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.
This Montrose neighborhood health food haven prides itself on its loyal client base. 70% of the folks that walk into Ziggy's have been there at least a time or two. The casual eatery is housed in a charming yellow bungalow in the heart of Montrose. Crowd favorites include the Pomegranate Glazed Pork Chops and Spinach Quesadillas.
302 Fairview @ Taft
The Gluten-Free Fork
The original Ruggles Grill on Westheimer and Montrose has been a Houston institution for decades. In 2008, the Ruggles team established Ruggles Green, Houston's very first Certified Green Restaurant. Unlike its predecessors, the new Ruggles Green is an uber-casual dining option with no waiters and no valet. Don't leave without trying the Quinoa Mac & Cheese.
2311 W. Alabama
3. Snap Kitchen
The Urban Spoon
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.
3600 Kirby Dr.
One of a handful of B.Y.O.B restaurants left in Houston, Sophia is a small neighborhood spot in the Montrose area serving organic and locally grown dishes. The seasonal menu changes often and includes a few staples like the Spinach-Texas Goat Cheese Dip and Organic Spaghetti.
1601 W. Main St.
The scope of Nature's Garden goes far beyond healthy eating. Chef Angie and herbalist/lifestyle educator Mike Wiechmann have joined forces to create a one-stop locale for organic dining, gluten-free groceries, all natural cosmetics, herbal supplements, smoothie bar and nutrition consultations.
400 W. Parkwood Ste. 112
Chef and owner Marian Bell prepares organic meal options that fit into even the healthiest lifestyle. The meals and menus changes weekly and can be purchased with enough combinations to last for 3 to 4 days (11 cups). All meals packages can be picked up or delivered for an additional fee. A sample menu includes grilled tofu, healthy soup, greens and ginger and cauliflower soup.
The Kitchen Incubator
Pure is a Houston-based catering company offering organic and locally-sourced dining options. Because the produce is purchased seasonally and locally, a tipping point of 12 must be met and orders must be placed by Friday to be received on Monday.
If you've ever shopped for groceries for an entire week, you know that it's an awful idea to do so on an empty stomach. At Whole Foods, you can fill up on the cafe's wide selection of organic meals before tackling the grocery list in the market area. The salads, meals and treats are served buffet style and can be boxed for takeout or enjoyed on-site. Try the Sonoma Chicken Salad and vegan soups.