Tasty Alternatives For Going Organic in San Antonio

An acai bowl from Revolucion -  Facebook/RevolucionCoffee
An acai bowl from Revolucion

If you’re looking for more guilt-free options on the SA food scene, we’ve picked some of the best places to visit and what to order from each menu. Thankfully, eating healthy at these local spots doesn’t mean sacrificing delicious flavor.

Pharm Table // Seasonal, vegan, gluten-free, organic, locally sourced. These are only a few defining characteristics of downtown health-food favorite, Pharm Table. Chef Elizabeth Johnson is committed to “making healthy food delicious,” opting for ingredients that not only taste great, but make you feel great, too. As a former Latin Cuisines Specialist Chef Instructor for the Culinary Institute of America-San Antonio, chef Johnson knows a thing or two about combining the best flavors to make an incredible dish. Her restaurant is built around a philosophy and lifestyle that promotes healthy living, so this is should be a go-to destination for health conscious patrons and anyone with food sensitivities.

Must Try Dish: With so many different restaurants serving tamales around the city, you might overlook the Quinoa Tamal Bowl, but you’ve never had ‘em like this before. These gluten-free versions are packed full of flavor. You can order the vegan version or add chicken or pork for some extra protein. 106 Auditorium Circle, (210) 802-1860.

Revolucion Coffee & Juice // Since its arrival on the SA food scene, Revolucion has introduced acai bowls, cold-pressed juice, and is proud to be the only 100 percent vegetarian coffee shop in the city. Owner Angela Carral has taken a unique approach to running a coffee shop that promotes positive and healthy changes in the lives of her customers. Acai and pitaya bowls are chock-full of nutrient-dense ingredients like cashew milk, hemp granola, local honey, and, of course, fresh fruit. Stop by for a quick cold-pressed juice, coffee, or loose leaf tea, or stay for a while and enjoy delicious tamales, steel-cut oats and a variety of breakfast tacos.

Must Try Dish: The peanut butter and jelly acai bowl is a great introduction to the concept with familiar flavors like peanut butter, berries, and bananas, but with a slight twist. 7959 Broadway, Suite 500, (210) 701-0725.

Green Vegetarian Cuisine // Besides its recent claim to fame hosting Tyler Perry and Janet Jackson, this favorite vegetarian eatery has some delicious offerings — providing a healthy twist on some old classics like cauliflower hot wings, “kaleupas,” and falafel burritos. The multi-site vegetarian eatery is 100 percent vegetarian and Kosher. Green is a family affair, run by brothers Mike and Chris Behrend, and business partner Paul Evans.

Must Try Dish: It’s hard to believe that cauliflower can be transformed into delicious hot wings for their cauliflower hot wings, but the good people over at Green have done it. You won’t even miss animal protein with this one-of-a-kind appetizer. If you can’t handle the heat, ask for the barbecue version for a sweeter, less intense experience. Multiple locations, eatatgreen.com.

A dish from 5 Points Local - Jessica Elizarraras
Jessica Elizarraras
A dish from 5 Points Local
5 Points Local // This locally sourced Five Points neighborhood spot is a great place to grab a bite. While you’re at it, why not stay a while and do some yoga (offered daily in the loft attached to the restaurant)? “Breathe. Nourish. Connect” is their mantra and it’s exactly the vibe you pick up on as soon as you walk through the doors. From the friendly staff to the delicious food, owner Lisa Asvestas, of The Cove fame, has a community-driven vision for her restaurant that is contagious. Each dish is a carefully crafted experience that revolves around wellness.

Must Try Dish: Each bowl at 5 Points Local is packed with expertly balanced flavors. The Karma Bowl is a customer favorite that includes quinoa, black beans, sweet potatoes, kale salad, and of course their famous cashew crema. Egg, avocado, chicken, and steak are all optional add-ons, but any way you take yours, you can’t go wrong. 1017 N. Flores St., (210) 267-2652.

A fishless sandwich at Earth Burger - Dan Payton
Dan Payton
A fishless sandwich at Earth Burger
Earth Burger // The team at Green Vegetarian Cuisine is almost single-handedly spreading its clean eating philosophy across the city with multiple locations of their first restaurant, and they’re nailing fast casual with Earth Burger. The first ever plant-based fast food restaurant is proud to make a guilt-free hamburger. Each patty is free of hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, and GMOs of any kind.

Must Try Dish: The only soft serve of it’s kind in the city, Earth Burger’s coconut soft serve is a mere 190 calories and has all the makings of your next sweet tooth addiction. 818 NW Loop 410, (210) 524-1086.

First Course Salad Kitchen // There’s something so satisfying about having a say about what goes into your meal. This fantastic “build-your- own” experience helps customers to create the dish they want to eat and enjoy. Founder Aaron Webster is bringing a higher standard to dining out with his unique concept and fresh ingredients. The shop is making it easier than ever for people to eat healthy with online ordering and takeout.

Must Try Dish: The sky’s the limit with all of the fresh ingredients at your disposal when visiting First Course, try mixing and matching your favorite combos and take a different approach each time to keep things interesting. 22015 I-10 W., Suite 107, (210) 698-5200.

