Going out to eat while keeping an eye on your caloric intake can be pure torture. Whether you’re trying to go vegan or gluten-free to cut back, or you simply want healthier options without having to change your entire diet, there are plenty of Philly restaurants that use local ingredients and fresh produce to create delicious and healthy dinners. Take a look at the restaurants that will help kick off 2018 the right way.
White Dog: University City
White Dog was one of the earliest farm-to-table restaurants in Philly to get major attention. Stop by for dinner for hummus plates, the yellowfin tuna burger, or salmon with lobster curry; but don’t miss the brunch, a menu utilizing cage-free eggs in dishes like the egg white omelet with avocado and cilantro.
Talula’s Garden: Washington Square West
Talula’s is the perfect solution for whatever you’re in the mood for, whether it’s a mid-day grab-n-go meal from its market or an all-out, multi-course dinner in a gorgeous setting. Tuna ceviche, chestnut pasta with apple fondue, and orange scented duck cocotte all make for creative entrees offered by Talula’s.
Harvest: University City
Every item on Harvest’s seasonal, locally supplied menu falls under 500 calories, making for pages and pages of safe menu items. Plus, if you head here on a weekend night, you can burn even more calories on the dance floor that pops up post-happy hour on the second level.
Pumpkin: Graduate Hospital
Pumpkin is another farm-to-table mainstay that was early in bringing the concept to Philly. Today, it still supplies the best local ingredients to make fresh and seasonal menus, like this month’s lamb soup and monkfish with mushrooms and turnips.The five-course prix fixe menu is $45 a person and BYO, so it’s kind on your wallet, too.
HipCityVeg: Spruce Hill and Rittenhouse
HipCityVeg opened with the goal to make fast-casual food that tastes indulgent despite being 100 percent plant based. This means vegan takes on burgers, fries, chicken, cookies, and breakfast options. If another one of your resolutions is to save the planet, then you’ll also be doing your part byusing your meal’s 100 percent compostable packaging.
Couch Tomato: Manayunk
This bistro and cafe may have a lengthy pizza menu, but it’s also one of the healthier eating out options in the neighborhood thanks to a gratuitous selection of vegetarian and gluten-free items. Plus, if you do want to indulge in a little pizza, there are ways to anteup your choice with gluten-free crust, vegan cheese, and veggie toppings.
For those that have celiac or gluten-intolerance, or for those that are trying out a new gluten-free diet in 2018, here are some recommendations of restaurants that accommodate:
Fox and Son; Reading Terminal Market
The Milk House; 37 South 19th Street, Rittenhouse
Giorgio on Pine; 1328 Pine Street, Washington Square West
Waffles and Wedges; 1511 Pine Street, Rittenhouse
Sazon Restaurant and Cafe; 941 Spring Garden Street, Callowhill