The Top 9 Best Healthy Restaurants in the US : The Renegade Health Show Episode #570

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It’s about time we give out our favorite restaurant list from the last 1 1/2 traveling around the United States.

We’ve been to over 50 cities and tried many of the healthy options… raw food restaurants, raw food vegan restaurants and just plain old vegan restaurants. 🙂

They’re not all raw, but they are almost exclusively organic.

We also have 4-5 honorable mentions along the way.

Take a look…

Your question of the day: What is your favorite healthy restaurant?

Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comments now!

Here’s the list of the top healthy restaurants in the US (links if they have a site):

Chocolatree, Sedona, AZ
Bloodroot, Bridgeport, CT
Karma Road, New Paltz, NY
Au Lac, Fountain Valley, CA
Real Food Daily, Santa Monica, CA
Help Yourself, Key West, FL
Cafe Gratitude, Bay Area, CA
Manzantita, Oakland, CA
Living Light Cafe, Ft. Bragg, CA

Honorable Mention:

D’lish, Sedona, AZ
Leaf, Boulder, CO
Kayrn’s, Chicago, IL
R. Thomas, Atlanta, GA
The Flying Pig, Mount Kisco, NY
Quintessence, New York, NY

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Julie says:

    I still dream about my visit to Au Lac. 🙂

    Check out Mary’s Secret Garden in Ventura sometime. Yum.

  2. Tara Burner says:

    I’ll have to ck out Help Yourself when I get to Key West again 🙂

    I remember your video of the chocolates at Chocolatree, I should head to AZ just for that!

  3. Kristine says:

    Thanks so much for your list, especially as you guys really get around. I am so glad you mentioned Quintessence, NYC! Chef Dan does an awesome job. He is always learning, inventing and changing. Have you guys tried Pure Food & Wine, NYC? Completely raw, completely upscale and a wonderful place to go for a special occasion in the summer as they have a lovely garden. Finally, in Naples, Florida, Food&Thought, it is awesome (check out the website). What started out as an organic farmer with a philosophy and a mission has turned into an ever growing supermarket and wonderful lunch counter with great all organic conventional, vegan food and lots and lots of raw dishes, desserts, and raw prep classes.

  4. Fabulous list! What’s cool is it’s becoming easier and easier to find a raw or vegan restaurant.

  5. Jack says:

    I love a place in Harlem, NYC called ‘Raw Soul’, pretty good all raw food, especially their wraps!

  6. Hi, maybe you will think I’m crazy for suggesting this, but I really think that we can find healthy food in a lot of places, not only in the organic vegan raw restaurants, specially for people like me married with a man on a traditional diet. So my best options (because I live in Mexico and the only time I go to a restaurant is in McAllen tx) are P.F. Changs which is a MSG free restaurant with gluten free and vegetarian options, I actually really like their Buda’s feast which is only steamed vegetables over a bed of steamed rice, and Jason’s Deli, which has a big salad bar and some vegetarian meals, I like the Portobello garden pasta which I order with no pasta, over a bed of spring mix and with no cheese, and is only the portobello sauteed with some tomatoes, artichokes and spinach. Delicious.

  7. Jo says:

    I left at your second choice when you mentioned a feminist restaurant AND bookstore! I had to go check out Bloodroot’s website. Awesome. Calls for a road trip to CT.

    Thanks for the list and for their links. Back to watching….

  8. Turil says:

    Two places in New England that my husband an I LOVE are:

    Rawbert’s Organic Garden Cafe in Beverly, Massachusetts. It’s mostly raw, and has a similar feel to Cafe Gratitude (which I agree is awesome!). The Pad Thai is amazing. It’s where I said to my husband several years ago, “If I ate like this I would be so amazingly healthy!” And I was right…

    Stone Soup in Burlington, Vermont. Not raw. Not totally vegetarian, but there is definitely a whole lot of totally vegetarian (vegan) stuff if you aren’t looking for raw. And they do love kale, in blazing pink neon, no less! They have a great salad bar, so you can definitely get a reasonably good raw dinner there, too. But the reason to go is the atmosphere. Most everyone there is having fun and is appreciative of being able to be there.

  9. Good n Raw in Lakewood/Cleveland OH is AWESOME!!! Not a sit down restaurant but you order to take out.. was INCREDIBLE!! Then up the road was The Root Cafe. Many vegan items and vegetarian items on the menu. It is a sit down cafe. Very very good as well!!

