My favorite healthy restaurants in Chicago!
I get a lot of questions about my favorite places in Chicago – both from locals and people planning visits! I always feel honored that they are asking for my opinion, but sometimes I can’t keep up with comments/messages/emails. And there’s nothing worse than finally responding only to find out their trip was the week before. Woops. (I’m really sorry if I’ve done that to you!)
But I have a solution. I’ve decided that this summer, I’m going to launch a new “Best Of” series! So far, my list includes Favorite Brunch, Date Night Spots, Patios, Rooftops, Weekend Trips from Chicago, and MORE! Is there anything in particular you’d like me to add to this list? Please comment and let me know! This is for YOU, after all!
And with that, let’s get started with the first list:
The Best Healthy Restaurants in Chicago
This suggestion should shock NO ONE. You can read all about my love for True Food in this blog post – but since it’s opened in Chicago, I’ve become especially fond of the Ancient Grains Bowl. Definitely my go-to when someone asks for healthy restaurants in Chicago!
Again, no surprise here! These salads pop up in my Insta Stories all the time – and for good reason. Really, WHY do they taste so much better than every other salad?? I love the Beets Don’t Kale My Vibe and OMG Omega… but honestly my favorite is my own creation with Spicy Cashew Dressing on top. I keep hoping that one day they’ll start selling bottles of that dressing because it. is. EVERYTHING.
I remember walking into their Old Town location the first week they opened – and since then, they’ve opened multiple new locations, expanded their juice/smoothie menu, started making smoothie bowls, NoYo FroYo, and tons more. Moral of the story: they’re killing it. My go-to is always the Kal E. Kopowski, but really, everything is delicious.
This is the best Acai Bowl in the city. As they say themselves, it’s a damn good bowl. It’s super thick and they have awesome toppings. If you’re not an acai bowl person, I also love their smoothies!
Blue Door Farm Stand
I know I said Sweetgreen has the best salads in the world – but Blue Door has them beat when it comes to their Brussels & Kale Salad. It’s made with shaved brussels sprouts, kale, almonds, BACON, parmesan and a creamy Maple Tahini Dressing. You may think I’m crazy, but it’s probably my favorite thing to order in on lazy nights when I don’t care about delivery fees. YUM!
I wish I lived closer to this gem, because I would go all the time. My favorite menu items so far are their grain bowls (Farro and Away & Moab Medley) and sparkling splashes (Citrus Turmeric), but I plan on eating my way through more of the menu this summer! A trip to Lakeview is better when it’s nice out, right? Plus, there are ALWAYS dogs out on that patio. Just saying.
I’m assuming you’ve heard about the pokē craze by now, right? Well, it’s freaking delicious. If you haven’t tried it yet, just go during an off time and pick up one of these cute little bowls. As long as you like sushi, you’ll love this.
I love this place because there’s something for everyone. You can order a Quinoa Salad or Wok Out Bowl, but whoever you’re with can indulge in a burger or pizza. AND neither one of you will regret your order, because everything tastes good! You know that familiar “where should we eat” debate? Solved.
I almost didn’t include Beatrix on this list because I have a feeling it will pop up on a few more of my roundups this summer. But alas, it IS one of my favorite healthy restaurants! How could I leave it out? I’m partial to their Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs, but I also love their Cauliflower Grits, all of their salads (add salmon), the veggie burger, and the Chia Seed Pudding. So good.
This cute Gold Coast restaurant has a health-conscious menu, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! They have salads, tons of veggies, burgers, and even tacos. I also hear their brunch is great, too!
So… did I leave out any of your favorite healthy restaurants in Chicago?
Please comment and tell me if I did!
PS. You might also like My Favorite Brunches in Chicago.