If you’re ready to swap out heavy holiday meals and sugar-laden treats with veggies, grains, and lean meats, Charlotte has plenty of healthy options. These Mediterranean-focused menus and plant-based options are so tasty, you’ll forget they’re healthy, too.
FEATURED RESTAURANT: PLANT JOY
1801 N. Graham St., Ste. 101
Camp North End offers plenty of opportunities to indulge, but when you need a good reset meal, head to this plant-powered kitchen. Feast on locally sourced, nutrient-dense, vegan dishes like Rainbow Toast and the Falafel Tower. For a colorful medley, try the Socca and Salad, a refreshing dose of sesame-massaged kale, beets, and microgreens served on a chickpea crepe that’s satisfying whether or not you’re vegan.
1608 East Blvd.
This Mediterranean-focused menu includes kale and quinoa bowls, wood-fired vegetables, skewers, and rotisserie chicken.
FERN, FLAVORS FROM THE GARDEN
1419 East Blvd., Ste. A
This vegetarian restaurant serves plant-based entrees, sides, and desserts.
2001 Commonwealth Ave.
Structured like Chipotle, build-your-own meals include a base starch (egg noodles, vermicelli noodles, white rice, or fried rice), one protein, and five toppings.
EIGHT + SAND KITCHEN
135 New Bern St.
The artisanal breads and pastries are tough to resist, but for a healthy and filling meal, order the Shakshuka, a skillet of poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce with kale, chickpeas, onions, and garlic.
2000 South Blvd., Ste. 300
This vegan gem is known for its gluten-free quinoa veggie burgers, sweet potato sushi rolls, and Lemon Berry Cheesecake made with cashews, coconut, and lemon on a pecan crust.
720 Governor Morrison St., Ste. 120
With additional locations in Dilworth and Plaza Midwood, this fast-casual concept serves Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-inspired fare in wraps, salads, and grain bowls.
210 N. Church St.
Thai lovers can sate their cravings with traditional pad thai, while those with more daring palates can try dishes like Crispy Red Curry Duck, a rich, deep-fried half-duck in a spicy sauce.
609 N. Main St., Belmont
This upscale Mediterranean restaurant offers healthy and delicious dishes like gyro pitas, lamb burgers, and hearty salads.
1537 Camden Road
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, paleo, or just hungry, you can find something at this colorful eatery.
2135 Southend Drive, Ste. 109
This restaurant offers a simple menu of breakfast burritos, grain bowls, sandwiches, and coffee.
OH MY SOUL
3046 N. Davidson St.
Enjoy Buddha bowls, vegan nachos, fruit smoothies, and dairy-free lattes on a patio where dogs are always welcome.
401 N. Tryon St.
Order fresh salads, wraps, and flatbreads that help you stay on track with your nutritional goals and never leave you hungry.
VILLAGE JUICE CO.
1115 N. Brevard St.
This juice bar inside Optimist Hall serves smoothies, grain bowls, and salads.