  10. RJ says:

    Thanks for the great list! Minneapolis has a great raw food restaurant that offers plenty of educational classes and FREE recipies!

  11. Kris says:

    Omar’s Living Cuisine in SLC, Utah. Small, little place with Omar’s recipes which are yummy raw. He has a beautiful gift of putting food together which tastes fantastic and you feel so good afterward, a wonderful warm chi, from the whole experience. Truly delicious experience! I am so glad someone is finally putting together a list like this. So fun!!!
    Thanks Kevin and Ann Marie for the great work!

  12. David says:

    Hey guys! Yay for Karma Road. I’m a huge fan. Next time you are in NY, hike Mt Beacon and go to the new raw food cafe Superfood Citizen in Beacon NY. I’m so psyched we finally got a local raw food place and I just want to spread the word so they stick around. I had an amazing spinach and strawberry salad and raw nut cheesecake for dessert. So many other groovy things I’m dying to try. Love you guys!

  13. Larry Jay says:

    manzanita does have salad. on the weekend buffet there is always a big bowl of organic greens. it is my favorite place (over cafe gratitude even). i’m glad it made your top 9.

  14. Johnny says:

    Thanks for sharing your list my friends. It’s been fun to follow the links above. Cafe Gratitude use to be one of my favorite places to eat before I want simple/mono meal raw with more 80 10 10 influence. It’s nice to see them listed here though, the owners are so sweet and their worker energy is always of good cheer!

    You and Ann Marie are trusted sources for good referrals, thanks again. I don’t eat out but this will help many who do!!!

  15. Todd says:

    Try Bliss in Dallas Texas!

  16. Ashley says:

    I understand you’re dilema; the raw food restaurants around here (Seattle/Tacoma WA) are really not that great at all 🙁 My favorite place so far is Marlene’s Market and Deli. I buy almost all of my groceries here (everything is organic) and I eat at the cafe a couple times a week. I credit Marlene’s with helping me convert my boyfriend to a healthier lifestyle and diet and he’s loving it! We have never once been dissapointed with their food and it’s a nice price for all the goodness you get 🙂 They have vegan, vegitarian and regular choices. The only problem is they close at 8pm. I was actually thinking this area could use another ‘healthier options’ restaurant…. 🙂

  17. David says:

    Alive! restaurant in the Marina District in SF. I can’t believe you guys didn’t go there or include in your list. The food is phenomenal! Check out

  18. Ineke says:

    Thank you so much for this list. We will be traveling this summer so it is always good to have a list with restaurants that serve organic food.

    My favorite restaurant: Here in Colorado Springs I have a couple that are very dear to us. They are not vegan perse but you can get vegan food or leave things out to make it vegan. Adam’s mountain cafe in Manitou Springs. they promote the slow food movement so you basically can get everything from burgers to sprouts. My daugther’s favorite restaurant is “Poor Richard’s. The concept is very neat. In one building there is a restaurant, toy store, wine bar/restaurant and (used) bookstore. It is our place to go if we have a girl’s night out. She gets a toy and her slice of favorite spelt pizza. For my husband it is a bit more difficult since he is still very strict following the HIppocrates diet. I admire him so much but the place where he feels most comfortable is of all places a Greek restaurant. The chef goes totally out of her way to prepare a special salad for him that is to die for so every time we go there I order the same dish. This is also the place where he “cheats” a little bit and has some roasted veggies (psst…don’t tell Brian Clement)

    I know that you guys visited Santa Fe. Did you ever visit “the body cafe”? It is vegetarian with a lot of raw options. In the same building there is a yoga studio and clothing store. When we visited Santa Fe last december we ate there every day. This was also the place where I figured that all of these nut burgers and raw pies are not doing any good to my system. Oh well..I guess you live and learn. Like you, it doesn’t have to be necessarily raw but good food is about good ingredients. I still think that the best places are the ones where every body is happy: meat eaters and vegans alike. Next time when we are in Boulder we will definitely try “Leaf”

  19. Jacqueline says:

    Juliano’s Raw Planet. Its very dense and complex raw foods though, might not be your thing, but OMG its so good

  20. Jacqueline says:

    In Santa Monica, CA by the way (forgot to put that above)

  21. Eliana says:

    I live in Atlanta, and I love R. Thomas, too (Ocean Garden Salad! The best!), but if you want an all raw/living food experience, go to East Point (a few minutes away from Atlanta) to Lov’n It Live ( ). All food is freshly prepared (which makes the service a little slow, but it’s worth the wait). The plain Irish Moss drink is to die for (they used to make a carob flavored one (and still may) but I could never bring myself to give up the plain oneto try it!). It’s near the East Point MARTA station, so it’s easy to get to.

