When thinking of American dining, healthy restaurants don’t necessarily come to mind. Well, we are here to put that notion to bed by giving you a list of some of the most delicious and nutritious eateries around the nation. All these restaurants are health-conscious and aren’t afraid to show it. From Philly all the way down to Atlanta, across to sunny Los Angeles, there is always spot perfect for any of your dietary needs and tastebuds.
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Fuel (Philadelphia, PA)
This place does it right. Not only is it in Philadelphia, one of the food capitals of America, but it serves some of the best dishes around—all for under 500 calories! Fuel uses only fresh, organic ingredients and can tailor any meal to be gluten-free if you ask. Make sure to go in and try their protein pancakes to get a jump start on the day.
R. Thomas Deluxe Grill (Atlanta, GA)
While the vibe in this joint may be slightly more “west-coast” than “southern,” the Atlanta-based healthy restaurant has been serving nutritious dishes for over 30 years. The meals are made with cold-pressed organic oils, herbs and spices directly from the family garden, as well as delicious, locally sourced, fresh meat. R. Thomas Grill is open 24/7, which means you can eat healthy at all times without the excuse of no place to go for a 4am late night meal.
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Bubu (Denver, CO)
Denver’s best healthy restaurant is Bubu, one of those places where the customer gets to enjoy exactly want they want prepared to their own unique style. Making your own bowl never seemed so intriguing as it does at this Asian-infusion eatery, where you can mix-and-match in an insane number of ways, all with healthy ingredients and a fun sense of creativity.
Northstar Café (Columbus, OH)
This Ohio café is on the top of the list of America’s healthiest dining destinations. Their desire to provide natural dining is quite clear from the moment you walk in and look at the menu. The fan-favorite happens to be the Northstar Burger, which is made with organic brown rice, black beans and beets, perfect for any plant-based diet. Don’t forget to ask about the Buddha Bowls as well when you visit this Buckeye State treasure.
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Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar (Los Angeles, CA)
Living in LA it is not hard to find some great healthy restaurants, but this one might take the cake (healthy cake of course). Blue Cow is one of many health-conscious eateries in the area, but what makes it different is the happy medium it finds between the average juice bar and the over-priced, swanky joints around town. Everything in the restaurant is from local farms, ranches, fisheries and artisans. Not to mention the open kitchen is a pretty sweet way to see the behind-the-scenes of what exactly goes in your meal.
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Cosmic Café (Dallas, TX)
Looking for that funky little café spot for you and friend? Well look no further than Cosmic Café in the heartland of our nation. This healthy restaurant in Dallas is home to some of the best vegetarian food in the country. It takes the traditional Mediterranean fare and flips it on its side with a healthy twist. On top of that, Cosmic specializes in Southwest-inspired cuisine, such as spinach enchiladas or the Taco Trinity. Don’t feel like going home after lunch, the restaurant offers yoga and meditation classes upstairs!
Beatrix (Chicago, IL)
This healthy Chicago restaurant is the place you want to visit to start your day off on the right note. Beatrix is a part-coffee shop, part-restaurant with some of the most balanced dishes around. Just check out their delicious and filling brunch menu. Some popular eats are the quinoa cakes with poached eggs, 10-grain oatmeal, and all the freshly squeezed juices.