Best Healthy Restaurants and Organic Eating in Houston

Organic and locally grown dining, a rarity just a few years ago, is becoming more and more prevalent in the Houston area. Below is a list of restaurants and catering companies specializing in healthy food options for the busy Houstonian.

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    Local Foods in Houston
    ••• Catherine X./Yelp

    Local Foods prides itself on its gourmet selections of hearty and delicious sandwiches, salads and sides, all made with — you guessed it — local ingredients. Even the olive oil they use comes from Texas Hill Country. 

    The Crunchy Chicken is a favorite for regulars. Pair it with some seasonal fruit or watermelon gazpacho, and wash it all down with their delicious mintade for a fresh and satisfying meal. 

    Tip: In a hurry? You can save time by ordering ahead online

    Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

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    The menu changes by season and includes a mix of health-conscious salads, sandwiches and entrees. Protein for their dishes is responsibly sourced, including grass-fed beef and sustainable fish, and sandwiches are made from only fresh, unprocessed ingredients. 

    Be sure to try one of their delicious pizzas, made with organic tomatoes and spelt and flax dough made fresh daily, paired with one of their many organic, bio-dynamic wines. 

    Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

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    Baba Yega Cafe
    ••• Robyn Correll

    Located in the heart of Montrose, Baba Yega is a Houston favorite for those looking for fresh, quality food. In addition to their impressive regular menu, they also have a vegetarian and vegan menu, as well as an extensive list of gluten-free options.

    What sets Baba Yega apart, however, is its fun and interesting atmosphere. Inside, guests sit among an eclectic-yet-tasteful mix of decor, including a live, full-grown tree in one of the dining rooms. Outside, patrons can enjoy a small koi pond, and covered seating areas and large fans help make the outdoor environment comfortable — even in the dead heat of Houston summers. 

    Tip: The Sunday brunch buffet — one of the best in Houston — brings in a large crowd, so be sure to come early to avoid a long wait. 

    Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free 

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    This take-out only restaurant is fully committed to a menu that consists of only locally grown and organic foods. In addition to yummy eats like Texas Grass-Fed Beef Hash and Peanut Butter Pancakes, Snap Kitchen also provides consultations with an on-site registered dietician, home/office delivery and a bulk menu.

    Snap Kitchen's online menu makes it easy to find food that fits your dietary preferences. Choose from a long list of options, and the site will mark the menu items that fit your criteria. 

    Tip: Delivery options are available through multiple food service apps, such as UberEats and Seamless. 

    Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, Low-carb, Plant-based, Low-sodium

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    Oh Kale Yeah Salad from Ruggles Green
    ••• Robyn Correll

    When it opened in 2008, Ruggles Green became Houston's very first Certified Green Restaurant. Since then, it has expanded to several more locations, where it offers a menu loaded with local and organic ingredients. Its online menu makes it easy to find gluten-free and dairy-free options, as well as vegetarian dishes and healthy kids meals. The salads, in particular, are robust and flavorful — loaded with veggies, lean proteins and light dressings to leave you feeling full and content.

    Tip: Delivery is available through the Door Dash app. 

    Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Dairy-free