If you are into organics and looking to visit the A – I’ve got your back! I’ve been living in Atlanta for about a year and a half and me and my hubs love exploring the city for clean eats and organics. One thing that Atlanta does not lack is a bustling food scene. We literally have it all. From James Beard to Bon Appetite award winning chefs and restaurants…from hidden speakeasies to towering roof decks, alfresco patios, pop-ups and more. And best of all, we’ve got organics. These are my faves. Let’s dish.
Best Organic Restaurants In Atlanta – The A List
If you are only in town for a couple of days…go off my A list. The A list is a compilation of restaurants that source organic but also TASTE AMAZING. If you have more time to explore then followup with my B list. The B list is also heavily organic and worth a mention.
Miller Union: With seasonal menus, Miller Union sources local, clean meats + veg – always sustainable and mostly organic. They also pay to recycle (because Atlanta doesn’t recycle) and they also run their own compost and compost most everything. Plus they have a beautiful selection of organic and biodynamic wines. This place is the real deal.
StapleHouse: Good luck getting a reservation here. This nonprofit restaurant supports the restaurant community, you can read more about their story here. All locally sourced including their foraged flowers and edibles with the exception of the occasional Halibut they may fly in. Organic, local, sustainable, delicious. Everything done right. Show up at 5pm and wait at the garage door to try and get a seat at the 8 person bar – first come first serve. Dairy-free + gluten-free friendly. The beef tartar is the best I’ve ever had.
Kimball House: Want fresh oysters in Atlanta!? This is it. Kimball House literally flies in oysters from all over the US (Alaska, Florida, Rhode Island..) every day – they pick them up at the airport DAILY. Half off during happy hour 5-7pm M-F. They also have several gardens that surround the property which is an old train depot. I went mid summer when their figs were proliferating and they were even picking the fig leaves and steeping them to make fig leaf ice cream. I had oysters and veggies and it was heaven on Earth.
Bacchanalia: I haven’t eaten here yet but I can’t wait! Maybe Christmas 2018!? A four-course prefixed menu. Here is a quote from their website: “Bacchanalia’s seasonal menu relies entirely on organic ingredients, many sourced from the [owners] farm.”
Floataway Cafe: A sister restaurant to Bacchanalia with a parallel philosophy. I haven’t eaten here yet either but it’s on my list!
FAST CASUAL//JUICE BARS
Cafe West Express: House made soups + bone broths, next level plant-based burgers and air fried potatoes with house made veggie ketchup. Their vegan turmeric Caesar is a MUST-TRY. And you gotta get their strawberry beet shake that puts a McD shake to shame. 95% organic.
Bamboo: A FREE delivery service bringing cold-pressed, certified organic, raw juices and almond milks right to your door. Fantastic to call ahead and have them ready for you at the hotel! Get the lemon, ginger + green apple. Also a must is their Almond Reishi Mushroom Coffee. And in the summer you have to try their local Strawberry Mylk! Ah-mazing!
Upbeet: Salads, grain bowls, smoothies, acai bowls and toast. Most everything is organic and gluten free including their LONG list of house made dressings (Thai peanut…curry coconut…cashew lime..). I love their Guac It Out bowl. This place is legit.
True Food Kitchen: Full restaurant. Caters to almost every food preference including gluten-free, organic, vegetarian and vegan. They usually source the dirty dozen organic but they are not fully organic. Organic booze/wine. Try their Kale Guac with grapefruit, Ginger Margarita and I always get their chicken wrap on GF pita!
Yeah Burger: A great place for kids and adults – dine in or order out. Organic to the max + gluten-free and vegan options and the best kids menu around. Get the grassfed bison burger with bacon and fig jam in a collard wrap and a side of the crazy cauliflower. TDF. (To die for!). PS, GF onion rings anyone!? Yeah, I said it.
Dtox Juice: 100% organic + cold-pressed smoothies and juices. House made nut-milks including a killer Brazil Nut Milk. Hands down, the thickest smoothie in Atlanta. Acai Smoothie is my fave!
Flower Child: New as of summer 2018 with paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Their meals are so tasty. Some things are organic like the wine and they try to source the dirty dozen organic but not all. Also, their meats are what I would call tier two meats. The chicken is natural (not organic or pastured), the fish is “sustainable” (not wild caught), the beef is “grassfed” (not grass finished) – you get it. PS they have gluten-free mac and cheese.
