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10 Favorite Healthy Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

Cheap, healthy, vegan lunch at Desert Roots is the way to go.
Cheap, healthy, vegan lunch at Desert Roots is the way to go.
Heather Hoch

If you're looking to eat right, whether that means you adhere to a strict Paleo or Whole 30 diet or you just try to go as local and organic as possible, there's plenty of places in town that serve up healthful fare without sacrificing flavor. Vegetarians, dairy-free, and gluten-free folk know to hit up these spots in town because the restaurants usually list right on the menu if a dish will satisfy their dietary needs.

Here are ten of our favorite spots to eat well in metro Phoenix:

See also: 10 Best Veggie Burgers in Metro Phoenix

Desert Roots Kitchen Everyone had that vegan friend in college, or maybe you had a (possibly ongoing) stint of veganism yourself. In either case, there are some bits of nostalgia you likely feel for the days of vegan potlucks. Well, at Desert Roots Kitchen right off of Mill Avenue in Tempe you can treat yourself to entirely guilt-free vegan wraps, salads, pasta and other grain-based dishes. If you're looking for a spot in town that doesn't inject fat for the sake of flavor, DRK is the place. Plus, you can even pick up your weekly CSA boxes there if you're in the area.

Zucchini pesto pasta at 24 Carrots makes going gluten-free a no-brainer.
Zucchini pesto pasta at 24 Carrots makes going gluten-free a no-brainer.
Judy Nichols

24 Carrots If you're looking for food that's made with serious thought to flavor and your food sensitivity, then you'll want to head to 24 Carrots. Owner and chef Sasha Raj started this place as a juice bar but has since expanded to include a full menu and a bakery -- and it's all vegan, vegetarian, and, for the most part, gluten-free. We had our doubts about food that cuts out all things animal, but once we tasted Raj's vegan bacon we knew we were in good hands. No, it's not as good as real pork belly, but it is a good imitation: smoky, delicious, and definitely healthy. Not bad considering the chef's never tasted the real thing herself. She also sources much of her produce from local, organic farmers. In short, this place is the real deal.

This new juice bar in Old Town Scottsdale offers much more than just juice.
This new juice bar in Old Town Scottsdale offers much more than just juice.
Courtesy of Kaleidoscope Juice

Kaleidoscope Juice Kaleidoscope was first known for its juices, but it's smoothies, wraps and salads make it a health conscious eaters dream. Plus, no one looks twice if you wear yoga pants or arrive by bike. The "high vibe" food is 100% organic and even includes breakfast options like the "plumbers breakfast" pudding with goji berries, hemp, coconut milk and chia seeds. Some of the smoothies (Scottsdale and Downtown locations only) double as meals and there are gluten free options as well. The Thai Tiger salad's dressing bursts with flavor and the acai bowls are not too sweet, but filling. Plus, there are wraps, salads and even baked snacks ready-made and ready to take home. It's also one of a handful of places in the Valley to get things like tumeric and wheatgrass shots.

 

A healthy burger for you meatless eaters.
A healthy burger for you meatless eaters.
Katie Johnson

Pomegranate Cafe This Ahwatukee establishment is a mecca for meat alternatives. Whether you're a carnivore or a cruelty-free consumer, Pomegranate Cafe can persuade nearly any dieter in the door thanks to its fresh produce, dairy-free baked goods, and an extensive menu of entirely green grub. Open for breakfast and lunch, the Pomegranate Cafe makes eating your vegetables a whole lot easier.

The Loving Hut's rainbow salad is as fun to look at as it is to eat.
The Loving Hut's rainbow salad is as fun to look at as it is to eat.
Hannah E. Williams

Loving Hut We'd be willing to bet that the folks at Loving Hut were vegan before you even knew what the word meant. Loving Hut walks the walk. It also talks the talk -- and we won't get into that here, but if you'd like to read about the peace/love/happiness/freaky side of things, you can read a long story about it. But we're here to discuss the food -- delicious, healthy Asian dishes including colorful salads, pho, sushi and curry. Feeling like a splurge? Try the deep-fried spring rolls or won tons. We're not as fond of the "American" dishes on the menu, where soy protein takes the place of meat on hamburgers and chili dogs, but this is the perfect spot to bring that dining companion who refuses to eat Chinese food one more time.

 

We're pretty keen on this quinoa sandwich from s.e.e.d.
We're pretty keen on this quinoa sandwich from s.e.e.d.
Heather Hoch

s.e.e.d. Cafe If you're going for the 360-degree approach to living well, s.e.e.d. Cafe, located inside Madison Improvement Club, is the place to achieve it. Mayo-free tuna salad, quinoa burgers, and plant-based pastas all sub out naughty ingredients for flavorful alternatives. Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian dietary needs are all accommodated for at s.e.e.d. With grab and go options, as well as a full juice and smoothie bar, you can even take your nourishment on the road. It isn't all about the food though. Before lunch you can also indulge in one of the spot's spinning or yoga classes, just to burn some extra calories if you like.

Sage Kitchen Formerly Chakra 4, Sage's selection of purely vegetarian fare is a hotbed of black beans, avocados, hummus, sprouts, lentils and vegetables...in a good way. Their seasonal menu is diverse and compatible with various dietary limitations- although it doesn't taste that way. The balsamic apple pizza, white gnocchi and vegan cheese selection are nutrient packed and tasty to boot. The creative reworks of traditional meat and fish main courses are worth a trip and may even impress all but the pickiest of carnivores. Unusual flavor profiles in both hot and cold soups are anything but boring. Best of all, the restaurant also offers tasty desserts and a Sunday brunch.

Fresh pressed juices, salads, and more at three different ChopShop locations.
Fresh pressed juices, salads, and more at three different ChopShop locations.
Lauren Saria

The Original ChopShop Co. There may be putting something in the water at this mini chain of local restaurants because every time we stop into one of the three locations in Tempe, Scottsdale, and Gilbert, we find ourselves surrounded by happy, good-looking people. Then again, that could just be because the food here is the kind of fare that's both good for you and good to eat. For an on-the-go snack the restaurant offers fresh pressed juices (we like the Slim Squeeze with strawberry, kiwi, and mint), while heartier options include protein plates, salads, and breads.

 

There's a fair amount of unhealthy at this healthy spot, so be careful.
There's a fair amount of unhealthy at this healthy spot, so be careful.
Jackie Mercandetti

Phoenix Public Market Cafe Sure, Phoenix Public Market Cafe offers some delicious lemon bars and macarons. You can also go for the hefty hunk of meaty prime rib for dinner if you're so inclined. However, for healthy eaters, this downtown Phoenix spot has plenty to offer. While a little less granola than its predecessor, menu mainstays like the all-veggie Del Real sandwich and the Eat the Rainbow salad (which has its own t-shirt now) are great choices for a light lunch. You can also just try out the market vegetable selection or get a fresh-pressed juice on any given day for a treat that's local, fresh, and seasonal. Besides, even if you can't avoid the pastry case, one macaron won't kill you.

Not just a healthy restaurant-- Luci's is a healthy local market too.
Not just a healthy restaurant-- Luci's is a healthy local market too.
Katie Johnson

Luci's Healthy Marketplace When it comes to order-at-the-counter salads, sandwiches, and coffee, the midtown market of choice is Luci's Healthy Marketplace at 16th Street and Bethany Home. This cafe meets convenience store caters to the health conscious who cook at home as much as it does the lean-minded lunch crowd. Whether you're going green or just going out, it's easy to gravitate to Luci.

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Kaleidoscope Juice

7119 E. 1st Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Pomegranate Cafe

4025 E. Chandler Blvd.
Ahwatukee, AZ 85048

480-706-7472

www.pomegranatecafe.com

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24 Carrots

1701 E. Guadalupe
Tempe, AZ 85283

480-753-4411

www.24carrotsjuice.com

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Desert Roots Kitchen
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Loving Hut

3239 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

602-264-3480

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S.e.e.d. Cafe

3802 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

www.themadisonphoenix.com/cafe

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Original ChopShop Co.

7158 E. 5th Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-794-1536

www.chopshopco.com

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Phoenix Public Market Cafe

14 E. Pierce St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-253-2700

www.phxpublicmarket.com

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Luci's Healthy Market Place

1590 E. Bethany Home Road
Phoenix, AZ 85014

602-773-1339

www.lucishealthymarketplace.com

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Sage Kitchen

4773 N. 20th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-283-1210

sagekitchenphx.com


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