Organic City Guide

Organic City Guide

Traveling and want to know the best organic places to eat!? Me too! These haunts are the best of the best in organic dining and I am so excited to share them with you. As buzz words continue to drive business there are more and more restaurants claiming to be “local” “natural” “sustainable” or “organic” but the proof is in the ingredients and sourcing and my standards do not waiver. Choosing only the best of the best to list here so if you are in any of these cities make sure to hit these up! Also, if you have a suggestion please send it along, I am always looking for the next and the best!

Also, I’ve teamed up with my girl Suzi at Gurl Gone Green to build out this list. Suzi is a real OG (organic girl) and her standards are as sharp, if not sharper, than mine and she’s calling out some must-try organic joints too. Check out her list at Gurl Gone Green which includes Seattle, LA, Denver and more. I’ll also link them here too.

This is a live list that I will continue to update as I explore my new home in Atlanta and travel the states. On the calendar this year: LA, NYC, Boston, Philly, Boulder/Denver and more!

Atlanta

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!

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!)

Up Beet – 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.

True Food Kitchen – Full restaurant. Caters to almost every food preference including gluten-free, organic, vegetarian and vegan. Organic booze/wine. Dang delicious. Try their kale pesto and Ginger Margarita!

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. Next I want to try their Almond Reishi Mushroom Coffee. Ah-mazing!

Cafe West Express – House made soups + 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.

XOCOLATL – Small batch chocolate micro-factory at Krog Street Market. Single source cacao + dairy free chocolate bars. Order online but if you can get to Krog St. Market you have to try their frozen drinking chocolate with coconut cream whip. NEXT LEVEL!

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!

Flower Child – Coming summer 2018!

Fancy:

StapleHouse: Good luck if you can get 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 seat bar – first come first serve. Dairy-free + gluten-free friendly. The beef tartar is the best I’ve ever had.

BACCHANALIA: I haven’t eaten here yet but I can’t wait! Maybe Valentines Day 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.”

Miller Union: Preparing food according to the season, 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.

Lifestyle:
  • 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.
  • Aillea: Top shelf natural green beauty shop with luxe nontoxic skincare and makeup. Brand new as of 2017!
  • Fig & Flower: A 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!
  • 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. I haven’t been yet but dying to go!

Boston

CocoBeets: 100% organic cold-pressed raw juices and superfood snacks. Dairy-free, gluten-free. Get the quinoa sliders!

Nourish Your Soul: Cold-pressed juice bar with superfood snacks. Prioritizes organic and local but is not 100%. Drooling over their list of vegan milks!

Pressed Juicery: Is coming to Boston with TWO locations. This joint is NOT ORGANIC, not even a little, I almost didn’t include it but I think it’s worth a mention for their signature Freeze. A dairy-free “soft-serve” made from fruits, nuts and vegtables. No sugar added! Get the Freeze. Duh.

FoMu: Handmade dairy-free, plant-based ice cream that has gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free options. You have to try their Coconut/Avocado smoothie!

The Farmhouse in Needham: A little outside of Boston but worth the trip. 100% organic and delicious. Pastured/organic chickens sourced from Maine. 100% grassfed beef sourced from Pensilvania. Scallops from Nantucket and halibut from Maine. Organic + biodynamic wines. Order the Sea scals! So good!

Farmstead Table: Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. 95% organic and everything is locally sourced (with exception of their meat which is from Pensilvania because it is cleaner than what they could find locally). Go with the fish of the day – shipped in from Gloucester, MA EVERY morning!

Alden & Harlowe: Hit this place up for dinner and you won’t be sorry. If taste was the only criteria this place would be #1.  Locally sourced meats and veg – organic when they can. The beef is grassfed and non-GMO grain finished. Organic and biodynamic wines available. Get the brussels and the smoked trout.

Lifestyle:
  • Follain: Nontoxic makeup and beauty at its BEST! This place is like the promised land with two locations in Boston. Get the Josh Rosebrook Hairspray and the Axiology lipstick!
  • Credo: Brand new as of 2017! A Sephora owned green beauty shop on Newbury St.

Charlotte

Living Kitchen: Their tagline is “Always organic and 100% plant based”, yeah, count me in! Breakfast, lunch and dinner. DAILY, house made nut milks. Organic coffee/espresso, juices and smoothies. I haven’t eaten here yet but have this place on strong recommendation from Molly and Sam and I can see why!

Charleston

The Harbinger: Locally sourced and seasonal breakfast and lunch fare plus house made baked goods with both plant-based and gluten-free options. Their signature breakfast sandwich is killer. Also couldn’t leave with out buying 3 of these which they stock as a house staple.

Basic Kitchen: Next on my list!

