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Vegan Paleo ? Keto? Whole 30? Healthy eating? Indy restaurants have your diet covered
Take a look at any 2019 food trends list and you’re bound to realize that you’re healthy eating New Year’s resolution is probably going to last a little longer than it has in the past.
Kelp, oat milk, meatless meals, the ketogenic diet and anti-sugar movements might have you wondering if you’ll ever be able to eat at a restaurant without big sides of guilt and self-loathing.
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Of course, you will, but like a lot of America, you’ll probably be making better choices. These healthy Indianapolis restaurants will help keep you on track.
6516 Ferguson St., (317) 255-3972, ezrasenlightenedcafe.com
Nothing but gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, meatless, raw food here, but you won’t believe how good the pizza tastes. Or the cheesecake. Or the doughnuts. Yes, doughnuts! Plus, Ezra’s operates its own sustainable farm where organic produce is grown from heirloom seeds and irrigated with filtered rainwater. Be a farm volunteer, and book a retreat at the farmhouse.
303 E. Main St., Westfield, (317) 804-9780, fieldbrewing.com
Sports dietitian Jackie Dikos, a competitive runner, and orthopedic surgeon Gregory Dikos, a home brewer, strive to serve food that diverts busy parents from quickie fast-food dinners. Top Indianapolis chef Alan Sternberg has created kid-friendly grilled chicken strips and smashed potatoes served with housemade parmesan ranch alongside adult-pleasing roasted salmon with madras curry butter and a vegan sprouted-grain burger slathered with carrot hummus.
15 E. Maryland St., (317) 759-3554, nookpaleo.com
Yeah, you’re devoted to the Whole 30, keto or Paleo or thing, but sometimes you just want a normal meal at a normal restaurant with your friends and family, no interrogating the server about what goes on in the kitchen. Try the fall-apart tender short rib or barbecue chicken pizza with red onion and cilantro at Indy’s only Whole 30-approved restaurant. There’s even Paleo-friendly chocolate ganache layer cake. Nook offers healthy eating events, too.
Fresh tomato and arugula gluten-free pizza with prosciutto at Nook. The owner reveals the restaurant’s lunch hours at a grand opening 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12. (Photo: Liz Biro/IndyStar)
350 Massachusetts Ave., (317) 643-2750, hedgerowbistros.com
The tuna ceviche with Granny Smith apple, serrano chilies, cilantro and coconut-lime vinaigrette is a refreshing must, although the Bibb-lettuce-wrapped, crispy rockfish – sustainable seafood always – “taco” is hard to resist. Locally sourced food is cooked in a wood-fired oven by top Indy chef Brad Gates. Portions are sensible, but the scene is sexy, especially while sipping a potentially metabolism-boosting cayenne-spiked gin and tonic.
1420 W. Main St., Carmel, (317) 853-6550, freshindiangrill.com
The sight of simple yellow dal alongside basmati rice wasn’t exactly a mouth-watering sight, but once I dug into the garlic-and-ginger-spiced dal, I spooned up every bit. It’s among flavor-bomb lentil, chickpea, tandoori and kabab dishes that will have you rethinking your home spice cabinet. The quick-service set up means you get in and out lickety-split.
Vegan yellow dal with rice at Fresh Indian Grill, a quick-service restaurant at 1420 W. Main St., Suite D, in Carmel. (Photo: Liz Biro/IndyStar)
Multiple locations, duosindy.com
Slow food, world flavors and fast service are the trifecta at this café with locations at Eskenazi Health, Indy City Market and the International Medical Group building near The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Former Black Market chef Micah Frank joined the kitchen in late 2018, turning out the likes of crispy rice noodle cakes with vegetables, farm eggs and ginger sauce. Also find bowls, salads and always-enticing soups like quinoa chili verde.
222 E. Market St., (317) 647-6606, poke.guru
This isn’t Indy’s only poke spot, but owner Adam Odgaard cuts sushi-grade tuna from the loin for build-your-own bowls on mixed greens, brown rice or sushi rice at this Indy City Market food stand. ‘Freshness is obviously the biggest key for us,” Odgaard said. “I’m a huge foodie at heart, and when I go and I eat, whatever it may be, I really want it to be as authentic as possible.”
