In a city known for cheese steaks and soft pretzels you would think it would be more difficult to find healthy options. Yet Philadelphia’s burgeoning food scene offers an abundance of healthy options for every palate and dietary requirement. In fact, when it comes to healthy restaurants Philadelphia is quickly making its mark as a foodie paradise.
Healthy Restaurants Philadelphia Option 1: Sweetgreen
Typically, when you think of “healthy food” you think of salad, right? Sweetgreen is leaning into this mentality with a wide variety of regionally inspired salads and bowls. With three locations to serve hungry Philadelphians across the city, Sweetgreen features several gluten free and vegan dishes with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and a farm-to-table supply chain. In fact, when the restaurant was founded in 2007 based on the belief that transparency in how food is sourced and prepared brings communities together. With a menu that changes with the seasons and growing patterns, you are guaranteed to have a fresh salad experience like you’ve never had before. If you’re there in the spring, grab the Spring Burrata and Green Goddess Salad featuring asparagus, snap peas, radish and cucumber on a bed of greens topped with burrata bread crumbs, fresh herbs and a green goddess ranch dressing you’re going to want to swim in.
Sweetgreen, Multiple Locations, Philadelphia, PA – sweetgreen.com
Healthy Restaurants Philadelphia Option 2: Hip City Veg
Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you don’t want something that seems indulgent from time to time. Hip City Veg serves up vegan takes on indulgent fast food classics like burgers and shakes from their two Philadelphia locations. Best of all, most of their menu items can be made gluten free to order. Craving the Philly classic cheese steak? Hip City Veg has a decidedly healthier version that includes grilled onions and mushrooms and is served on a traditional long roll. Using 100% non-GMO soy ingredients and fully compostable packaging materials, Hip City Veg is more than a delicious and healthy food option, its eye for organic ingredients and sustainable practices is a healthy option for the planet too.
Hip City Veg, Multiple Locations, Philadelphia, PA – hipcityveg.com
Healthy Restaurants Philadelphia Option 3: Talula’s Garden
If you’re looking for an upscale eatery that is as committed to healthy food as you are, look no further than Talula’s Garden in Washington Square. Committed to farm-to-table ingredients in a beautiful atmosphere, the menu at Talula’s Garden changes seasonally to accommodate the freshest ingredients. Everything from starters to pastas, main dishes to shareable vegetable small plates are rooted in the philosophy that fresh ingredients prepared simply yields the greatest impact on both a person’s health and their restaurant experience. If you get a chance, give their braised lamb pappardelle a try. A beautiful combination of earthy and sweet leeks, squash and lamb gently coat house-made oregano pappardelle pasta. It’s the perfect way to satisfy that pasta craving.
Talula’s Garden, 210 West Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA – talulasgarden.com
Healthy Restaurants Philadelphia Option 4: Smart Street
Nestled between Chestnut and Market is Smart Street Healthy Kitchen and Juice Bar. With a commitment to organic, non-GMO ingredients, Smart Street turns out the healthy food Philadelphia craves including sandwiches, salads, burgers, and bowls. While the Harvest Bowl will keep you satisfied all afternoon with its sweet potato, kale, carrots, chick peas, and quinoa topped with hummus and avocado, where Smart Street really shines is in their fresh-pressed juices and healthy, organic smoothies. Their Hangover Killer made from beets, carrots, lemon, green apple, and ginger is perfect not just when you partied a little too hard the night before, but when you’re feeling under the weather.
Smart Street Healthy Kitchen & Juice Bar, 38 S. 19th St., Philadelphia, PA – eatsmartstreet.com
Healthy Restaurants Philadelphia Option 5: Choolaah
Spurred on by their motto, “Life’s too short to eat boring,” Choolaah is bringing contemporary Indian cuisine to King of Prussia – just outside Philly. Named for the community oven (the “sanja chulha) where people gathered to share stories and eat fresh baked breads, Choolaah recreates this atmosphere in a funky, modern, casual eatery. From bowls and salads to wraps and traditional Indian street snacks, everything is cooked in large Tandoori ovens and seasoned to perfection with warm spices that are both familiar and exotic. Since the majority of the menu is customizable, there are plenty of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options to choose from. Be sure to try the Perfect Balance Bowl with your choice of protein and masala. (We love the chicken with the tikka masala.)
Choolaah, 155 Main Street, Suite 120 King of Prussia, PA – choolaah.com
Healthy Restaurants Philadelphia Option 6: Front Street Cafe
Not only is Front Street Cafe turning out healthy, sustainable options for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, their green space just out the back door has become one of the most coveted gardens in town for private parties and events. With separate menus for different times of day, Front Street Cafe believes in using organic, plant-based ingredients when possible and making everything else in-house. If you’re headed there for lunch, be sure to try the FCS Black Bean Burger. Not only are the patties made in-house from scratch, so are the pickles and cucumber-dill aioli. Served on a vegan brioche bun, even the most hard-core meat lovers can’t resist.
Front Street Cafe, 253 N Front Street Philadelphia, PA – frontstreetcafe.net
Healthy Restaurants Philadelphia Option 7: Green Soul
There are few things more satisfying than soul food and soulful jazz. Green Soul takes this combination, infuses a lot of organic, locally sourced ingredients, and removes all the guilt. One part bar, one part music venue and two parts restaurant, this eatery is bringing a whole new vibe to Mount Vernon Street. From small plates of sweet plantains cooked with house-made mojo sauce to “Soul Bowls” and salads, Green Soul is bringing a distinctively “soul food” approach to the latest trends in healthy eating. Be sure to try the Harissa Spiced Chicken Tacos with the Moroccan BBQ sauce.
Green Soul, 1410 Mount Vernon Street, Philadelphia, PA – greensoulliving.com
Healthy Restaurants Philadelphia Option 8: Charlie Was a Sinner
With a motto like, “Small Plates, Strong Drinks” you can’t go wrong with Charlie Was a Sinner. In fact, when it comes to healthy food Philadelphia in general must have a healthy cocktail to go with it. Open from 4 pm to 2 am and specializing in updated, healthy, happy hour food, this cozy 13th Street spot is the perfect place for a date or an after-work libation perfectly paired with a vegetarian small plate. Indulge in the house-made vegan ricotta made from tofu and agave and topped with lemon, black pepper, and olive oil. Be sure to pair it with “Charlies Punch” – a signature cocktail-of-the-day hand-crafted to the freshest ingredients of the season.
Charlie Was a Sinner, 131 S. 13th St. Philadelphia, PA – charliewasasinner.com
Whether you are on the hunt for Vegan bites or organic plates, when it comes to healthy food Philadelphia is crushing it. Turn the corner on just about any street and you’ll find healthy restaurants Philadelphia can be proud of. Take it one step further and find one of the best personal trainers in Philadelphia and you’ll be crushing it too!