  22. Kate says:

    If you ever come to the bay area (San Luis Obispo County) in CA.
    You must go to Sunshine Health Foods Cafe known as Sunshine Cafe in Morro Bay. They have really awesome vegan food. and a raw food dish every weekend. Thats probably the best option in are area but they have the cutest little health food store and cafe.

    I love there tempeh tacos. and there salads w/ the cilantro dressing are to die for.

  23. Tonya says:

    The Daily Juice cafe in Austin, Texas is awesome!

  24. Susan says:

    My favorite in Atlanta, GA is The Green Sprout Vegetarian Cuisine

    In South Fl, I enjoy Whole Foods (veggie and vegan options on their food bar), Too Jays Deli (veggie & vegan options-fresh fruit served with wraps), Uncle Joe Chinese (Yu Hsaing Eggplant or broccoli-Yumm), and Taste of India in Port St Lucie.


  25. Susan says:

    Oh, I nearly forgot. The Laughing Seed is my Asheville, NC favorite.


  26. Dawni says:

    Welcome back…

    I feel as you do simple is better when it comes to eating raw for me. I find a good Vegan restaurant is a great option. So when I travel — I always do a search on the Happy Cow website. Also, there is a good Raw Food directory growing over Wendy’s rawjeevan site.

    I am always finding something fun and new to try in LA/Orange County. My other secret is eating at temples that serve vegan meals where the raw cuisine is being added.


  27. […] 17, 2010 I was inspired today by Kevin and Annmarie’s list of their top 9 favorite restaurants and I thought it was time for me to bring you a  list of OUR favorite […]

  28. Cherie says:

    We do not have any living food or vegan options here in Stockton CA. If eating out I just look for the healthiest salad.

  29. Diana says:

    Cousin’s incredible vitality raw food restaurant in Chicago IL has a Yummy raw middle eastern menu. The hummus is devine.

  30. Ted Griffith says:

    I see Kentucky fried chicken did not make the list. Come on now they do support breast cancer research. Just kidding

  31. Cherie says:

    Question: Annmarie do you have a recipe for a raw spinach quiche? If so I would love to see it some time.

  32. Nancy says:

    Happy Healthy Human in Satalite Beach, Florida
    Awesome raw organic vegan cafe. Also can buy organic produce and dehydrated crackers, nut pates… and order a weekly organic box of produce. They make everything there. YUMMMMMY

  33. Melissa says:

    Since I currently live in South Korea, my favorite healthy food restaurant is called ??? (pronounced: Dah-soh-nee). South Korea is a very meat-based country, so it’s hard for me to be vegan, but this restaurant is a temple restaurant made to cater to monks who don’t eat meat. I order ????? (pronounced: Dul-kay-su-jay-bee), which is a seasme seed porridge made with green tea. The meal is so delicious, I crave it every week. If you ever travel to South Korea, make sure to find temple restaurants so that you have somewhere to eat, otherwise you’ll end up eating pork or raw cow meat.

  34. Donna in Portland says:

    Don’t forget us here in the NW. Blossoming Lotus in Portland, OR. Lovely, creative and delicious raw and vegan food!

  35. What about Juliano’s and Rawvolution? And the Tree of Life Cafe?

  36. Jessica says:

    Euphoria Loves Rawvolution, also in Santa Monica, has some pretty great raw food, but it is crazy expensive…I would definitely pick them though over Real Food Daily…Think they even make a coconut curry from homemade coconut milk…don’t quote me on that though. They do do the raw burger type stuff though, so you may not like it!

  37. Justin Pohn says:

    OK, good choices, but definitely need to add these to your list:

    1. Pure Food and Wine, NYC
    2. Raw Soul is fantastic, Harlem, NYC
    3. Grass Roots in Tampa, FL.
    4. Leafy Green Cafe in St. Pete FL.
    5. Om Garden in Miami, FL
    6. Go Raw Café, Vegas, NV
    7. Hippocrates Institute lunch/dinner buffet, West Palm Beach, FL
    8. RawVolution, Santa Monica, CA

  38. Raymond Reynaud says:

    Go to and ask for their cookbook.

