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Do you like to eat out? I do! I usually suggest trying to keep eating out to one or two times a week, which can be hard in our culture. And while I think you can almost always find a better option at restaurants (they’re usually pretty accommodating if you want it grilled instead of fried, sauces on the side or swapping high cal sides for veggies), it is super easy and refreshing to eat out at restaurants that have your health in mind, especially if you’re eating out more frequently. So, without further ado I bring you healthy restaurants in Austin!
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Healthy Restaurants in Austin
If there’s one thing I’m passionate about it’s really good food! Here are my 7 favorite healthy restaurants in Austin.
True Food Kitchen
One of my favorite restaurants is True Food Kitchen! This full-service, sit-down restaurant has a wide variety of offerings from Shiitake Lettuce Cups to pizzas to Cashew Pad Thai, Poke or Seabass. They have lots of gluten-free and vegan options (they do serve both tempeh and tofu). It’s where we had my bridal luncheon four years ago and one of my favorite places to go for a nicer, healthy meal that’s super flavorful. I went again recently to catch up with some girl friends and as per usual, it didn’t disappoint!
Personally, I love the Grilled Chicken Salad, which comes with medjool dates, dried cranberry, jicama, apple, manchego, farro, marcona almonds and a champagne vinaigrette (it’s also on the lower end of the price point, which is nice!). Last week we tried the Kale Guacamole with salty pita crisps as a starter and it was delicious.
True Food Kitchen in Austin is currently downtown near Lady Bird Lake, but they are opening a new location at The Domain in 2019! Their prices aren’t listed on the menu online, but salads and entrees range from about $14-22+. They have indoor and outdoor seating. I’ve also been to their Dallas and Newport Beach locations and the service and food are consistently great!
I finally went to MAD Greens at The Domain! It’s a casual salad and wrap eatery where you order down the line as they assemble your meal together. I went with two girl friends (three girls and three babies with three strollers – it was a situation haha!) and we enjoyed our meals!
I got the Don Quixote salad which has mixed greens, mango, avocado, corn, jack cheese and grilled chicken. I added some rice for extra calories for breastfeeding.
Aside from 12 different salads, they have wraps, soups and they recently added grain bowls. There are six locations in the Austin area from South Austin over to Lakeway and all the way up to Round Rock and Cedar Park. The price point is in the $8-11 range. The Domain location has a good outdoor seating area as well as indoor.
Vinaigrette is every salad-obsessed person’s dream. This full-service, sit-down restaurant specializes in salads, but they also serve sandwiches and soups. Their salad pairings are unique and throw together flavors you wouldn’t think to toss at home. Last visit I tried the Chop Chop Salad and it was very tasty!
Most salads are in the $14 range and Vinaigrette is located near downtown Austin.
Flower Child is bustling on the weekends (especially with women, hah!)! This is an order-at-the-front-and-we’ll-bring-it-to-you restaurant that features salads, power bowls, wraps and build your own plates (side items and proteins you can assemble together as a meal). I went with my mother-in-law recently when they came in town to see our new baby.
I tried the Thai Cashew Quinoa bowl and added chicken. It was moist and really yummy!
Entrees at Flower Child are in the $8-16 range and they have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. They have locations both downtown Austin and at The Domain. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available. And I have to say… they have the cutest French bistro chairs!
I have been a Modern Market fan since we lived in Dallas! Order at the front of this casual shop and your buzzer will go off for you to pick up your food when it’s ready. They print off your meal nutrition info on the back of your receipt, too, which is pretty neat.
My favorite foods at Modern Market are their pizzas (truly they are delicious!), salads and sandwiches. They have plated meals as well but I haven’t enjoyed the flavors as much as the pizzas, salads and sandwiches. You can do a combo meal with half sandwiches/pizza/soups/salads which is the way I like to go, and if you’re going with a family member or close friend you can go splitzies to try allll the things. Fave pizza = Margherita if watching the cals or BBQ if fine with higher cal; fave sandwich = Basil Chicken; fave salad = SUPERduperFOOD Salad.
Modern Market is located in the Arboretum area and also in Westlake. Prices are in the $6-11 range.
Although I don’t usually shop at Whole Foods (it’s a little rich for my blood hah!) I do really like eating there! The downtown Whole Foods is the flagship store, which means it’s loaded with options from a never-ending salad bar to sushi, tacos, pizza, various hot meals (choose an entree and sides), sandwiches, fish and even barbecue ribs (ok the ribs aren’t going to be the world’s healthiest choice I’m just saying they’re there!).
At the flagship Whole Foods I usually go for a slice of cheese pizza (it’s really yummy and… I like pizza if you haven’t noticed, hah!) and hit up the salad bar or get create-your-own sushi with brown rice (I like either crab or salmon with avocado, cucumber and eel sauce). The dining in options are fewer at The Domain but there is still a fair variety. At The Domain I really like the ramen noodle bar where I load up my bowl with veggies and a lean protein. There are fewest options at the Bee Cave location but it still delivers in a pinch. Prices are in the $3-12+ range at Whole Foods.
The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen
I love The Grove! The Grove is a full-service, more upscale, restaurant. My husband and I like to go for celebratory meals. This restaurant is a little different on the “healthy” front because it’s not hyper-focused on health like some of the other mentions above. That said, they do have a wide variety of nutritious offerings. They serve bruschetta, tons of salads, small plates (like Ahi Poke, Hummus Sampler, Point Judith Fried Calamari, their Crispy Brussels Sprouts which I’m in love with), several salads, pastas, pizzas (the Barbecue Chicken Pizza isn’t on the menu anymore but you can still order it and it’s the best), sandwiches and featured plates (like Coriander Crusted Halibut or Harissa Lamb Chops).
The Grove has vegan, gluten-free (including their breads, pastas and pizzas), dairy-free and vegetarian options all available. They have locations in downtown Austin, Westlake, Lakeway (my favorite location because of the VIEW! the most beautiful huge windows overlooking the hill country) and Cedar Park. The price point is about $11-34 for mains.
I hope you find this helpful! These are the best healthy restaurants in Austin in my opinion :).
Have you tried any of these healthy restaurants in Austin?
If so, what are your favorite dishes to order?
Am I missing any of your favorite healthy restaurants in Austin?
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