Top 10 Healthy Fast-Casual Restaurants
Top 10 Healthy Fast-Casual Restaurants
Remember that new year resolution you made about finally starting to eat healthy and passing on those extra carbs? Well, here we are, almost 2 months later, and yet we still can’t get it right. I don’t blame you, those homemade meals of bland brown rice and chicken can get repetitive really quickly. Even worse, trying to eat clean with a busy schedule throughout the week just simply makes it feel impossible. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you — these 10 healthy fast —casual restaurants in Atlanta will save your resolution and have you feeling great without breaking the bank.
Located in The Mall at Peachtree Center, Aviva by Kameel focuses on providing foods that are fresh and wholesome, cooking from the heart, and always treating their customers like family. Their values can be found in their name, “Aviva”, meaning spring, fresh, and renewal. Their Mediterranean menu consists of protein and veggie platters, sandwiches, salads, and amazing hot and cold sides. Kameel, chef of Aviva, prides himself on sourcing home-free, halal meat and local produce. Fresh is a serious matter for Kameel. Stop by for lunch for a memorable, satisfying meal that is good for your body.
Pierre Panos, owner of Fresh to Order (F2O), always envisioned to bring a finer dining experience to the masses at fast casual price points in an elevated dining environment with flavorful, always from scratch cooking. F2O takes pride in using the freshest and finest ingredients for all their delicious recipes. Their menu is quite extensive, ranging from chef small plates, bite-size salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, and much more. There’s something special about this healthy fast-casual restaurant. Give them a try, you will catch yourself constantly coming back.
Simple and delicious. Gusto! really understands how to provide a speedy service, without sacrificing quality ingredients. Exactly what a healthy fast-casual restaurant should be. You start off by picking a base: mixed greens, brown rice, or flatbread wrap. Then, comes the protein: grilled chicken, spicy chicken, or grilled shrimp. You can also do grilled portabella mushrooms or add/sub fresh avocado slices. Then, you pick one of their six tasty and creative gusto’s. I highly recommend the chipotle mango avocado! Your meal also comes with a complimentary side of crispy sweet potato fries.
With over 13 locations in GA, it’s hard not to find one of their superfood cafés nearby. Kale Me Crazy offers juices, smoothies, salads, and wraps in a sleek upscale environment. They truly do believe in real food and providing a variety of quick and nutritious options to customers. If you’re really trying to take your healthy lifestyle to the next level, you can try their 3-Day Juice Cleanse that consists of a combination of fruit based juices and green juices. Whatever you decide to order, you can be sure to count on a knowledgeable, friendly staff and quality local ingredients, that will have you feeling great.
Located in Midtown, MetroFresh specializes in gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches and breakfasts. They use the freshest in-season ingredients, locally grown when possible, to create a menu of interesting, unusual, globally-inspired flavor combinations. Chef and owner, Mitchell Anderson, is the mastermind behind this healthy, fast-casual restaurant. His mission is to provide fresh, healthy, creative food that is not out of reach for the casual diner. Their menu changes daily and is full of delicious surprises. They offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even Sunday brunch!
Tacos. Toast. Bowls. Poke. Coffee. What else can you ask for on a menu? Alright, tacos may not be the healthiest option on the menu, but they’re pretty damn good! Muchacho can get addicting quickly, so I recommend to visit with caution. All their food is tasty so you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu. However, the Vietnamese bowl specifically, is something out of this world. It has sprouted brown rice, cilantro, pesto, egg, herbs, and sweet peppers. You’ll be in food heaven after your first bite. Not only is the food amazing, but the design of the building is beautiful, industrial and hip. Make sure to check them out!
This locally owned café is conveniently located in Westside, Brookhaven, Decatur, and Buckhead. Souper Jenny has been serving the Atlanta community delicious soups, sandwiches, and salads since 1996. Jenny Levison, founder of Souper Jenny, is known by her loyal clientele for creating tasty and healthy recipes for their daily menu. Souper Jenny really stands by their mission statement, which is for every guest to leave saying “I love this place. I love how I feel when I’m here, and I can’t wait to come back.” Check them out, you’ll be one of their guests proving their mission statement to be a success.
Fresh, organic, and most importantly, delicious. If you ever catch yourself near West Midtown, you need to check this new chic fast-casual eatery! Upbeet has a variety of ingredients that allows you to build your own organic salads, grain bowls, smoothie bowls, yogurt bowls, and toasts. All very delicious, and “Instagram-a-bowl”. In a way, it has a Chipotle-like assembly line setup. If you’re in a rush, you can save some time and put your trust in the well thought out recipes they have designed. Give this new, trendy spot a visit, and thank me later.
If you’re an açaí lover like me, Vitality Bowls is the place to be. Although a franchise, this superfood café really has mastered the craft of bringing healthy, fresh food and wellness to every community across the country, without the expense of quality. They focus on making delicious açaí bowls and smoothies, featuring the Amazon’s nutritious açaí berry, as well as a selection of fresh juices, house made soups, salads, and panini. They are currently located in Midtown and Peachtree City. Whether you’re eating in, or ordering for delivery, make sure to try one of their colorful and flavorful açaí bowls.
Yalla! is a modern Middle Eastern food stall located in Krog Street Market and The Canteen in Midtown. They offer shawarma and kebabs, falafel, fresh-baked pita and laffa, and a variety of salads. They also offer fresh vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Although they usually are the busiest food stall in Krog, the food is worth the hype. The shawarma and falafel are their most popular dishes, but I also would recommend trying the Sabich Pita. Give this spot a try- your perspective on Mediterranean food will change if you don’t already think its one of the best cuisines in the world.
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