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Healthy Eats in the Emerald City

Start the new year with food good for you and the planet.

With an emphasis on local and seasonal food, Seattle restaurants amp up flavors and nutritional content with fresh produce, seafood, meats and cheeses. Find tasty and filling options at these favorite spots that are good for you and good for the planet.

Find two spots in one place at South Lake Union spot The Deck. It's a new lunch counter collective featuring Jujubeet, an all-vegetarian juice bar and cafe—try the housemade coconut yogurt parfait—and Evergreens, a spot with fresh salads, wraps and grain bowls. The shared space includes indoor and outdoor dining, making it a great year-round spot for a quick, healthy meal.

If you're looking for a breakfast or brunch spot, Portage Bay Café is a popular spot that serves local, organic and sustainable dishes. The cafe has multiple locations, including South Lake Union, Ballard and the University District. Breakfast menus include everything from benedicts to pancakes (pancakes and waffles come with a trip to the famous breakfast bar with a selection of fresh fruit for topping), with ingredients sourced from local and regional purveyors.

Portage Bay Cafe
Portage Bay Cafe (©Amy Fair Gunnar)

A great spot for sandwiches, Homegrown has a seasonal selection featuring ingredients from regional growers, ranchers and producers. There are Homegrown locations in Fremont, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and downtown. Stop in for a BLT, roasted red pepper and hummus sandwich or more. There are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options as well as salads and sides.

As the name implies, Local 360 sources most of the restaurant’s ingredients within a 360-mile radius of Seattle. The things that won’t grow in the region are sourced from spots as close as possible. Open daily at 9 am until late, the menu features things like a housemade chorizo sausage scramble for brunch and a braised Oregon rabbit leg with vegetable ragout for dinner. Even the cocktail menu features local spirits—while not “healthy” necessarily, it doesn’t hurt to indulge.

Enjoy dinner at Wallingford’s Tilth, a certified-organic restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines. The adorable green home that houses the restaurant is a cozy spot for dinner or weekend brunch. The menu changes with the seasons, but expect to find things like heirloom bean cassoulet, seared scallops with Brussels sprouts and cauliflower and carrot risotto for dinner or a French omelet with goat cheese and arugula, housemade sourdough waffles or housemade granola and yogurt for brunch. Gluten-free and vegan options are available. If you really want to indulge, opt for the tasting menu—five- or eight-course menus featuring the freshest ingredients available.

Tilth (©Maria Hines)

Get a healthy dose of vegetables at Café Flora, Seattle’s beloved vegetarian restaurant. Meat-eaters won’t miss a thing at this spot which also has vegan and gluten-free options. The dinner menu has selections like Oaxaca tacos, the popular portobello wellington and pizzas, while breakfast and weekend brunch offer things like biscuits and gravy, a mushroom scramble and a must-eat cinnamon roll with maple-toasted pecans.

A great option for sushi lovers is Mashiko, a fully sustainable sushi bar located in West Seattle. Chef Hajime Sato only uses sustainable seafood, which means you might not see some familiar fish on the menu, but what is served is caught or farmed in a responsible way—and just as delicious. While the sushi is the star—consider the omakase (chef’s choice) menu for the day’s best—izakaya dishes, soups and tempura are also available.

Mashiko (Courtesy Mashiko)