for the Hawaiian Ahi Poke bowl, which is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Willing to spend an extra three dollars? Then tell 'em to pile on the Choi’s Kimchi!

This modern and inviting restaurant in Irvington serves an all-organic vegetarian menu that, among many other things, makes a “cheeseburger” out of walnuts that will blow your mind. The squash tacos also have our number; tasty in all their gluten- and soy-freeness. Plus, their incredible staff can answer just about any question you throw at them. Oh, and did we mention they have an awesome brunch menu? Fitt Tip: Iced Coconut Chai. Just trust us.

Fermenter was born from the brains behind healthy foodie spot Farm Spirit. A more casual concept, Fermenter serves a lunch menu full of entirely plant-based, fermented, and preserved goodies while also acting as a research and development hub for the Farm Spirit family. The Morrison shop also hosts community classes so you can learn how to have your own fermented fun at home. Heads up: if you plan to grab and go, know that everything is packaged in a reusable container, so you’ll have to put down a refundable deposit. Don’t worry — they’ll give you plenty of other reasons to want to return!

A Portland favorite, Pixie Retreat features a delicious selection of healthy eats that are made with all-natural, organic ingredients and don't contain any gluten, soy, or refined sugars. If you're in the mood for a snack, we highly recommend the Onion Flax Crackers. But if something sweet is what you're after, definitely order one of their puddins with toppings like almond butter and blueberry purée. They have three area locations, but if prefer to enjoy all this yum from the comfort of your couch, go takeout.

Prepare for a colorful meal at Portland’s Prasad. Whether you order one of their savory grain bowls, a vegan burrito, or a veggie-packed green juice, you’re sure to leave with a full stomach and a smile on your face. Fitt Tip: check out their location inside the Portland Rock Gym in Northeast Portland (their other location is in Northwest) for a quick climb and dine.

Quirky, healthy, and damn delicious, CANTEEN juices and blends smoothies, bowls, and shots (the non-boozy kind) and tosses all sorts of plants into tasty bowls and salads. And when you’re ready to wash it all down, they’ve got cold brew, kombucha, coconut water, and water kefir. Get the goods in Southeast Portland and Lake Oswego.

This good-for-you fast-casual's menu provides a serious list of options, making grabbing a health bite both delicious and so, so simple. And, it doesn't matter if you’re gluten-free, vegan, or just want some tasty, clean eats, Laughing Planet (with locations all over Portland) has everything from simple salads and soups to plant-based quesadillas, hearty grain bowls, and flavorful burritos. The best part? They don't skimp when it comes to portion sizes, so plan to leave with leftovers.

Meals-in-a-bowl are an all-too-familiar fixture on healthy menus, but we promise you’ll be happy once you try the options at Rabbits Cafe. With locations in downtown and Northeast Portland, this cute and charming pit stop serves up an assortment of bowls big and small, flavored with items like nacho-ranch sauce, curried-walnut crumbles, barbecue soy curls, and tahini dressing. Our favorite? The Incredi-Bowl, with sesame-ginger broccoli and soy curls, which just so happens to pair perfectly with any one of their handful of fresh-made smoothies.

If you're pulling up a seat for a meal at Cultured Caveman, you can rest assured that what you’re eating is highest-quality ingredients possible. A North Portland go-to, this place specializes in amazing paleo-friendly dishes and gluten-free delights that will keep you coming back week after week. But if you can't decide what to order, give the pork carnitas tacos (with pork shoulder, coconut aminos, and jicama slaw) a try. And if you're still not convinced? We'll leave you with two words: appetizer flight.

When you stop by Tusk on E Burnside St. you're not only going to be noshing on all sorts of healthy, locally-sourced eats, but you'll also be dining in style. This restaurant has epic design details that include everything from white walls and gold-colored fixtures to a huge picture of Keith Richards hanging above the bar. It all expertly accents their flavorful dishes in a way that few other places are able to pull off. And although their menu is seasonal, you can always count on perfectly-cooked vegetables to take center stage.

If you're planning on a trip to this Korean-American restaurant, it's best to make a reservation. But trust us — the extra leg work will be worth the time and effort. Han Oak serves tons of health-conscious snacks, dumplings, and shareable plates that will make your taste buds run wild, plus a cocktail menu that dreams are made of (all options can be made as a mocktail!). And if you're feeling adventurous, you and your crew can opt for family-style dining and leave your whole experience up to the chef. Fitt Tip: if you're not keen on making a reservation, make sure you show up right when they open 5pm, or wait to swing by until at least 8:30pm.

Veggie Grill embraces the plant-based life with a menu full of vegan eats and treats. Plus, they get creative with all the faux meats, mixing them into burgers, bowls, tacos, salads, and sandwiches. In a rush? Download the app and order for a quick pickup from their downtown or Beaverton shops.

With locations all over the city, you’re never far from a Garden Bar bowl. These guys make hearty and healthy salads full of the best local and organic ingredients they can find. Try one of their creatively-named combos (we like the Planet of the Apricots and Where’s Waldorf) or build your own — they’ll toss it all in a big bowl with house-made dressing and serve it up as is or roll it into a wrap.

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