Tuna, daikon, avocado, carrots, kimchi, cucumbers on citrus-dressed greens at Poké Guru. The build-your-own poké bowl stand opened July 23, 2018, at Indianapolis City Market in Downtown Indy. (Photo: Liz Biro/IndyStar)
653 E. 52nd St., (317) 920-8121, sobrocafe.com
Tucked away just off College Avenue, it’s easy to forget this café and its almond-ginger-carrot pate inside maki rolls wrapped in shaved zucchini. The rolls, served with miso tahini dressing, are one of many popular plant-based selections, but you could eat the Indiana bison cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and sprouts and still feel good about yourself.
The health-focused SoBro Café serves quinoa in several dishes, including its superfood salad and this buffalo tempeh ($15.49) served over a bed of quinoa. (Photo: SoBro Cafe)
402 E. 16th St., (317) 925-5000, tinkerstreetindy.com
Cutting back is the worst for foodies who live for chef-driven restaurants. Chef Braedon Kellner takes them into consideration with ancho-rubbed cauliflower steaks or cider-glazed skate wing with oyster mushrooms. Portions here are filling but not gut-busting, and a changing trio of sorbets is always on the dessert menu.
Multiple locations, thegardentable.com
Do the juice thing or splurge on rainbow trout and blue crab with avocado and fresh grapefruit and green tomato salad atop quinoa and sweet potato. Trade the usual charcuterie board for a veggie board at the bar while you sip a ginger kombucha mule. That’s what’s up on Mass Ave. The Broad Ripple location does breakfast, brunch and lunch including acai bowls, vegan banh-mi sandwiches and a kids almond butter and house jam sandwich on multi-grain bread.
920 Virginia Ave., (463) 221-3669, threecarrotsfountainsquare.com
All vegan, from-scratch comfort food ranges from brunch’s sweet potato vegetable hash with cashew cream to dinnertime’s tofu ricotta ravioli in sweet potato alfredo with roasted Brussels sprouts and grilled apples. Plus, the Fountain Square restaurant is a cool place to hang out. The soundtrack is always fun, and the bar serves feel-good cocktails like the Love Supreme with coconut milk, turmeric and warm spices under marshmallow fluff. Three Carrots also runs a food stand at Indy City Market.
A wide range of cool beats like punk rock and discorded jazz entertains guests in the bright dining room at Three Carrots, a vegan restaurant in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis. (Photo: Liz Biro/IndyStar)
Multiple locations, publicgreensurbankitchen.com
When there’s a full-on, bee-friendly microfarm outside the front door, you don’t have to wonder if a restaurant is good for you. Public Greens sources a ton of local food for its salad-heavy menu that also features soup, grilled meats, breakfast and housemade ginger beer. Locations are at Fashion Mall, on Monon Trail in Broad Ripple and coming in winter 2019 to Cummins towner in Downtown Indianapolis.
Jordan Billingsley, right, tells customers Grant, left, and Joan King, center, what is on the day’s menu at Public Greens in Broad Ripple, Tuesday, February 3, 2015. (Photo: Kelly Wilkinson/The Star)
8650 Keystone Crossing, (317) 846-5252, seasons52.com
Chain restaurants are not go-to options for healthy eating, but if you haven’t had the grilled artichokes here, you’re missing out. Lately, they’re served with preserved lemon hummus, radishes, celery hearts and green olives, all for 490 calories. How do I know the number? Seasons 52 lists calorie counts with every item on the menu.
Multiple locations, naturalbornjuicers.com
Juice cleanse? Liquid diet? Light bites? Both the Mass Ave. and Broad Ripple Natural Born Juicers serves smoothies, cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, cold-brew coffee, coconut drinks, ginger and wheat grass shots, hot drinks and light foods such as soups, vegan salads and fruit bowls. Natural Born Juicers also offers juice cleanses.
The Hangover Juice from Natural Born Juicers is made with apple, celery, cabbage and ginger. (Photo: Provided to The Star)
Artie’s on the Go
2442 Central Ave., (317) 997-0916, artiesonthego.com
Can’t wrap your head around the vegan Paleo trend? Hit the grab-and-go cooler at this meal-prep service that offers weekly rotating menus that hit lots of marks: Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, soy-free, vegetarian, vegan and Whole 30. Keto bacon-wrapped chicken tenders perhaps? With Paleo ranch dressing, maybe. A trained chef who successfully worked South Florida white tablecloth restaurants founded the place. Stick around for coffee or a fresh-pressed juice, free Wi-Fi and a quiet place to work.
The late chef Artie Stevens was the founder of Artie’s on the Go. (Photo: Fabian Rodriguez)
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