10 Healthy Lunch Options In St. Louis
Finding a quick and healthy option for lunch on the go isn’t as much of a challenge as you might think. St. Louis has a roving lineup of vegetable- and plant-based restaurants across the city, where you can also add lean protein in the form of meat or vegan options. Keep reading for a roundup of some of our favorite spots to grab a fast lunch that’ll leave you feeling great.
Leafy green vegetables are the star of the show at Wicked Greenz in Clayton, but we can assure you the way these delicious veggies are prepared will leave you feeling sated. For a healthy lunch loaded with greens and lean protein, try any menu option as a wrap or large salad bowl. We love the pesto roma BLT, with grape tomatoes, basil, bacon, red onion, aged white cheddar, croutons and sweet basil-ranch dressing, which also happens to be cofounder Matt Ratz’s favorite salad.
Formerly Athlete Eats on Cherokee Street, this spot for the mega-healthy is run by husband-wife team Simon and Angelica Lusky. Pop in to Revel Kitchen for a raw, cold-pressed juice or quick lunch, which begins with choosing either a wrap, salad, eggs or grain bowl. Then build it out with your choice of sauce and toppings style, then finish it off with a lean protein.
For vegan and vegetarian fare, Seedz Cafe in Clayton is an excellent choice. We love the “Rawvioli,” one of the venue’s signature dishes made of golden beets sliced thin and stuffed with walnut pesto atop a plate of leafy greens. The raw pad Thai made of zucchini noodles is also a must-try, and the tempeh Reuben, too. Finish off your meal with a dose of fresh vitamins in the form of an organic raw juice.
There’s little that has taken the health-and-wellness world by storm quite like kombucha, a fermented tea with a number of purported health benefits. Confluence Kombucha in The Grove offers a rotating number of flavors, including appli shiso, cran-a-granate, pineapple turmeric peppercorn, Lambic hops and more. Test the waters with the kombucha tasting flight, featuring eight flavors for $10. You’ll also find eclectic plant-based bites galore here, like the Thai green curry soup and kimbap tacos.
Lulu’s Local Eatery
What started as a food truck has exploded into one of St. Louis’ acclaimed plant-based restaurants. Even meat-lovers will not leave this South Grand spot dissatisfied. With a menu that changes seasonally and an emphasis on sustainability, don’t drive through South Grand without stopping at Lulu’s and trying the buffalo cauliflower bites with “ranch” dipping sauce, sweet-potato falafel, black-bean veggie burger or volcano tots, smothered in butternut-squash “cheese” sauce.
Paired with the neighboring Bowood Farms, many of the items on the menu at Cafe Osage in the Central West End are made with ingredients that come straight from the farm. We love the garden sandwich made with garden-fresh produce and goat cheese on multi-grain bread, or the Osage burger featuring a bison-and-mushroom patty, garden pickles and herbed mayonnaise.
You have not tried vegan cupcakes until you’ve tasted the baking creations of Sweet Art, featuring flavors like pineapple upside-down cake and carrot cake. Located in the hip neighborhood of Shaw across from South City’s Tower Grove Park, you’ll also find vegan and vegetarian fare a-plenty here, like the Maya Angelou plate: crispy breaded Gardein chik’n strips with barbecue sauce or maple sriracha, vegan macaroni and cheese, and kale salad.
Test out the dishes at LemonGrass on South Grand for an international twist, featuring authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Start with the Vietnamese golden egg rolls or vegetarian spring rolls, then dive into the entree portion of the menu with a meat or vegetarian rice platter, Vermicelli noodles and curry tofu. You won’t want to miss dessert here, with the option of sweet-potato flan or banana pudding.
Another option for authentic Vietnamese food on South Grand, Pho Grand is a lovely international option for healthy food that’ll take you out of your comfort zone. Try the shredded lotus-root salad to start, mixed with cucumber, carrots and basil and topped with shrimp, pork, lemon sauce and peanuts. Move on to an egg noodle soup, specialty campfire pots and an entire page of vegetarian options.
While this local coffee phenom may be best known for artisanal coffee roasting, the Kaldi’s food menu offers just as much to write home about. They have a killer veggie burger, served with cheddar, greens and tomato jam, as well as a breakfast flatbread and egg-white breakfast burrito. Take home a piece of gooey butter cake to split with a friend or your special someone to sate your sweet tooth.
Featured photo courtesy of Lulu’s Local Eatery.