10 of the Best Healthy Restaurants in the Sacramento Area
There is certainly no shortage of healthy eats in and around Sacramento, the nation’s farm-to-fork capital. In fact, we’ve discussed some of the best local vegan and vegetarian restaurants, and compiled a complete list of farm-to-table restaurants in the Sacramento area.
In addition to these amazing eateries, here are some of the best options for healthy dining. While there are so many restaurants that feature a few healthy options, these 10 restaurants place a significant emphasis on providing healthy fare across their entire fresh, seasonal menus.
10 of the Best Healthy Restaurants in the Sacramento Area
- Selland’s Market Cafe
- Cozmic Cafe
- Garden of Eat’n
- The Healthy Habit
- Sunflower Drive-In
- Veg Cafe
- Metro Kitchen + Drinkery
- Wild Flour Cafe
Photo Courtesy of Selland’s Market Cafe
Selland’s Market Cafe is part of Selland Family Restaurants, the region’s premier family-owned restaurant group focused on farm-to-fork fare. Like the group’s other culinary concepts, including The Kitchen Restaurant, Ella Dining Room and Bar and OBO’ Italian Table & Bar, Selland’s Market Cafe is focused on providing a hyper-local and healthy menu. They procure the finest ingredients available to create real, honest, homemade food using family recipes and seasonal produce from the region. The menu at Selland’s Market Cafe includes a robust variety of pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and hearty entrees. How delicious does that Super Greens Signature Salad (pictured) look?! It has spinach, kale, chard, roasted beets, red cabbage, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and a maple-sherry vinaigrette.
Photo Courtesy of Mother
Tucked in the Crest Theater complex along the vibrant K Street in downtown Sacramento lies Mother, a hip eatery providing meatless, craveable food. Order the delicious vegan Carrot Nutburger with caramelized onions, arugula, ketchup, mustard, and housemade pickles, served on a homemade bun. Or dig into the Peach & Burrata Salad with farro, quinoa, treviso, cucumber, radish, and basil vinaigrette. Whatever you eat, it will definitely be mother approved!
Head to the charming town of Placerville to visit Cozmic Cafe, a hub for the arts, fine coffee, ethical foods, microbrews, wine and live music. This community-centric eatery not only places an emphasis on the quality and taste of their food, but values the ethics of food and the health of the community and earth. That’s why they serve organic and GMO-free foods and source locally grown ingredients when seasonally available. Order from their all-day breakfast menu, or grab a wrap, salad, sandwich, or specialty entree — all of which is healthy and adheres to the high standards of Cozmic Cafe.
Photo Courtesy of Garden of Eat’n
With a location in both Roseville and Auburn, Garden of Eat’n is a fast-casual eatery focused on providing deliciously fresh food with integrity. Their healthy, made-to-order meals are comprised of locally sourced seasonal fruits and vegetables, housemade dressings, and non-GMO marinated proteins. The beauty of Garden of Eat’n is the ability to completely customize your order. Stand in line and create your own salad, wrap, sandwich, piadina, and mac ‘n cheese bowl!
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This East Sacramento gem is cooking up a variety of delectable plates made with local, seasonal, organic, non-GMO ingredients. Anything they don’t make in-house is sourced from purveyors with equally high standards, including The Acme Bread Company, Coffee Works organic coffee, and The Tao of Tea. Their brunch, lunch and dinner menus feature a variety of healthy dishes, many of which are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan.
The name alone is a dead giveaway that The Healthy Habit is a health food haven. This restaurant in Auburn was created by a mother and daughter’s love for cooking and healthy living. They teamed up to share some of their recipes made with the freshest and purest ingredients, putting a healthy spin on old favorites. Sit down to enjoy a healthy sandwich or salad, or grab an acai bowl, juice or smoothie on the go!
Photo Courtesy of Sunflower Drive-In
This long-standing community staple is a must-visit whether you’re a local or visitor in charming Old Town Fair Oaks. Since 1978, Sunflower Drive-In has served tasty vegetarian meals from their vintage walk-up window. Don’t miss their famous nut burger, a mixture of almonds, walnuts, cashews, carrots, rice, a plethora of spices, and their namesake — sunflower seeds. Find out for yourself why this primarily vegetarian eatery has been a local favorite for decades.
Photo Courtesy of Veg Cafe
Nestled above Thai Basil Restaurant in a Victorian building in the heart of Midtown, you’ll find this hidden gem. Veg Cafe boasts a relaxing ambiance and a robust vegetarian/vegan menu. They also serve a diverse selection of drinks, including espresso, gourmet tea, craft cocktails, craft beer, ciders, red and white wine, kombucha, and nitro coffee. Take a moment to slow down and savor the healthful and flavor-filled food and drinks at Veg Cafe.
Photo Courtesy of Metro Kitchen + Drinkery
Metro Kitchen + Drinkery is centrally located in the heart of downtown, offering seasonal breakfast, lunch and evening menus. They also serve cold-pressed juices, coffee and even bar drinks. This is the perfect solution for those looking for a quick bite on the go without sacrificing quality and integrity. Metro Kitchen + Drinkery uses local, sustainable, and organic ingredients sourced from farmers they know and partners they believe in. Their food menu includes a variety of power salad bowls, super salads, soups and chili, sandwiches, and desserts!
Wild Flour Cafe is a relatively new addition to the downtown Sacramento dining scene, as they opened their doors at the start of 2017. Located in the heart of the city on the corner of 14th and O Streets, Wild Flour Cafe offers local organic salads and healthy choices for breakfast and lunch. In fact, most of the ingredients at Wild Flour are sourced from within a 100-mile radius. Enjoy the convenience of their online ordering and delivery service, which is particularly helpful for those who work downtown.
Enjoy the delicious and healthy offerings at these exceptional Sacramento area restaurants!