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Healthy Restaurants to Jump Start Your New Year's Resolutions

These 8 Baltimore restaurants do healthy food right.

Baltimore may be a crab-loving and beer-drinking city that bleeds purple and gold, but it’s also a city full of healthy eating options to help jump start New Year’s resolutions. There’s no need to sacrifice flavor at these restaurants, where local, farm-to-table ingredients star in vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Zia’s Café

Those with specialty diets—raw, vegan, gluten-free or paleo—have a cornucopia of options at Zia’s Café. Offerings include sandwiches, salads, juices, smoothies and coffee, all made with consciously sourced ingredients. Try the turkey powerhouse sandwich made with hormone-free turkey, muenster cheese, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts and avocado mayo on sunflower bread. 13 Allegheny Ave., Towson, Md., 410.296.0799

Zia's Cafe
Smoothie bowls at Zia’s Cafe (Courtesy Zia’s Cafe)

The Land of Kush

Offering vegetarian and vegan options without sacrificing quality or flavor, the Land of Kush whips up soul food sans animal products. Diners find salads, wraps and comfort food sides inclduing mac and cheese, cornbread and collard greens, plus entrees like eggplant parmesan and BBQ ribs. As a bonus, the Land of Kush also offers gluten-free options and discloses dishes containing soy for those with allergies. 840 N. Eutaw St., 410.225.5874

Nalley Fresh

This self-proclaimed “chef-driven” local chain serves up bowls, wraps and salads, using house-made specialty proteins and more than 80 ingredients. DIYers mix it up by designing their own bowls, starting with a base of rice, egg noodles or sweet potatoes; and then adding proteins such as black beans, shredded chicken, salmon or turkey chili; and toppings finished off with dressings such as Asian vinaigrette, cucumber-yogurt, basil Dijon vinaigrette or Old Bay. 120 E. Baltimore St., 443.220.0282; 400 E. Pratt St., 443.885.9437; 2400 Boston St., 667.212.2687

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Customizable options at Nalley Fresh (Courtesy Nalley Fresh)

One World Café

This top spot dishes up plenty of options—including vegan and vegetarian—to satisfy cravings. For breakfast, find omelets, pancakes, breakfast burritos and French toast. Lunch brings soups, salads, and sandwiches such as a tofu meatball sub, eggplant gyro and “‘fakin’ bacon’ LT.” Dinner entrees include everything from pasta and lasagna to jambalaya and stir fries. 100 West University Parkway, 410.235.5777

Pure Raw Juice

Lauded Pure Raw Juice offers cold-pressed juices, smoothies and bowls with an emphasis on fresh and nutritious superfoods. Try the “Electric Pink Pitaya” bowl, made with pitaya (dragonfruit), banana, apple juice, granola, blueberries, mango and bee pollen, or the “Rehydrate” juice made with coconut water, kale, cucumber and pineapple. 1401 Riverside Ave., 410.659.6928; 6809 York Road, Towson, Md., 410.377.7873

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Smoothies, bowls and juices at Pure Raw Juice. (Courtesy Pure Raw Juice)


This popular Washington, D.C.-based chain emphasizes seasonal and local ingredients. The company says it strives to connect consumers with small to midsize growers who are farming sustainably in an effort to build a transparent supply network. The menu changes based on time of year and location, so diners can expect bowls, curries, salads and roasted veggies highlighting what’s available. The casual restaurants offer vegan and gluten-free options, too. 1306 Fleet St., 410.537.5006

Stall 11

Located in hip food hall R. House, Stall 11 showcases 10 chefs’ concepts of “modern twists on plant-based comfort food.” Stall 11 sources its ingredients from local biodynamic farms as well as from its own urban growing operations. The menu is entirely plant-based with vegan and gluten-free options. Diners find shareable plates, bowls, salads, sandwiches and burgers, plus fresh juices, smoothies and grab-and-go dishes. Try the “Korean BBQ Cauliflower” bowl, made with crispy cauliflower drenched in a Korean barbecue sauce and topped with onion chips on a bed of coconut brown rice. 301 W. 29th St., 443.681.1911

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The Korean BBQ Cauliflower at Stall 11 (Courtesy Stall 11)

Liquid Earth

Focusing on local and organic ingredients, Liquid Earth offers vegetarian, vegan and raw foods filled with whole food nutrition and great flavor in salads, sandwiches, smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices. Try the “Filly Cheese Phake,” a healthy riff on the classic made with thinly sliced marinated tofu, caramelized onions and melted provolone and options for toppings. 1626 Aliceanna St., 410.276.6606