If healthy eating is part of your lifestyle, or you just want a light meal now and then, you’ll be glad to know there are several healthy restaurant choices in SLO. Organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, locally sourced, and sustainable selections are right in town, so you don’t have to go far to eat right. Here are the best restaurants in town where you can get a delicious meal and feel good about your food choices.
Just a mile and a half from The Academy Chorro, you’ll find Bliss Cafe. Tucked back from Higuera Street, this is the place to go for vegan and gluten-free burgers, pancakes, and desserts. Enjoy the breakfast bar that’s open all day. Then for lunch, grab burritos, jackfruit tacos, and sandwiches — all plant-based. Juices, smoothies, and kombucha are on the menu, too. Put in your order online for convenient pick-up.
Downtown is also where you’ll find the fruity goodness of Seeds. So much more than acai bowls and avocado toast, the menu includes a variety of fresh fruit bowls, toasts, and paninis, along with chia pudding. When you kind of want to drink healthy and kind of want to indulge, sip a froze (frozen fruit blended with rose wine) or pressed mimosa (pressed juices with local sparkling wine).
Around the corner from Seeds, Vegetable Butcher serves locally sourced meat and sustainable seafood in addition to vegan and vegetarian dishes for lunch and dinner. This is a good choice for an outing of friends who eat different things — your friend could have a steak while you enjoy the sweet potato-quinoa enchiladas. The restaurant also offers gluten-free options.
NEW EARTH RESTAURANT AND HEALTH CAFE
Food that is raw, organic, and fermented is the specialty at New Earth Restaurant and Health Cafe. Pizza, yogurt bowls, and sandwiches on sprouted bread join smoothies and salad on the menu, where everything is also dairy-free and gluten-free. If vegan probiotics and kefir are what you’re looking for, this place is for you.
BIG SKY CAFE
Organic chicken, vegan paella, and local in-season vegetables are what you’ll find at Big Sky Cafe, along with vegetarian burgers and chili. People also enjoy the tacos and fried chicken salad — which you might try if you want to be healthy but you also want to splurge a little. Fans say everything at the restaurant is fresh and the service is good.
In addition to these restaurants that serve gluten-free dishes, you’ll find several other restaurants that can accommodate your gluten-free diet, including Novo, Taste, Oki Momo Asian Grill, and Woodstock’s Pizza.
The Academy Chorro is conveniently located for student life in SLO and all the city has to offer. Contact us today to set up a tour and see all the amenities available to you.