You’ve got your favorite food spots down to a science - which is important because you pride yourself on clean eating and for whatever reason, health, mental clarity or whatever, you need fresh and healthy - average restaurant food won’t cut it.
The East Bay has you covered! From Oakland and Berkeley to Walnut Creek and Danville.
Some of the most frequented spots may (or may not!) be trendy. One thing they all have in common is a commitment to fresh ingredients. You know, similar to those you would use at home: local, organic, sustainable, wild, grass-fed, and pasture-raised..all the good stuff you’re happy to feed your body, soul and family.
True Food Kitchen
So without further ado, let’s start with True Food Kitchen in Walnut Creek. Just like the Newport Beach, Palo Alto, Pasadena and San Diego counterparts, this is proof positive that Walnut Creek is really ‘on the map’ when it comes to discerning clientele. They serve seasonal faire prepared in ways that won’t weigh you down and provide an excellent excuse to browse Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek with the family at sunset or friends whenever you need retail therapy. Menu favorites include the herb hummus with veggies, Tuscan kale salad, spicy panang curry, and lasagna bolognese. And let’s not forget the flourless chocolate cake. Nom nom!
Next is Urban Remedy, city folk, you won’t go without. The East Bay boasts a location in downtown Lafayette, as well as Berkeley, Oakland and Walnut Creek.. They offer the same prepared salads, juices, smoothies, and such. All made from organic ingredients, you won’t get homesick if this is your regular go to!
Plastic packaging aside, the “Ceasar” and the sunflower butter squares are a hit and the immunity shots and spring rolls are always in demand.
Now on to Tutu’s (formerly known as Chow) in Lafayette is a neighborhood diner that serves comfort food. But they do have a handful of healthful entrees to choose from made with fresh, local, and/or organic ingredients. From tuna nicoise to gluten free pasta and grilled fish tacos with corn tortillas...you’re sure to be safe here, while the fam enjoys a milkshake, fries or both.
A little secret you should know is that Tutu’s makes custom organic veggie juices upon request. So don’t be afraid to ask! You can find the locals stopping in frequently for a fresh carrot and ginger juice.
Ready to make a trip beyond the “Lamorinda” borders in search of a meal in a new environment...take a trip to Gather in Berkeley. Not only is the food fresh and healthy, but they consider how the food is grown or raised as well as where it comes from. No detail is overlooked!
Baagan is a vegan restaurant in Moraga that uses fresh, plant-based ingredients. Mostly organic. And no heavily processed fake meat or soy cheese. While it’s nothing fancy, it’s tasty. Perfect for a veg-filled lunch!
Then there’s Bel Campo in Oakland (also in San Francisco). It’s the opposite of Baagan. So not the best option if you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet. But if you like your meat to come from healthy and humanely raised animals, this is your place!
If salads are your thing and you love Mixt in San Francisco, you’ll be happy to know they have two East Bay locations in Oakland and San Ramon. Fresh, healthy, and quick!
Shelby’s in Orinda has an extensive menu with freshly prepared dishes. Lots of organic options. Personally, I’m a fan of their Greek salad with lamb and zoodles (zucchini noodles) with prawns.
There are as many recommendations as the day is long - but when you want a shortcut to exploration because your health and time are valuable, jot down a few of these other suggestions and leave your thoughts below!