Chicago’s reputation of a steak and potatoes town is quickly dissipating as more people choose healthier options on the menu. That’s not to say steak isn’t still popular (it is); it simply means organic, wholesome fare is becoming more the norm rather than the exception.
It’s hard to pare down our list to just 10 best places for healthy food menus because so many restaurants in town now offer healthy options. With exception of two on our list, all of our healthy dining hotspots have been feeding locals for years and, in some cases, decades. Several offer raw, vegan or vegetarian dishes but several include meat options, too.
Vegan diners head to Amitabul on the city’s far northwest side because Chef Bill does amazing things with his Korean dishes. Raw food fans love Karyn’s Raw and RAW.
Meat lovers can have their meat and be healthy, too. Oasis Café is, quite literally, a gem among gems. It’s been serving its Middle Eastern cuisine to legions of Loop employees for years in its tiny restaurant nestled in the back of a string of jewelry shops.
Heartland Café is located in the heart of Rogers Park and its wholesale food has been a staple of 37 years in that community.
Newbie Fig and Olive has already garnered a following since it opened just a few months ago. Chef Pascal Lorange focuses on healthy and light Mediterranean fare, choosing from a collection of more than 20 heart-healthy olive oils to complement each dish.