Eating organic can be a challenge when dining out, but if you do a bit of research beforehand and know where to find organic restaurants, you will save yourself time and money. Fresh new organic, locavore and sustainable eateries are popping up all over the country, and at the following five spots in five smart cities, you can eat out and not worry about the pesticides and hormones that usually come with restaurant food.
LOS ANGELES: With vintage furniture, funky chandeliers and an adventurous ice cream bar up front, Mooi in Echo Park is a fanciful and fun place to dine with the hipster denizens of the area on raw treats and eats. Unlike many restaurants that serve raw, organic food, Mooi is inexpensive – so you will have money left over to try their amazing chocolate macadamia nut ice cream, which is gluten-free and vegan, of course.
Mooi, 1700 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
CHICAGO: Everything is certified organic at Sprout, an upscale bistro in the Lincoln Park neighborhood that highlights seasonal produce with creative cooking innovations and a flair for fine foods. Sprout’s impressive organic wine list fits well with its sophisticated tearoom atmosphere, artsy clientele and modern photographs, making this French-inspired restaurant the perfect place for a romantic date with an eco-foodie. Try their frog legs, truffled rabbit or corn brioche or as part of a prix fixe menu of three courses for $60.
Sprout, 1417 West Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614-2011
SAN FRANCISCO: Traditional Mexican food is usually not known as the healthiest fare, but at Nopalito in Falletti’s Plaza, the kitchen is organic, sustainable and local- and the carnitas are out of this world. Nopalito’s warm tortillas, spicy chorizo and queso fresco are all made right on the premises of this neighborhood kitchen, and the restaurant’s signature desserts are house-made popsicles with flavors like café con leche, fresh lime and chocolate-cinnamon.
Nopalito, 306 Broderick, San Francisco 94117
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SEATTLE: 100% organic and 100% vegan, Plum in Seattle’s hip Capitol Hill neighborhood offers cafe-style meals of cozy American cuisine with a spicy twist. The relaxed and inviting atmosphere compliments well the plant-based comfort food like quinoa nachos and vegan macaroni and cheese, and the brilliant drink menu goes down quite well at Plum’s vegan happy hour on Monday through Friday from 3PM-6PM.
Plum Vegan Bistro, 1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
NEW YORK: Raw food restaurant Rockin’ Raw serves soul cuisine in the middle of Brooklyn that is inspired by Creole culture from Peru to New Orleans. The unique menu boasts nightshade gumbo, king oyster mushroom "po' boy" sandwiches and tallarines a la Huancaina, a Peruvian dish made with aji nut cheese sauce, live pasta, choclo, mushrooms and peppers. The prix fixe weekend brunch is always a hit, and the “fried eggs” with crispy kale chips or the rosemary “rawsted” veggie wrap go well with the bottomless mimosas and $3 bloody marys served on Sundays from noon to 3PM.
Rockin’ Raw, 178 N. 8 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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