  39. Olivia says:

    In NYC try Bonobo’s. Very tasty raw .

  40. marie in vancouver, bc says:

    organic lives in vancouver bc,
    all organic and all raw.
    super friendly and knowledgeable owner/founder and creatot of dishes!

  41. Deirdre Braddock says:

    How did you miss Juliano’s RAW in Santa Monica? While I haven’t been there since 2005, they did have a very presentable and tasty little menu, even though they’re a little heavy on the spices and prices.
    A top 20 list might have been more fair to those who came long before.
    Aww shoot, what about Rod Rotondi’s Leaf Cuisine, also in the LA area? Their prices are reasonable, the portions more than adequate and the food tastes quite good. He even has a book of recipes out.
    I could name several others. Alive in San Francisco? Very nice. Small, but nice.
    Deirdre Braddock
    25 years raw

  42. Ivy says:

    Favorite Resturant: Fair Fix in Fairfax, Ca.
    They have many raw options. My favorite – the dish that comes with everything 🙂
    about 10 raw options to choose from

    Must try it! You are only 45 minutes away!
    33 Broadway Blvd
    Fairfax, CA 94930

    Note: Take notes while eating – what you ordered is what I was hoping to hear about, how did you like it, what did you need to pick off of it (just in case), and whatever else really amazed you. Restaurant reviews are the best. I’m going to try the one in Ft. Bragg when I go up there to camp out there.
    I will try the Oakland one, but I would want more info about it to make that 2 hour drive.

    P.S.- You both are such positive motivators for me to keep with my resolution to eat healthy. It has been said that a great teacher has the ability to make the subject matter so fun that students want to get involved. Well, here I’m a student and you are both such great teachers! Bravo!

  43. Brenda Rex says:

    Ok these are all in Los Angeles
    * Aroma Cafe, Studio City
    Cozy Cottage Cafe: Salads, Vegan Sandwiches

    * Cru, Silverlake
    All Raw Yummines

    * Real Raw Live, Hollywood
    The most AMAZING raw smoothies
    check out the French Toast
    and their Kale Smoothie

    * RawVolution, Santa Monica
    All raw, super amazing vibe
    Great deserts and salads


  45. Veronika says:

    OMG the best raw meals EVER are at Cru in West Hollywood. They have cooked vegan meals too. And even gluten-free crepes! And the green juices are amazing. The chef makes unique dishes and they’re way easier to digest and taste a thousand times tastier than Cafe Gratitude (though I still have a warm place in my heart for cafe gratitude and eat there sometimes because I live in the Bay Area).

  46. Nihacc says:

    Birosta, in Zaragoza (Spain, Europe)! It’s a vegetarian bar restaurant. There are vegan options and everything is organic, fair-trade and home-made.

  47. Angelique says:

    2 more raw restaurants to try:

    Next time you’re in the Sacramento area, you might want stop in at The Green Boheme. It’s in the same spot as The Art of Food was and has a new owner/chef.

    I’ve also heard VERY good things about The Fix in Nevada City (north of Sacramento).

  48. Carol says:

    The Present Moment Cafe in St. Augustine, FL is supposed to be wonderful. I personally haven’t eaten there since it’s three hours away from where I live but many of my friends have gone and always tell me how delicious it is. I’ll get there someday.

  49. Barbara W. says:

    The Present Moment Cafe located in St. Augustine, FL is good 🙂

  50. debbie says:

    In Miami FL, I Have 3 great places.

    Lifefood Gourmet

    OM Gardens

    Glaser Farms (Farmers Market)

  51. Patty says:

    I wish there were more places here in Maryland – I do like the Vegetable Garden in Rockville.

  52. Ella Jane says:


    I am soooo glad you are home! I hope you guys had a wonderful trip!

    I am so happy and encouraged with your raw and vegan cooked options…this seems a lot more realistic to me…I had gone totally raw for two months…and felt really good for a time…and then not so good. I added in vegan…and feel so much better…you guys are the best…I appreciate your being honest…and the great tips on wonderful organic restaurants…I look forward to more on fermenting veggies and cooking with coconuts….love you guys!

    Have a Sunny day!

  53. frances says:

    Northstar in Columbus, Ohio has vegan organic and great salads.

  54. Jan says:

    Nice to know that vegan restaurants tend to have better food combinations and less fat than raw restaurants.
    I also do not like all the look alike foods at raw restaurants.
    When I started eating raw it was disappointing to see food that was similar to what I was use to eating but tasted so different.
    Thanks for the information.

  55. YAY for Help Yourself!!! We miss you guys!!

  56. Cathy Lynn says:

    Thanks for the list. You have such a cool life.

    Here’s a few I’ve been to and liked.

    Grass Root, Tampa, FL

    Chaco Canyon Cafe, Seattle, WA

    Present Moment Cafe, St. Augustine, FL

  57. John says:

    I really enjoyed RFD in Santa Monica and also Leaf in Boulder too but I have to go with my local place The Red Avocado in Iowa City, IA it’s vegan, organic, uses seasonal local produce, and it’s very tasty. 🙂

  58. Delaney says:

    Minneapolis, MN

  59. John says:

    I almost forgot their website –

  60. Torey Taylor says:

    We have only eaten at a couple vegan/raw restaurants so I appreciate the list. I would really lilke to know more about your vacation and fast and if you would recommend it to others? Did you think it was worth the cost etc. Thanks again for your shows. I look forward to them each day and just wish they could be longer!

  61. Michelle says:

    I’m with Tonya -Daily Juice Cafe in Austin is the best (I’ve been to many veggie/vegan/raw places around the country)..make sure you go to the Cafe location, as there are 2 other Daily Juice locations which are only juice/smoothies. Also in Austin we have Casa de Luz – organic macrobiotic, always includes soup and kitchen, community seating. You must go on Sunday for the brunch buffet – YUM!
    One more – Loving Life Cafe (I hope they still exist) near Gettysburg, PA. You can truly taste the love in their food!

  62. MaryAnna says:

    My kitchen! 😉

    I have a question: Kevin mentioned that he thinks high of mini trampoline (that is my conclusion since he said he would use it in case he had a cancer). That made me think. While browsing the net, I noticed that some of the articles recommend wearing the bra and some of them say that it would be more benefitial if women would wear the bra at all. So, what is your opinion about bra? I myself am a mum of 2 teenagers and in my 30ties. I was very satisfied with my breasts while I was young even they were larger, but that is not the case any more so I’m very interested what do you think. I wouldn’t wish to start the band ”soggy bosom sisters” 😉

    Thank you in advance 🙂

  63. a says:

    +1 for Ecopolitan in Minneapolis, MN

    Actually this is the only Raw restaurant I’ve ever been to, but it was a really cool place with a lot of diff stuff, Veggie juice bar, and lots of good stuff.

    I also wanted to mention Great Harvest in Minneapolis/Roseville, MN which is an all organic place you can go with the non-raw family people. They do “normal” cooked stuff, as well as vegetarian. Last time I was there they didn’t have any raw options on the menu but I’m sure they could come up with something good.

  64. George says:

    One World Cafe in Baltimore Maryland is a very fun creative 95% Vegetarian with lots of vegan options…some raw…Check it out!

  65. Rob says:

    Bloodroot is amazing. I grew up near Bridgeport, CT and used to go there all the time. I live in Portland, OR now and there are so many great restaurants here that specialize in local, seasonal, organic food. Higgins, Paley’s, Nostrana, Carafe, and so many more. These are not raw vegan restaurants but they have vegan/vegetarian options or the chefs will be more than happy to make something special for you. Or if you choose to eat meat you know that the animals are raised locally on small family farms and treated in the most ethically and environmentally responsible way possible. There are also farmers markets almost everyday of the week over the summer and Salt, Fire and Time, a community supported kitchen that holds dinners, classes and weekly prepared meals for pickup. It’s the Best!!!

  66. Thank you for the great list.
    For all raw I like Cafe Gratitude. Haven’t been in a while but a new one just opened in Cupertino inside of Whole foods. I live in the bay area (Milpitas, Ca ).

    For vegan with now added raw options I like
    Vegitarian house in San Jose. The raw wrap was really yummy as was the raw apple pie. They grow some of their own veggies next to the parking lot.

    For vegan I like Loving hut in Milpitas. Have some good salads too.

    For non veg restaurant with a seperate vegetarian menu, I like Layang Layang. There is one near me in Milpitas and another in Cupetino.

  67. Charlie says:

    If you ever get back to Chicago, you need to check out Cousin’s- raw and organic. Great lunch and dinner buffet, juice and tonic bar. Have a live food box program as well. dee-licious-ness!

