Foods with alleged “immunity-boosting powers” are unlikely to protect you against COVID-19 — after all, if they did, the produce section of your local grocery store would be as empty as the toilet paper aisle. But while meals that are deep-fried, caramel-coated, or composed entirely of potatoes, butter, noodles, and cheese are certainly comforting in times of trouble, it’s not a bad idea to add some greens, grains, or leaner meats to your takeout roster. The 14 restaurants on this list serve food for outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout that’s rather prescriptively referred to as “healthy,” but it all tastes great, too.Read More
14 Healthy, Awesome San Francisco Restaurants to Try
The top spots to clean your eating act up
1. Asian Box
California chain Asian Box has been honored as one of the city’s worst-named restaurants, but it’s a go-to for those who eschew gluten (it’s free of the ingredient) and the picky, as each box can be customized to order. With proteins like pork, chicken, and shrimp as well as a panoply of greens, the potential combinations are enough to keep you from salady boredom. Order takeout online here, delivery is via DoorDash.
Wildseed, Adriano Paganini’s plant-based restaurant and bar, quickly built a following among the yoga pants and running shorts set with its menu of local, vegan, and seasonally driven dishes like its “reset” salad (kale, frisee, beets, and more) and its donburi super-grain bowl. Outdoor dining is available, orders for takeout can be placed here, and delivery is available via Caviar.
3. Blue Barn Gourmet
Blue Barn’s got two locations in SF, at 2237 Polk Street, and another on 3344 Steiner Street. (They have spots in Corte Madera and Novato, as well). All specialize in salads, with at least 10 on the menu at its shops, from a quinoa-laden Waldorf to a spicy tuna with ahi tartare and crispy soba. For now, only takeout is available: order online here.
4. As Quoted
Gluten-free toasts and green juices attract the athleisure-clad parents of Pac Heights like bees to raw, organic honey. As quoted is something of a local gathering place for conscious eaters, and while the prices might demand a raw, organic bank account, the quality is tops. Online orders can be placed via Caviar.
5. Nourish Cafe SF
Nourish Cafe has two locations in San Francisco: one at 189 6th Avenue, and another at 1030 Hyde Street in Nob Hill. Both locations, which are completely plant-based and serve juice, smoothies, bowls, and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch (the Nob Hill location also offers dinner), have curbside pickup (call 415-571-8780 for their 6th Avenue location, 415-580-7463 for Hyde Street), and delivery is available via these apps.
This vegan-friendly Japanese curry shop from Ken Ken Ramen’s Takahiro Hori serves a veg-heavy menu of dishes, many which have the gut-friendly addition of homemade sauerkraut. Items like their konomama curry — packed with greens, rice, and chicken-based sauce, can provide a nice reset for troubled stomachs; those who eschew meat can even order extra veggies with their vegan curry for a super-virtuous punch. Order online here.
7. Little Gem
Little Gem doesn’t scream “health food” restaurant, but its menu is packed with thoughtful, good-for-you food. Popular bowls include bibimbap and hen of the woods mushroom with beans and rice, as well as entrees like brined chicken and salmon with bok choy. Order takeout here. Delivery’s available via Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Caviar, and outdoor dining is also available on the weekends, only.
8. Project Juice Test Kitchen
California chain Project Juice has several locations across SF, all of which serve fresh-pressed juice blends, smoothies, and a menu of raw foods like Golden Toast (gluten-free toast with turmeric hummus and avocado mash) and their Biome Bagel (a gf bagel with vegan cream cheese and a load of fermented veggies). Order takeout or delivery here, or search Project Juice on the delivery app of your choice.
9. Wholesome Bakery
Wholesome Bakery’s vegan confections are also free of gluten, soy, and trans fats, and they also serve solid selection of sandwiches, bowls, and salads. Online ordering is available here, and local delivery is free.
10. Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar and Izakaya
Craving tofuna? Shizen’s vegan sushi bar and izakaya is so modern and Zen that you’ll forget all about fish. In addition to rolls filled with creamy tofu and topped with imitation fish eggs (made of tapioca), the menu offers a variety of tempura-fried veggies, bean curd skewers, and miso ramen. For now, Shizen is takeout only, call during hours of operation to place an order.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Talk about an inspiring transformation: A former McDonald’s on Mission Street was reborn as Kitava, serving healthy, gluten-free, and paleo diet-friendly food in lieu of fast food burgers and fries. The menu is focused on “recognizable, and comforting” food — zucchini noodles with meatballs, general Tso’s-style chicken — all made with oils considered healthier than typical vegetable or canola oil, like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil cooked at low heat. Takeout is available via Caviar; delivery is handled by Uber Eats, GrubHub, Caviar, or DoorDash.
12. Hook Fish Co
Hook Fish Co’s commitment to thoughtfully sourced seafood means there’s no question about where the fish you’re eating came from, a concern for everyone with sustainability on their minds. There’s even a kids’ menu! Takeout orders can be placed online here, and walk-up orders are also allowed.
13. Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant
San Francisco, CA 94110
This all-veggie Japanese restaurant is a good way to shake up your salad routine, and it boasts some of the tastiest — and prettiest — vegan Japanese fare you can find in the city, including delicate salads, hearty noodle dishes, and inventive sushi rolls. They’re open for outdoor dining and takeout with a limited menu and hours Wednesday–Sunday. Call 415-252-7825 to place an order.
14. Sidewalk Juice
This standby has two Mission locations (21st and Valencia and 24th and Folsom), and the fresh juices and smoothie menu have thirsty fans swooning, with drinks like the Green Energy smoothie and Almond Delight. They also sell energy bars, kale chips, and other healthy snacks to keep you going after your juice is all gone. Order online here, walk-up orders are fine, too.