Out with the old, and in with the new! January is always a time of self-reflection and excitement to start the year on a new foot. Sometimes this means going to the gym more, picking up a new hobby, or changing your diet. If you read this blog, chances are you love food, so a restrictive diet will just make you sad. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite healthy restaurants to satiate your stomach and your new goals.
4661 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
Plumeria is the perfect place to expand your vegetarian and vegan horizons. This modern Thai restaurant is located in the heart of University Heights across from the famed Bahn Thai. When you walk in you’re welcomed by the smell of fresh Thai spices and an always packed dining room. Plumeria has all of your Thai food favorites, like Pad Thai, Tom Kah, and Pad See-ew. We highly recommend the Vegan Pumpkin Curry, which comes with your choice of vegetables, tofu, mock duck, vegan chicken, vegan beef or vegan shrimp. We also love the Ka Pow (pictured above) which is made of minced soy chicken or crispy soy duck sautéed with green beans, bell peppers and fresh basil in a spicy chili garlic sauce. To drink, you must try the Thai Iced Tea, which you can order with soy or coconut milk.
1980 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Café Gratitude is a special restaurant with one mission, which is to spread gratitude and awesome food. They do this by creating organic, sustainably farmed, plant-based dishes with creative names that evoke gratitude. Our favorite dish is a mole enchilada bowl named Elated, which is filled with blackened tempeh, black beans, roasted tomatillo sauce, cashew queso fresco, avocado, coleslaw, and escabeche. If you’re a burger lover, you’ll want to try Magical, which is Café Gratitude’s take on a Double-Double, made with housemade black bean patties, tomato, red onion, chipotle ketchup, cashew macadamia cheddar, gluten-free amaranth on a millet bun with fries.
7863 Girard Ave, Suite 201, La Jolla, CA 92037
Beaming makes healthy food approachable and beautiful. When you wander into their cozy La Jolla location they will always great you with a smile and a sample of something on the menu. Beaming offers organic cold pressed juices, smoothies, raw sprouted nut milk, superfood snacks, acai bowls, power shots and other raw and vegan goodies. Whenever we stop into Beaming we have to start with a cold pressed Radiance juice, which is especially good for detoxing and hydration. The Buddha Bowl is extremely popular as well. Check out Beaming on our La Jolla Walking Tour, which you can join every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 pm!
5375 Napa St, San Diego, CA 92110
Urbane Cafe makes being healthy easy with their fast-casual restaurant. Unlike the other restaurants mentioned, Urbane does serve meat with some of their dishes. One of those dishes is the Fall Harvest Caesar Salad, which comes with roasted turkey, candied bacon, roasted butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, parmesan cheese, housemade spiced croutons, seasonal greens and a pumpkin spiced Caesar dressing. We also enjoy the Moroccan Sandwich, which is made with roasted Harissa chicken, spicy Moroccan aioli, pickled heirloom carrots, red onion and cucumber mix, mozzarella cheese, cilantro, and arugula. If meat isn’t your thing, Urbane has a wide selection of meatless meals for you too!
4622 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
With their high ceilings, natural light and modern art; Madison on Park is one of the most beautiful restaurants in San Diego. Don’t believe us? They won the 2017 San Diego Magazine Best Of award for Best Design. Once you get over the beautiful interior design, there’s a full menu of delicious choices awaiting you. The Beet-Cured Salmon Crudo is to die for, and won’t break your health-conscious goals. We also love the Garden Vegetable Ravioli (pictured about) which is vegan, gluten-free, and most of all – delicious. You can’t leave Madison without trying on of their award-winning cocktails. We love the Mogwai and the Mr. Nice Guy.
Happy 2018 foodies! Do you have a healthy restaurant that you love? Tell us about it on Twitter!