  68. Ed says:

    Hi, see you kids working and love it. Catching the keys is great, but if all your travels come up with 9 restraunts to reccomend the answer is simple, you need to get out more. Love you two

  69. Ashley says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE “Eden Alley”. I live in Kansas City so there aren’t many healthy places to eat, but this is definitely a winner! It’s located in a super cute part of the city too right on the Plaza. It’s an organic, vegan restaurant with a couple raw dishes as well.

  70. cindy says:

    thank you cindy

  71. Tina says:

    So glad Au Lac was on your list but if you are looking for something in Orange County, CA I would go to 118 degrees in Irvine. I just love the Lemon Pesto Pasta…strips of Zucchini with Lemon Pesto Sauce, Mushrooms, Grape Tomatoes and Fresh Basil and garlic. Delicious!!

  72. Tiff says:

    the closest one on your list is 3 states away from me! (Virginia) oh well!

  73. nick says:

    Catch A Healthy Habit Cafe
    39 Unquowa Road
    Fairfield, CT 06824
    (203) 292-8190

    Glen and Lisa are great people.
    The food and drinks are Healthy,Vegan and Raw.

  74. Edith says:

    Loving It Live in East Point, Georgia is a raw food restaurant. The food is very good. They are located close to the Atlanta airport.

  75. sara says:


  76. Tressey says:

    Next time you visit Chicago, you will have to visit The Borrowed Earth cafe in downtown Downers Grove. Awesome organic, raw, low-fat vegan food. Karyn’s is good, this is better and could possible when a spot in your top nine : )

  77. Carol says:

    The Present Moment Cafe is THE most wonderful raw restaurant in St. Augustine, FL! Definitely worth a visit! Yummmmmm…

  78. john says:

    Enjoyed seeing both of you back safely and close together side by side as husband and wife and hearing how you and how both sides of your Families enjoy one another in going out to eat. Quality food brings people and conversations together-Amazing ! I enjoy the going to my Organic Co-op it is the best place in town if not the state to purchase soup ,each day they make a different soup-It is so scrumptious no matter what they make All their soups in my opinion are Gourmet.Wish you the best!

  79. Henry says:

    Raw Cafe, Las Vegas!

  80. rainbow says:

    my fave is d’lish in sedona. curious why it’s on your ‘2nd’ list? their rawsome platter is totally awesome. the small plate size is more than i can eat at one sitting, so i always bring a container or two for leftovers. the large plate size is beyond my comprehension! they also have some of the heavier cooked foods for those that want that, so it’s good for everyone. didn’t know about chocolatree, but chocolate is not my thing, so i wouldn’t necessarily gravitate toward that. thanks for the info.

  81. Katherine says:

    My favorite restaurant in Vancouver is the Radha Yoga and Eatery. They provide seasonal, local organic gourmet meals with both cooked and raw options. It is a very peaceful and beautiful space that offers daily Hatha Yoga classes and a special dinning experience at night. You can check out there website at

    Thanks for sharing your insights about healthy restaurants…I am looking forward to trying Leaf the next time I am in Boulder.

    Thanks again. Hope you all have a great and rejuvenating day.

  82. zyxomma says:

    Glad you had a good time, and happy you made it home safely. Other New Yorkers mentioned Raw Soul (which also sells its fine desserts & goodies at Integral Yoga, Westerly’s, Live Live and more) and Pure Food and Wine (a personal favorite, especially since my love took me there on our first date).

    Three places that belong on any healthy NYer’s list: Angelica Kitchen, which is organic vegan with live food options, Blossom in Chelsea/Cafe Blossom on the upper west side, both of which have some raw as well as amazing cooked vegan organic, and in my neighborhood (East Village, where the aforementioned love of my life & I met at Quintessence almost 6 years ago) Caravan of Dreams, all organic vegan, with a great live food menu. What sets them apart is offering 2 sizes of many dishes, so if you’re not all that hungry or need to save money, you still have choices. From the live menu, their coconut/avocado soup, served with flax chips, is astonishingly tasty, though I always add a little New Mexico chile to spice it up a bit.

    If I had to choose ONE favorite (fortunately, I don’t) it would be Tree of Life Cafe. Because they grow so much of the food, I was satisfied with far less than usual; the food had so much energy!

    Health and peace.