Star Provisions: Butcher shop, coffee, pottery…provisions. Their meat is legit. I got a grass and berries fed beef tenderloin for Christmas at $52/lb. Haha! #yougetwhatyoupayfor #sometimesioverpay
Morning Dove Coffee: Fair trade, sustainably sourced and some certified organic coffees. Lattes are made with Tree House nut milks including organic pecan, cashew, almond – so good. PS, they also serve organic wine. Holla!
XOCOLATL: Small batch chocolate micro-factory at Krogg Street Market. Single source cacao + dairy free chocolate bars. Order online but if you can get to Krogg St. Market you have to try their frozen drinking chocolate with dairy-free coconut cream whip. NEXT LEVEL!
Cultured South: Kombucha tap room and market place. Local + organic. AND they have a delicious dairy-free cheese plate. AND a dairy-free, mostly organic cashew gelato booch floats. You’re welcome!
MORE – The B List
These are some other restaurants I’ve tried that are also organic. Worth a mention!
- Sama: 100% organic which I love. They have some amazing gluten free toasts too. And they even have a meditation room!
- Roots Juices: 100% organic. Their juices have 3 lbs of veggies in each one.
- Juice Heads: They actually squeeze fresh produce in front of you to make juices.
- Kale Me Crazy: They say they are 100% organic.
- L’Thai: Organic, non-GMO, no MSG, gluten-free Thai Food. Holla! Great when you are craving takeout.
- Erawan Organic Thai: On my list of places to try.
- Nuts & Berries
- Dekalb Farmers Market – An Atlanta icon. I call it the Costco of farmers markets. Worth a venture. Cash only.
- Whole Foods
- Earth Fare
- Savi Provisions
- Trader Joe’s
- Fresh Market
These seem to be the busiest farmers markets in the city with the most to offer.
- Peachtree Road Farmers Market Saturdays 8:30/9 – 1:00pm April – December (my fave)
- Piedmont Park Green Market Saturdays 9:00 -1:00pm March to November
- Grant Park Farmers Market Sundays 9:00 -1:00pm April 8 – December 16 (get there early if you want eggs)
Aillea: Top shelf natural green beauty shop located in Buckhead with luxe nontoxic skincare and makeup. Brand new as of 2017!
Fig & Flower: A Midtown natural and green beauty boutique with a plethora of beauty and lifestyle brands.
Lark & Sparrow: Atlanta’s less toxic nail salon. House made scrubs, honey foot masks, individual soaking bowls. A real treat. Cute nail art too! Two locations; one in Grant Park and one in Inman.
Creature Studio: A less toxic hair salon. They carry the Oway color line and styling products. Founder/owner Jenn has helped me so much with my gray hair grow-out/cuts!
Iwi Fresh: I went here once for an event and it was super eclectic! Their motto is “Farm to Skin” and they make all of their own products in-house without using any preservatives. The day I was there, they had a DIY bar where you could make/customize your own product to bring home.
The Beltline: Open but still being built this walking/bike path will circle the city lined with shops, restaurants, bars and markets.
Serenbe: An organic utopia where you can enjoy a meal, culinary workshops, festivals, music events, films, lectures, boutique shopping, art galleries, the spa, trail riding and more. We went for breakfast one day and had to drag ourselves out at 6:30 pm! Make reservations in advance to eat at The Hill and hit The Blue Eyed Daisy for breakfast or a coffee.
Made Again: A boutique showcasing local artists work including: furniture, jewelry, green beauty, pottery, custom artwork and more. Everything is made from upcycled + sustainably sourced materials. Gems from vintage stores, wood from train tracks, hand thrown pottery…
Bird: Grab and go scooters. Download the app to see where they are around the city and pay by the hour. BYOH (helmet).
Relay Bike Share: There are docks all over the city to help you get from here to there emissions-free! BYOH.
Skyline Park: Okay not organic but this mini amusement park on top of Ponce City Market has the best views in the city! They also have an ice skating rink in the winter and a restaurant open year round.
MORE TO COME
Will update this list with more faves as they come along. Seems like there is something new opening up DAILY here! What would you add!