Dallas

Flower Child: This is a chain but worth hitting up for sure. The Dirty Dozen is always organic. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.  The Thai Cashew Quinoa bowl is a must!

Local Press + Brew: HELLO! Local, cold-pressed, organic served in glass. An example to us all. The iced matcha latte with house made coconut milk knocked my organic socks off. Best house made, organic, coconut milk award goes to Local Press + Brew.

Denver

Las Vegas

The Juice Standard – Superfood cafe on the strip in The Cosmopolitan. 100% Organic, local and cold-pressed juices + smoothies, toasts, raw, dairy-free and gluten-free treats. Packaged in glass + recycle program. Organic juice cocktails togo too!

El Dorado Cantina – Mexican. A strong commitment to organic + non-GMO. Organic spirits available. Get the street tacos. SO GOOD!

Los Angeles

All of Suzi’s recs plus looking forward to trying these two:

Minneapolis

Wise Acre Eatery – 90-95% of their food is sourced from their OWN FAMILY FARM. In their family for 3 generations, this farm is not certified organic but grows using organic practices. They also pasture their chickens, move them daily and their meat is grassfed, finished and slaughtered locally. Brunch until 3pm, I had the “CSA Hash” and it was so good.

Birchwood Cafe – The real deal. 100% locally sourced food. All organically grown veg, 100% grass fed beef and pastured chickens with organic feed. Gluten -free options. Biodynamic and organic wines. I got the GF corned beef pizza because I never get to eat pizza. Next time I would get their sweet potato, brown rice and kale waffle!

The Bachelor Farmer – They had all the right answers to my questions and their food was fancy, innovative and upscale. They have a new menu printed daily according to what they get in. Plus they have a secret bar in their basement with some crazy good cocktails. I got a ramps dish and it was TO DIE FOR.

Still on my list of places to try: Green Bee JuiceryTao Natural Foods, Brasa, French Meadow Cafe and Burning Brothers Brewery (a 100% gluten-free brewery!)

Lifestyle: 
  • Spot Spa: Wish I had time for Spot Spa. They have a One Love Organics Facial plus an RMS Beauty mani/pedi and many wellness events.
  • The Greenway: A 15 mile bike and walking path that runs through the city.

Nashville

EO & The Hive – My #1 pick for Nashville. EVERYTHING IS ORGANIC (literally that is their tag line) and delicious to boot. I got their Chickpea Curry Bowl with chicken. I’ll be back and it will be hard not to reorder the same. Plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free options.

Fix Juice Co. – 100% organic juices and smoothies. This was closed for new years when I went but will definitely be back to try!

AVO – Plant-based, raw, vegan with some cooked foods. Local and some organic. I got the mushroom GF Reuben with house made Russian dressing and their frozen Avocado Margarita. You’re welcome.

High Garden – If you love tea this place is a MUST! Directly sourced from around the world – organic, naturally grown, responsibly wildcrafted herbs, gathered, hand blended and bagged wit respect. You gotta try their Awaken The Wanderer energy elixir made with coffee beans, dandy, cayenne, Reishi mushrooms, cherry jam, fermented turmeric tonic, coco nibs and more..

Margot – Located in East Nashville, this menu changes DAILY featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients. I got a lentil stuffed squash that was crazy good.

Lifestyle:
  • Lemon Lane – Nashville’s green beauty destination
  • Poppy & Monroe – Green beauty and less toxic nail salon. They carry AILA polish which I love.  Hitting this up for sure next time!

New York City

Quartino – Organic olive oil from the owners their family farm in upstate NYC. Wild caught fish, a naturally gluten free buckwheat, millet and hemp focaccia made in house – raw, organic and pastured cheeses, pastured eggs, juice, coffee, teas…and a robust organic and biodynamic wine list makes this restaurant a must try! Get the focaccia as an app to share!

Hu Kitchen – You have not lived until you have eaten here! Casual eats. Organic meat, wild fish, 100%grassfed beef. Everything from scratch (nutmilks, condiments, bacon CHOCOLATE!) Organic coffee/tea. Organic wine/kombucha on tap. Minimal grains. Get one of everything!

Springbone Kitchen – My life has never been the same. Besides serving up the most complex, delicious, rich bone broth I’ve ever tasted, Springbone uses almost entirely organic vegetables, fruits and 100% free-range/grass-fed meats. A huge beef, chicken or veg broth menu with all the fixin’s plus burgers, bowls, a seasonal coconut freeze and bone broth pops!

Juice Press – 100% USDA organic ingredients and USDA organic certified kitchen. Cold-pressed organic juices, smoothies, blows, salads and superfood snacks plus in-house made almond and hemp milk.

