NEPA’s Healthy Restaurants are a Convenient (and Totally Delicious) Way to Get Your Daily Dose of Goodness
The culinary world is obsessed with clean eating, locally sourced ingredients, and all things organic.
All these buzzwords might seem a bit daunting, but NEPA’s restaurants make eating healthy a breeze. Run to a salad joint on your lunch break or chill out at a trendy raw food café. Try a delicious vegan dish or head out for dinner at an elegant farm-to-table eatery. Most restaurants are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions and offer plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
Forget dainty salads and diet shakes— our local restaurants know that healthy food should be satisfying and tasty.
We’re talking protein-packed salads, refreshing smoothies, and hearty grain bowls. Go ahead and dig into an order of hummus or a plate of veggie tacos. Even dishes that aren’t normally considered health food can have a nutritious twist, like grass-fed steak or locally sourced pork chops.
Eating well is the first step to feeling well. And at these local restaurants, you can stick to your New Year’s goals and feel your best in 2019.
Check out these healthy restaurants:
Alter House in Clarks Summit puts an upscale spin on farm-to-table dining. This restaurant only uses locally sourced ingredients, and their creative menu changes often to accommodate the season’s freshest produce. Pair your dinner with wine or a craft cocktail from their bar.
Terra Preta Prime
Two of Scranton’s beloved restaurants, Terra Preta and Carl’s Prime, have joined forces to create a farm-to-table steakhouse. It’s one of the only places in town where you can get a porterhouse and a vegan flatbread pizza under one roof. Don’t forget their signature cocktails made with fresh-pressed juices.
Chic Chic Marketplace and The Soup Chic
Nothing beats a cup of steaming, homemade soup, especially on a chilly winter day. Chic Chic Marketplace makes all their soups and salads from scratch at their flagship store in Forty Fort. While you’re there, you can also pick up fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and groceries from local farms. If you need a quick lunch on the go, stop by The Soup Chic stand at the Scranton Public Market.
CoreLife Eatery in Wilkes-Barre whips up fresh salads, grain bowls, and broth bowls that will keep you full and help you power through your day. Each one is loaded with locally sourced veggies and sustainably-raised meats. You can build your own bowl or choose a combo from their menu. All bowls are gluten-free, and there are plenty of vegan options. We even scored you a deal for 25% off a meal combo.
Dyberry Forks in Honesdale sources all of their ingredients from Wayne County farmers. Their menus constantly change to highlight the season’s freshest produce. Start off with their soups and salads, then try one of their mouthwatering steaks or seafood entrees. And eating local is just the beginning. You can also drink local with their signature cocktails and craft beers from Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Resist the urge to order greasy takeout food and head to Peculiar Slurp in Scranton. This self-proclaimed “modern ramen joint” serves up noodles, curries, and small plates with an upscale twist. Their entrees are packed with superfoods like kimchi, veggies, and fresh meats and seafood. They also offer lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Red Leaf Salad Company
Red Leaf proves that salad is so much more than lettuce and croutons. Their enormous salads will keep you full all day (seriously, good luck trying to finish it all in one sitting). You can build your own from their huge selection of local ingredients or try one of their signature combos. They also have grain bowls and wraps. Service is quick, and they have convenient locations in Wilkes-Barre and Dallas.
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar at the Shoppes at Montage combines farm-to-table fare with a posh atmosphere. The menu changes each season to showcase the freshest local ingredients. Most entrees are under 500 calories, so no need to feel guilty. They also have an extensive bar with over 50 wines and craft cocktails. They can easily accommodate any dietary restrictions, including vegan and gluten-free.
Canteen 900 is a staple at 900 Rutter, an eclectic shopping district in Forty Fort. This trendy, down-to-earth bistro is all about real food like their refreshing salads and delicious soups. Their sandwiches are perfect for a light lunch, and the juice bar can help satisfy those mid-morning cravings.
Nearme Café in Moosic serves up breakfast and lunch. You have to try the smoothie bowls, which are Insta-worthy fruit salads. The café is located in the same building as Nearme Yoga Studio so you can get in a morning workout, then stop by the café for a quinoa bowl and a cup of iced matcha.
Nucleus Raw Foods
Nucleus Raw Foods is a cool café in Luzerne where everything on the menu is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, and organic. Even if you’re not vegan, you’ll swear by their delicious flatbreads and vegan burgers. For a quick snack, pick up their fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies.
The Kimchi Dude
Located in Scranton Public Market, The Kimchi Dude is a healthy alternative to traditional takeout. Everything on the menu is vegan and gluten-free. They focus on raw foods, meaning that everything is served uncooked for maximum vitamins and nutrients. Of course, you have to try the signature kimchi, a spicy Korean slaw. The vegan pizzas and salads go great with a fresh smoothie or juice.
eden- a vegan café
eden- a vegan café in Scranton proves that eating healthy is so much more than just eating fruits and veggies. They specialize “new American vegan comfort food,” meaning they make all your favorite dishes like grilled cheese, pizza, and burgers, but without using any animal products. Even the most devout carnivore has to admit that it’s delicious.
The Wandering Hen Café and Market
If you love all things local, check out The Wandering Hen in Scranton. Their daily breakfast and lunch menus feature soups, salads, burgers, and sandwiches, all made to order using ingredients from NEPA’s local farms. They also have plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. Before you leave, pick up some local goods in their market area so you can cook up your own healthy dishes at home.
The Blind Pig Kitchen
Eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to give up fine dining. The Blind Pig Kitchen in Bloomsburg is an elegant farm-to-table restaurant that sources their ingredients from over a dozen Pennsylvanian farms. Their brunch and dinner menus change each week to feature the finest seasonal ingredients. The Blind Pig Kitchen is BYOB, and reservations are strongly recommended.
The Mustard Seed Café
The Mustard Seed Café in Waymart sources their ingredients from Wayne County and surrounding areas. You won’t find any artificial additives, preservatives, antibiotics, or hormones at this farm-to-table restaurant. Their breakfast and lunch menus will help you power through your day, and they also have a dinner menu on Saturdays. They’re happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions.