SV Dining: 24 Healthy Restaurants


True Food Kitchen

180 El Camino Real Ste 1140, Palo Alto

This chain is the brainchild of renowned health author Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox. Started with the simple concept that tasty food can also be healthy food, True Food Kitchen features a rotating menu based on seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The restaurant even caters to the obstinate carnivore. Edamame dumplings ($12) and one of their rotating seasonal cocktails—made with fresh-pressed fruit and veggie juice, as well as organic spirits—should be on everyone’s list of resolutions.

Veggie Grill

Seattle, WA

Posted by Veggie Grill on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Multiple locations

This West Coast chain—with 30 locations and counting—has done its part to try to bring vegan into the mainstream American diet. Their Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ sandwich ($10.95) has a nice, satisfying crunch and spicy heat from the chipotle mayo, and the All Hail Kale ($9.95) salad—served with agave-roasted walnuts—is a can’t-miss crowd pleaser.

Vitamina Juices & Blends

387 S First St, San Jose

It’s amazing how a simple thing like juice can become totally corrupted by extra dairy, sugar and who knows what else to pack “flavor” but mostly calories. Vitamina seeks to end that by offering up the purest and fresh set juice blends with no added concentrates, pulps or any other nonsense. Their ingredient list is short and simple. The Green Lorito ($8 for 20 ounces) features apple, ginger, cucumber, celery, parsley, spinach, kale and lime to help cleanse the body from all the holiday treats, and that extra beer—or three—from last night.

VN Grill

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1085 E Brokaw Rd, San Jose

Perhaps one of the healthiest and most inexpensive lunch options around, these Vietnamese-inspired bowls done Chipotle-style run $6-10 depending on one’s choice of protein. First pick a base (rice, noodles or salad), add a protein, choose from any—or all 12—of their veggies, sauce it up and enjoy. As an added treat, try the mushroom spring rolls ($4).