Provenance Meals – Organic meal delivery for buys New Yorkers. Order this to your hotel room! I got the gluten-free/dairy-free Sweet Potato Toast with Hummus & Za’atar with lemon tahini dressing. Order up!

The Butchers Daughter – Plant-based restaurant + juice bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 100% vegetarian and mostly vegan + gluten-free. Produce from local and organic farms designed to eat with the seasons. Purple calui grits with golden beets + two poached eggs is where its at!

Want to try: Candle Cafe – dedicated to bettering the health of the individual and the planet by serving fresh organic vegan cuisine rooted in sustainability, eco-friendly practices using local farming and a compassion for animals.

Lifestyle:
  • Y7: hot power yoga in a candle lit room to lit music by Drake, Mase and more.
  • ten over ten: nontoxic nail salon carrying their own cruelty free + vegan  8-free nail polish.
  • Sunday’s nontoxic nail salon

San Fransisco

Seed + Salt: Plan your entire trip around eating here. THE BEST! Organic, plant-based, ethically and locally sourced plus free from gluten, dairy, refined sugar, transfats and GMOs. I recommend EVERYTHING but if you need a place to start go with the taco salad and get a pastry – drool city!

Nourish Café: 100% plant-based, organic and non-GMO. Salads, sandwiches, blows, smoothies…Get the gluten-free toast sampler!

San Diego

GoodOnYa: 100% organic and if not it’s real and non-GMO. Breakfast + lunch plus all the coffee. Gluten + dairy included.  If you eat here, tell me what to get!

Also want to try: Live Beaming – the ultimate organic superfood cafe offering plant-based food, unique cleansing programs and a menu of delights from coconut ceviche to raw vegetable lasagna, tasty salads, nutrient dense snack, gluten and dairy free baked goods and more. Plus organic cold pressed juices and superfood smoothies.

Santa Monica

Cafe Gratitude: Legit the most amazing organic restaurant you will ever go to. 100% organic and plant-based plus supports local farmers and sustainable agriculture. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Get the Mole Tempeh Tacos!

Kreation Kafe: Raw, local organic fruits and veg juices. 100% organic and gluten-free with no high-pressure processing or pasteurization. I tried an egg/kale scramble, a carrot/coconut/lemon/ginger/bee pollen smoothie, a latte and took some snacks to-go. Multiple locations. Get the lemon/cayenne alkaline water!

Sidecar: If you are like me and haven’t had a donut since 2005, you can’t say no to Sidecar’s gluten-free donut. Made daily from scratch and fried hourly, they make one gluten-free option a week and it tastes like the real deal. I tried Huckleberry. Not organic.

Belcampo: Unlike any other, Belcampo is a farm, a processing plant, a neighborhood butcher shop and a restaurant committed to serving delicious, organic and compassionately raised meat. Talk about seeing the process from start to finish! Check out Belcampo’s meat standards, you will probably wet your pants in excitement. I got a grassfed AND finished burger topped with pastured bacon and a pastured egg. I suggest the same for you!

Juice Served Here: You haven’t had juice until you’ve had Juice Served Here. Cold-pressed juice made from local, biodynamic farms at their own stat-fo-the-art arctic cold-press, zero-waste facility. I got 09: green milk with filtered water, almond, hazelnut, cashew, spinach, romaine, kale and date. I can die happy now.

Want to try: Live Beaming – the ultimate organic superfood cafe offering plant-based food, unique cleansing programs and a menu of delights from coconut ceviche to raw vegetable lasagna, tasty salads, nutrient dense snack, gluten and dairy free baked goods and more. Plus organic cold pressed juices and superfood smoothies.

Savannah

Fox & Fig Cafe –  Not necessarily organic but 100% plant-based, vegan and one of the healthiest joints you will find in Savannah. My hubs loved their tacos and the kids devoured their coconut cream milkshakes. I personally couldn’t say no to their house-made cashew hemp breve.

Alligator Soul – Organic, fresh, dayboat, local and regional fare + organic cocktails. We didn’t get a chance to hit this upscale joint up with the kids but adding it because it looks amazing!

Seattle

Tampa/Clearwater

Good Vibes Juice Co. – Juices/smoothies; 100% organic, no exceptions. Packaged in glass with compostable to-gos. Dairy-free + gluten-free. This place is the real deal. The BEST Acai Bowl on the planet!

Serendipity Cafe – 100% gluten free, made from scratch and several organic options in Dunedin. Try their Margarita Lime Kombucha on tap!

Basimo Beach Cafe – Two locations. Some organic options. Breakfast, lunch and smoothies are made to order but worth the wait in Clearwater. Gluten-free substitutes available. Fair trade + organic coffee and lattes served all day!

Lifestyle: