Healthy Menus Easy to Find in Memphis

Memphis may not be the first city one thinks of when one thinks of healthy eating. But the city known for its pork barbecue and traditional Southern foods (Gus’s fried chicken, anyone?) has a very health-conscious side to it, as witnessed by the diverse and plentiful list of restaurants with healthy menu options.

We’ve chosen our list of the top 10 Memphis restaurants with healthy menus for their ingredients, food quality, and excellence of the food; after all, if you’re going to keep an eye on the calories and whole grains, there’s no reason that eating healthy equals bland taste. Many of the restaurants on this list are dedicated to working with local producers and organic farms, and delight in creating seasonal menus to showcase the robust agricultural offerings in our three-state area.

Our list includes the Trolley Stop, which is truly focused on local everything, from the foods offered on menu to the packaged foods in its shop. Mosa Asian Bistro can whip up almost any menu item to your liking, whether you want to add tofu or more vegetables or need to drop nuts from a dish. No matter which of our 10 selections you choose, you’re guaranteed a healthy meal. (And if you clean your plate, you can pick up something from Mary’s Gluten Free Bakery, too.).



So maybe one wouldn't normally think of a Mexican restaurant as a healthy eating place, but Swanky's is pretty healthy, as long as you choose wisely. One can get more complicated at lunch; there are grilled entrees including fish tacos,...  Read More



One of the most unique spots in town, the Trolley Stop is part restaurant, part bar, part market and part gift store - and we adore each and every part that exists here. The cavernous space located across from the Orleans trolley stop on...  Read More



Cheffie's is where the guest is the chef - building salads and sandwiches from scratch - or for those who can't make a decision, you can choose from a broad menu of options. We love, love, love the salad-making; choose from a few lettuce...  Read More



A charming local favorite,Otherlands is kind of like that box of chocolates Forrest Gump talks about " you never know what (or who) you will find inside the funky building, located north of the main center of the Cooper Young...  Read More



This casual Italian restaurant sets the perfect mood, and its appealing atmosphere is sure to relax you, thanks to the aromas of pizza right out of the oven and the smooth stylings of Sinatra or Como. The recently-updated menu is full of...  Read More



The original Germantown location of what is no a three-restaurant local chain is small and usually filled to capacity, especially on weekends. The sushi bar allows patrons to sit right up at the sushi making area, with a U-shapred counter...  Read More



A fresh -and we mean fresh -take on Asian dining, Mosa is a bistro that combines the best of Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes - noodle and rice bowls, curries and a host of small plates - in a casual atmosphere that rocks with the business...  Read More

Stone Soup Cafe & Market


Stone Soup brings a veteran of the Memphis restaurant scene, chef Sharron Johnson, back into the Cooper Young neighborhood following a great run with the now closed Buns on the Run. Johnson offers everything that is comfort food - breakfast...  Read More

Whole Foods Market
Photo courtesy of Sally Walker Davies


Beyond the beautiful fresh produce section and an impressive bulk foods / grains / teas area, and the usual suspects including an expansive health and beauty area, Whole Foods rocks the healthy eating scene in Memphis. There's a fresh-made...  Read More



With a sparse decor and equally pared-down menu, you'd think Zaka Bowl wouldn't garner a big following. But the East Memphis eatery, owned by the folks who brought us downtown's South of Beale, has garnered a loyal following of healht-conscious...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally