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SAN FRANCISCO'S HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS

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UPDATED JUL 14, 2020

There's no denying San Francisco's food scene is on point, and if you're on the search for something healthy, you won't have to go far. Luckily, we've put together a list of our top picks to help you decide where to check out next.

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LARISSA RUNKLE

FITT SAN-FRANCISCO CONTRIBUTOR

The Jane operation in SF stems from their bakery in Japantown and has expanded to two cafe locations (Larkin and Fillmore) that both offer up amazing coffee and super-satisfying bowls and toast. Do yourself a favor and hit the refresh button with a Super Super Healthy salad bowl and a Tasty Turmeric Tonic. If you wanna get even spicier, try their house-made chai paired with literally anything in the pastry case. Just keep in mind that this place might be one of the most popular Saturday morning pick-me-up spots in SF, so plan accordingly!

Another spot doing healthy right, this Hayes Valley and Cow Hollow eatery stays away from gluten, dairy, and refined sugar in each and every one of their homemade offerings. The beef brisket and bibimbap are especially good lunch choices, although the breakfast tacos are not to be missed. But what we like the most about this place (aside from the food, of course) is that they work with farmers and local artisans to ensure every ingredient they use is naturally raised and responsibly sourced.

This all-vegan and vegetarian Japanese restaurant is a Mission favorite defying tradition with delectable salads, small plates, and perfectly-cooked tempura. Also awesome? Plant-based sushi rolls packed with all your favorite veggies and topped in homemade ginger-soy glaze. Fitt Tip: Cha-Ya is cash only, don't forget to swing by the ATM on your way over.

Plant-based and Mexican-inspired, the bowls and entrées at this local favorite are easily as good as your go-to burrito (but way healthier). Enchiladas, flautas, and tacos of the vegan variety can all be found in this cozy Mission restaurant. Pair your handheld with a glass of crisp white wine or a margarita and have yourself a MEAL.

Simply put, these sandos are amazing. Made with a global flavors in mind, and crafted from locally-sourced ingredients, you can find both veggie and meat options at Homegrown in the Financial District and in neighboring Danville. Interested in a gluten-free sandwich? No problem. This place has pretty much any and every type of fresh and healthy bread that a San Franciscan could ask for.

This Instagram-worthy lunch spot in Presidio Heights is a perfect antidote to all of your needs. Their extremely simple, white decor is complemented by craft coffee, a wide array of toast (The Breakfast topped with a pasture-raised egg, JUST mayo, chives, and a shallot vinaigrette is a Fitt fave), and greens galore. It’s exactly what you need for an out-of-office lunch meeting or afternoon boost.

When you have some time on your hands, make a reservation at Wildseed. This Cow Hollow destination serves up hearty and healthy seasonal dishes in a space in Cow Hollow that’ll make you want to stay awhile. Although their menu is entirely plant-based, they’ve managed to put together a selection of savory, gut-friendly creations that’ll make you forget all about your favorite meaty protein. Neatball Masala, anyone? And in addition to caring about what they put on your plate, they care about their impact on the environment, focusing on a menu that is as carbon-neutral as possible.

Urban Remedy is a Bay Area staple serving up delicious, healthy dishes at its growing list of locations. (Seriously, this place is in practically every neighborhood.) Stop by for a wholesome wellness shot, a grab-and-go meal—like the Zen Salad… just get it—mindful snacks, and all-around feel-good vibes. Even better, no matter what you order, it'll be 100% organic. Can't make it one of their shops? Order online and have that Keto Brunch Bowl delivered.

This SF-based restaurant group checks all of the better-for-you boxes. They offer 100% organic foods, locally-sourced ingredients, and everything is made right in their kitchens… so no sneaky add-ins. Oh, and the best part? The Plant Cafe Organic doesn’t skimp on indulgent foods either — check out their Breakfast Burrito or Crispy Chicken Burger at any of their multiple Bay Area locations.

Sure, this fast-casual eatery makes a mean salad, but it's more than just pretty greens. They serve up an incredible selection of seasonal grain bowls, awesome sandwiches, and so many fresh choices you’ll be more than a little overwhelmed. It also doesn’t hurt that they have locations scattered across the city (including their Mission ‘Salad Lounge’ location), so you’re never too far from the salad bar of your dreams.

One of SoCal's healthiest eateries has made its way to San Francisco, and we couldn't be more thrilled. Not only is the food excellent, but Mendocino Farms works with local farmers and producers to serve up some of the freshest ingredients in the Bay Area. The best part? A large handful of their sandwiches and salads can be requested gluten-free.

Dare we say Blue Barn has some of the best salads and sammies in the city? Well, we’re going to say it — this Marina and Polk St. staple offers some of the tastiest chef-made creations, including a seasonal, make-your-own salads, and yummy sandwiches in SF. Our go-to is The Buddha sandwich, full of roasted broccoli and butternut squash, and topped with a creamy hummus and spicy chili oil. But if you need an extra does of greens in your life, the Detox salad is the way to go.

Specializing in seasonal selections made with good-for-you ingredients that are sourced from neighboring farmers, you'll be hard-pressed to find a fresher or more flavorful salad combo in San Francisco. Swing by their SoMa storefront and sink your fork into a Guacamole Greens mashup made with avocado (obviously), roasted chicken, red onion, tomatoes, tortilla chips, and lime cilantro jalapeño vinaigrette. Or, go for a comforting Curry Chickpea Bowl. Either way, you'll leave full, satisfied, and planning your next trip back.

Toasty was built around everyone’s favorite fancy snack — avocado toast! This simple but deliciously fun spot in the Marina District has a whole lineup of perfectly crunchy toasts for you to sink your teeth into, from prosciutto and bruschetta to veggie and eggy. They’ve also expanded beyond the bread so you can also cool off with an açai bowl or warm up with a matcha, turmeric, or beetroot latte.

Fresh is the name of the game at Native Co. Everything on the menu is made from local, organic produce sourced from sustainable farmers that the owners actually know by name. Try the Matcha.com smoothie for a quick hit of healthy energy, or pair the Rebecca Romaine juice with a salad or toast for a more legit meal. Sit down or grab and go, you can find them weekdays on Sutter St. and on Second St., and they regularly pop up at the Oakland Farmers Market on Saturdays.

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