  83. Nanette says:

    I live in Germany. Have not tried one RawFood Restaurant..and actually do not know where to find them. Just recently I searched internet and found we have one in Berlin. Have a sneeky idea to go there for my birthday 🙂 don’t know what the family will say!!?!!
    When making a bike trip I enjoy dropping by a small vegan restaurant. It’s really small, and really cute.
    Now in summer I will be taking a RawFood week at a small hotel I love in the North of Germany. This will be great for me to see various ways of presenting raw foods.
    Otherwise, at every restaurant here there is always a lovely mixed salad to choose from.
    The last time I was out with my hubby I ordered a big salad and, while it is asparagus time here asked for my asparagus to be raw…and they did it and it was delicious, crisp and juicy.
    That’s how it is here .. but Kevin and Annemarie, when you make a trip through Germany, let me know your Top 10!

  84. Stephanie says:

    Like Tonya, I’m a fan of the Daily Juice Cafe here in Austin, Texas. But we’re blessed with two other great restaurants, too – Beets Cafe & Garden is fun for a raw sit-down meal (waitresses and everything!) and gotta shout to Mother’s Cafe – been here since 1982. Vegetarian, but with a ton of vegan options and the most amazing salad dressing in the whole world!

  85. Maggie says:

    Just to add to Justin’s(#37)comment. Grassroot Restaurant in Tampa, Fl now also has a location in Lakeland, Fl. Delicious food, lovely owners, nice atmosphere.

  86. Meredith says:

    Great Sage in Clarksville, MD. Beautiful, peaceful atmosphere, outdoor seating and a recently expanded raw menu. I LOVE this place!

  87. Lolita says:

    We just went to Tasty Harmony in Ft Collins, Colorado. Had a raw burger and raw taquitos, we had fun and it was good.

    We don’t have many raw options here in Colorado.

  88. Ellen from Davis says:

    Boy, have I gotten a bunch of inspiration for my next few years of trips! What a wonderful “Must Eat” list.

    My own experience being limited, I’d have to say that my favorite healthy restaurants have been Cafe Gratitude (lovely but a splurge) and Seed Cuisine in my hometown of Santa Rosa, CA (also lovely but with newly limited hours). I clearly need to 1) travel more and 2) dine out more often!

    Thanks for the tips and info, and I’m glad you’re home safely.

  89. Joy says:

    What?! You missed both Austin and Portland – GREAT restaurants in both –

    Austin – Borboletta & Beets (yum!)
    Portland – Blossoming Lotus & Yummy Tummy Oasis (UBER yum!)

  90. Margaret says:

    The only raw place in the borough of Queens, NYC just opened in 2010:

    Organic Village
    79-15 Cooper Avenue Glendale, NY 11385

    It’s 100% Raw, Organic, & Gluten Free

    It’s a cafe with an open kitchen. You can watch them prepare your meal 🙂

    Friendly staff & their food is just straight up good!

  91. Carrie-ann says:

    Rockin Raw in Williamsburg Brooklyn..very tasty raw food! and they have some interesting drinks. My boyfriend and I spelt a cacao martini with a saki base..yumm!

  92. Pat Godinez says:

    “The bridge is over there…” When did you move to the SF bay area. I thought you all lived in Conn.

    BTW, an excellent raw place is Alive! I love Leland Jung. He is a most talented raw chef here in SF on Lombard St. He also does the Embarcadero farmers market on Saturdays (and Tuesdays, too, I think).

  93. Sara R says:

    I love in New York City:

    Raw Soul in Harlem, NY- Gotta try the down home plates on the weekend, pesto pizza, and the cheesecakes cannot be beat!

    Pure Food and Wine- I think the desserts are often better than the actual entrees but split a few appetizers and if you do drink alcohol- the mixed drinks are awesome. Otherwise the salads from their to-go side cannot be beat.

    Lifefood Gourmet in Miami, FL- John, the owner was trained by David Jubb, and also worked at Quintessence when he first started out. No cashews or other non-raw ingredients used and the pizza he makes is amazing- served warm and bubbling that the real thing.

  94. Noga Fisher says:

    Spiral Cafe in Fort Worth TX – right around the corner from a big local hospital – great people, great food.

  95. Amber Lea says:

    The Intermezzo in Berkeley! (Previously the Cafe Mattina.)

  96. Seneca says:

    Makes me happy to live in Northern, CA. There are a bunch you missed, Gather and Soulley Vegan are two favorites you missed! Also, Mendocino has a organic Mexican veggie restaurant that is the best I have ever had, name alludes me.

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