SA Fresh // Since its move from its Alamo Heights location a couple of years ago, this northeast side health food favorite is deceptively simple. Each menu item is chock-full of fresh ingredients and rich flavors. Stop by for lunch or take a night off from cooking with these delicious prepared meals. The "fast but fresh" concept doesn’t compromise on quality — a commitment that has paid off for chef and owner Elliot Hayne. The team at SA Fresh is happy to partner with other local eateries like Bakery Lorraine and Bird Bakery to bring the best flavors to their customers.

Must Try Dish: Lauded by some customers as “the best they’ve ever had,” the Cubano Sandwich is filled with mojo-braised pork, ham, Swiss cheese, adobo verde mayo, house-made pickled red onions and pickles, all on a toasted French roll. 1015 Rittiman Road, Suite 113, (210) 829-4446.

Jugo Juicery + Body // The cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and acai bowls at Jugo Juicery and Body are 100 percent raw fruit and vegetable juices, so you can expect freshness every time. Each menu item is named for the ingredients’ specific benefits: Repair, Engergize, Detox, Nourish, to name a few. Owner Savannah Wilkins is a proponent of overall wellness by not only providing healthy food at her establishment but also making yoga and a massage studio available as well, at the Wurzbach Road location.

Must Try Dish: Whether just starting off your day or grabbing a midday pick me up, the fresh flavors of Energize Cold Pressed Juice, a Jugo Juicery favorite, will get your blood pumpin’. With nutrient-rich ingredients like orange, apple, lemon, carrot, and ginger, your body is going to be pretty happy with you. Multiple locations, doyouevenjugo.com.

Evergreen Organic Restaurant // All of the ingredients at Evergreen Organic are carefully sourced so that they are the highest quality, so it’s no wonder the food is so exceptional. With pizzas taking up a big portion of their menu, this Stone Oak eatery is family-friendly, but not to the exclusion of those with food sensitivities since the restaurant offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Must Try Dish: The lasagna might be this restaurant’s best-kept secret with pizza dominating most of the menu, but you won’t be disappointed as you savor each bite of this meaty, cheesy delicious entree. 523 Med Ct., Suite 102, (210) 437-1057.

An acai bowl from Rise Up -  Instagram/Riseupsatx
An acai bowl from Rise Up
Rise Up // From its humble beginnings in an Airstream trailer to its expansion to a brick and mortar in both San Antonio and Austin, this Alamo Heights restaurant has become a favorite for area locals. Add a boost to any order to get even more out of your delicious smoothie, bowl, or juice, and with coffee smoothies on the menu you can get your health food and caffeine in one meal. Owner John Farnel and his team are whipping up delicious concoctions daily.

Must Try Dish: The pitaya candy bowl is just as delicious as it sounds with ingredients that include the always fascinating pitaya fruit, apple juice, banana, pineapple and honey and with delicious toppings to match. 6401 Broadway, (210) 268-8009.

Señor Veggie // The menu at this local, vegan favorite boasts fresh and organic ingredients because Chef José Alfredo Cruz is passionate about hand-crafted dishes that promote a healthy dining experience. Despite the humble beginnings of his plant-based dishes at community potlucks, the restaurant has grown into a vibrant establishment with delicious food.

Must Try Dish: You won’t even believe you’re not eating meat with Señor Veggie’s famous Veggie Street Tacos. The “meaty” jackfruit pairs deliciously with their homemade slaw, pico de gallo, and cashew crema — all wrapped in a corn tortilla. 620 S. Presa St., (210) 228-0073.

La Botanica's vegan ceviche - Dan Payton
Dan Payton
La Botanica's vegan ceviche
La Botanica // The nutritious blend of flavors at La Botanica combines ingredients inspired by the Gulf Coast, Mexico, and Tex-Mex foods, making this unique health-food destination a local favorite. The community-driven vision for this restaurant makes it more than just an eatery, though. The cozy outdoor patio welcomes live bands, hosts film screenings, and offers cooking and gardening classes. Owner Andrea Vince is known for her handcrafted and San Anto-inspired cocktails made with refreshing ingredients and chef and owner Rebel Mariposa will bring you the finest seasonal ingredients in every dish.

Must Try Dish: Pair your black bean empanadas with the refreshing Pepino Blanco and you’ve got a match made in culinary heaven. You won’t be disappointed with the hearty deep-fried black bean empanadas. They are a great start to your meal alongside your drink that includes house-made cucumber Fresca with gin and mint. 2911 N. St. Mary's Street, (210) 716-0702.

Viva Vegeria // This Tex-Mex vegan and gluten-free restaurant seeks to preserve Tex-Mex flavors though its primarily plant-based menu. Even with new owners, Viva Vegeria still tries to accommodate people with special diets. The eatery offers delicious recipes passed down from founder Fred Anthony Garza’s family while striving to be socially conscious.

Must Try Dish: All of the dishes at Viva Vegeria will help you expand your culinary horizons, perhaps the best example of this is the Flautas de Camote which are taquitos that are deep fried and stuffed with mashed sweet potatoes, garlic, and stewed tomato green chile. 1422 Nogalitos St, (210) 465-9233.
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