UPDATED JAN 12, 2020
One of the hardest parts about eating out is finding something healthy. But Seattle's restaurants are making it easier than ever. Whether you're on the search for a late-night snack, an early morning pick-me-up, or a quick lunch, here are all the best (and healthiest) places around.
Cold-pressed green juices and weekend brunch? Yep. Bright, plant-filled, Instagram-worthy space? You got it. Sometimes, when you’re trying to eat healthy, the best thing to do is to surround yourself with inspiration. And that's exactly what you'll find on the menu at Capitol Hill’s Juicebox Café. Swing by start your morning with their incredible Miso Oatmeal (made with gluten-free steel cut oats) and pair it with a Green Mint Chip smoothie (you can add matcha for an additional $1.50) — it'll be the best decision you make all week.
True to its name, Homegrown actually grows a lot of their own food on their own farms. And they're all about farmer relationships, sustainably-sourced ingredients, and reducing environmental impact. These values, paired with phenomenal dishes (like their Matcha Chicken Avocado Bowl) make them one of the go-to healthy eateries in the city. Plus, with a handful of locations all around the city, including in Capitol Hill, Downtown, Queen Anne, South Lake Union, and more, there’s always one nearby.
The Whale Wins in Fremont probably sounds vaguely familiar. No, it’s not The Walrus and The Carpenter or Barnacle Bar, but it was created by the same chef and restaurateur Renee Erickson. And we love this warehouse-turned-restaurant for its bright and airy space and distinct PNW vibes. Plus, can expect travel-inspired, locally-sourced plates like Hama Hama Clams and other dishes that change frequently depending on the availability of different ingredients. Fitt Tip: don’t miss their happy hour, Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 6pm — food specials are included.
Bounty Kitchen has amazingly flavorful, healthy eats down pat. Their menu, which is made up primarily of bowls, salads, and sandwiches, may seem simple, but the variety of dishes always keeps things interesting. From their Havana Libre Bowl to their Spicy Southern "Not-Fried" Chicken Salad to their Superfood Veggie Burger, you’ll definitely be able to find something worth coming back for again and again. Oh, and did we mention they offer brunch all day, ever day? Check 'em out in Queen Anne and Denny Triangle.
Have you ever had the biggest craving for a caesar salad — you know, that crunch and tangy flavor? If not, skip to the next. If you have, hold up here. Sprout has what you’re looking for. Head to their Pioneer Square or South Lake Union location, grab one of their flavorful, creative (and customizable!) salads, pair it with a fresh-pressed juice or kombucha and have yourself a healthy and satisfying meal. They also have wraps if that's more your style.
Madison Valley’s Cafe Flora is one of the most innovative and yet unpretentious plant-based spots in the city. Its light-filled, greenhouse-style seating area is super cozy and their food is always on point; we especially love the Harvest Polenta and the falafel. And with sustainability and environmentalism at the core of their mission, you know that the food you’re eating is not only nourishing and delicious, but good for the planet, too. If you're catching a flight, stop by their sister concept Floret.
Evergreens is the Subway of healthy eating; they’re super quick and have locations all over the city, making it easy to eat well even on your busiest day. Their salads are the full-meal deal, packed with at least six tasty, filling ingredients… which means you’re not going to feel hungry an hour later. Fitt favorites include their I Pity The Tofu and Planet of the Apricots. Though, if you're not feeling one of their signatures, you can always create your own.
‘Fresh Off the Boat’ is one of the best poke bars in the city. This Belltown and Capitol Hill joint always has an amazing variety of toppings that—no surprise here—are incredibly fresh. Take your pick of seaweed, jalapeño, jicama, pickled watermelon radish, a selection of fish (we're partial to the mashed spicy tuna). And with your choice of base, including brown rice, kale, or spring mix, you can curb your sushi craving while packing in all sorts of nutrients.
HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Cafe is the gold standard of healthy eating. Don't believe us? Just reread its name. They’ve got everything you could possibly want: smoothies, juices, elixirs, salads, vegan sushi, warm grain bowls, raw desserts, kombucha, Kangen Water — we could go on. Whatever you do, though, don’t sleep on their dessert menu, the Raw Energy Orbs are insane.
Plum Bistro is a community staple, claiming to be Capitol Hill’s ‘most loved vegan restaurant’, and we're not going to argue. They’re all about plant-based goodness, offering healthful salads, sandwiches, soups, and treats we can't get enough of. Sure, they’re not the cheapest spot around, but their happy hour makes them well worth the trip. And if you’re as much of a fan as we are (and we’re sure you will be), you’ll want to check out Plum Bistro’s smaller, sister-restaurants Plum Chopped and Pantry by Plum.
Meals in a bowl have taken the health food scene by storm. But here in Seattle, Chaco Canyon has been leading this trend since day one. They got their start serving espresso and raw, vegan treats, and now they have three locations in Greenwood, Queen Anne, and West Seattle, serving up all sorts of vegan and gluten-free goodness. Fitt Tip: the marinated tofu in their Hippie Bowl is mind-blowing. Grab that and a kombucha and you’ll leave feeling amazing.
Eve Fremont knows how to bring out the best in fresh and healthy foods. Their plates are clean and wholesome but packed with tons of unique ingredients and flavor. And no need to feel intimidated by their slightly upscale vibe — once you step inside you’ll be met by a welcoming staff and welcoming environment. So, stop by to sip on some bone broth or bubbly and nosh on seasonal veggies or local meats. No matter your choice, we promise it’ll be a good one.
Sitting pretty in Amazon’s Doppler Building, Anar cooks up soulful, good-for-you eats with a modern, Middle Eastern twist. They serve up warm bowls and cold salads perfect for a light (and meatless) lunch or dinner, plus fresh juice and fun snacks for a pick-me-up at any time of day. Need a jolt? Try their Turkish Iced Coffee with cardamom coffee, date molasses, and hemp milk.
Broadfork is your one-stop shop for all things healthy. You can score everything from sandwiches, salads, and bowls to juices and smoothies — and they’re all vegan, organic, and locally sourced. Stop by their locations in U District and Lower Queen Anne and be sure to try their Grilled Kim-Cheese or the Cashew Curry Bowl. With their true farm-to-fork philosophy, we think you’ll fall in love just as much as we did.
Inspired by the flavors of the Pacific Northwest, Tallulah’s in North Capitol Hill focuses on locally-sourced, seasonal dishes that you’ll be thinking about long after you’ve paid your bill and left. And while meat is most certainly on the menu, veggies are the star of the show. That means balanced plates for all and plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians. Stop by for Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, or half-priced bottles of wine on Sunday.
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